State academic achievement gap long-running problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jail explained and the deadline’s looming

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Deadline looming Tuesday is the only day for candidates to file for county or state offices in the June 5 primary election. Filing can be completed at the county clerk’s office. There is a $50 fee. Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman: 763-5591 Roosevelt County Clerk E. […]

Voters weigh in on election

Alisa Boswell Here’s what some Portales voters had to say about their candidates at the Tuesday municipal election:

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Sen. Ingle to seek re-election

Clovis Media Inc. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, announced Monday he will seek re-election to his District 27 seat, which includes all of Roosevelt and De Baca counties and portions of Curry, Chaves and Lea counties. Ingle, a farmer and rancher in Portales, has served in the senate since 1985 and has been senate minority leader […]

Dodge to run for re-election

CMI Staff Democrat George Dodge of Santa Rosa plans to run for re-election for District 63 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties. He has held the position since 2011. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents the last two years and […]

Roch running for re-election

CNJ staff Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has announced he is running for re-election in District 67 of the state House of Representatives. The district includes all or parts of Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding Union, San Miguel and Colfax counties. Roch, 38, is the only candidate who has announced candidacy for the position. He is assistant superintendent […]

Candidates tackle election issues

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Alisa Boswell Portales municipal candidates expressed similar concerns for the community of Portales at the election forum Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Opinions did differ on how issues within the city should be resolved. After opening statements in which candidates introduced themselves, forum moderator Robin Fornoff asked the candidates a series of questions: When […]

Recall election jeopardizes union reforms

If a national symbol exists for the movement to rein in the power of public employee unions, it is Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker. He pushed aggressive measures to curb the power and influence of government unions and now faces a union-funded recall campaign, which, if successful will empower unions and expand their power in […]

Voters express election issues

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Christina Calloway Water conservation was a main concern voiced by registered voters in Portales as an issue they want addressed by the city council candidates running for office in the March 6 election. Issues involving Portales children, including education and recreation, were also areas of concern. Here is what some voters had to say:

Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

Freedom New Mexico When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other […]

Election ballots to be mailed out soon

Alisa Boswell Ballots for the March 6 Portales municipal election are on their way, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We confirmed the ballots yesterday,” Martinez-Terry said Friday. “Jan. 31 is the first day I mail out ballots and Feb. 15 is the first day they (voters) can come into city hall.” Martinez-Terry said […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Country music and a midlife crisis solved.

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Write-in day: Today is the only day for write-in candidates to declare their intention to seek office in March 6 municipal elections. Write-ins will not appear on the ballot, but they will receive credit for any votes they do receive on election day. […]

We all lose during election time

I can give you a prediction about the next presidential election almost a year before it happens. Ready? The U.S. government will win and America will lose. The status quo will be elected once more. There isn’t a bit of difference between any of the candidates who will end up on the ballot in the […]

Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information about the cause of death was unavailable at press time. Orlik had served nearly six years as the fourth judge for the 9th Judicial District, which covers […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Election day and Reagan comes to Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Special election Don’t forget the special election today in Clovis concerning a gross receipts tax increase. See the Clovis News Journal for a list of polling locations and times. Quirky quote of the day “Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Lent, a special election and a blond moment

Good morning. Hope you’re ready for it. Here’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Test the waters New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience can apply for internships in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. There are two sessions for summer internships: May 29 through July […]

Pot legalization needs to be taken seriously

Freedom New Mexico Proposition 19, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, was soundly defeated in the November election after California’s political establishment, Democratic and Republican, came out strongly against it. We had concerns with a provision related to the ability of employers to combat marijuana use at the workplace, but we are […]

Portales past: Feb. 5, 1959

Feb. 5, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: A very light vote was cast in the Elida School Board Election on Tuesday. Haskel Worley was the only candidate for re-election to the board.