Start of school inching closer

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Argen Duncan Decorating bulletin boards, installing landscaping, going to meetings, ordering food. School employees in Clovis and Portales are getting ready for the new school year with the first day of classes a matter of weeks away. Students return Aug. 12 in Clovis. In Portales, third through 12th grades start Aug. 17, kindergarten through second […]

In search of ponies: Frog dilemma

Sharna Johnson It would appear my garage door has become the gateway to hell. Frog hell that is. They hop in, but they don’t hop out. Problem is, I don’t want their little souls. Yet daily, I must kick three or four back to the driveway from which they came. Their eyes stare at me […]

McGee: That new-fangled 21st century work ethic

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Did we waste our time back in the 20th century having a work ethic? You know, being on time for a job, finishing a job, stuff like that. It seems there’s a new way of doing things here in the 21st century. This came to mind when I ran […]

N.M. governor considers pardon for Billy the Kid

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The showdown between Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid has fascinated the American public for nearly 130 years with its classic, Old West storyline of the frontier lawman hunting down the notorious gunslinger. As it turns out, the feud isn’t completely over. New Mexico Gov. Bill […]

Their view: Liberal columnists set double standard for Obama

Kent McManigal of Farwell writes columns for the Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner. Here’s a snippet from a recent effort:

Government threat to scholarship

The president of the AAUP — American Association of University Professors — issued a lengthy declaration warning the membership against getting involved with BP, the giant oil company whose operations have gone awry in the Gulf of Mexico and whose management is suspected of numerous failures and malpractices that have lead to the disaster in […]

Obamacare will raise health care costs

Robert Moffit, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, met recently with a Freedom Communications editorial board in California for a discussion about the impending consequences of the new, 2,300-page health care law and simple, practical legislative alternatives to Obamacare that could better address problems in the U.S. health system. […]

Man’s reaction to ticket priceless

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Jared Tucker Next time you get pulled over and issued a ticket, don’t do what the guy in this video does. Now normally, if you put your hand on a police officer, you’re probably going to get yanked out of the car by force, slammed on the ground and taken to jail. I don’t know […]

4-Hers perpare projects ahead of county fair

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Argen Duncan DeOje Johnson, 14, makes sure the sheep are taken care of, holds a rabbit for a few moments and then heads out to stroke Precious, the horse under his care. Johnson is one of many 4-H members around the county fine-tuning animals or indoor projects in the few weeks before the Roosevelt County […]

Residents to take advantage of tax-free weekend

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Jared Tucker New Mexico’s Tax Free Weekend Aug. 6-8 is very popular among consumers like Portales resident Monica Delgado. Delgado says this will be the second consecutive year she’s taken advantage of the holiday, and said last year she saved a bundle of cash when her youngest of two children started school. “I would guess […]