Candidates talk goals, challenges

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Christina Calloway Portales municipal candidates agreed the issues facing the city aren’t limited to the individual wards they want to represent. This sentiment was in response to questions asked in a live candidate forum held by local radio station KSEL-FM Thursday evening. The forum was moderated by KSEL News Director Kevin Robbins, who asked the […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a master’s in education in school counseling, said she not only has a new job but is already working it. “My husband and I just moved to Artesia and I’ve […]

Libertarians aren’t angry people

One accusation I have seen repeatedly leveled at libertarians, by people who see themselves as being in the mainstream, is that libertarians must be angry. Just because we speak out against the use of coercion, and don’t fall for exceptions based upon — well, anything, we must be angry? Now, I won’t deny I have […]

Court addresses different kind of cold case

Freedom New Mexico The scientific standard for statistical significance and the legal standard for material misrepresentation in a federal securities case aren’t the kinds of topics that typically inspire lively dinner conversation. Nevertheless, a recent Supreme Court decision involving these issues deserves greater public attention and will affect consumers’ choices in their stock portfolios and […]

Schools respond to proposed evolution teachings

Argen Duncan Local school administrators aren’t taking a strong stance on a bill that would allow the teaching of controversial topics such as intelligent design in public schools. State Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Albuquerque, has introduced a bill that would prevent the state from prohibiting teachers who are presenting a controversial scientific topic “from informing students […]

Voting season starts Tuesday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With only one member of Congress on the ballot for eastern New Mexico, there aren’t many federal changes this area can make on the ballot box. But Tuesday marks the first day voters can weigh in on several state issues, including local races, state races with local candidates and […]

My turn: Tuna patties easy to fix

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Editor David Stevens says he could eat tuna patties at every meal. He wanted to know when I was going write a column about them, so I tried some. The tuna patties taste nice and aren’t too fishy. They’re also quick to make and not too easy to screw […]

My turn: Brussels sprouts don’t deserve bad rep

aduncan@pntonline.com I think more people would like Brussels sprouts if they were just cooked right. Of course Brussels sprouts aren’t going to taste good if they’re bland or too mature. I use frozen Brussels sprouts because they’re quick, and I season them much the way my parents taught me. A college friend who abhorred just […]

Misbehavior needn’t be regulated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist In matters of human conduct it is vital to distinguish between actions that coerce others to do something they must be in charge of choosing either to do or not do, versus resisting their attempts to coerce someone. If I try to make you eat your vegetables and you aren’t […]

Tornado aftermath still lingers

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jim Blevins refers to his home and neighborhood as ground zero. The tornado that ripped through it is three years gone. The daily reminders aren’t. Jim and Iris Blevins’ home on South Prince Street was in the path of the March 23, 2007, tornado that killed two — Jim’s […]

Structure always needed in society

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

Ag feature: Pecan crops can be found locally

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Peanuts may be important to Roosevelt County, but they aren’t the only nuts in the jar. Pecans aren’t a major crop in the county, but the area is home to several orchards. Local pecan grower Michael Eaton tends an orchard on Roosevelt Road P, along with his family’s second […]

Parents at the front line against kids’ obesity

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance According to the Journal of American Medicine, nearly 32 percent of American children between 2 and 19 need to lose weight to avoid chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Military families aren’t exempt; a 2005 survey reported that nearly 20 percent of Department of Defense teenagers are […]

Local legislators brace for special session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]

Freedom files Chapter 11

Freedom Communications, parent company of Freedom New Mexico, filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday but said operations aren’t expected to change. The filing was done, “along with a plan-support agreement executed by a steering committee of (Freedom’s) lenders,” according to a company press release. “(The company) has sufficient cash to fund daily operations […]

Organization works to save, relocate prairie dogs

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Prairie dogs aren’t exactly held in the highest regard by those who make a living off the land. In fact, many local farmers, ranchers and developers view the small mammal mostly as a pest to be rid of. Joann Haddock of Lorenzo, Texas and her partner Susan Hubby of […]

Health officials: Take basic precautions to avoid swine flu

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. […]

Stimulus includes help for homeowners

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Cannon Air Force Base Community Readiness Consultant Linda Sapp has recommendations for military personnel trying to protect their finances in the midst of the country’s economic troubles. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Military personnel aren’t immune from the country’s economic troubles, especially when it comes to selling houses, but they […]

Children aren’t top priority for Congress

Freedom New Mexico Any doubt that Congress is still in the grip of entrenched special interests, in this case the powerful teachers unions, is belied by a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House last week and working its way through the Senate. It would effectively end a successful program offering widened […]

Government’s actions aren’t progressive

Here is a sad, undisputed fact: About 350,000 rather wealthy people at “the top” own as much as the entire bottom half of the remaining 300-plus million people in America, the land of the free. In a nutshell, what has happened is we have pursued a living within a system that blatantly milks the productivity […]