Imports, education key topics for cattle growers

By Tony Parra Phil Bidegain, former president of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, updated eastern New Mexico ranchers on topics ranging from the Canadian border to how to keep local agricultural students in the state. Bidegain said what he knows up to this point in time on the Canadian border is that the United […]

Hispanic women make mark on New Mexico business

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By Helena Rodriguez It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the family business, […]

Chilean air force personnel visit Cannon

By David Irvin A group of Chilean air force officers are visiting Cannon Air Force Base this week, learning how the United States Air Force maintains, flies, and keeps the F-16 Fighting Falcon operational. They arrived Sunday evening and will leave today, Air Force officials said. “The Chilean air force has purchased 10 F-16s, and […]

Portales receiving second Dollar General store

By Tony Parra Discount store executives looked at Portales as a market to bring in their stores and in January the second Dollar General store will go up within the last 11 months. The new Dollar General store will be located at 1015 W. 2nd Street by the Movie Gallery video store some time in […]

The states can handle issues on their own

Freedom Editorial The Great Dissembler, former president Bill Clinton, was in Denver on Tuesday hawking his hagiography, “My Life,” and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at the sitting president. We understand this was all part of the promotion, a way to pump up book sales by making his appearance […]

Melrose students earn national honor

Freedom Newspapers A group of students from Melrose finished third at the Business Professionals of America high school conference in Cincinnati in early May. The six-person team grabbed the award in a 26-team parliamentary procedure event. Each team member was asked 50 questions before the schools were assigned a problem to be solved during a […]

‘Feel good’ laws make for confusing interpretations

A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation that turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — the courts […]

Easter sermon snippets

As anyone who knows me is very much aware, from time to time I have difficulty in dealing with practical matters, especially when these matters involve machines or common sense. My confusion inevitably leads to amused disbelief of my friends. Sometimes things that seem inherently simple or obvious totally escape my understanding. Occasionally I can […]

No state deserves its own interstate

Jim Lee As anyone who knows me is very much aware, from time to time I have difficulty in dealing with practical matters, especially when these matters involve machines or common sense. My confusion inevitably leads to amused disbelief of my friends. Sometimes things that seem inherently simple or obvious totally escape my understanding. Occasionally […]

Agriculture celebration heading to fairgrounds

Tony Parra The 12th Annual Ag Expo is right around the corner and people from around the United States will showcase this country’s agriculture at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday through Wednesday. The festivities for the Ag Expo range from quilting and cooking to tractor shows and dairy cattle. “It draws people from within a […]

Austalia seeks free dairy trade

Mike Linn Local dairy operators are fearful a proposed free trade agreement the president is negotiating with Australia may negatively impact their future business. Terms of the agreement are scheduled to be released this week, and early indications are that Australia is seeking free trade of dairy products into the United States, according to Matt […]

Community Mourns Loss of Loved One

Mike Linn Family and friends describe Frank Poynor as larger-than-life: He was an outgoing person with an interest in the future of youngsters; had an affinity for cycling, ranching and fishing; and was blessed with integrity. Poynor, a longtime Portales businessman, died Wednesday in an accident while riding his bicycle in Dallas. He was 72. […]