Earmarks not going away anytime soon

Freedom New Mexico During his hot-blooded adolescence, while grappling with the urgency of conversion and the pleasures of the flesh, St. Augustine, of the famous “Confessions,” is said to have prayed: “Lord, grant me chastity and self-control — but not just yet.” President Obama may have uttered something similar to himself last week, as he [...]

Editorial: Emissions cap will cost more than offer help

The Environmental Protection Agency soon will determine whether greenhouse gases endanger humanity and, if so, begin regulating their emission. We suspect it’s a foregone conclusion. President Barack Obama, in last week’s address to Congress, reiterated his campaign promise to impose greenhouse gas regulations that effectively would shut down coal-powered energy plants, conceding that “electricity rates [...]

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux [...]

Nov. 30, 1967

The Floyd school building was to be fully heated by natural gas for the first time by evening, tapping into the new $1.25 million inter-community gas system. Melrose and Ft. Sumner were soon to follow.

Local Briefs Nov. 9

PNT Staff Reports Elk licenses available soon A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season.Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the state Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us [...]

Grassfire mostly contained

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. Bridges said the fire burned about 2,000 acres of grassland and some firefighters remained on the scene watching for hot spots. The suspected cause of the blaze [...]

Voters deserve real life scenarios

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When Barack Obama was in his neighborhood, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher said he wanted to buy a business, and it could be subject to a tax increase should Obama be president. He asked why Obama wanted to tax him, and Obama answered the question. Soon after, Obama and John McCain debated, [...]

Signs are there, withdrawl in Iraq should begin soon

Editorial It couldn’t come soon enough. President Bush agreed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday to a “general time horizon” to have Iraqis take control of their own security, and thus reduce U.S. forces in Iraq. President Bush finally responded days after the initial overture by the prime minister, who let it be [...]

School lets out today

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Almost as soon as school bells ring for the final time today — signaling the official beginning of summer vacation in Portales — gates to the city swimming pool open to the public. According to Shelly McConnell, head of the city Recreation Department, general admission prices at the swimming [...]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, we’re not raising animals, [...]