Religious views shouldn’t matter

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I do not enjoy upsetting people, but intellectual honesty requires that I address Rick Santorum’s “phony theology” remark. Santorum, a fine family man, said that the president’s policies are “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

RGH purchases new equipment

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary recently purchased several pieces of physical therapy equipment for RGH Rehab Services. This equipment will enhance patient care by allowing the therapists to expand treatment exercises, according to a hospital press release. An overhead pulley system will be used to address upper extremity, trunk and lower extremity […]

Text of Gov. Susana Martinez’ state of the state address

SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 17, 2012. Governor Martinez – 2012 State of the State Address Thank you. Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tem; Mr. Speaker; Democratic […]

Area part of bovine disease research

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Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to address a bovine disease that can have significant impact on dairy and beef operations. New Mexico State University and its Clovis-based Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium are involved in a $9.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to […]

Officials address fireworks, water issues

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Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about […]

Town hall will address water, fireworks issues

Argen Duncan City officials have set a special town hall meeting for Tuesday to address water and fireworks issues. Mayor Sharon King said she wants to provide more information about the water situation, update citizens on efforts to stop fireworks use until it rains and answer questions. Discussion isn’t limited to fireworks and water, she […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Clovis mayor to discuss state of city

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield will deliver the annual state of the city address 4 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The address is intended to inform citizens and accomplishments and activities of the last year and to answer questions about the upcoming year. The address will be broadcast on Cable Channel 6. Information: 769-7828.

City asking for Easter egg donations

The City of Portales needs donations of plastic Easter eggs, filled if possible, for its second annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is set for 3 p.m. April 23 at the city softball complex. Organizers made changes to address compaints that last year’s setup left many children emptyhanded, Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste said. Information […]

Obama cites military successes in address

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In a State of the Union address marked by a call for renewed American innovation and cooperation, President Barack Obama pointed to the nation’s military as an example to follow. “Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, ticket deadline and a bridge to gold

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Calling on you The new Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January and needs volunteers. Community members interested in participating in these focus groups will be chosen randomly from all who volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked […]

Residents sought for focus groups

PNT staff report The new Portales Quality of Life Committee is looking for community residents to participate in focus groups, according to a news release from the Regional Growth Planning Office. Multiple focus groups are set to meet at the end of January at various times of the day for no more than two hours, […]

Base to host school town hall meeting

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Educators from Clovis and Portales schools and Clovis Christian School will address issues of interest at a school town hall meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 6 at The Landing Zone. Each speaker will have a 10-minute presentation and then be available to answer questions from the audience.

Air Force chief of staff visits Cannon

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather R. Redman Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz meets Airman First Class Michael Gurski, center, and shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Betsy Ulyak, both from the 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron, during lunch at the dining facility Jan. 26. Gen. Schwartz had lunch with numerous airmen from […]

Bipartisanship comes at cost to taxpayers

Freedom New Mexico After his State of the Union address, we expected environmental groups to protest President Barack Obama’s declaration to advance nuclear power. We’re pleased the outrage already spans the political spectrum, with many stops in between. Add us to the complainers. The new federal budget proposes to triple loan guarantees for new nuclear […]

Student picked to attend state of union address

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis High School student was chosen out of 212 students to attend the State of the Union Address. Randy Miller, who was in Washington D.C. with the Close Up Program, was chosen by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to attend the speech by President Barack Obama. The Close Up […]

Text of Gov. Richardson’s state of the state speech

A link to Gov. Bill Richardson’s state of the state address delivered today at the start of the state Legislative session.

Governor to deliver State of the State address

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Gov. Bill Richardson delivers his eighth and final State of the State address today, shortly after the second regular session of the 49th Legislature convenes in Santa Fe. Richardson, who by law can’t seek a third consecutive term, promises his speech will be short, […]

Private, public partnership needed

By Beverlee McClure: Guest columnist When the Legislature meets in special session on Saturday, the state will address issues shared with many private businesses in New Mexico — declining revenues and increased costs in a challenging economic climate. The state’s shortfall has been caused not only by declining revenues as is the case for many […]