Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Six-word summaries say a lot

Six-worders arrived on the scene a few years back. The six-worder brevity grasps a life story or current condition or philosophy. Column readers were invited to offer their own, did so with creativity, and the invitation is repeated. Here is a current crop of mine: She is a Tea Party heroine, a former Minnesota lawmaker […]

Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport […]

Portales past: Sept. 24, 1950

Portales Daily News: The current week’s news tip award went to David and Barry Stone for their story about the fledgling hawk they raised from a chick. The story and picture appeared in Thursday’s dairy news. Each week, the newspaper gave $3 for the best news tip of the week.

Portales ceremony commemorates 9/11

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Jared Tucker Local leaders and business owners voiced their opinions about current governmental issues while honoring lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at an annual ceremony Friday in the James Polk Stone Community Bank parking lot in Portales. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry, one of two guest speakers at the ceremony, […]

Current administration dangerous

It bothers me to no end that millions of Americans simply don’t get just how dangerous this current administration’s views are, especially about the nature of our basic rights. I suppose I should not be surprised, given the utterly perverted primary and secondary education most people receive now in their government-run schools. After all, those […]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico honors Nancy Taylor for volunteer work

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer cal food bank, Nancy Taylor received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet Thursday night. The event at Eastern New Mexico University also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the local United Way organization, recognized current and past contributors and looked toward the […]

Help for veterans available

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Service Officer George Vargas of the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services is available to help current and former service members, their families and their surviving spouses 9:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. every other Thursday at the Portales Senior Center at 501 N Industrial Drive. His next visit is […]

City council supports formation of new regional water authority

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to support the formation of a new regional water authority, under certain conditions. The council approved a resolution supporting House Bill 15, in its current state, which would establish an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to manage the Ute Water Pipeline […]

Medicaid meeting planned in Roswell

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program, according to a news release. Discussion will cover proposed changes to Medicaid, a proposed buy-in to the State Coverage Plan and adding more benefits to the current […]

Nudge-ocrats have own agenda

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Ideas do have consequences and this is quite evident with the current administration’s adoption of what has been labeled — or mislabeled — “libertarian paternalism.” Two political economists, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein,

Gubernatorial candidate starts campaign early

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Freedom New Mexico Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque, a Republican candidate for state governor, stopped in Clovis on Wednesday, getting an early start on the 2010 campaign. Current Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, is term-limited. Thus far, no others have announced for the position in either party. Zanetti most recently worked as a financial adviser and […]

Time for salaries to come back down

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

House bill guarantees wages

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez: The New Mexican House Labor and Human Resources Committee members approved a bill aimed at protecting New Mexico employees from wage theft. House Bill 489 sponsored by State Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, was approved with a 4-2 vote Tuesday. Among other provisions, the bill aims to guarantee that workers get their […]

U.S. shouldn’t support either side in Mideast

Freedom New Mexico As is so often the case with Middle Eastern conflicts, there are wheels within wheels in the current Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza strip, and a distinct shortage of reasons to cheer either side. The primary blame for the current conflict must lie with Hamas, a militant organization heavily subsidized by […]

Budget prey to wasteful spending

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year. Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good […]

Gap widening between active and retired pay

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

Davis wins spot on hospital board

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Peggy Davis has been declared the winner in District 3 of the Roosevelt General Hospital Board election, by a margin of 160 to 84, according to officials with the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. “I am excited beyond words,” Davis said of her election win. In Tuesday’s election, Davis received […]

It’s their job: Marie Roberson

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Marie Roberson Job: Title Examiner for Graham Abstract Time on the job: Since January 1946, with the exception of taking about 15 years off to raise her children. Background: Roberson began working for C.J. Sparks’ Roosevelt County Abstract Co.; which was purchased by the Grahams, whom Roberson had […]

Current Greyhounds defeat alumni

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Youth must be served, and Saturday afternoon the current Eastern New Mexico Greyhound gridders survived a scare at the hands of Greyhound alumni players 28-20 in the first annual ENMU alumni game at Greyhound Stadium. “It was a little closer than I expected,” ENMU head coach Mark Ribaudo said. […]