Camouflage makes issue clear

From high school on, whenever somebody would pull out some kind of school or office supply decorated in camouflage, there would always be some kind of joke. “Wow, John … how is that pencil eraser just floating in the air? It’s magical. Oh, oh, sorry … I didn’t see the pencil because it was camouflage.” […]

Their view: Medicaid cuts could impact thousands of New Mexicans

The importance of Medicaid to New Mexicans is detailed in a report released jointly by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, and the health care consumer group Families USA. Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans are covered by Medicaid. Of this number: • An estimated 6,900 […]

Not all injuries visible to eye

Sixty-six percent of the most seriously wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have “invisible” injuries of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress, which their families and society will be dealing with at great cost for decades, said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff. “The truth is, because we don’t see these […]

Hippie child shouldn’t have undocumented status

Freedom New Mexico Call it hippie abuse. We’ve all heard about undocumented immigrants and their absurd conundrum: They cannot get documents, in part, because they lack documents that are needed to get documents. Duh. Our economy wants them, needs them and taxes them. Meanwhile, the law makes certain they live underground without the licenses and […]

Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted

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Robin Fornoff Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic bonus for the state and a collective sigh of relief for producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties. “It’s very good news,” said Walter Bradley of Clovis, a former lieutenant governor and now spokesman for Dairy Farmers […]

Portales calf roper headed to nationals

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Portales calf roper Jerrad Hofstetter will be making his third trip to professional rodeo’s season-ending championship. Hofstetter, who was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2005, said this year was a bad one for his rodeo career and he had every intention of calling it quits for the year after the Justin Boots Championship in […]

Police blotter — Oct. 5

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 2:30 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle park illegally on the side of the road. When the driver stepped from the vehicle, the officer observed him stumbling and an odor of liquor coming from him. The man told the […]

My turn: Not going to pay your way

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What do you do when someone approaches you in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They need money to go to Albuquerque or somewhere and have run out of gas and don’t have money? That’s a typical line. I get annoyed. I wonder why they’re traveling broke. Do they expect others to finance their trip? At least […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Food for fund, no band and feeding Europeans

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fundraiser There’s a Meals on Wheels fundraiser — 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday at the Rib Crib BBQ and Grill in Clovis. Pick up a flyer at Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce, bring the flyer into the restaurant and 10 percent of your ticket […]

Farmers predict fewer, smaller pumpkins

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Benna Sayyed Pumpkins will be fewer and smaller in size this Halloween, according to local farmers. Eastern New Mexico farmers are experiencing drops of 20 to 30 percent lower than usual. Extreme drought and heat took its toll, they said. “We irrigate our pumpkins, but there is just nothing you can do about 100-degree days,” […]