Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state's new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico's higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico's […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fun for the kids, a big meeting and Nixon says no

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fun for the kids Preschool Storytime is 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portales Public Library. Meetings Watch The City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. It's open to the public. Information: 769-7828 Kitchen tip Caramelize onions very quickly by cooking […]

New plans for annual Ag Expo

The 2012 Ag Expo will include a variety of conferences with varying agricultural topics, according to Ag Agent Patrick Kircher, such as colt training and cotton. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Roosevelt County Ag Expo in Portales. All vendors will be housed in the new events center on the fairgrounds, according to […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who farms 6,000 acres five miles west of Clovis in the Ranchvale community, checks on his beef cattle. He purchased these calves in September 2011. Curry County Commissioner and farmer Frank Blackburn on his main tractor used for plowing milo fields. Blackburn is preparing for the next milo crop, which […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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Benna Sayyed Local farmers say recent precipitation in the area has helped their crops a little but much more is needed to alleviate the drought. According to Ed Polasko, service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, precipitation levels (rain and melted snow) during October, November, and December 2011 were up slightly from 2010. […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday and took the following action: Approved a proclamation declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Portales. Approved an easement agreement for a 6.5 foot encroachment for a concrete wall fence at 1743 S. Avenue O at the request of the owners. Held a public hearing for an ordinance granting […]

Their view: Air pollution rule would hamper energy services

Over the New Year’s holiday, Xcel Energy officials learned the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, had delayed implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves issued this statement reflecting the company position on the court ruling: On Dec. 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit issued a stay of the […]

Their view: Air pollution rule would hamper energy services

Over the New Year's holiday, Xcel Energy officials learned the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, had delayed implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves issued this statement reflecting the company position on the court ruling: On Dec. 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit issued a stay of the […]

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They're supposed to be the part of the government that's "closest to the people." But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]