Businesses, individuals honored at United Way banquet

CMI staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico held its annual banquet Tuesday night in which local businesses and individuals were honored for serving and supporting United Way. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said UWENM’s fundraising goal for 2011 was $1 million and will continue to be $1 million for 2012. The organization raised […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling young artists and pumpkin for oil

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Art contest The Congressional Art Competition is under way. This annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. All entries from students in eastern New Mexico must be submitted to Sen. Ben Ray Luj

Criminal records should stay permanent

The Albuquerque Journal Every few years, it seems, there is a move in the Legislature to get various criminal records expunged. In 2007, it was sold as a way to protect victims of identity theft who were wrongly arrested. In fact it went much further, allowing for the removal of any reference to a misdemeanor […]

McGee: Much better to be right than happy

A left turn on a red light is when you turn left from a one-way street on to another one-way street flowing in the direction of your turn. Recently, in another state, I did one. “What are you doing?” yelled The Lady of the House. “You just ran a red light.” “No,” I said in […]

You can control the way you react

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A friend of mine had lunch Tuesday in Lubbock. I don’t know what she had, but I do know she’s probably not going back there. She got a fortune cookie after her meal, and the fortune read, “Did you enjoy your meal? Order another one to go.” Really? It’s one thing to try to upsell […]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been […]

Number of homes, retailers growing

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Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to the December report for building permits. “We’re actually up in every category this year except roofing,” City Planning Director Sammy Standefer said. “This year, we’re up on single family dwellings slightly.” Standefer said prior to 2008, 25 permits annually for […]

Election ballots to be mailed out soon

Alisa Boswell Ballots for the March 6 Portales municipal election are on their way, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We confirmed the ballots yesterday,” Martinez-Terry said Friday. “Jan. 31 is the first day I mail out ballots and Feb. 15 is the first day they (voters) can come into city hall.” Martinez-Terry said […]

Dora school news — Jan. 17

BPA members earn state spots Congratulations to all the Business Professionals of America members who competed at regionals and qualified to advance to the state conference in February. Colleen Tollett, BPA sponsor, said she is proud of the way these students represented Dora High School. The following are the contest results:

Climate change alarmism cooling off

Another frantic effort to redistribute wealth from developed nations to developing nations is under way, this time in Durban, South Africa. The excuse is the same old, tiresome claim that socialism writ large is necessary to save the planet from global warming. Fewer people are fooled every year the United Nations brings together representatives of […]

Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]

Half-foot of snow expected this weekend

By Astrid Galvan: Albuquerque Journal The season’s first winterlike storm could be here as soon as Friday, according to the National Weather Service. A storm will be making its way into New Mexico from Arizona on Friday night, bringing with it up to a foot of snow in some parts of the state. Accumulations may […]

Christmas contest under way

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Fundraising/voting is under way in the 2011 Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest, which is sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. This year’s field of contestants includes 11 girls, from 4 to 10 years old, each with an individual sponsor. The girls compete for the title of Little Miss Merry Christmas by raising […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

Verhines recommends Ute water project manager successor

Kevin Wilson Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the Yam Theater, […]

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 16

ENMU supporting United Way As of Nov. 10 ENMU faculty and staff have pledged $14,766 to community projects supported by United Way. ENMU was the flagship donor in Roosevelt County last year The university’s goal is $20,000.

Wednesday morning briefing: Calling all tubes, blood needed and a major award

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Calling all tubes The Zenith Youth Leadership Academy program is under way in Clovis and Portales and is gearing up for their first team building exercise which requires massive amounts of cardboard tubes. If you have tubes —toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and […]

Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day: Celebration Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales. Information: 356-8541. Hot cars There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in […]

No easy way to let go of family dog

I should have known, that Wednesday two weeks ago, when the dog was sitting in the passenger seat looking at me as if trying to memorize my face. In the past 12 years, I have never seen the dog look at me that way. The dog is a terrier, and not given to serious attitudes, […]