Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Six-word summaries say a lot

Six-worders arrived on the scene a few years back. The six-worder brevity grasps a life story or current condition or philosophy. Column readers were invited to offer their own, did so with creativity, and the invitation is repeated. Here is a current crop of mine: She is a Tea Party heroine, a former Minnesota lawmaker […]

Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport […]

Portales past: Sept. 24, 1950

Portales Daily News: The current week’s news tip award went to David and Barry Stone for their story about the fledgling hawk they raised from a chick. The story and picture appeared in Thursday’s dairy news. Each week, the newspaper gave $3 for the best news tip of the week.

Portales ceremony commemorates 9/11

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Jared Tucker Local leaders and business owners voiced their opinions about current governmental issues while honoring lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at an annual ceremony Friday in the James Polk Stone Community Bank parking lot in Portales. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry, one of two guest speakers at the ceremony, […]

Current administration dangerous

It bothers me to no end that millions of Americans simply don’t get just how dangerous this current administration’s views are, especially about the nature of our basic rights. I suppose I should not be surprised, given the utterly perverted primary and secondary education most people receive now in their government-run schools. After all, those […]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico honors Nancy Taylor for volunteer work

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer cal food bank, Nancy Taylor received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet Thursday night. The event at Eastern New Mexico University also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the local United Way organization, recognized current and past contributors and looked toward the […]

Help for veterans available

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Service Officer George Vargas of the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services is available to help current and former service members, their families and their surviving spouses 9:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. every other Thursday at the Portales Senior Center at 501 N Industrial Drive. His next visit is […]

City council supports formation of new regional water authority

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to support the formation of a new regional water authority, under certain conditions. The council approved a resolution supporting House Bill 15, in its current state, which would establish an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to manage the Ute Water Pipeline […]

Medicaid meeting planned in Roswell

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program, according to a news release. Discussion will cover proposed changes to Medicaid, a proposed buy-in to the State Coverage Plan and adding more benefits to the current […]