Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations [...]

Bloggers speculating governor wants changes

Robin Fornoff If Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has started a war within her own party as some political bloggers are speculating, few are talking about it for the record. Speculation centers on two of eastern New Mexico’s senior Republican senators: Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Clint Harden of Clovis. Harden announced his [...]

Friday morning briefing: A video game, fair warning and a lazy daughter

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s pick for the best of the best games out there. Game: Syndicate Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? A reinvention of a classic EA franchise as a shooter ESRB Rating: Mature Web site: http://www.syndicate.ea.com/ Compiled [...]

In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold [...]

Country music has its own appeal

Kevin Wilson I don’t listen to country music. OK, that’s a lie. I have four country songs on my mp3 player, by four artists (guess one and I’ll owe you a Coke). Since my player’s got about 5,000 tracks, that’s a 99.93 percent truthful statement. I may joke every so often to my friends that [...]

Thursday morning briefing: A video game and a Valentine dance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video game of the week Our own video game guru Jenna Zamie’s pick for the week: Game: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Genre: RPG System: 360, PS3 What is it? The follow-up to the popular JRPG, starring Lightning’s younger sister. ESRB Rating: Teen Web site: http://na.square-enix.com/ffxiii-2/ [...]

Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said [...]

My turn: Must find out what happened to office fish

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About three weeks ago, I had a week where everything that could go wrong was going wrong. My coworkers saw me frustrated more than once and may have seen me expressing it at times. With my well-known love for toys, Victoria Garrett acted as morale booster and gave me a small grow-your-own fish tank. This [...]

My turn: Monarch butterflies remind us of beauty in nature

Orange is a color that comes into its own this month: Glowing pumpkins, crisp leaves, dazzling marigolds, and for those of us lucky enough to live around here, fluttering butterflies — Monarchs to be precise — making their unlikely journey south for the winter. One October of my childhood, a number of the evergreen trees [...]

Socialism weakens freedom

Collectivism or socialism, in whatever form, is like a deadly parasite excreting a poison into its host. As long as your society is vibrant and healthy it can support a small amount of this societal poison. The collectivism feeds off of the rest of the society, dragging it down a little, but not enough to [...]