My turn: Youth on right track

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating […]

Ballot box initiatives have boomerang effect

Freedom New Mexico Good-government activists have correctly identified “ballot-box budgeting” — when voters approve costly new spending initiatives at the ballot box — as one of the ongoing fiscal problems faced by California, which continually is troubled by multibillion-dollar budget deficits. Toward that end, two Democratic legislators have introduced bills that would require that any […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Spelling bee champ buzzes with excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but she never said goodbye. By spelling those words, and 30 others, correctly, she punched her ticket to Washington, D.C., as the winner of Saturday’s regional spelling bee, sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Christina, an 11-year-old […]

Contest buzzing with excitement

By Michelle Seeber Twenty-nine words into the 13th round, Zach Gillooly of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday at Clovis Community College. The 12-year-old seventh-grader from Yucca Junior High School won by correctly spelling the word “dipsomania.” Because he won, Zach will get to travel to Washington, D.C., on a trip sponsored by Freedom […]