People heat up Congress on Internet bills

“When I feel the heat, I see the light,” Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois fam`ously said. He died in 1969, just weeks before the first data packets were sent on ARPANET, the Pentagon-funded academic and research digital network that was a forerunner of the Internet. The senator’s remark certainly applied to events this month in […]

Hounds hoping to make noise in LSC

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Dave Wagner Despite the above-average heat this week, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo wishes the Greyhounds had a game this weekend. They don’t, so he’ll just have to wait for Saturday’s 7 p.m. regular-season opener against New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo, beginning his seventh season at the helm, thinks the […]

Hard to tell which news is fake

The heat wasn’t the only thing that bothered me last week. Add these two to the list: • Last Thursday, parody news site The Onion posted, “Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Objections.” It was good for a quick chuckle, while not so subtly pointing out two inherent problems President Obama has — Republicans’ inclination to […]

Heat driving up feed prices for dairies

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While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is sending forage prices skyrocketing, cutting profits, local members of the dairy industry have said. Dairies deal with heat stress in cattle every summer, said Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales. “The problem is the hay shortage,” Anderson said. Because […]

Businesses eligible for disaster loans

Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The loans aim […]

Experts predict more heat

Freedom New Mexico If you thought Friday got hot, hold on. There’s more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Clovis Municipal Airport reported a high temperature of 106 degrees on Friday. The last time the city got near that high was June 24, 1980, when the thermometer hit 104 degrees. Weather service […]

Family Meals Matter: Easy weeknight meals

Ham and Swiss Rosti

From MealsMatter.org Healthy eating on hectic weeknights might seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. By planning ahead and having a few key ingredients on hand, you can prepare healthy meals, even dessert in less than 30 minutes. This week’s featured family meal comes together in a flash. Prepare Ham and Swiss […]

No regrets after wedding

By noon 29 years ago today I had begun to feel the heat. By 4 p.m. I was sweatin’ bullets. Yeah, it’s my wedding anniversary today and while June 12, 1982, was hot, it wasn’t the reason I was sweating. After I got the proposal part out of the way the previous year, I was […]

Friday morning briefing: Turning up the heat, free lunch and ride ‘em sponsors

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Turning up the heat The New Mexico Gas Company has set up $1 million dollar fund to deal with claims filed by customers who have had broken pipes, property damage and business interruption because of weather-related outages. The number is 1-888-NM-GAS-CO.Ride ‘em sponsors The Clovis/Curry […]

Congressional candidates talk immigration, taxes

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Under the heat of lights from the television studios of KENW, Ben Ray Lujan and challenger Tom Mullins put heat on each other Eastern New Mexico University’s Broadcast Center was the site of Saturday night’s debate for the future of New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Incumbent Lujan, a Democrat, is being challenged by Farmington Republican […]

High heat setting records

A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer than normal. […]

Hounds start practice

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Kevin Wilson The heat was about the only thing Mark Ribaudo would have changed about Saturday. The Eastern New Mexico University coach was happy with just about everything else that transpired during the two-and-a-half hours of practice to lead off the upcoming football campaign, which will be his sixth as head coach. “The older guys […]

Area could see record highs

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer Forecasters say predictions of record-breaking heat across eastern New Mexico today is just the beginning of a scorcher that could last for days. Today’s forecast calls for temperatures to climb to a high of 98 degrees in Clovis with predictions of 105-degree highs […]

Heat-related athlete deaths serious matter

Freedom New Mexico A sure sign of the approach of football season is the sweltering heat we are now experiencing. No matter how mild the weather is in late July, once players put on the pads in August, the temperatures seem to rise. Such weather needs to bring about heightened concerns of players suffering from […]

Pony Express rides again

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Despite heat, dust and a few slightly uncooperative horses, the mail to Pep got through Saturday. Normally that’s not a major accomplishment for the tiny little village 23 miles south of Portales but Saturday it arrived from six other southeast New Mexico communities on horseback. The newly formed Southeast […]

Swimming safely

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By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico With warmer temperatures and summer on the way, more and more children and adults will be seeking refuge from the heat and fun in the sun at pools and lakes throughout the region. Potter Park Pool has been cleaned and inspected and is opening at 1 p.m. today. The […]

Safe home heating not difficult task

By Kevin WIlson: Freedom New Mexico With evening temperatures in the low 40s this week, eastern New Mexico residents are pulling out extra blankets and mugs for hot chocolate and cider. They’ll also be looking for ways to heat their residences. A few small steps can make a home warm, safe and efficient. Andy Cox […]

Family meals important

By Sheryl Borden Information on machine appliqué, preparing healthy meals will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sewing expert, Roberta Amundson of Roberta’s Creations, will demonstrate how to do machine appliqué with a home embroidery machine. She’s from Oceanside, Calif. Registered dietitian, Teresa Wagner represents DairyMax […]

Cook spices it up on ‘Creative Living

By Sheryl Borden: Local columnist Information on making prairie points, cooking with spices, and making illusionary bars on clothing will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Pat de Santis, with Wrights Co. in West Warren, Mass., will show the new “by the yard” prairie […]

Temperatures soar past 100

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Portales experienced its first two triple-digit temperature days in 2007 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature climbed to a near-record 103 degrees on Monday after peaking at 100 on Sunday, according to AccuWeather.com The record high for Aug. 20 is 105 set in 1930, according to AccuWeather.com data that […]