Debt plan would tamp down COLA

Military retirees, Social Security recipients and others drawing federal payments were tempted to grumble at Congress or the White House when the past two Januarys brought no cost-of-living adjustment. The real culprits were a deeply distressed economy, which drove prices down, and a logical process, set up 40 years ago, to track inflation and adjust […]

Norway: Do justice, but protect freedom

Freedom New Mexico We continue to be horrified by the mass killings in Norway, allegedly by Anders Behring Breivik. He has confessed that, on July 22, he set off a bomb in Oslo, the country’s capital, killing at least eight people. More than 80 others were killed when he went on a killing spree at […]

July 27 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • An officer was dispatched to a convenience store in the 1700 block of South Avenue D about 7 p.m. in reference to shoplifting. A dispatcher told him an employee had detained a subject. The 16-year-old employee said he saw a 15-year-old […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Shrimp on the boil and racing wiener dogs

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Shrimp on the boil The Eastern New Mexico University Portales Alumni Chapter and the ENMU Alumni Affairs Office is hosting their annual Shrimp Boil fundraiser to benefit ENMU scholarships Aug. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Yam Theatre in downtown Portales. Entertainment will […]

Membership drives help fund KENW

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Argen Duncan With music, comedy, health and how-to programs, KENW-TV is seeking to raise money with its next membership drive in August. The KENW Fall Festival is one of four annual membership drives, three of which have existed since 1975. “The donations that were received are important to help pay for the cost of programming,” […]

July 27 — ENMU briefs

Group published in journal Dr. Manuel Varela, professor of biology, and his research colleagues have had a paper accepted for publication in the refereed journal Archives of Microbiology. Co-authors include Dr. Gui-Xin He, former ENMU postdoctoral fellow and present assistant professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell; Conner Thorpe, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Dennis Wash, University […]

Non-profit fishing retreat extends deadline

Freedom New Mexico Casting For Recovery New Mexico has extended the application deadline to Monday for women in New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle to apply for its 2011 Fly-Fishing Retreat, according to a news release from the organization. Casting For Recovery New Mexico is a non-profit organization that provides fly-fishing retreats tailored for women […]

My turn: Language still barrier

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When I was growing up, I thought everyone in Lubbock spoke Spanish. We went to the tienda down the street from my grandparents’ house; they spoke Spanish. At the park; Spanish. The music was Ramon Ayala. At Mass and cursillos (religious retreats) it was pure Spanish, with joyful shouts of “De Colores!” But then we […]

Cannon funding bill passes Senate

Cannon Connections staff A spending bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday contains millions in funding for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force base and other installations around New Mexico, according to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. The bill invests $215 million in construction at bases around the state, each project being […]

Clovis set to host minor league clash

Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Professional baseball is coming to Clovis on Thursday night. The Ruidoso Osos and Roswell Invaders, members of the independent Pecos League, will square off in a 7 p.m. nine-inning contest at Harris Field. League commissioner Andrew Dunn said the game will give area fans a chance to see the product. […]

CEO hopes Wheatfields will be boon to community

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Sharna Johnson Emerging from the tangles of bankruptcy with his nearly-failed project resurrected, Seasons Management CEO Eric Jacobsen says it is his hope to see Wheatfields Assisted Living Facility become a boon to the community. The senior center on North Prince Street is beginning to show signs of life nearly five years after construction started, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, final exams and the first post office

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie, whose tireless research is legend. Game: Bastion Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PC What is it? A diverse adventure game with a great deal of flexibility. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ […]

City focuses on new wastewater treatment plant

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Alisa Boswell The next big project in Portales may mean cleaner water, according to Portales City Manager Tom Howell. The city recently signed a contract with Smith Engineering of Albuquerque for building a new wastewater treatment plant in Portales. Howell said city officials estimate the new plant will be in the same location as the […]

20-year-old charged in Tucumcari homicide

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Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the July 9 homicide of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco. Johnson said Jones was also charged with aggravated burglary, unlawful taking […]

My turn: Money to be made in running

I decided to go for a run, not for any particular reason, but just to keep in running shape. Just after taking off, I was just getting into a pace, when I saw something on the ground. I did a quick turn around and went back. There it was, just what I thought it was. […]

Club notes —

Beta Phi Five members and four guests of the Beta Phi enjoyed a delicious breakfast held July 9, 2011, at the Rose Garden in Pleasant Hill for their Rush Social and a pledge ceremony was held for Dottie Good and Rachel Wallace. Collen Baldwin, Nathan Blandings, Sandy Friday, Laura Loflin, Patsy Lorenz, Bev Miller, June […]

Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. […]

On the shelves —

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives” by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku gives us a provocative vision of the coming century, based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing […]

Honors —

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Hart [image#1, align=left, size=medium] Sharon Hart was recognized as Plains Regional Medical Center Auxilian of the Month for June. She joined the Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in February 1995. She currently volunteers at the Information desk.