With poverty rising, don’t use wrong solutions

Freedom New Mexico Our hearts go out to the poor and everyone hurting from the recession. New Census figures tell us 1 in 15 Americans is poor, a record high. Some reflexively call for redistributing wealth, increasing taxes, expanding social safety nets. All at a price. Such tactics also have other detrimental effects. America remains [...]

Joint land use on tap for Monday meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting 3 p.m. Monday at the Curry County Courthouse commission room. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on existing conditions regarding land uses in the counties and Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of the joint land use study [...]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

milupdate@aol.com Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary of defense for wounded [...]

Dems back tax increase for wealthy

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 votes in [...]

Jan. 29, 1963

According to the Portales News Tribune, local Forecast: Increasing cloudiness and rather windy, turning much colder tonight and Wednesday. Low tonight 20, high Wednesday 32.

Homemade devices best left at home

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Those of you who watch television appreciate the increasing presence of “hard-sell, direct-buy” commercials on the cable and satellite networks. The pitch involves an inventive but cheaply produced product like squeegees, stick-on light bulbs, sunglasses, vegetable choppers, political promises and collision chasing lawyers. “Only $19.95! It will peel grapes, oranges, [...]

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with [...]

Price increased for Sunday paper

Freedom New Mexico The price for Sunday editions of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune is going up by 25 cents. Freedom New Mexico, which publishes both papers, is increasing the price from $1 to $1.25 effective Sunday to offset production costs, according to Publisher Ray Sullivan. Sullivan said the rising cost of utilities, [...]

Portales school board reviews energy savings, lunch price increases

Thomas Garcia The Portales Municipal Board of Education is focused on reducing costs and increasing energy efficiency at Portales’ schools. The Portales School District saved $344,000 in energy cost with a four-year energy conservation program, said Portales superintendent, Randy Fowler,

City, county face increasing fuel budgets

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT staff writer