Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Residents share peanut recipes

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Alisa Boswell Local residents will be going nuts for the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, which begins today at 9 a.m. With all this nuttiness in the air, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share their favorite nutty recipes:

McGee: Aging gracefully

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A friend of mine emailed me and reminded me to ask my doctor for the shingle vaccine. “That means he thinks you’re old,” she said from the next room. I ignored that comment. I was amazed to hear they had a vaccine for shingles. “Wow isn’t that amazing, a shot […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

McGee: Casual conversations

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist When folks come in to the bicycle shop I get to talking to them about other stuff besides bicycles. I might ask if they grew up here on the High Plains. If they didn’t, I might ask where they’re from. It’s all part of being conversational but it also takes […]

Clovis police ask for help finding suspect

Freedom New Mexico Police are asking for help finding a man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s parked car while her child was sitting inside. Narcizo Soto Jr., 34, is charged with two counts of assault against a household member, shooting from or into a motor vehicle, abuse of a child, felon in possession of […]

Officials ask spouses to share employment ups, downs

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses’ education and career opportunities. The department has created a discussion board where spouses can describe their experiences — both good and bad […]

Ask the chief

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base recently received the opportunity to ask base’s newest Command Chief questions with the ability to remain anonymous if they wished. The questions were sent to each unit’s first sergeant, and then forwarded to Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing […]

Press release: Xcel continues to ask for conservation

Wes Reeves AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Texas and New Mexico to join their neighbors across the region in conserving energy as regional utility systems struggle to meet high demand with diminished resources. The utility company is not planning rotating outages in the area at this time, but is cautioning […]

Our people: Radio guy

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Jim Lee, News and Public Affairs Director at KENW/KMTH-FM in Portales has worked in radio, television, theater, movies and plays over the past 46 years. Now he is often referred to ask the ‘radio guy.’ “I’m not what I do,” Lee said. “It doesn’t matter what we do but who we are.” When I get […]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ surveys hit inboxes

WASHINGTON — At noon July 7, Defense Department officials e-mailed surveys to 400,000 servicemembers as part of a special review to prepare the military for a potential repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving, Pentagon officials announced. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of […]

Gates can accept ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ amendment

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates can accept a proposed congressional amendment overturning the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, but would prefer that lawmakers wait until a Defense Department review to assess its full impact is completed, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff […]

Rotary Club donates 2,000 pencils to schools

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Now, Portales elementary school students know all they have to do is ask. In this case, it’s 2,000 pencils, courtesy of the Portales Rotary Club. It all started with a letter from a Lindsey School student as part of a school writing project. Portales Rotary Club member Chris Wood […]

Resident requesting anti-littering measure

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County resident plans to ask the County Commission to put up one “no littering” sign and publicize the state public nuisance law. The request is among agenda items for the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the District Courthouse. Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, […]

When in doubt about present, pray

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Sometimes I ask myself, “Am I the only one who sees the impinging danger for this country? Am I the only one who cares, who sees America on the edge of the precipice? Will we care when our freedoms are gone? Will we care if our possessions are taken away […]

Planning key in dealing with disaster

By Ken De Los Santos While the tornado of 2007 remains fresh on our minds, I would like to ask, “Are you prepared for another? With severe weather, you can never let your guard down. The main purpose of this article is to educate on preparation for any type of disaster. There are four main […]

Panic attacks not uncommon

Anita Doberman: Columnist I get panic attacks. They’re not frequent, and I’ll go years without one. But inevitably and without warning, they show up like an uninvited guest. I say without warning, but they’re not entirely random. While my husband is trying to assure me I’m not having a heart attack, he’ll gently ask me […]

God in control of all things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist In the first chapter of Genesis we read about the beginning, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. These commandments have been the basis of civilizations. Nebuchadnezzar did not believe in God until he saw the fourth man in […]

Stupid questions wanted here

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Some people say I ask too many questions. Can you believe that? A journalist asking a lot of questions? I don’t ask a lot of questions, do I? And if I do, what’s wrong with that? At school, even in college, we’re told: “The only stupid question is an […]

Don’t forget to ask, ‘Do you offer a military discount?’

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals I bought a fairly expensive pair of running shoes recently and convinced myself that since these shoes were on sale, it was okay to pay that much for them. At the counter, the sales representative noticed my military ID card and informed me of the store’s military discount. I was surprised […]