Annual chili supper set for next week

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Kiwanis Club’s Annual Chili Supper is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Beef or vegetarian chili and several choices of drinks and desserts are included. Dine-in and carry-out are […]

Friday morning briefing: Time capsules, Mrs. Clovis and Farwell basketball

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Time after time The Curry County Centennial Committee needs your help. They’re putting together a Centennial Time Capsule. Got a significant item — historically significant — from 2009 or an idea for one? Contact the committee c/o Diane Nance, 700 N. Main, Suite 10, Clovis. […]

Study: Roosevelt County among healthiest in state

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt and Curry counties are ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of their nationwide study of counties’ health Wednesday. The study included factors such as individual behavior, quality of and access […]

Faith best legacy to leave behind

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My ancestors left me a legacy more precious than gold … a strong faith in God. From my great grandparents to my parents, I have come to know the purpose of life. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep his commandments for this is […]

Zias schedule five games this weekend

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will play five softball games this weekend in Edmond, Okla., after a tournament in Fort Hays, Kan. was canceled because of expected inclement weather. The Zias (3-8) will play a noon doubleheader Friday at University of Central Oklahoma. ENMU will play three games Saturday at Del […]

Special session in store

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned Thursday without a plan on how to finance public schools and state government in the coming year, marking the first time in 26 years that lawmakers finished a regular session without reaching a budget deal. Shortly after lawmakers wrapped up their 30-day session, Gov. […]

Plane crashes into Austin IRS building

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A low-flying small plane crashed into an office building that houses the Internal Revenue Service in Austin, Texas on Thursday, and at least one person was missing, witnesses and officials said. Assistant Austin Fire Chief Harry Evans said two people have also been taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies to provide […]

Legislative tidbits: New judge for Santa Fe

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 1/2

Hobson leads No. 12 New Mexico over Wyoming 83-61

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s Steve Alford has 300 wins as a Division I coach. He’ll fight to make sure his Division III mark goes into the record book, too. Darington Hobson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, Phillip McDonald scored 14 points […]

Business feature: Businessman likens computers to patients

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Yurem Diaz, owner of DiAZY (pronounced De-Ya-zee) Computer Services and More in Portales, got interested in computers in high school in the late 1990s. “Everyone was excited,” Diaz said. “I always wanted to use a computer … it was the first time anyone had actually had them in school and stuff.” Diaz said when it […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Civic Center hosting comedy tour

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Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Civic Center is hosting the Small Town Comedy Tour March 5. Featuring Doug Williams, Courtney Gee and Charles Walden and hosted by Sean B, the tour brings comedians from the hit comedy series 1st Amendment and Comic View. Host of the Starz television show “1st Amendment” and “Comic View,” Doug […]

Thursday morning briefing: Off to Washington

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day Looking to add to the family? It’s our Pet of the week. So you want to be in politics… Sen. Tom Udall is looking for New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships […]

Tax hike only temporary solution

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist The day many of us warned of is now here. New Mexico’s budget deficit has risen to somewhere around the $650 million mark. This problem was not just caused by the shrinking economy and the declining state revenue that followed — it was also caused by state government overspending. Between […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

Gadgets not effective against illegal immigration

Freedom New Mexico We do love our toys, especially when we don’t have to pay for them. To their credit, some government officials are finally starting to tire of pouring taxpayers’ money into the $6.7 billion “virtual fence” along the Mexican border. President Obama might cut nearly $200 million from the project. The Bush administration […]

Meetings watch: Hospital waits on rate approval to bill Medicaid

Roosevelt General Hospital Board has been approved but have to wait a little longer before it can bill Medicaid as a rural health clinic on a cost basis. Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming said the hospital can start implementing systems to bill Medicare and Medicaid for rural health clinic visits. Leaming said he is just waiting […]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Survey says and eight-second rides

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Survey says If there’s really nothing for your kids to do, here’s your chance. The Curry County Wellness Council and the City of Clovis Quality of Life Committee want your opinion on Youth activities and recreation options. Click on this link to take a survey for parents […]

Water authority bill heads to governor’s desk

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A bill to revamp the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority got to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk without springing any leaks. House Bill 15 passed the House and Senate on unanimous votes, and will move the authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility authority in June. Gov. […]