The day the music (almost) died

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I wanted to shuffle. My music player wanted to click and whir. These things never end well. And so, I prepare to deal with the death of what has been one of my best friends over the last three or so years. Yes, a music player may not actually […]

Global warming numbers need re-examination

Freedom New Mexico If fighting global warming may cost the economy $9.6 trillion and more than 1 million lost jobs by 2035, as the Heritage Foundation forecasts, it’d be a good idea to be sure there’s a sound basis before making such a massive sacrifice. We’ve noted before that climate change is occurring as it […]

Another gaffe in retro pay project

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As many as 39,000 disabled military retirees have been left out of the VA Retro Pay program by mistake, say officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who are calculating the amount of money owed. This latest and perhaps most serious gaffe in the problem-plagued VA Retro Pay […]

County will look into adding extra downtown parking spaces

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has voted to investigate the cost of reinstalling 10 parking spaces on the Second Street side of the County Courthouse parking lot. At its meeting Tuesday in the courthouse, Commissioners Paul Grider, Bill Cathey and Jake Lopez voted to check into the cost. Commissioners Gene […]

Pioneer Days Rodeo moves indoors

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer An increase in competitors, partially thanks to a new venue, has Curry County Mounted Patrol members excited about the event they sponsor every year. And that’s despite the 39th annual Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo moving away from the facility that bears the group’s name. This […]

Small fire at Sunland peanuts

PNT staff report Portales firefighters responded to a small fire at Sunland Peanuts about 7:30 p.m. Monday. The plant is located north of the city on U.S. 70. The blaze, according to Sunland employees on site, was restricted to one metal bin of peanuts in the “salter” building. No structural damage occurred, and production delays […]

Commissioners to discuss downtown parking

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt county commissioners are set to discuss the issue of parking spaces during a regular meeting at 9 a.m. today in the county courthouse. Several business owners have complained about the recently completed county courthouse remodel shifting parking spots along the Second Street side of parking lot to other […]

Clovis hosts Legislative Finance Committee meeting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis this week, local officials hope that updates on the local uses of government appropriations will encourage the Legislature to earmark more money for the area. The Clovis Civic Center will host the three-day meeting, which begins with an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday […]

Interim city manager appointment, Yam Theatre construction highlight city meeting

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eric_butler@link.freedom.com Current Portales City Manager Debi Lee, whose last day is slated for June 19, said she believes an interim manager will be appointed tonight as part of a regular meeting of the Portales City Council. Council members will meet in an executive, or closed, session after voting on several regular agenda items. Though the […]

ENMU briefs — June 2

Employee and alumni briefs• Michael F. Shaughnessy recently interviewed Lord Christopher Monckton, chief policy advisor of the Science and Public Policy Institute in England. He is the chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute.Also, a book by Anita Tedaldi, a nationally syndicated columnist, with sections by Shaughnessy has been accepted for publication […]