Tuesday morning briefing: broken pencil and Mexican food for a cause

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

Tucumcari police chief placed on leave

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was placed on paid administrative leave Friday morning, according to City Manager Bobbye Rose. Hatcher said he was approached by Rose and City Clerk Christine Dougherty about the option of resigning or being fired. He said after arguing about his employment status, Rose and […]

Editorial: “Green job” push cause for concern

Rather than stimulating the economy, government efforts to create “green jobs” probably have the opposite effect, judging from experiences where the tactic is employed, and numerous studies: Massive taxpayer subsidies are required, higher energy prices result, and existing jobs are lost, according to a new study by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and […]

Fire cause undeterminable

PNT staff reports A New Mexico State Forestry Division investigator has ruled the cause of the grassfire southwest of Causey on April 9 could not be determined, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Hooker said the investigator was able to approximate a point of origin, but couldn’t find the cause. The fire burned 1,300 […]

One house burned in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A grassfire southwest of Causey destroyed one home and a barn and burned 1,300 acres Thursday, while homeowners escaped serious injury despite being caught in the blaze. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said the cause was unknown. He said a State Fire Marshal investigator was coming because Roosevelt County […]

Police wait for fire marshal report to determine cause of fire

The cause of a fire that gutted Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware warehouse and Dollar General store could be determined within a couple of days, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. “We’re still waiting on a report from the Fire Marshall,” Berry said. “I talked to the fire chief, so something maybe coming in […]

Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

PNT Staff Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked […]

Feb. 25, 1981

Thirty Portales residents, mostly elderly, showed up for a Planning Commission meeting to hear a discussion of a request by the Amvets to use a building on South Avenue C as a private club to sell liquor, but were told that the veterans association was reconsidering because of the controversy over the site. Residents complained […]

Religious critics could be biggest benefit to cause

Freedom New Mexico Don’t call it the “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Instead, go with “Friends Of Religion Foundation.” This mean-spirited group does more to strengthen and promote religion and religious liberty than any religious leader could ever hope to do. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is the group that rented a […]

Oct. 23, 1947

The Portales Daily News attempted to calm sweet potato farmers’ fears, assuring them that the previous night’s freeze, the first of the season, was not harsh enough to cause major damage to the crop, stating that two-thirds of that year’s yield would already be in storage by nightfall.