Gambling sting shameful waste of resources

Freedom New Mexico Do you feel safer, Portales, knowing New Mexico law enforcement has busted a bunch of your peaceful neighbors for playing small-stakes poker? We didn’t think so. The alleged infraction occurred Dec. 30 when 10 funseekers were captured playing Texas Hold ‘em by a New Mexico Department of Public Safety agent’s hidden camera. […]

Press release: Money available for water conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announce the availability of $1.5 million to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. The NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Improvement Program, said Dennis Alexander, state conservationist for NRCS New Mexico. “The NRCS in New Mexico is doing […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Dennis Lopez

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Name: Dennis Lopez Birth date: Oct. 12, 1968 Profession: Mental Health Resources program director for supported employment Years in Portales: 35 If you’d like to ask him some questions: 607-6615 and lopezdennis2001@yahoo.com

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Many resources available to military families

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

Freedom New Mexico NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

It’s their job: Range land manager helps conserve resources

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Sean Lewis has worked as a range land management specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for six years, with about eight months of that time in Portales. Lewis grew up on a ranch north of Mosquero and finished high school in Roy. He earned a degree in range land management […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Cowboys prove they’re rough and ready

By Baxter Black Sheryl Crow, a popular pop singer, made headlines in 2007 by proposing a method to waste less natural resources. It made us cowboys look environmentally ahead of our time: A purist global warming star said we should use less paperWhen tending to hygienic needs, we should begin to taperOur use of trees […]

Ute pipeline bill moves forward in Washington

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The would authorize the U.S. Bureau […]

Law of the Sea Treaty won’t fix problems

Editorial On May 15, President Bush offered further evidence that he has strayed far from traditional Reaganite Republican principles by urging the Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty. With a Democratic majority, ratification has become a possibility. It would be a mistake. The Law of the Sea Treaty […]

Counselor: Deployments leave marks when personnel return

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost 300 Cannon airmen returned from a deployment. More than 400 are still in various deployed locations, base officials said. Deployments can amplify or […]

Celebrity touts dictator, country

Editorial It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he had discovered […]

Victim’s rights forum set

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In an effort to acquaint community members with local resources available for crime victims, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting a public forum tonight. A panel of representatives from multiple judicial and victim’s services in Roosevelt and Curry counties will be on hand to talk with residents and […]

City, county complete emergency plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Local officials have finished updating an emergency operations plan that will provide guidelines to follow in the event a natural or other disaster should occur. Though a plan was approved in 1995, issues such as Sept. 11 and changes within law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services have caused it […]

Russia demonstrates ambition for grandeur

Editorial The Russian government has successfully pressured Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil company, into reducing its stake in a promising but difficult oil and natural-gas field in Siberia from a majority share to a minority share. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy group, which has invested little or nothing in exploiting the energy resources on and around […]

Let North Korea’s neighbors play tough guy this time around

Editorial North Korea’s pitiful regime no doubt intended to get Washington’s attention by testing six missiles on July 4, beginning a few minutes after the launch of the space shuttle Discovery. It may turn out to have been a severe miscalculation, as is often the case when a government operates on bravado and testosterone rather […]

Agreement proposed to align abilities and resources

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When Orlando Ortega is asked about the upcoming meeting regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s place on the Base Realignments and Closures list, his standard response is, “Which one?” From steering committees to letter-writing committees to finance committees to Washington committees, Portales’ mayor said that numerous meetings have taken place […]

Resource rules should affect all

We applaud New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman for co-authoring legislation that would grant American Indian tribes more flexibility in how they manage natural resource development on reservations and trust lands. Handled responsibly, increased development of natural resources will bring more prosperity to often impoverished reservations, enhance tribal self-reliance and reduce American dependence on energy imports. […]