Local leaders helped state thrive

As New Mexico celebrates its 100th year as a state it’s easy to daydream about what life in our portion of the state was like back in 1912. Portales had been around just over a decade, Texico was 10 years old and Clovis had been established six years earlier when a division point for the […]

City officials invited to Africa

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Alisa Boswell Portales city leaders may be headed for Zambia, Africa, next summer for further meetings with Zambian kings Nzamane and Mukunis. The kings have offered to pay all costs except for flights to and from Zambia. “Next July, we would like to expect some people to come to Zambia,” said Patrick Mapalo, an ambassador […]

Family remembers son who died in attacks

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Kevin Wilson A decade after they lost a son and brother, the Milam family still finds things out about Maj. Ron Milam. And no matter how many years pass, their lives will never be the same. Killed Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon, Ron Milam continues to inspire memories from […]

Generals of Cannon: Leaders go on to success

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Sharna Johnson Philip Breedlove is vice chief of staff for the Air Force. Roy D. Bridges Jr. became an astronaut. Sarah P. Wells became the top nurse in the Air Force, serving as chief of the Nurse Corps. Kenneth W. North, Jon A. Reynolds and Robinson Risner were prisoners of war in Vietnam. All have […]

Spiritual leaders share Easter sermons

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Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message, according to local spiritual leaders. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the Christian faith, because it is a representation of what the Christian faith is all about. “This is the time to remember that Christ was […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

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 […]

Don’t forget to thank spiritual leaders

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, and I join with many others in honoring our spiritual leaders. First, let me say there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for the many, many selfless acts you do for others. You are vital to my spiritual being. I realize you are on call around the clock. Bible […]

Their view: Political leaders constantly resort to lies

Political leaders constantly resort to lies Portales’ Kirby Rowan offers his views on “right-wing Republicans” in this letter to the editor:

ENMU briefs — Aug. 4

Volunteers needed The crew staffing the Eastern New Mexico University Dawg Days move-in and orientation needs volunteers to help students move into residence halls Aug. 14. The majority of the need is from 8 a.m. to noon. Ten team leaders and as many volunteers as possible are needed. “Their presence helping with move-in means the […]

Habitat home near completion

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Liliana Castillo With the completion of its newest house in Clovis nearing, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties are looking ahead to Portales projects. Executive Director Joyce Davis estimated workers would finish the house at 1625 Cameo St. in Clovis in three to four weeks. Randi Hale of Clovis and her […]

Work to save Dems needs to begin now

Freedom New Mexico The surprise victory — well, it wasn’t a surprise by election day, but virtually nobody except the most Pollyannaish Scott Brown adviser would have predicted it a month ago — by Republican Scott Brown over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last week has politicians and pundits alike scrambling to find […]

Read their lips: There is no state money

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico There is no money. The message was plain and simple Wednesday morning as area legislators listened to the wish lists of community leaders. “There isn’t any money, there really isn’t,” a somber Sen. Clint Harden of Clovis told a group gathered at Wells Fargo Bank for the 2010 annual […]

Implementing strict environmental policies unwise

Freedom Newspapers In a major blow to the campaign against the presumed threat of global warming, world leaders acknowledge that a legally binding global treaty won’t be approved at next month’s 192-nation climate conference in Copenhagen. The concession significantly delays U.N. efforts to orchestrate a treaty to limit greenhouse gases to replace the Kyoto Treaty, […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

Freedom New Mexico The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning […]

Press release: Gov. Richardson visiting area

SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson will visit 14 communities this week as he continues his statewide listening tour. The Governor will travel to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Ft. Sumner, Clovis, Portales, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Moriarty, Mora and Mosquero. The Governor will meet with invited local leaders, county officials, community leaders […]

Take time to let mom know she is appreciated

Freedom New Mexico Moms are the greatest producers of wealth among us. They are greater and more important than glamour stars, politicians, business leaders and all the people our culture worships with a misguided understanding of value and wealth. A Jewish proverb says: “God could not be everywhere, and so he made mothers.” Abolitionist preacher […]

Legislators talk with business leaders

By Bob Quick: The Santa Fe New Mexican With a budget deficit of more than half a billion dollars looming over the state, there’s a need to “keep an eye on what’s happening” in Santa Fe during this legislative session, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a Tuesday morning gathering of business leaders from around New […]

Government retiree `double dipping’ targeted

By Doug Mattson Politicians and union leaders alike are taking aim at the controversial practice of “double-dipping” — public employees returning to work after retirement to collect a salary and pension. The issue comes as lawmakers consider ways to keep some of New Mexico’s biggest retirement funds from hemorrhaging money. The Public Employees Retirement Association […]