Candidates talk goals, challenges

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Christina Calloway Portales municipal candidates agreed the issues facing the city aren’t limited to the individual wards they want to represent. This sentiment was in response to questions asked in a live candidate forum held by local radio station KSEL-FM Thursday evening. The forum was moderated by KSEL News Director Kevin Robbins, who asked the […]

Candidates tackle election issues

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Alisa Boswell Portales municipal candidates expressed similar concerns for the community of Portales at the election forum Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Opinions did differ on how issues within the city should be resolved. After opening statements in which candidates introduced themselves, forum moderator Robin Fornoff asked the candidates a series of questions: When […]

Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the conclusions of […]

Legislators seek public’s input on legislative issues

Kevin Wilson It’s a long road from eastern New Mexico to Santa Fe, and it’s a tough process once a citizen gets to the New Mexico Legislature. A quartet of local legislators have tried, to noted success, to make the process a two-way street of communication by simply asking, “Tell us what you think.” The […]

Voters express election issues

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Christina Calloway Water conservation was a main concern voiced by registered voters in Portales as an issue they want addressed by the city council candidates running for office in the March 6 election. Issues involving Portales children, including education and recreation, were also areas of concern. Here is what some voters had to say:

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Officials address fireworks, water issues

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Argen Duncan City officials have reiterated that they can’t ban firework sales or use, and said water demand exceeding supply has led to the recent water restrictions. The statements came at a town hall meeting on questions and concerns about fireworks and water Tuesday in the Memorial Building. Officials and citizens have expressed concerns about […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

Town hall will address water, fireworks issues

Argen Duncan City officials have set a special town hall meeting for Tuesday to address water and fireworks issues. Mayor Sharon King said she wants to provide more information about the water situation, update citizens on efforts to stop fireworks use until it rains and answer questions. Discussion isn’t limited to fireworks and water, she […]

Social issues belong on backburner for now

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Treat lefties with consideration

Treat lefties with consideration Russell Anglin, the senior reporter for the Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, has issues with neckties and shoelaces. Here’s a sampling from his recent column:

Attorney general debate set at ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democrat incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race tonight . The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High […]

Attorney general candidates to debate

Freedom New Mexico Attorney General candidates Democratic incumbent Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, Ninth Judicial District attorney, are set to debate key issues in their race Tuesday. The debate is set for 6-7 p.m. in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Zia Room. ENMU’s Student Body Association and Clovis High Plains […]

Fire safety should always be on your mind

Freedom New Mexico Or leaders in Washington, when not rationally discussing the issues of the day in meaningful and noncombative ways (yeah, right), frequently find time to designate or support days, weeks and months for awareness of certain causes. While the nation’s founders would wonder what in Betsy Ross’ bonnet Congress was wasting its time […]

Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee to meet on Monday

A meeting of the Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee is 2 p.m. Monday at Portales City Hall. The committee identifies potential compatibility issues between communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties and Cannon Air Force Base.

Ag research on display at annual Field Day

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Argen Duncan Agriculture producers and others in the community can learn about regional agriculture issues, research and advances the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at today’s annual field day in Clovis. The event is open to the public, and includes a tour of center research projects, lunch and a keynote speech by NMSU […]

Hand-me-down thinking not needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Often those who study the history of philosophy and compare it to the history of other disciplines, especially science, complain that in philosophy no progress is made, that philosophers keep talking about the same thing, that nothing ever gets resolved. It appears clear that in each age most […]

Letters to the editor: Voters have many issues to consider

Voters have many issues to consider With the city election March 2, there are serious issues voters might want to discuss with their candidates: • City revenues are running below last year’s by more than 10 percent. How would the candidate cover these losses? By cutting costs? If so, cutting what and how much? By […]

New year brings clean slate

By Joan Clayton 2009 has come and gone with its challenges. With so many issues in government, chaos in culture, economy and all kinds of personal situations life would seem to be the pits. Not so dear reader. We are living in the “meanwhiles.” Whatever our life span covers, the real life is “losing your […]

Ethics issues surface for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., appears to have gained an unfair advantage in competing for TRICARE’s North Region support contract, valued at $16.7 billion, by hiring a former chief of staff at TRICARE headquarters to help the company draft its winning proposal. The Government Accountability Office, auditing arm […]