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 […]