Rural small business grants offered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program has several grant and loan guarantee programs for rural small businesses and agricultural producers, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. For agricultural producers, small rural businesses, corporations formed under Section 17 or those similarly organized, rural electric […]

Letter to the editor: Area in need of prayer

Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to join in uniting our faith […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Roosevelt General Hospital turns loss into small profit

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital administrators attribute the hospital’s recent financial turnaround to growth and good business practices. RGH has turned around a $1.3 million operating loss in 2009 to a $1,234 positive operating margin in 2010, CEO Larry Leaming said. The operating margin is the difference between the hospital’s income and operational costs. “Basically, […]

Their view: Speed traps give small towns bad reputation

Danny Watkins of Alto, who received a speeding ticket in Elida recently, believes the town needs a better traffic control system:

Tornado season right around corner

Each year approximately 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the U.S. Only a small percentage actually strike occupied buildings, but every year a number of people are killed or injured. There is a very small chance a tornado will strike a building you are in however, you can greatly reduce the chance of injury from a […]

Their view: Small schools need legislative help

Adele E. Zimmermann is a concerned citizen who lives in Dixon. She sent this letter to the editor to newspapers around the state:

My turn: Keep big government out of small-stakes gambling

Should adults really be busted for small-stakes gambling at country clubs? My one-man Green Tea Party may join the Libertarians on this one. It feels like notorious B.I.G. Government foot-wedging common sense into a sand-trap. Who is being protected? If the Portales Country Club was operating a casino, I could understand. We don’t want to […]

Small business development center selects state director

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Small Business Development Center network has selected Michael Rivera as the new state director, according to a news release. The NMSBDC operates 20 statewide centers which serve small business owners and those attempting to start small businesses. Rivera, outgoing Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, […]

Cell regeneration benefits wounded

Sometime this year, at the Army Institute of Surgical Research on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, more severely burned service members will benefit directly from the emerging science of cell regeneration. In a new clinical trial, doctors will remove a small patch of a patient’s undamaged skin. The patch, no bigger than a small Post-It note, […]

Greyhounds sign 24 recruits

Freedom New Mexico Instate players make up a small but important part of Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 football recruiting class. Of the 24 players who signed Wednesday with ENMU, four were from New Mexico, including all-state quarterbacks Josh Houghtaling of Artesia and Jacob Jameson of Lovington. The remaining players except one were from Texas. […]

Defense department makes small increase to housing allowance

Sharna Johnson New military housing allowance rates set to take effect Jan. 1 won’t offer much comfort to Cannon airmen struggling to meet their housing needs in Clovis. According to a new Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate chart released Wednesday by the Defense Department, airmen in Clovis will receive little to no increase in […]

Local veterans recall Pearl Harbor attacks

Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. […]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against the house. […]

Grant McGee: Small town holds wondrous discoveries

Grant McGee Haven’t you found things around your town and wondered how they got here? For instance The Lady of the House and I were watching a movie we picked up at a yard sale. “NOT FOR SALE OR RENTAL. FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION PURPOSES ONLY.” These words popped up occasionally along the bottom of the […]

Crying shows you care

Joan Clayton When Traci, my granddaughter, was small she said, “My mawmaw is a Christian because she cries a lot.” I guess crying is what I do best. To me a good cry is tears of love. I cry when my children go home after a visit. I cry when I hear the song “Sentimental […]

Their view: Congressman delighted by progress in district

This letter to the editor comes from U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for welcoming me to your community this past weekend. Speaking with New Mexicans from Portales, Clovis, Melrose, San Jon and Tucumcari, I was honored that you welcomed me into your communities and […]

Second graders learn about fire safety firsthand

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Argen Duncan A white cloud fills the small room. Second-graders clamber to the floor, test the door for warmth and crawl out of the room, all under the direction of a firefighter. There’s no fire. As part of Fire Prevention Week, Portales firefighters brought their “fire safety house,” a specialized teaching mobile home, to James […]

Sandwich that doubles as dessert

Argen Duncan The versatile sandwich can make just as good of a dessert as it does a lunch. I put Nutella, (spreadable chocolate, one the greatest things since the sliced bread you put it on), marshmallow cream and the ever-useful banana in a sandwich. For a small time investment, you get a rich dessert. You […]

God’s mercy is everlasting

My husband has really contributed to the health of cats. One time he had 23 cats in his barn. He fussed about so many cats, but I noticed he kept buying cat food. A car hit one mother cat. Emmitt tried desperately to feed her baby kittens with a doll bottle, but they were too […]