Alien ships will never be landing in Portales

Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re a distinguished UFO-ologist emeritus like I am, you know that New Mexico holds the record for the most ballyhooed assaults from outer space. In fact, the coveted Black Hole Cup has been won by so many communities in this state that Rush Limbaugh has labeled them prime examples of […]

Let the willing pay for space conquests

CNJ Editorial Way back in January 2004, as almost a throwaway line in his State of the Union speech, President Bush proposed returning humans to the moon and eventually to Mars. Many commentators noted that this grandiose public-works proposal seemed to sink like a stone in the sea of public opinion, and the president has […]

Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

Shuttle program successor should be outsourced

Freedom Newspapers Along with people all across America — and the world — we’re excited and relieved that the Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely Tuesday morning. It was a safe ending to the first flight of the shuttle fleet since the February 2003 explosion of the shuttle Columbia as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, killing […]

Discovery home safely

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia. Discovery swooped through the darkness of the Mojave Desert and landed on the Edwards Air […]

Shuttle program needs modernization

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist NASA’s deliberations about when to resume flights by the space shuttle bring to mind the New Yorker cartoon of an executive on the phone, looking at his calendar and saying, “How about never? Does never work for you?” After spending 2 1/2 years and huge amounts of money to prevent […]

Flights to space ultimately domain of private business

Freedom Newspapers It was exhilarating to watch the space shuttle Discovery lift off on what looks to be a successful flight into space Tuesday morning. Despite setbacks and stagnation, the idea of venturing into space still appeals to something similar to the human impulse that launched sea voyages of discovery hundreds of years ago and […]

Flying objects a sign of spring

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist It’s spring again — daffodils are blooming, pollen dust is up your nostrils, and folks all over New Mexico are getting stiff necks from gazing at Unidentified Flying Objects. That’s because this state holds the record for the most melodramatic assaults from outer space. In fact, New Mexicans have won […]

Senator questions Chief of Staff about future training needs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very […]

Space act puts regulation before innovation

Freedom Newspapers In a reasonably sane world, there would have been no perceived need for House Resolution 5382, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, which passed the Senate during the final minutes of the recent lame-duck session and awaits President Bush’s signature. Given the world we live in, however, it offers a fairly […]

President lost in space-time continuum

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Evidently, there are two Iraqs. One exists here on our Earth, the other occupies a parallel space-time continuum perceivable only by a select few individuals, one of whom is the president of the United States. If you’ve got a better theory, I’m open to it. All I know is that in […]

SpaceShipOne launches new era of space flight

Freedom Newspapers Judging by the thousands of spectators who made the trek to the Mojave Desert to watch SpaceShipOne fly early Monday morning, a lot of people are still interested in space flight. The excitement in the crowd as the craft took off was palpable. Each milestone in the flight brought cheers from the throngs […]

Astronaut proud of his heritage

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John Herrington was the first Native American to walk in space. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — John Herrington has been in space. On Monday, he completed another important trip, he said, answering questions from area students at Eastern New Mexico University’s Theatre Center. “It’s a great chance to come […]

‘Save the Hubble’ squeaks deserve no more grease

Freedom Newspapers We don’t have anything against the Hubble Space Telescope, per se. We count as a success its mission to peer deeply into space and give astronomers and cosmologists a close-up view of objects once only imagined, as well as clues about the origin of the universe. But when NASA and the Bush administration […]

Food bank not saved by funds

By Glen Seeber Life Saver Food Bank personnel had hoped $50,000 from the state would help “save their bacon,” but the funds were crossed off the capital outlay list on Wednesday. For Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, it was an opportunity to say “cheese” and put on a happy face — but […]

New Mexico a state of unique Americans

Ned Cantwell Go up to your ordinary guy on the street in say, Hobbs, and tell him he looks like a space cadet, he’s liable to deck you. Try the same thing in Clovis, but first make sure the rifle is still hanging on the rack inside the pickup. Say it in Santa Fe and […]

Sci-fi legend lectures locally

By Tony Parra PORTALES — Space, the final frontier: An everyday cliche for Star Trek fans, a creative compartment in the mind of Jack Williamson. Space exploration will be in the minds of those participating in the Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon, titled “Space Opera — Then and Now,” which takes place today in the ballroom […]

Business Digest 2/10

Nuco to increase warehouse space for pool supplies Nuco Supply, 116 N. Main St. in Clovis, is increasing its warehouse capacity to hold an enlarged inventory of hot tubs and above-ground pools, owner Mark Millender said Monday. The work will add about 3,000 square feet to existing warehouse space, Millender said. Nuco Supply sells commercial-grade […]

Commercialism would best jump start space travel

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s proposal to set up a research base on the moon as a first step to traveling to Mars and beyond is a perplexing mixture of necessary and hardheaded rethinking of government’s role in space — and empty opportunism. Unfortunately, the proposal doesn’t move beyond an attempt to give the National Aeronautics […]

NASA should stick to exploration and science, let voluntary sectors do the rest

No question, the color photos from NASA’s Spirit Rover on Mars are exciting, and the potential for discovering more about the Red Planet is downright exhilarating. Scientists and technicians from NASA deserve hearty congratulations. The landing has even uncovered an unexpected and “strangely cohesive” (as science investigator Steve Squyres put it) subsurface material that scientists […]