Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

Issues still linger a year after jailbreak

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico On Aug. 24, 2008 — a year ago Monday — eight of the most violent inmates held at Curry County’s jail escaped in the middle of the night. The escape both surprised and shocked many in the community, focusing national attention on Clovis and Curry County. The escape itself […]

Afghanistan no longer bigger threat to U.S.

Freedom New Mexico Most of the chatter in Washington is still about domestic issues and how the Obama administration is doing now that the bloom is starting to fade. Will the Senate approve the cap-and-trade bill? How many Republicans will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor? Will further nationalization of health care be passed at […]

Lt. Gov. Denish to attend Homeland Security task force

Freedom New Mexico Immigration reform needs to create a balance between immigration and industry, according to Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. Denish, who spoke to the Clovis News Journal Thursday, is attending a task force today with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to address border and immigration issues. Napolitano is expected to announce […]

Family dog has some issues with Bo

After nodding off a few times in my recliner after a hard day of yard work, I slapped the sleeping dog on my lap and told him I was tired and it was his turn to write this week’s column. Not doubting for a minute that the Dalmatian Flint could probably write a more interesting […]

Cherish your spouse, work on issues

My husband tried to feed one of our five girls (the last one) Honey Nut Cheerios when she was 4 months old. Nothing happened, but I remember being annoyed that he didn’t remember he couldn’t do that, and worse, that he felt like he should have gotten credit for trying. I sounded like one of […]

Enacting global mandates hurts U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico A new poll found that people rank global warming dead last, 20th out of 20, among their top concerns. The economy was No. 1, while other economic-related issues unsurprisingly gravitated to the top. The survey conducted Jan. 7-11 asked 1,503 adults on cell phones and landlines to rank 20 issues by importance, […]

Portales Pride forum set

PNT Staff Report The City of Portales has scheduled a Portales Pride public forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The forum allows citizens to discuss community beautification and cleanliness. The city is also seeking people who can participate on a committee dealing with such issues. Topics include median sponsorship and design, trash cleanup, […]

Several issues iffy in Santa Fe

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican As if the state’s budget crunch wasn’t enough, lawmakers in the session starting Tuesday will tackle issues from the death penalty to gay marriage. Here’s a look at some key issues and their chances of surviving the next 60 days. Ethics reform It’s a hot topic — […]

Residents identify election issues

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With just three days left until the general election, some Portales residents are sharpening their opinions and focusing on the issues they care about most. Dusty McKee cited the war on terror and the economy as the two biggest issues important to him. McKee and his family are visiting […]

Consider issues before casting vote on Tuesday

Freedom New Mexico It’s not difficult to find someone willing to tell you who to vote for. Just step a few feet outside your home. Check the mailbox. Answer the phone. Attempt to walk to your voting precinct without someone trying to provide instructions. You won’t hear that from us today. We wouldn’t presume to […]

Congressman addresses military issues

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The chairman of a House committee that approves funding for the military said Wednesday that Cannon Air Force Base’s future as a special operations wing is secure because of unconventional forces such as al-Qaida. U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said special operations will remain the preferred way to take […]

Students debate national issues

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer More than 70 Eastern New Mexico University students attended a political debate that covered key issues facing the nation’s future. The debate was organized by the Student Association for Voter Empowerment organization. “I am really pleased with the turnout tonight,” said Jamie Grady, SAVE president, after the debate. “The […]

Obama discusses local issues with Freedom New Mexico

Editor’s note: Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama telephoned Freedom New Mexico on Thursday as he toured the state. The newspaper will also attempt to conduct a phone interview with Republican candidate John McCain in the coming days. Q: Just wondering. Have you ever been to Clovis, Portales or Tucumcari? A: I have not, but as […]

Independent congressional candidate shares profile

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Carol Miller, one of two independent candidates running in the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat, said she believes the issues that face the state transcend partisan politics. Miller, of Ojo Sarco, is running against Republican Dan East, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and Independent […]

Udall discusses energy issues in Portales stop

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Democrat U.S. Rep. Tom Udall made a stop on the Eastern New Mexico University campus in Portales Wednesday as a part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Udall faces U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM in his bid to replace retiring Republican senator Pete Domenici. Speaking to students and […]

Chili crop checked by available labor

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter said labor issues and crop prices have affected just how much chili he grows. Ledbetter, who has been growing chili for seven years, said he has six people helping with this year’s harvest of green chili, which he sells at the Farmers’ Markets in Clovis […]

Roosevelt County Commission Dist. 1

Name: Jake LopezAge: 70Occupation: Maintenance supervisor at La Casa de Buena SaludOffice: County Commissioner District 1Party affiliation: DemocratElected offices held: city council, county commissioner Why are you running for county commissioner?I want to continue to help not only the people in my district, but the community as a whole. I served for 10 years (1990-2000) […]

Lujan says he’ll stand up to special interests

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer While campaigning through southeastern New Mexico this past week, Democratic Congressional District 3 candidate, Ben R. Lujan, sat down with the Portales News-Tribune to answer some questions regarding his positions on some major political issues.Lujan is seeking to win the Democratic primary in a congressional seat being vacated by […]

U.S. Rep Pearce talks political issues

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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., is in his third term representing New Mexico’s 2nd District in the House of Representatives. It is also his final term, as he is running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the upcoming retirement of Pete Domenici. He is running against U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson in the Republican […]