Inauguration symbol of true democracy

Freedom New Mexico Some of them remember Roosevelt. Some of them have no memory of anyone not named Bush or Clinton. Just as the big event draws people from many generations, its allure crosses other demographic lines as well. They arrive by private jet from Hollywood mansions and Manhattan skyscrapers. They also come by bus […]

Resources available for wounded warriors

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance They are returning from combat in record numbers. With scars seen and unseen, wounded members of the armed services are making their way through hospitals, clinics and facilities from one side of the world to the other. Then they are on their journey through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The […]

TRICARE enhances autism services coverage

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Active duty military families now have access to expanded services for autistic children under TRICARE. A new set of behavioral and educational benefits — the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration benefit — allows eligible beneficiaries to see a new category of providers as part of the Extended Care […]

Consumers likely to see benefits from FCC auction

editorial An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has been assigned regulatory […]

Internet tax would only slow progress

Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding frenzy […]

Supreme Court should overturn drug decision

Editorial The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how the court […]

Acute Care Clinic to close

By 27th Medical Group CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Effective May 29, the Acute Care Clinic will close until further notice to better manage access because of reduced staffing due to deployments and permanent changes of station. “Call-in” appointments rather than “walk-in” and wait in queue access will be implemented to meet acute care needs. […]

Media must work as government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

Cannon Finance Office reminds Airmen of services provided online

1st Lt. Christopher Alexander The Air Force has developed numerous tools for Airmen to access their financial records and military history info. Tools such as myPay, Leave Web and the Virtual Military Personnel Flight allow Airmen to research and correct any errors in their records. The key component of all these systems is user involvement; […]

Council requests more information

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors tossed a preliminary subdivision plat approval back to city staff and the planning commission Tuesday, looking for more information. Desert Oasis Subdivision, proposed by David Sanders of Portales, seeks a mixed-use development with up to three commercial lots and an undetermined number of residential lots on […]

Forgetfulness can be sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Seventh-graders granted laptops

By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Portales Junior High School will issue all its seventh-graders a brand-new Hewlett-Packard laptop computer soon in order to enhance their education and learning skills. This is the first year for the program in Portales. After originally applying for the Laptop Initiative state grant last year to fund the laptops, the […]

Portales airport will have new fuel farm access road

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting a new fuel farm access road as part of the airport expansion. City councilors recently accepted a $301,651 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will fund reconstruction and paving of the fuel farm access road, paving of the parking lot […]

Pin number theft causes concern

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Linda Mathews tried to buy a sandwich Wednesday, but instead watched, hungry, as her Visa debit card was taken from her and cut into pieces. After her pin number was stolen, Access Bank in Clovis ordered that her card be taken, she said. Access Bank officials said Mathews’ experience isn’t […]

At least some good news from Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers I f you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle […]

Free legal help offered by state organization

By Tony Parra Law Access New Mexico representatives are creating a push into Roosevelt County to try to help residents with low income receive free legal advice. Kathleen Brockel, Executive Director of Law Access New Mexico, said the purpose of the trip to Portales is to create awareness to low-income residents in Roosevelt County of […]

Loan will go toward fiber optics

By Tony Parra A change in the availability of fiber optics for the residents of Roosevelt County is on the horizon after U.S. Representative Tom Udall confirmed Yucca Communications of Portales will receive more than $11 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program on Monday. […]

Library to receive E-rate funding

By Michelle Seeber U.S. Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) recently confirmed that the Portales Public Library will receive $5,713 in telecommunications discounts to ensure access to technology. The discounts are part of the E-Rate program that provides libraries discounted Internet and telecommunications services. Jenny Blaylock, circulation supervisor at the library, said, “We’ve been getting that discount […]

City promotes high-speed Internet surfing

Jack King While many of us still don’t know the difference between an Internet “site” and a “link” — let alone a “bit” and “kilobit” — we’re already living in an era of communications technology that is transforming the way we live and work, said John Badal, Qwest communications company’s New Mexico president. Badal was […]

Military report urges benefits to go most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]