Officials: Tres Amigas groundbreaking set for July

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Benna Sayyed Groundbreaking for the Tres Amigas superstation that will serve as the nation’s first renewable energy market hub is expected in July, according to Tres Amigas officials. The new power facility to be built on 14,400 acres will be located northeast of Clovis, near the intersection of Hwy 209 and Curry County Rd. 31. […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Cannon, first responders protect our freedom

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. Victims numbered 2,753 in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people were killed in the […]

Realtors: Housing demand strong

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Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better than most of the nation, people involved in that market have said. “Compared to the rest of the country, we’ve really been blessed in Curry and Roosevelt counties,” said Wanda Graham of Kiva Realty in Portales. The area has seen […]

Their view: Debt showdown is dog, pony show

Leon Logan of Tucumcari talks about the ongoing battle to balance the nation’s budget:

Their view: Default on debt would be catastrophic

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses how a default on the nation’s debt would impact New Mexicans: “Failure to extend the debt ceiling would be a real crisis for our state, with every New Mexican paying the price,” Udall said. If the debt ceiling is not raised before the Aug. 2 deadline, federal officials have […]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now […]

Tres Amigas official hopes to break ground in fall

Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas is pushing paperwork at the moment. The company is hoping to push materials by August, and push power across the nation two to three years later. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry figures it will be mid-2012 before any significant economic impact comes from the project, which will connect […]

Nation gives us much to be grateful for

Seldom do we hear about good things but on any given day. We have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, many great things can be said about this country. I can name so many that reams of paper would be required. I bet you could add your list to mine with many […]

Public quick to respond in times of crises

Freedom New Mexico In the wake of the deadly storms that killed more than 300 people and wreaked destruction through a large swath of the South last week, a horrified nation assessed the devastation — and already had began to respond in person with aid and comfort. Natural disasters cannot be prevented, as President Barack […]

Raising taxes only hurts consumers

The nation’s high rate of unemployment has spawned a dangerously bad idea: that higher taxes on oil and natural gas companies would reduce the federal deficit and pave the way for clean energy and job creation. Neither Congress nor the people of this nation should fall prey to President Obama’s plan to hike oil-industry taxes […]

Editorial: States should have Obamacare opt out choice

A Republican effort to allow states to opt out of Obamacare has begun in the U.S. Senate, adding another front to the war waged against the nation’s sweeping new health care law. We prefer the finality of a Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Governors of 28 states Wednesday urged President Barack Obama […]

Residents prepare for Super Bowl

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the day football fans across the nation wait for each year. Grab the chips and find a spot on the couch, because it’s time for the 45th annual Super Bowl. For many local devoted fans, this means a time to gather with friends to watch the game and enjoy some sports […]

Lawmakers: Cuts likely won’t impact Cannon

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Their view: Politicians don’t know what’s best for nation

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this letter to “everyman:” In July, my family and I visited a small living history farm, just outside of Washington D.C.. After walking miles of hallways around the U.S. capital and bustling National Mall, the change in scenery was refreshing. While strolling the quiet trails by row crops, animals […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Their view: Senator thanks New Mexico veterans

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., issued the following statement in honor of our nation’s veterans: Each Veterans Day is a solemn occasion when we, as a nation, reflect and show gratitude to those who have served or are currently serving in our military and the families who support them. I’d especially like to thank New […]

Portales past: Oct. 27, 1947

Oct. 27, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Four Roosevelt County soldiers were among the first of the nation’s World War II dead to be returned from Europe, aboard the transport Joseph V. Connally, which docked at New York’s flower-strewn harbor Sunday.

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 […]

Friday morning briefing: Life in Portales and yes, they want blood

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know The quality of life in Portales is rated 15th in the nation and 9th in the West by Bizjournal.com. Here’s a link: www.portalesnm.org Blood drive United Blood Services is staging a blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at […]