Census shows increases in Portales

Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as growth at Cannon Air Force Base and Eastern New Mexico University helped fuel double-digit percentage growth between the 2000 U.S. Census numbers and the 2010 numbers. The Portales population jumped 10.3 percent from 11,131 to 12,280, according to figures available at census.gov. “It was a little above [...]

Obama doing little for open government

Freedom New Mexico When Barack Obama became president last year, he expressed a commitment to “creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” On Tuesday, in the middle of Sunshine Week, highlighting the public’s right to know what its government is doing, Obama renewed his commitment to making his administration “the most open and transparent [...]

Portales city council wary of water authority bill

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales city officials are concerned about a legislative bill that would establish a new water authority for eastern New Mexico and give it the right to set sewer rates. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his doubts about House Bill [...]

Roosevelt had warped view of liberty

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist One of my colleagues at Chapman University told me how much he favors the following sentiment expressed by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “I am not for a return to that definition of liberty under which for many years a free people were gradually regimented into the service [...]

6/28 Obituaries

Julius Johnson Jr., 73 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis. Mr. Julius Jordan “Jay” Johnson Jr., 73, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Yeso, to Julius and Vera Johnson. Johnson was a retired captain [...]