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 […]

Romney has best policies on conflict

Freedom New Mexico The Republican debates Saturday night and Sunday morning were intended to give last-minute guidance to voters in New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primary today. But they were useful also to voters in military-rich eastern New Mexico. The candidates offered glimpses into how they view the armed forces, overseas conflicts and when […]

Reader-submitted content: Salvation Army offers opportunity to give back to community

David Heflin During the Holiday Season, we encounter dozens of symbols that stir sentiments in our hearts: a Christmas tree, lights on the houses, Santa taking pictures with kids, a Nativity scene and so many more. Many symbols of the holiday season also communicate an opportunity to give back to those that are less fortunate […]

Verhines recommends Ute water project manager successor

Kevin Wilson Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the Yam Theater, […]

Free downloadable e-cookbooks will help you get dinner on the table

Doreen Christensen How’d that first day back at school go? If you’re like me, you had a bit o’ trouble getting dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. Now that those lazy summer days are over, you might be looking for a few fast shortcuts to make week-night dinners come together in a snap. […]

State tax-free weekend begins Friday

Cannon Connections illustration: Gabriel Monte The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and concludes midnight Sunday. Kevin Wilson For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s […]

Business owners expect brisk sales during tax-free weekend

Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department website, the tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and […]

My turn: Make cake in less than five minutes

If you could make cake in five minutes… Actually, you can, and it’s good. I’ve discovered two recipes for one- or two-serving chocolate cakes cooked in the microwave. One I picked up in Socorro, and one comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers. I combined recipes to make my own: Microwave cake In […]

County wells producing less water

Argen Duncan Domestic wells in some areas of Curry County are drying up, while Roosevelt County wells are still pumping, although often with less volume, according to the Office of the State Engineer. This area of eastern New Mexico has three basins, geographical areas in which water drains to a specific point. Mike Barajas, OSE […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Comfy seats, less than inviting weather

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing: Video of the day: Joking around. Best seat in the house:

My turn: Grandson’s birth emotional

Helena Rodriguez Less than three hours before my 43rd birthday last Wednesday, I became a grandma. In witnessing my grandson, Giovanni’s birth, Scriptures came to mind, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5) and “I have called you by name” (Isaiah 43). I prayed for my daughter Laura to have […]

Local DJs carry traditional spirit

Less than five weeks away, it is about time to start planning for the Clovis Music Festival. No, I don’t mean for the people who organize it; if they haven’t started planning by now, there is a siginificant problem. I mean for the families who plan to attend. Talk about an event that has grown […]

Slice of life: Surviving the teen years

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Time to do the Dance of Joy, and not a moment too soon. My daughter, Laura, has less than 24 hours left of being an official “teenager.” Tomorrow Laura turns 20. Was it that bad? Well, put it this way, if I can survive seven years […]

My turn: Get creative with muffin mixes

The quickest route to muffins is a boxed mix, and mixes take a step up with easy added ingredients. I did a little research after my supervisor, Robin Fornoff, asked about muffin recipes. I checked a lot of labels to see which mixes had the fewest calories and no trans-fat-carrying hydrogenated ingredients. To save you […]

Portales police investigating robbery

PNT Staff Report Portales police said less than $300 was taken in an armed robbery Tuesday at KC Express at 601 W. Second St. A man entered the store around 5 p.m., according to Chief Deputy of Police Lonnie Berry. The robber held a handgun, demanded money and a clerk gave him cash from the […]

Less government intrusion good start

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Officials: Less holiday trash collected this year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Zias at New Mexico Highlands capsule

ENMU (3-6) at New Mexico Highlands (5-2), 7 p.m. at Las Vegas, N.M. Radio: none. Last outing: The Zias overcame a 16-point deficit with less than 16 minutes left to beat Southwestern Oklahoma 73-70 on Monday and complete the sweep of a two-game Lone Star Conference crossover road trip. Notes: The Cowgirls, who upended the […]

County fair junior livestock sales down

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale Friday brought in less money than last year. The grand total was $159,275 for all the livestock sold during the auction. Joy Levacy, secretary of the junior livestock sale, said it compares to $180,145 last year. Levacy cautioned this year’s total is still an estimate […]

Thanks to farmers, food one less worry

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Michelle Obama’s organic gardening is good for all of us involved in agriculture. So few citizens have the time or interest or space to grow anything they eat, that they have no way to relate to the land and what it takes to make it fruitful. Even fewer know how […]