Their view: Health insurance does not guarantee treatment

Steve Jacob, a veteran health-care journalist, writes about a potential doctor shortage in New Mexico in coming years:

I want my descendants to live free

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What kind of future do I want my kids and their kids to live in? A tightly controlled, safe future where they are watched out for and protected from anything that might harm them? Where human rights are thrown under the bus in the name of some nebulous common good? Or a liberated future where […]

Dumpsters potential fuel source

At a time when self-righteous environmental groups are trying to block solar power, and self-described green politicians are preventing “Not in my Backyard” wind power, our much maligned real power utilities continue to search for greener fuel options. It is not unusual that the bluster of the often government-subsidized non-profit ANTI’s impede progress through frivolous […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne: Heilman Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Hounds feel good about offensive potential

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Tyler Jefferson was a focal point for opponents of the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team last season. The 6-foot-6 senior forward from Fort Worth, Texas, averaged nearly 12 points and six rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field, helping the Greyhounds bounce back from consecutive winless […]

Gates appoints panel for potential end of policy

By John J. Kruzel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates established a Defense Department panel to prepare the military for the potential elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces. The working group is tasked to assess the relevant issues […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]

Playoff chances look slim in Baskett’s best season

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By Jon Marks: FNM Correspondent Helplessly, Hank Baskett watched the Philadelphia Eagles season likely unravel this past Sunday. Unable to do a thing to prevent it, he witnessed the potential thrill of victory and a

Think before you click

By Dennis Chambers: 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron, Base Software License manager Every day Air Force personnel introduce potential civil and criminal penalties into their computers and make the base network vulnerable. How? They check the “I accept” box and click next to continue. Before clicking “next,” make sure the software is both legal and […]

Area residents react to bailout discussion

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Residents agree presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain should get to work on a potential solution to the country’s recent economic meltdown. Citizens are divided on whether Sen. McCain should have suspended his campaign to do it. “I think it’s about time for them to both step up […]

National Weather Service: severe weather potential today

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque said there is potential for severe weather in eastern New Mexico this evening. The primary threat is thunderstorms that could produce large hail, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and areas of heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding, mainly along and east of a line from Colfax […]

Air Force promotion process changing

Air Force News WASHINGTON — Air Force Personnel Center officials recently announced changes to the captain promotion process, which will affect Line of the Air Force officers. Beginning January 2008, active-duty LAF officers will be considered for promotion to captain on a quarterly basis, instead of during the third quarter of each year. “The change […]

Complacency has no place in military

Commentary by Capt Josh Kubacz: 27th Fighter Wing Safety CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Complacency is a term often heard in a briefing room before flying or in an annual Operational Risk Management (ORM) refresher classroom. Although normally associated with flying, complacency applies to everyone. Whether you are a comptroller, electrician, crew chief or pilot, […]

Trial expected to start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel to […]

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]

Democrats must keep promises to keep majority

For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican boat […]

Judge allows jailed dentist unrestricted communication

By Sharna Johnson Judge Joe Parker has denied a request by the district attorney’s office to restrict verbal and written communications between homicide suspect James Smith and potential state witnesses. Smith is accused of killing 30-year-old Laura McNaughton in December. After reviewing written arguments from defense attorney Stephen Doerr and 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt […]

Assistant AF secretary explores mission options

Senior Airman Ross Steen, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, briefs Assistant Secretary of the Air Force William Anderson on the Common Configuration Implementation Program during his visit here. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals As directed by the final 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations, the Air Force is exploring new mission options for Cannon. Assistant Secretary […]

Air Force Chief idenitifes possible Cannon mission

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has identified a potential new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, but its nature isn’t yet public, according to a press release from the offices of New Mexico’s U.S. senators. “My staff is actively exploring options and has already identified one promising […]

Hussein’s trial should be least important aspect

Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing a brutal tyrant like Saddam Hussein in the judicial dock, on trial for one of the outrageous crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense policy and foreign affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute, said Saddam’s trial has the potential to be […]