Monday morning briefing: SBA testing starts, a bit of green and a U.S. nuclear disaster

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Test alert Standard Based Assessment (SBA) testing starts today at Clovis schools and continues through April 8. The school asks that you not schedule any appointments requiring your child to be away from school on these dates. The SBA is an annual test given […]

Their view: Focus must be put on retirement funding

Beverlee J. McClure is president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry and former president of Clovis Community College.

Internet should remain free of sales tax

Freedom New Mexico For years we’ve fought putting new taxes on Internet activities. But like a bad computer virus, that idea keeps coming back. The latest manifestation is what’s called the “Amazon tax.” But it also would hit many more companies than online retailer Amazon.com, including hundreds of thousands of small businesses that sell online. […]

Zias turn tables on Javs

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Freedom New Mexico What a difference a day can sometimes make. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team rode solid defense, the complete-game pitching effort of junior Erin Roufosse and third-inning home runs from Tessa Fioritti and Kate Medrano to an 8-3 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville, salvaging the finale of the […]

Summit brings state equine industry together

The first New Mexico Equine Industry Summit opened communication and found common ground among state horse organizations, participants said. The summit took place Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Seventy people from 30 organizations attended. “I think it went well,” said organizer Jason Turner, New Mexico State University horse specialist. “I think there were a […]

Hounds rally late to salvage series finale

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — Looking like it might be on its way to getting swept in the series, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team erupted for 15 runs over the final four innings on Saturday to beat East Central 17-7 and salvage the finale of the three-game Lone Star Confernce set. The Tigers […]

Reader-submitted content: Big plans for Fort Sumner airfield

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Along with the many extraterrestrial mysteries and legends of New Mexico is the towering white building rising above concrete at Fort Sumner municipal airport. With NASA painted on its sides and a crown of antennae and communication dishes, this mysterious building is closed to all but a select few. More mysterious but open to all […]

PETA losing relevance

I was pondering on the seemingly frivolous tendency of humans to disregard some of the basic accomplishments that brought mankind to our esteemed place on the planet Earth in the 21st Century. For example, in order to move beyond the gathering roots and berries phase, they discovered the life-giving dense protein, meat. In the progression […]

Fishing derby reels in local residents

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Kevin Wilson The phrase got bandied around plenty at Oasis State Park, in one form or another — a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at almost anything else. At least in terms of weather, Saturday was a great day for fishing, as sun and a light breeze did just enough […]

March 27 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • An officer went to a business in the 500 block of West 18th Street about 2:30 p.m. in reference to a shoplifter in custody of the store’s management. The store owner said he saw an 18-year-old woman pick up several items […]