President Obama to visit New Mexico oil fields

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — With gas prices steadily on the rise, President Barack Obama makes a stop Wednesday in New Mexico’s oil fields to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production is at an all-time high. But he’ll also step into solidly Republican territory dominated by an industry upset with his administration’s […]

Work to begin soon on Cannon housing

Kevin Wilson An Atlanta-based developer met with about 80 developers Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss details on a private housing plan at Cannon Air Force Base. Schedule to start July 1, the housing privatization project will add 677 new homes to the base. The work at Cannon is part of a $470 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: They want your blood, national honors and a president’s fear

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Give blood There’s a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Anyone donating will be registered to win a Kindle Fire. Information or to make an appointment: www.bloodher.com or 800-333-6920. High achiever Bailie Phillips has been awarded special recognition for the […]

School menus — Feb. 19

Clovis Elementary Monday: President’s Day — No school Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, ranch salad and bread stix and fruit smoothie. Wednesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Porky rib on a bun, baked french fries, coleslaw and fruited Jell-O. Thursday: Breakfast — Mini pancakes. Lunch — […]

Portales police now say HomeServe legit

Alisa Boswell Contrary to a press release issued by the Portales Police Department earlier this week, HomeServe USA is a legitimate business, according to company Senior Vice President Myles Meehan. “What HomeServe is, is a new way to get plumbing, electrical and HV/AC services, so what we provide is emergency service plans for homeowners,” Meehan […]

Club notes — Jan. 22

Order of DOES The Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES Clovis Drove 108 held their installation of officers Jan. 14. The Installation was completed by Deputy Supreme President Kaye Parrish, Deputy Supreme Conductor Linda Catanzaro, and Installing Chaplain Jean Hayes. Incoming President Sandie Kitchens thanked all of her new officers for their willingness to serve with […]

Meetings watch: ENMU Board of Regents

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Alisa Boswell At an Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe, board members: Elected Randy Harris as president of the board; Brett Leach as vice president; and Santana Chavez as secretary/treasurer. Heard a report from Steven Gamble on his goals for 2012 and a report on the cost-saving initiatives under […]

Their view: Rhode Island pension reforms a model for N.M.

Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, says its time for state pension reform.

ENMU’s growth continues

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Alisa Boswell Enrollment for Eastern New Mexico University is over 5,000 students for the first time in a spring semester, according to school President Steven Gamble. “We anticipate a good spring semester,” Gamble said. “We had such good growth in the fall that we have retained a large number of those students into the spring.” […]

Obama’s policy meant to capture Latino votes

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s fourth year in office will represent the 12th consecutive year that Americans have lived under hawkish, big-government progressive leadership from the White House. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Obama isn’t much different than George W. Bush. On immigration, a majority of Republicans should prefer Obama […]

Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Monday morning briefing: A video game, a big meeting and a president impeached

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie: Game: Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights Genre: Puzzle System: 3DS What is it? A puzzler full of adventure and mystery. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Web site: http://www.konami.com/doctorlautrec Compiled from […]

More than 350 graduate at ENMU fall commencement

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Alisa Boswell ENMU President Steven Gamble said each commencement has unique qualities to it and fall graduation Saturday at Greyhound Arena was no different. “This one, for example, was quieter than others,” Gamble said. “Which I think was a positive.” Some 19 of 363 total graduates were students at the ENMU Portales campus. Faculty member […]

Their view: Choose character over likability

Robert Schwarzwalder, senior vice president at the Family Research Council, offers this view on the presidential election:

Club notes — Dec. 4

Roosevelt County Extension The Roosevelt County Council of the Extension Association of New Mexico met Nov. 7. A roll call showed a total of 10 members present from the Bethel Chapter, Causey Chapter, Pep and 9 to 5 chapters in attendance. There were no guests in attendance. Connie Moyer the home economist was also in […]

Their view: Taxpayers deserving of transparency

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s what he says about government transparency:

Ron Paul’s plan should be applauded

Freedom New Mexico The odds of Ron Paul being nominated by Republicans and defeating President Barack Obama are, in the words of one news service, “beyond remote.” Perhaps. But Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” is breathtaking, nevertheless. Candidates whose success may be less remote would do well to adopt this plan in large measure. It’s […]

Let’s leave job creation to professionals

Freedom New Mexico The latest news from President Barack Obama’s Labor Department is that a federal grant doled out from the administration’s stimulus program to train and employ people in “green jobs” so far has spent $162 million, but resulted in only 8,035 people getting jobs. That would be bad enough. But only 1,033 of […]

Elida grad appointed FFA president

Elida High graduate Ryan Best was recently named president of the National Future Farmers of America organization for the 2011-12 year at the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For the next year, Best and his national officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. They will travel throughout the country […]

Their view: Obama gets facts wrong while promoting bill

Michelle Malkin writes for Creators Syndicate. She offers her view on President Obama’s approach to promoting his latest government jobs bill.