Secretary of Higher Education speaks in Portales

Robin Fornoff New Mexico’s secretary of higher education cautioned leaders from across eastern New Mexico to get on board with his latest initiative or face falling behind. The call to action by Jose Garcia, appointed to higher education’s top spot by Gov. Susana Martinez almost a year ago, was part of a statewide tour of […]

Their view: Navigators can’t replace insurance agents

Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, offers this view on federal heath reform:

Gays pressing for equal benefits

The dismal failure by the congressional “super committee” to deal with the nation’s debt crisis leaves the Department of Defense facing automatic $55-billion-a-year spending cuts from 2013 through 2021. This is in addition to defense cuts of near-equal size already planned across the same decade. President Obama promised before Thanksgiving to veto any attempt to […]

Gingrich right on immigration viewpoint

Freedom New Mexico Genuine, Reagan-era conservatives will thank Newt Gingrich for his reasonable statement about immigration. In a Republican debate last week, Gingrich said: “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. […]

Sheriff’s office confiscates products at smoke shops

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: We’ve made a major correction to this story since it originally published on Monday night, Nov. 28. Deputies did not seize any cash in this raid, as we incorrectly reported. They did raid a third Portales smoke shop in September and seize $10,000 cash but that was connected to a probation […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 30

Membership drive being held KENW-TV’s Winterfest 2011 membership drive is Friday through Dec. 11. Show your support to KENW-TV by volunteering your time to answer telephones for a few hours during this time. If you are interested in helping with the membership drive please call 562-2112 or email at rena.garrett@enmu.edu.

Empty Stocking Fund: Family S

Today’s focus: Family S Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 10 and 7) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because the husband has gone into rehab and the family is now living on one income. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 12 and 10; boys shoe size 1 and 11/2. Toys list: K-nex toy, […]

My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

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I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Big bands, a test of strength and a he lost on Jeopardy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Big band sounds Dance the night away Saturday to the Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Ensemble. It’s the ensemble’s Big Band Dance at the State Theatre in Clovis from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds go towards the annual ENMU […]