Commissioners praise Curry County jail plan

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By Robin Fornoff: CMI content editor Curry County commissioners kicked off a campaign to sell a special $9.3 million bond issue Friday by unveiling plans for the jail expansion and renovation the cash would be used to complete. The plan includes a two-story, 60-bed addition to the north side of the existing jail on property […]

Up to 4 more inches of snow expected

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Eastern New Mexico has already seen up to 3.5 inches of snow in places and another 2 to 4 inches are expected today.

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 […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: When I am named ruler of the Earth …

Marla Jo Fisher I am planning to run for Supreme Ruler of Earth, as soon as I get a spare minute. In case you don’t know, the Supreme Ruler gets to do whatever she wants and make the rules for everyone else. Everyone kisses your backside and laughs at your jokes. Sort of like running […]

Military digest: Board: Military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

Xcel Energy plans for upgrades

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Alisa Boswell A colder-than-normal Feburary has given New Mexico power companies even more incentive to make power system upgrades. Xcel Energy had upgrades already in the works, but company spokesperson Wes Reeves said power outages on days featuring below-freezing were eye-opening. Reeves said during Portales’ cold spell, the most drastic temperatures were in the early […]

My turn: This year already off to better start

In 2010 I was much luckier than last in driving on Christmas Eve from Portales to Dallas. In 2009 I joined thousands in getting stranded at night on snow-packed I-20. After an eternity of sucking up 18-wheeler fumes, I forced my way on the shoulder around frustrated drivers to a distant exit, backtracked to Abilene, […]

My turn: Christmas not a one-day affair

Helena Rodriguez How long do you leave the Christmas tree up? Some people have already undecked the halls. Some did it the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas day, as soon as gifts were unwrapped. I leave my Christmas tree up until July 4. Not really. However, I believe Christmas is a season, not […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Calendars, cutting up and a revolutionary law

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Mark your new calendars The 2011 Relay for Life American Cancer Society fundraiser in Portales has already been scheduled. The event is set for April 8-9 in the Greyhound Arena. There’s a kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 27, with the location to be […]