Heart conditions now compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year when the Department of Veterans Affairs issues a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to […]

Regulations won’t advance U.S. recovery

Freedom New Mexico Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech to the American Economic Association on Sunday, has acted as you might expect a custodian of the institution he heads to act — defensively. He downplayed the role the Fed’s loose monetary policy from late 2001 through much of 2005 played in creating […]

New license plates honor universities

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University has its own New Mexico license plate. The new plates, which feature the university’s Zia symbol and greyhound on a green background, are available now, according to a news release from the state Taxation and Revenue Department. “I think this is a good opportunity for […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Remembering a local hero

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Video of day The right way to learn square dancing. Rembering a local hero Damian Garza was born in Portales, grew up in Clovis, and died in service of his country, on Aug. 4, 2005, in Afghanistan. Here are a couple of Web sites honoring the fallen […]

Municipal election candidates file

The following candidates filed by the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday for the March 2 Portales municipal election: Mayor: • Gary L. Watkins • Steven R. Davis • Sharon L. King • Dennis Lopez Ward A Councilor: • Antonio O. Salguero (incumbent) Ward B Councilor: • Oscar H. Robinson • Antonio Roque Sanchez Jr. • Calvin […]

Base official: Affordable housing needed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base keeps growing. But Cannon officials have concerns about whether affordable housing can keep up. Personnel from the base met with community members and elected officials Tuesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Library to talk about the population increase for Cannon — at least 1,500 over the […]

County road funding likely will be slashed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Roosevelt County is facing state funding cuts that will limited it to repairing about half as many road surfaces as in past years. The issue came before the Roosevelt County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the county received about $432,000 from three Local […]

Press Release: State unveiling ENMU license plate

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will issue two special license plates this week in recognition of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “This is a great opportunity to showcase two of the storied educational institutions in New Mexico,” said Taxation & Revenue Secretary […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Joking around and Muleshoe’s “Muletrain.”

Good morning! It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Good for a laugh… it’s Joking around. Muletrain musing Muleshoe’s homespun TV 6 features Gill Lamb’s

Hounds fall to Fort Lewis 82-59

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the game well in Fort Lewis’ hands, a loose ball rolled all the way down to the other sideline. When the referee jokingly ordered Greyhounds guard Jimmie Marshall to go get the ball, Marshall joked back that he was tired. Marshall’s jest seemed to fit the evening, as […]