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Progress reports sent home Teachers will issue progress reports to students to take home today. These reports show academic progress for the first three weeks of the third grading period, which ends March 8.

My turn: Liquor sales issue never put to rest

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Portales heads to the polls today for another round in its century-old debate over firewater. Today’s chapter is focused on Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. The story began in 1898, when Portales consisted of one house, one general store … and two saloons. Railroad workers and cowboys frequented the saloons in those days, searching for […]

Low early voter turnout for alcohol sales issue

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Alisa Boswell PORTALES — Early voter turnout for the Dec. 13 special election on alcoholic sales in restaurants has been low, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. Martinez-Terry said as of Tuesday, 105 Portales residents have voted early. There are 6,007 registered voters in the city. “I’m not sure what this indicates,” Martinez-Terry said. […]

Camouflage makes issue clear

From high school on, whenever somebody would pull out some kind of school or office supply decorated in camouflage, there would always be some kind of joke. “Wow, John … how is that pencil eraser just floating in the air? It’s magical. Oh, oh, sorry … I didn’t see the pencil because it was camouflage.” […]

Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

Their view: Licenses should be granted despite immigration status

Sen. Pete Campos offers his view on the immigrant license issue in New Mexico: One of the most divisive, emotional and visceral issues to come before the New Mexico Legislature in recent years is that of whether the State of New Mexico should give driver’s licenses to people who are not in the United States […]

Their view: State has own pension problems to tackle

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. He addressed the state pension issue in a recent column submission:

Horse recycling makes more sense

As we horse owners and lovers struggle to find some middle ground in the tragic abandoned horse issue, maybe we need to look “outside the box.” Most horse owners, horse associations, equine veterinarians, and those of us forced to take the responsibility for dealing with the mess, are still optimistic that the new Centers for […]

Their view: Status checks not immigration issue

Status checks not immigration issue Ruben Navarrette, who writes for The Washington Post Writers Group, backs New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’ approach to policing immigration status:

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

My turn: Compassion is real issue at hand

My basketball/golf/war-history buddy John Kirby recently asked whether I’d considered writing about the Florida preacher threatening to burn Korans. I told the Connecticut Yankee on the Court — who insists that I shoot three-pointers even when I’m not feeling it and thinks it unusual that I carry four fairway putters — that simple condemnation of […]

Housing forum attendees say more rentals needed

Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials came to one conclusion: The area needs more rentals. The forum was held by the planning group Thursday to host communication between military personnel and housing market officials about a lack of affordable housing […]

My turn: Drug abuse serious issue

I’m not one for making something into a big deal if it’s not warranted. But this week’s video is just a small example of why the article in Thursday’s paper should be taken very seriously, and local pharmacies and law enforcement alike should prepare themselves. Prescription drug abuse may not be an issue yet in […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Middle school at issue and a Beatles killer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom new Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Contest winner Jennette Lovett is the latest winner of the $50 Ace Hardware gift card in the Cnjonline.com drawing each week for our newsletter subscribers.School site selection The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is expected to choose a site for a third middle school […]

Citations recommended in police rollover

State police will recommend magistrate court issue citations to both drivers involved in Saturday’s rollover of a Portales police car,

Bills seek to rein in exempt jobs

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The issue of exempt employees on state government’s payroll hasn’t gone away this session, despite layoffs of 59 of the governor’s political appointees in January. Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, again is pushing a measure that would limit the number of exempt state employees to about 400. “The number of […]

Civil liberties larger issue affecting gays

Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making it a federal crime to assault somebody due to his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation was named for Matthew Shepard, who tragically became a household name after dying from being brutally beaten and tied to a fence in […]

Commission returns to parking issue

Freedom New Mexico The sometimes contentious issue of courthouse parking is set for another discussion Tuesday by Roosevelt County Commission. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse. The parking lot was recently remodeled, but not all landscaping has been completed. Some business owners have asked for the Second Street side of the lot […]

Civil liberties not partisan issue

By Steven Greenhut: FNM columnist Government officials seek to control whatever it is they don’t understand. In my experience, they don’t understand much, so they try to regulate, tax, monitor and control everything. And now we learn the Obama administration, clueless about the nature of conservative activism in this country, wants to monitor it very […]

Portales has issues with Ute authority language

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — The Ute Water Project trickled closer to reality Thursday with local entities reaching agreement on several key issues. But representatives of communities planning to be part of the $432 million project want at least one more study session to iron out their differences on proposed state legislation […]