Their view: Bill would promote free access to public data

Sarah Welsh is executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. She is asking for support for a a free access to public data.

Economic development official recruiting tenants for industrial park

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s a pitch Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials believe is a winner when it comes to the Clovis Industrial Park. But the 250-acre park, finished in the summer of 2008, has been slow to attract potential industries. After two-plus years, just one […]

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State offering database access The New Mexico State Library is offering a research database for junior high students in the state. A table of contents lists about 50 different categories and topics for student research. The URL is http://find.galegroup.com/menu/commonmenu.do?userGroupName=nm_s_portalesjhs The password to access this information is “pjhsrams.” Bullying unacceptable Counselor Matt Alvarado and Principal Steve […]

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 […]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi

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Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common as french fries and golden arches. Beginning Jan. 1, all McDonald’s locations will offer free Internet access for customers. Internet service isn’t new at restaurants and coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. […]

Comcast launches HDTV

PNT Staff Report Comcast has announced that it will launch high-definition television service today, bringing HDTV programming access from Fox News, Travel Channel, National Geographic, Food Network and CNN to customers in Portales.

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Inauguration symbol of true democracy

Freedom New Mexico Some of them remember Roosevelt. Some of them have no memory of anyone not named Bush or Clinton. Just as the big event draws people from many generations, its allure crosses other demographic lines as well. They arrive by private jet from Hollywood mansions and Manhattan skyscrapers. They also come by bus […]

Consumers likely to see benefits from FCC auction

editorial An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has been assigned regulatory […]

Internet tax would only slow progress

Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding frenzy […]

Supreme Court should overturn drug decision

Editorial The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how the court […]

Media must work as government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

Council requests more information

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors tossed a preliminary subdivision plat approval back to city staff and the planning commission Tuesday, looking for more information. Desert Oasis Subdivision, proposed by David Sanders of Portales, seeks a mixed-use development with up to three commercial lots and an undetermined number of residential lots on […]

Forgetfulness can be sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Seventh-graders granted laptops

By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Portales Junior High School will issue all its seventh-graders a brand-new Hewlett-Packard laptop computer soon in order to enhance their education and learning skills. This is the first year for the program in Portales. After originally applying for the Laptop Initiative state grant last year to fund the laptops, the […]

Portales airport will have new fuel farm access road

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting a new fuel farm access road as part of the airport expansion. City councilors recently accepted a $301,651 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will fund reconstruction and paving of the fuel farm access road, paving of the parking lot […]

Pin number theft causes concern

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Linda Mathews tried to buy a sandwich Wednesday, but instead watched, hungry, as her Visa debit card was taken from her and cut into pieces. After her pin number was stolen, Access Bank in Clovis ordered that her card be taken, she said. Access Bank officials said Mathews’ experience isn’t […]

At least some good news from Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers I f you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle […]

Free legal help offered by state organization

By Tony Parra Law Access New Mexico representatives are creating a push into Roosevelt County to try to help residents with low income receive free legal advice. Kathleen Brockel, Executive Director of Law Access New Mexico, said the purpose of the trip to Portales is to create awareness to low-income residents in Roosevelt County of […]

Loan will go toward fiber optics

By Tony Parra A change in the availability of fiber optics for the residents of Roosevelt County is on the horizon after U.S. Representative Tom Udall confirmed Yucca Communications of Portales will receive more than $11 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program on Monday. […]