My turn: Sometimes roommates need to shout it out

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About two weeks ago I brought up that my house was like the real world, well, the situation just got real this weekend. Most people have had a roommate in their life, whether it was their sibling growing up, a dorm buddy or whatever the case may be. You have to be willing to set […]

My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

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Christina Calloway I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn’t the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day. I turned 23 […]

State widens fishing limit at Sumner Lake

Freedom New Mexico Anglers at Sumner Lake near Fort Sumner can catch and keep as many sport fish as they like beginning today as the lake is being drained to accommodate downstream irrigation demands. The emergency salvage order issued by the Department of Game and Fish will remain in effect until the Sumner Lake boat […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, the state Environment Department, dairy industry and environmental groups have reached an agreement on dairy environmental regulations. The state Water Quality Control Commission adopted environmental rules aimed at preventing groundwater contamination in December 2010, but the Dairy Industry Group for a Clean Environment appealed them. Now the amended […]

Child Sense: Try to give your child some control when their routine is disrupted in the summer

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer break is upon us, bringing the inevitable mix of travel, visitors and changing sleeping arrangements. Children’s bedrooms turn into guest rooms for friends and relatives, suitcases replace closets as families travel, and children go off to camp. Though exciting, this can also be very stressful to children, who lose not only […]

Glenda Price: Human inventions interrupt natural rhythm

Rhythm rules the world. Years, months and seasons (where appropriate) are directed by a rhythm or cadence. Animal migration, hibernation, reproduction all follow the directive in Eccliastes: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Plants grow, bloom and die on cue. Even inanimate objects expand or crumble according […]

Their view: Senate overdue for reform

Senate overdue for reform Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., on his push for sweeping procedural changes in the Senate: Over one year ago, after observing the unprecedented dysfunction in the U.S. Senate, I stood on the floor of the chamber and called on my colleagues to reflect on what this institution has become and what we […]

Dairy farmer critical of new rules

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Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

Enhanced concussion rules great step

Freedom Newspapers After a particularly bad weekend for head injuries on the football field, Monday’s announcement by Texas’ University Interscholastic League regarding head injuries seems reasonable. The UIL, which governs extracurricular activities at Texas public schools, announced that any athlete who suffers a head injury cannot return to the activity on the same day, and […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Video games, fire rules and a good play, Charlie Brown

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own game specialist Jenna Zamie. Game: Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar Genre: Strategy System: DS What is it? The latest installment in the Harvest Moon series of farm sims.ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: http://www.natsume.com Fire rules In […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Road rage, hunting rules and another hot one

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fair warning A reminder from the city to avoid trying to travel east today on 21st from Prince Street. Construction today is causing road closures and, very likely, a big traffic mess. Rule changes The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is holding […]

My turn: Not all fishing rules written

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Clarence Plank Does anyone know the unwritten rules of fishing? Here are a few: • Never cast out over someone else’s line in the water because your line could become entangled or snagged by your hook. • Fighting over a fish isn’t worth it. There are plenty of fish in the ponds, lakes, streams, rivers […]

County approves new pet rules

During their meeting Tuesday the Roosevelt County Commission: • Unanimously approved an ordinance requiring police to give two warning citations to owners of dogs and cats running loose before citing them into court, unless the animal was threatening people or livestock, or damaging property. The issue was tabled last month. • Approved the preliminary plat […]

Bovine STD topic of meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNt senior writer New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

Judge rules Isler can coach rest of season

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Calling allegations against Clovis High School’s boys’ basketball coach J.D. Isler “unsubstantiated assumptions,” a federal judge has reinstated him as coach for the remainder of the year — including post-season play. In a decision letter issued Friday night, Federal Judge Martha Vasquez said she believed allowing Isler’s suspension and termination to continue could cause irreparable […]

County mulling lenient animal rules

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County could have more lenient rules on dogs and cats running loose if the county commission votes for changes in the relevant ordinance today. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the county courthouse. County Attorney Rick Queener said the county is considering changing a county […]

Wilson Rule would net improvement

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist The mantra is that rules are made to be broken. I disagree. Rules are made to be replaced by better rules. I was reminded of this while at a not-so-close volleyball match at the state tournament last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center (rejected slogan: “We’re not the casino, […]

FTC attempt to control Web unlikely

Freedom New Mexico In a major blow to freedom on the Internet, the Federal Trade Commission voted 4-0 to establish new rules in an attempt to regulate freedom of speech on the Web for bloggers and social media users. If you blog, tweet, or occasionally prognosticate on Facebook, you soon might have federal agents at […]

Proposed Post-9/11 GI Bill rules explained

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With Department of Veterans Affairs representatives ready to begin accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill May 1, Defense Department officials are working to get word out on the proposed policy regarding the bill’s transferability provisions to help servicemembers decide if the new benefit is right […]

No action taken on trash proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Rules for controlled burns remain unchanged in Roosevelt County, and property owners don’t have to remove trash and tumbleweeds from their land and yards. The Roosevelt County Commission took no action during its meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse on a request for an ordinance that would require property […]