Their view: Health care must be rationed

Deane Waldman is the author of “Uproot U.S. Healthcare” and writes for New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government. Here’s a portion of what Waldman had to say about government’s role in health care in a recent column:

VA disease dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

Gulf oil spill doesn’t justify cap and trade

The White House was more successful last week forcing a private company — British Petroleum — to set up a $20 billion fund to pay for damage from the oil spill than it has been in stemming the flow of crude fouling the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlines of several states. Chances are BP […]

My turn: Summer tales still haunt me

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Growing up, summer was a time of fun in the sun, during a time in which we didn’t worry about getting over-tanned or catching too much UV rays. But it was also a chilly time of evenings spent hovering under the covers, afraid of the electrifying thunderstorms that shook those summer nights. And during the […]

State police: Officer not at fault

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer State police say a Portales police officer who rolled his car responding to a call Saturday was not at fault in the crash. State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Tuesday the state agency would recommend to magistrate court that Officer Lee Ferguson be cited for not wearing a seat […]

Bar owner faces felony allegation

Argen Duncan A Portales bar owner faces a felony allegation that she removed surveillance video requested by a state investigator. Court records show the investigator was looking into charges an underage clerk sold liquor to an intoxicated customer. Records show Susan Hamilton-Dick, owner of Goober McCool’s Saloon and Spirits, pleaded not guilty to obstruction of […]

Police blotter — June 23

Recent calls received by Roosevelt County dispatchers, according to call logs: Saturday • At 12:15 a.m., a caller in the 1700 block of West Fir requested an officer as he was getting text messages from a man in Albuquerque who has threatened his wife. • At 5:04 p.m., a caller in the 500 block of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A Smokin Fourth and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Smokin Fourth This year’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m. July 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University Football Practice Field at U.S. 70 and University Drive. To donate to the fireworks fund: http://www.portales.com/fireworks Alternative groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking […]

Growth committee looks at data analysis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee got a taste of Chicago-style data analysis Tuesday afternoon. Marc Doussard of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Voorhes Center presented committee members with a look at data the center tries to provide as part of its work with the Office of Economic Adjustment. The OEA […]

Citations recommended in police rollover

State police will recommend magistrate court issue citations to both drivers involved in Saturday’s rollover of a Portales police car,

ENMU briefs — June 23

Area children receive tutoring Seven graduate and undergraduate students in Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Education are providing reading tutoring for 14 area children this summer. Ranging in grades from kindergarten to high school, the students come from Floyd, Elida, Muleshoe, Texico, Portales and Clovis.“The clinic is especially valuable because the children receive individualized […]

Players sought for kickball tourney

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Recreation Center is taking registration for a co-ed kickball tournament on July 3. The tournament is open to all ages. Also, registration for the youth leagues of tackle football, flag football and soccer begins July 12. Information and registration: Rec center at 356-8598 or Michael Doerr at 505-577-0700.

I won’t be deterred by 5k run

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Saturday was my second 5K race. I hoped to erase memories of my 37:58, when I pulled up injured and saw other racers driving home while I was still running/walking. Mark Bussen, a coach at Clovis High School, reassured me by saying, “That’s better than everybody who didn’t show up.” […]

Church profile: Iglesia de Dios de la Profecta

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Iglesia de Dios de la Profecta Location: 816 E. Canadian St. Phone: 356-4451 Services: Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m. Description: “We are a living church saved by Jesus Christ, and we are waiting for you to pray together with us. Everyone is welcome. We love you in Jesus Christ,” said pastor […]

It’s their job — June 22

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Portales City Pool lifeguard Daniela Gomez demonstrates duties in the baby pool. She is working a a lifeguard for the first time this summer and enjoys her co-workers and seeing the children. Gomez said the job isn’t as easy as it looks.

Reader submitted content: Portales FFA member elected state district IV president

Portales FFA Chapter is the home of a New Mexico State Officer for the first time in about 11 years. Kayla Hight, of the Portales Chapter, was elected District IV President at the New Mexico State FFA Convention, held in Las Cruces, May 31 – June 3, 2010. District IV is compromised of FFA Chapters […]

My turn: Not all fishing rules written

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Clarence Plank Does anyone know the unwritten rules of fishing? Here are a few: • Never cast out over someone else’s line in the water because your line could become entangled or snagged by your hook. • Fighting over a fish isn’t worth it. There are plenty of fish in the ponds, lakes, streams, rivers […]

Money raised at Heritage Days

Argen Duncan Several fundraisers were part of Heritage Days this past weekend, and organizers say they went well for the most part. The Portales Recreation Center held fundraisers for youth sports during the events last weekend. Athletics Director Michael Doerr said the dunking booth made $200 Saturday. “We had the biggest crowd there for the […]

Goals discussed at joint land use study meeting

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Sharna Johnson During a Monday policy committee meeting for the Joint Land Use study, Kit Roupe, project manager, gave members samples of goals and objectives the study could produce. Roupe gave the two-hour presentation at a meeting held at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study is a cooperative land-use planning effort between […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Six million a day and wildlife at Oasis

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing.