Naming state songs waste of officials’ time

Freedom New Mexico As if we need another means to measure how far government has strayed from the narrow intent of our nation’s founders, we give you the current flap in Oklahoma. A collection of conservative lawmakers became outraged that the song “Do You Realize??” by native sons Flaming Lips was poised to become the [...]

Challenges ahead, but bio-fuels promising

Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Several obstacles have to be overcome, according to experts, but alternative fuels production could be a viable economic development option for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Alternative fuels production was the topic of a seminar by New Mexico State extension agents Wednesday at the 16th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. There [...]

Fire marshal’s report: Explosion accidental

PNT Staff Report The state fire marshal’s office says a natural gas explosion in a Portales home that killed a 91-year-old woman was accidental. Clytie Calton died at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital Jan. 26 — three days after she was injured in the blast at her home on South Avenue I Place. The office says [...]

Complaining not worthwhile use of time

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I read an interesting story about some monkeys in India. They made their home in the jungle surrounded by a beautiful golf course. These monkeys had a fascination with golf balls. Every time a golfer hit a ball, the monkeys jumped from the trees and grabbed the ball. In pursuit [...]

City wants better handle on trash

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By Tony Parra Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters and it’s causing a problem, say city officials. City staff members want these items placed in the city’s convenience center instead of the alleys. City officials said heavy appliances, sheet rock and other trash items are [...]

Officials say hospital waste disposed improperly

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer Infectious waste from the Plains Regional Medical Center operating room was disposed of improperly during an inspection of the hospital in February conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health. An employee placed infectious waste in a container for material considered non-infectious, PRMC officials said. Infectious waste in New Mexico [...]

Hiner shares views

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Eddie Hiner will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Jim Lee and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. [...]

Cannon receives ‘green’ award from state

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base will be recognized Thursday by the New Mexico Environment Department for efforts at preventing pollution. Cannon representatives will be presented with a Green Zia Award by Environment Secretary Ron Curry and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, according to an NMED press release. The ceremony will be held from noon to [...]

Alleged dumping results in charges

By David Irvin An investigation involving several state agencies including the attorney general’s office led to charges against a Melrose man accused of illegally dumping a contaminated byproduct from ethanol production into a roadside ditch in 2002. Wendell Bostwick, 58, agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to disposing of a solid waste in a place [...]

Space: The final frontier for garbage

By Jim Lee Usually, when a problem seems so complex with barriers to just about any conceivable answer, the solution eventually comes in a flash of inspiration in a very basic form. This is because an uncomplicated, direct answer has been staring at everybody right in the face all along, but nobody notices until some [...]