Children’s book creator offers lessons for all

Freedom New Mexico We don’t recommend a lot of books in this space, particularly when the book is about fictional mice. Then again, not many children’s book characters teach so much about liberty. “Indy-Pindy The Liberty Mouse,” the creation of Farwell libertarian blogger Kent McManigal, takes his readers on a journey full of challenging, real-life […]

Pride comes from being early riser

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Tough punishment taught me lessons

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Remember being sent to the principal’s office when you were in school? If you don’t then you came along after the days of corporal punishment in public schools because the sting of a wooden paddle will be seared into your memory if you grew up in that time. Even if […]

Monday morning briefing: Marching orders

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Marching orders The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches are today in Clovis and Portales. Starts 9 a.m. at Potter Park in Clovis… 10 a.m. in Portales at Roosevelt County Museum on the ENMU campus. Question of the day At a movie theater which […]

Balancing budget tops legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexico Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut what’s not essential. The 2010 regular session starts Tuesday in Santa Fe and lawmakers have 30 days to agree on what […]

Governor optimistic about cooperation during session

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Many legislative sessions in recent years have been known for the stormy, sometimes rancorous relationship between Gov. Bill Richardson and lawmakers, mainly those in the state Senate. On the threshold of Richardson’s last regular session — his second term expires on Dec. 31 and he legally can’t seek re-election […]

Ethics advocates hoping to be heard at legislative session

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican With most of lawmakers’ attention focused on the state budget this session, ethics reform and good government advocates are hoping legislators have time to dedicate to reform. Already, several lawmakers have prefiled ethics bills online while other public officials have outlined what measures they are willing to support. So […]

Budget cuts, tax hikes on horizon

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The New Mexican There’s a mountain of need in New Mexico. The problem is, there’s only a molehill of money to meet those needs. The state faces a projected budget deficit of $600 million or more next year. This is what the Legislature is up against when New Mexico’s […]

Attending legislative session presents challenges

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican For years people trying to attend a session of the state Legislature have complained about the parking situation at the Capitol. There’s finally some good news on that front. Last year the state opened a new $13 million parking structure just west of the Roundhouse with 580 spaces. (Entrance […]

Volunteers passing out blankets Monday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Community Service Center volunteers will be distributing afghan blankets Monday during Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities in Portales. Center volunteers have been crocheting lap blankets year-round, which are distributed to individuals who are homebound or in nursing homes, said Phyllis Roybal, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program director at the […]

Jan. 17 Police blotter

A sampling of calls Portales dispatchers received Jan. 8 throught Jan. 15, according to call logs: Jan. 8: • At 4:24 p.m. dispatchers sent officers to investigate an open 911 line. They were told that for the past few days, the caller’s dog had been sitting on the phone, which then dialed 911.

Grant will assist Elida with beautification efforts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Elida has been undergoing a four-year-long cleanup aimed at making it a more attractive place to live. Led by members of the town government, volunteers have removed old cars, landscaped, picked up trash and otherwise cleaned up. Now, a $700,000 grant from Gov. Richardson’s Investment Partnership II is paying […]

Election deadlines upcoming

Freedom New Mexico The following election deadlines apply, according to information from the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office: • 5 p.m. Jan. 25: County and state candidates must make any necessary changes to their name, address or party affiliations for the upcoming primary election by this time. • 5 p.m. Feb. 2: Citizens intending to vote […]

Hounds beat Javelinas, go to 2-0 in South

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men ended a 24-game Lone Star Conference losing streak on Wednesday. On Saturday, they snapped a 12-game division losing streak, putting four players in double figures and leading for the final 13 minutes en route to a 72-62 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Senior forward Equs […]

Kingsville hands Zias 77-61 setback

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior guard Dyana Bullinger scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday and Texas A&M-Kingsville handed Eastern New Mexico University a 77-61 loss in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball. Bullinger went 13-of-14 from the foul line for the Javelinas (13-4, 1-1 South), who improved to 8-0 at […]