Farmers: Wheat harvest ample

Argen Duncan The grain harvest of wheat this year is the best in years due to more precipitation than usual, members of the agriculture industry are saying. At Portales grain elevator J.D. Heiskell and Company, Plant Manager Eldon Merrick said 90 to 95 percent of the wheat grown for grain in his area had been […]

Mother Nature has mind of her own

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

Thursday morning briefing: E-news, rain and epic battles

Good Morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

Ticket feature: Fireworks displays readied to celebrate Fourth

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Freedom New Mexico There’s sure to be no shortage of fireworks and fun Sunday. Clovis and Portales are each planning events to commemorate Independence Day complete with music, food, games and closing the night with fireworks. Portales’ annual Smokin’ Fourth of July will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday at Eastern New Mexico University’s football practice […]

My turn: Get creative with muffin mixes

The quickest route to muffins is a boxed mix, and mixes take a step up with easy added ingredients. I did a little research after my supervisor, Robin Fornoff, asked about muffin recipes. I checked a lot of labels to see which mixes had the fewest calories and no trans-fat-carrying hydrogenated ingredients. To save you […]

Camping tradition revived

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist It’s that wonderful time of year again, time for the Rodriguez annual Fourth of July Buffalo Springs Lake Survivor adventure. It’s a family tradition that goes all the way back to 2007 or 2008. Hard to remember. It’s been so many beers, I mean years ago. This ancient family tradition […]

Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.

Billy Idol not welcome camping

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico “You? Camping?” My coworker couldn’t believe I was making plans for July. I can’t blame her; I barely believe it myself. I haven’t camped since sixth grade, when my friend Doug and I took the bus route with our friend Kirk. We ventured out to the wilderness, relying on […]

Military feature: Portales woman served on Navy destroyer

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales woman who works at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post served aboard a ship bombing Baghdad and traveled around the world during her time in the U.S. Navy. Christine Scharle, a Socorro native, was in the Navy from 2000-2004, and said it was a good experience. […]

Police blotter — June 30

Recent calls received by Roosevelt County dispatchers, according to call logs: Sunday • At 12:52 a.m., a caller in the area of South Roosevelt Road R 1/2 requested officers, saying subjects were trying to get into her house. • At 10:10 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of West Ivy Street said she gave […]

Chamber’s fireworks displayed enhanced

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The goal for the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks display has exploded. Donations not only met the $8,000 mark for the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July on Sunday, but exceeded it by $2,000. Portales Mayor Sharon King, who is also executive director of the chamber, said Tuesday […]

ENMU briefs — June 30

Summer session beginning The second four-week summer session at Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled July 6-30. To enroll: call 1-800-FOR-ENMU or e-mail enrollment.services@enmu.edu. To register: www.enmu.edu.

Wednesday morning briefing: Portales parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the […]

Safety city’s fireworks priority

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Safety is the priority this year, as fireworks vendors are set to sell the colorful explosives to area residents. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Inge said all fireworks stands have passed inspection. Some of the things Inge looks for during his inspections are: • Minimum age of the seller and […]

State cigarette tax jumps 75 cents on Thursday

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less than New Mexico’s as of July 1.That’s one of several new laws that have taken effect from the state’s 2010 legislative sessions.Last week, a pack of cigarettes that cost $3.25 before taxes ran a smoker $4.16 after […]

Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases […]

Employers barred from offering incentives to use TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by […]

High court delivers another blow to liberties

Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote […]

Their view: Governor candidates throw caution to the wind with questionable advertising claims

A recent post from New Mexico political blogger Joe Monahan: More holes to tell you about in an ad for the race for Guv. This time it’s Susana Martinez’s claim in her primary spot that she has “taken on members of the most violent drug cartels.” Well, maybe that’s a stretch. From the New Mexican: […]