Military mama: Military spouses often unsung heroes

There are very few occupations that require such significant life changes for a spouse like that of the military. I have known many couples that have relocated once or maybe even twice due to educational training or employment changes. These can be tough transitions for anyone, and the more bodies involved in these changes the […]

2011 special session: Governor pushes merging agencies

Trip Jennings As part of her call for the special legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez wants state lawmakers to shrink government by merging several state agencies. Under her proposal, the cultural affairs and tourism departments would merge, the Department of Information Technology would become part of the General Services Department and the New Mexico’s Homeland […]

Press release: Cannon LATN environmental assessment released

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW FOR CANNON LOW ALTITUDE TRAINING PROPOSAL CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A draft Environmental Assessment analyzing establishment of a low altitude training area in portions of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the 27th Special Operations Wing is available for download on the Cannon Air Force Base […]

Portales 9/11 memorial ceremonies set

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, which means Portales residents will be gathering to commemorate and remember those who were lost on that day. The J.P. Stone Community Bank is holding a memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, as it has […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Gas line repairs completed

PNT staff report Repairs to a ruptured natural gas line in Portales were completed as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a New Mexico Gas Company official. The pipe was broken at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Boston Avenue, which led Portales police to evacuate four homes and a daycare center as a precautionary measure. Monica […]

County commissioners mull building court complex

PNT staff report The Roosevelt County Commission met in a work session Wednesday in the county courthouse to discuss the possibility of building a new Magistrate Court complex. Judge Linda Short and Ruth Dygert of Magistrate Court were present at the meeting. County Clerk Janet Collins said the county would pay for the building and […]

Herding chickens nothing to cluck about

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Thursday morning briefing: Star gazing, music acts and defending a pardon

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Star gazing Star gazer Sheila Behr of Portales tells us that this week anyone can look up in the sky and see the closest supernova to earth in the last 25 years. All you need are a pair of at least 20×80 binoculars. Supernovas […]

My turn: Snack mix packs variety of tastes, textures

A single handful of snack mix has a great variety of tastes and textures. Munching on all the components is fun. That coupled with my sweet tooth made the following recipe sound quite good. It’s from www.tasteofhome.com, reprinted with permission. “Pack a sandwich bag of this treat in each of your children’s lunches and watch […]

Zias drop LSC volleyball opener

CNJ staff At Wichita Falls, Texas, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team managed small leads in each game, but Midwestern State eventually pulled away to take a 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 win over the Zias on Tuesday night in the Lone Star Conference opener for both squads. Junior Tarrah Sweet’s ace gave the Zias a […]

Hounds tie in home opener

CNJ staff The 24th-ranked Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds needed sophomore midfielder Andy Wilkinson’s penalty kick with a little less more than three minutes left to earn a 1-1 tie Tuesday with Lubbock Christian at ENMU Soccer Field. The teams played two 10-minute overtimes. It was the home opener for the Hounds (2-0-1). Adam Goodnight […]

Curry County jail administrator resigns

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Robin Fornoff Curry County jail administrator Keith Norwood resigned effective Tuesday, saying it was time for a change and he was going bow hunting for big game. Norwood, the latest in a string of jail chiefs to leave, said his resignation was voluntary and he was not asked by county officials to leave the post. […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced in bank robbery

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Juana Griego, 20, must serve at least 85 percent of the time behind bars and will be subject to two years of intense supervised parole on release, said Andrea […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A video game, Buddy comes to town and Uncle Sam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing. Video game of the week From our own Jenna Zamie, the hottest game of the week: Game: Rock of Ages Genre: Action strategy System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? An action strategy game with a delightfully goofy concept and destructive fun. ESRB […]

Their view: Special session issues focus on commerce

Excerpts from the Chamber Legislative Roundup, published during the New Mexico Legislative Session by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce:

DoD focuses on school renovations

On orders from Congress, the Department of Defense is deciding how to spend a first appropriation — $250 million — to upgrade a set of public schools that are in disrepair or disturbingly overcrowded. The catch is that these schools, though part of local school districts, are on stateside bases and 94 percent of their […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

Discouraging poor voters shortsighted

We bailed out a bunch of “too big to fail” investment banks, then found a way to blame it on poor people who couldn’t afford a house. We cheered when Florida decided to drug-test welfare applicants, then stopped paying attention when the testing costs outpaced any savings. And now we’re trying to discourage poor people […]

9-7 — ENMU briefs

9/11 memorial scheduled This year’s memorial ceremony to honor all those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks features special speakers and music downtown. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday near the flag pole in the large parking lot outside the main branch of […]