Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Approved spouses unaffected by career program pause

by Carmen L. Gleason: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A week after announcing the temporary halt of the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Career Advancement Account operations, the head of the program assured participants with approved financial assistance that their enrollment will be unaffected. “For those of you who have currently approved financial account documents, […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Dennis Lopez

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Name: Dennis Lopez Birth date: Oct. 12, 1968 Profession: Mental Health Resources program director for supported employment Years in Portales: 35 If you’d like to ask him some questions: 607-6615 and lopezdennis2001@yahoo.com

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks […]

Thursday morning briefing: Gang talk, sexting and a strong arm

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. For parents Parents get the skinny on gangs, bullying, sexting, etc from local cops. It’s called the “Modern Day Parenting Presentation” 6 p.m. at Marshall Middle School. Strong armed Eastern New Mexico University junior pitcher Anthony Smith of 29 Palms, Calif., is Lone Star Conference […]

Ag Expo comes to close

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The annual Ag Expo ended Wednesday with attendance slightly below last year, with icy road conditions the first day and a bleak economy. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King said more than 3,000 attended, including 2,655 ticket holders and 450 vendors. A year ago, the Expo […]

Federal grant to expand Internet access

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications received a federal grant Wednesday of more than $11 million to expand high-speed Internet access in eastern and central New Mexico. According to a news release from the state Department of Information Technology, the company plans to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment money to enhance existing […]

ENMU hosting career fair

Freedom New Mexico A career fair Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University is open to the public. ENMU Counseling and Career Services is presenting the fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Union Building Ballroom. Participants can explore job opportunities and interview with local, regional and national employers, according to a news […]

U.S. hockey coverage overhyped

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Sunday was great for me — as a hockey fan, as a Ryan Miller fan and as an American. But calling it historic seems a little offsides. Yes, the United States’ 5-3 win, with Miller in net, sent ripples through Canada. The Vancouver Sun’s headline was, “Woe Canada.” On Monday, […]

DoD pulls plug on records system

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist After spending $1 billion and 12 years of effort, Defense officials have pulled the plug on a hapless plan to bring the four military branches under a single, modern payroll and personnel records system. “This program has been a disaster,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Sharon King

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four candidate profiles in the Portales mayoral race. Elections are Tuesday, March 2.

Ingle: More data needed to pass budget

Staff and wire reports Even by postponing the special session till Monday, the state Senate minority leader says the governor is still asking the Legislature to guess at a budget. Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson moved the start of the special session, originally planned for today, to next week in response to requests from legislators. Sen. […]

Black History Month finale on Thursday

The grand finale for Black History Month at Eastern New Mexico University will be the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Black ENMU at 6 p.m. Thursday in Ground Zero of the Campus Union Building, according to a news release from the university. It is open to the public, and dancing and refreshments are planned to […]

Tractor parade: Ag expo tradition

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has become a tradition for the annual New Mexico Ag Expo. The parade has been part of the expo for 17 years, according to Tom Davis of Portales who had two tractors in the parade. Herb Newberry, a retired farmer […]

Hounds lock up fifth spot in LSC South

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Junior guard Reggie Nelson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and two key free throws in the final minute Tuesday night and Eastern New Mexico University slipped past Abilene Christian 74-71 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game. The win assures ENMU (9-16, 4-7 South) a fifth-place finish in […]

ACU improves playoff hopes at Zias’ expense

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Fighting for one of four South Division spots in the upcoming Lone Star Conference women’s basketball tournament, Abilene Christian wasn’t about to give Eastern New Mexico University a chance Tuesday night. The Wildcats got 3-pointers from Jamie Meyer and Kat Kundmueller in an opening 12-0 salvo and led by […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Candidate debates

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Web site of the day http://hillcrestparkzoo.com Find out more about the Hillcrest Park Zoo, along with a schedule of events. Question of the day What did you think of the city election candidate forum last night? What questions do you still have? Please share your thoughts in […]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]

Special session delayed until Monday

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says he has pushed the start of a special legislative session back until Monday. The governor says he had requests from House and Senate leaders for more time to negotiate spending cuts and tax increases before they resume debate over a state budget. Richardson says he […]