Independent reporting legacy of columnist

Freedom Newspapers William Safire, the longtime New York Times columnist, may be remembered longer for his “On Language” columns, exploring word origins and usage, many of which found their way into a series of widely discussed books, than for his political commentary. As a political commentator, however, he was something of a model. For the […]

TRICARE increase stuns retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense health officials didn’t do the Obama administration any favor last week when they announced a “small” increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard starting Oct. 1. The jump, in fact, […]

Rule of three easy to forget

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I’ve got two things on my mind, and each one weakens if I spread it out to 500 words. So here’s a 1-2 punch of sports and dating … or maybe “dating.” • So in 2007, Mitt Romney was one of 30 candidates, give or take 20, for the Republican […]

Highway proposals presented to council

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer State highway planners revealed options for improvements to U.S. Highway Tuesday at the Portales City Council meeting. Derek Meier of Wilson & Co. said his presentation was the next phase of the $6.75 million project. The highway splits into a pair of two-lane, one-way streets in Portales — First […]

Local legislators brace for special session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]

Local schools address swine flue concerns

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s flu season and the recent death of a Roosevelt County infant has raised concerns in Portales. But school and emergency management officials said Tuesday the number of students calling in sick from flu-like symptoms is about the usual experienced this time of year. Still, the amount of absences […]

Businesses pool efforts for United Way

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Businesses in the 100 block of South Main are gearing up for a block party to benefit the community. It’s a joint effort to raise money for United Way. Seven business are taking part in a silent auction, super sales, music, a celebrity stick-horse race around the square, dunking booth, […]

Meetings watch: Commission matches grant money for growth planner

Freedom New Mexico At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Approved matching money of $1,300 for an Office of Economic Adjustment grant to pay for a regional growth planner, an administrative assistant and expenses to carry out recommendations from the Regional Growth Management Plan. The City of Portales […]

Video: Anita Tedaldi’s controversial decision

Freedom New Mexico columnist Anita Tedaldi is at the heart of a growing national debate after disclosing last week that she gave up her adopted son.

Oct. 28, 1985

An announcement in the Portales News-Tribune said: “Monday: VFW Post 3299 will have bingo, 7:30 p.m., Post Home, two miles on Clovis Highway. Public invited.”