Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Staycations offer fun for cheap

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Bloggers speculating governor wants changes

Robin Fornoff If Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has started a war within her own party as some political bloggers are speculating, few are talking about it for the record. Speculation centers on two of eastern New Mexico’s senior Republican senators: Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Clint Harden of Clovis. Harden announced his […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

My turn: Farwell has hidden charm

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I drove to Farwell on Saturday to take a few pictures and I decided to wander into the Old Country Store for a photo opportunity. The only word I can think of to describe the store/cafe is charming. It definitely has a “good old country boy” feel to it with its homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits, […]

McGee: Signs make memorable statements

Have you ever wondered what was going on with some signs you see as you travel along? For instance there was a sign in a window of a shop in Roswell a few years ago that read: “WHO DO YOU HAVE TO HUG AND KISS IN THIS TOWN TO GET SOME BUSINESS?” I actually changed […]

My turn: Leaving you with few parting thoughts

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I’ve occasionally written about controversial subjects as a columnist here since 2004. Sometimes I’d hear, “I like your column, but I don’t agree with everything you say.“ I‘d respond, “That’s OK; we agree to disagree!” As any sound-minded editor, including David Stevens, who I thank for letting me write here, would say, any news is […]

Their view: Gov. Martinez calls for investing in education

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her fiscal year 2013 budget proposal in a press release Thursday. Here are a few excerpts: “I am proud to announce to New Mexicans that our fiscal house is back in order,” said Gov. Martinez. “ A year ago, we made a commitment to balancing our budget without raising taxes, while […]

My turn: Know any Rosies?

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American Rosie the Riveter Association is looking for a few good stories — stories about the women of World War II who learned to be electricians, welders, riveters and more, keeping the country moving while the men were off fighting. Here’s one of those ordinary, extraordinary stories: Gertrude Lacey was a French-speaking Catholic school girl […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Alisa Boswell The square in Portales will be filled with Christmas themes and lights tonight as the 25th annual Christmas Jubilee kicks off with a Christmas parade, food vendors and live music, and a few new twists. “This may be one of the best ones ever,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. “The first […]

My turn: Hometown girl pays tribute to her roots

Sandy Fields is a true daughter of Portales, granddaughter of the peanut-growing Bordens and the furniture-selling Caltons. She and her contractor husband, Gary, were sweethearts at Portales High School 30 years ago. They travelled the world together before they came home in 2002 to build the big red barn on East 16th Street that contains […]

Double blessing

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Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, the Rutherford house seemed empty. Just Heath and his wife Meredith lived there, and that’s if Meredith wasn’t out of the country. Now, the house has become a home, with two children arriving via what their parents consider to be separate blessings and miracles. At the dinner table, 18-month-old […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

Elida’s Best talks about FFA presidency

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Portales native and Elida High School graduate Ryan Best was recently named national FFA president. He took a few moments to reflect on the achievement and his experiences during an interview with the Portales News-Tribune:

Freedom basis of libertarianism

Libertarianism rests upon the answers to a few questions. Which is better: Freedom or slavery? Honest possession or theft? Truth or falsehood? For any random individual the answer might be “it depends”. For one thing, define “better.” Society prospers as individuals prosper. It is not right to make different rules for different people. This isn’t […]

Protesters fail to see hypocrisy

Allow me, if you will, a few disjointed thoughts that weren’t long enough for a column, but were worth some type of mention in this space: • The best snide comment I’ve heard from people who hate the Occupy Wall Street protests is that you have thousands of people protesting the excesses of capitalism, and […]

Sending troops not proper response to violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

Police chief urges residents to lock up vehicles

Portales Police Department Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry once again restated the need for Portales residents to lock their car doors after four vehicles were broken into the night of Oct. 4, all of which were within a few blocks of one another. “Almost all of our vehicle burglaries have been unlocked vehicle burglaries,” Berry said. […]

Can’t pronounce it? Don’t eat it

I watched a cooking show on television a few days ago. It was … interesting. It was a competition, and the four contestants were charged with preparing food someone could actually eat, using totally weird ingredients. Each section had its own basket of ingredients, and the contestants were required to make an appetizer from the […]

Caring for weaker species part of human nature

By Clyde Davis: Freedom New Mexico I noticed the signs as we made our way around the Albuquerque Aquarium, trying to see a few things besides the sharks which my granddaughter was preoccupied with. In this beautiful facility, one our state should be proud of, there were frequent notices telling viewers that a particular exhibit […]