Big government on president’s true agenda

Freedom New Mexico It is almost difficult to parody the incoherence of the Obama stimulus plan and administration statements about the state of the economy in the past couple of days: Although only 6 percent of the $787 billion stimulus package passed in January has been spent, it has done the trick nicely, and the […]

State high school rodeo president helped bring finals to Curry County

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The president of the state high school rodeo association is hoping he can take his calf roping skills to the national stage. Trent Bilberry, who serves as president of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association, finished fourth Friday night in the second round of calf roping at the […]

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Udall discusses health care, North Korea at town hall meeting

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says the federal government won’t force people into a national health care plan and the United States won’t go to war with North Korea. Udall led a town hill meeting in a packed room at Eastern New Mexico University on Friday evening. The freshman senator said he wants […]

Fire near Special Events Center

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Freedom New Mexico An old underground fuel tank near the Curry County Special Events Center caught fire while being cut into pieces for removal Friday morning. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. and was quickly extinguished using foam spray. No one was injured. “They’re going to discontinue that […]

Purchasing training set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico A cooperative educational services meeting will be held 8 a.m. Monday at the Clovis High School cafeteria. The meeting will focus on building bids, including construction, electrical, and plumbing. The city’s purchasing department will be available at the conclusion of the meeting to help local companies learn about the process. For more […]

Local officials complete leadership training

Freedom New Mexico Four public officials in Curry County and one from Portales recently graduated from the 2009 Leadership New Mexico Local Government Program. They are Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick; Clovis Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos; Melrose City Councilor H.P. Cargile; Clovis Municipal School Board member Terry Martin; and Portales City Manager […]

Limited rental options lead military personnel to buy homes

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Senior Airman P.J. Canabal had a pretty clear notion of what he wanted when he got transferred to Cannon Air Force Base. The notion was to rent a house with another military member. But Canabal discovered rentals were a pretty difficult commodity at the very end of May. So, […]

Dora roper eyes national event

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Jesse Clark of Dora has been waiting all year to get back into the national finals. After this weekend at the New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals in Clovis, he might have the chance. The rodeo runs through Saturday at the Curry County Special Events Center. Clark has been […]

Official: Air conditioner started fire

PNT Staff Report Portales firefighters were called to Heartland Continuing Care about 8:10 p.m. Thursday because of a small fire in an air conditioner in the south dining hall. Heartland staff members moved the residents to the west wing of the building until they were cleared to return, said Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance […]

Government funds help Sunland expansion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sunland Inc. is expanding with help from a government incentive program and plans to introduce a new peanut butter flavor and line of peanut products in the coming months. The expansion will create at least 40 jobs over the next four years. Work began Wednesday to connect Sunland to […]

Flag is symbol of sacrifice

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember when people saluted the flag with pride? Men removed hats, and hands were placed on hearts. No one talked when the flag went by, and many had a teary eye. I admire those who salute the flag. I also admire parents who teach their children why we honor the […]

Fire destroys dairy building

PNT Staff Report A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a building used to store dry milk at Western Star Dairy near Floyd. No one was injured. Floyd Fire Department Lt. Steven Cain said Thursday night the 40-foot-by-40-foot shop was a total loss. According to Cain: • the cause of the fire was still under investigation. • […]

Cancer services offers free family retreat

Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Family Cancer Retreat is September 11 through 13 in Glorieta. The free program provides New Mexico adult cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones with tools and information they need to manage the treatment and survival process. Sessions on treatment options, navigating the health care system, palliative care, meditation, family […]

Getting to know: Retiree devotes time to Dream Center

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Gail Keener, 68, is a resident of Pep who regularly drives 25 miles to Portales for work with the Dream Center. The main task for that charitable group right now is to erect a new building for itself, at 222 N. Main. The old structure’s roof was torn off by high winds in April. The […]

Beets, like taxpayers, deserve fair shake

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist I felt a twinge of sadness when I heard that the SEAM (Social Engineers And Manipulators) had declared “Beetless Tuesday”

Government can muddle simple affairs

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In matters of ethics, one is best equipped to understand when one is close up. Politics is different, as is law, although one reason for having courts is to hash out cases with all the details on view. Otherwise misjudgment lurks nearby. A recent incident brings to light […]

Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

4-H program thrives at children’s home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer More than a dozen youth at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home are going hog wild, and that’s not even mentioning the sheep. About 25 of the residents and children of employees at the home are participating in 4-H this year, with 13 raising pigs and 10 raising sheep, […]

Boys State introduces youth to government

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer In a world with expanding competition for the attention of high school students, Boys State may not hold the lofty position it once did.