Obama wasting time on possible job creation

Freedom New Mexico By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What is more certain is that the political maneuvering to deny a permit for the […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a master’s in education in school counseling, said she not only has a new job but is already working it. “My husband and I just moved to Artesia and I’ve […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Spouse incentive flight leaves lasting impression

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I love being a military spouse. Even with all of the sacrifices and hardships that come with the job, I love it. Those in charge of our spouses know what a hard job we have, and I am impressed that when they can, they find ways to tell us ‘thank you.’ I was so excited […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

It’s their job: Rusty Lewis

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Rusty Lewis cuts metal during his workday Monday afternoon at Eastern Equipment and Supply. Lewis is a sales representative for Eastern Equipment and has worked for the business for a year and four months. His duties include helping customers, ordering, checking and stocking freight. Lewis said the thing he enjoys most about his job is […]

Their view: Job creation shouldn’t rely on government funding

Bill Gunderson, host of “Positively Wall Street,” writes about job creation:

Let’s leave job creation to professionals

Freedom New Mexico The latest news from President Barack Obama’s Labor Department is that a federal grant doled out from the administration’s stimulus program to train and employ people in “green jobs” so far has spent $162 million, but resulted in only 8,035 people getting jobs. That would be bad enough. But only 1,033 of […]

My turn: Home repair never easy

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I am not really afraid of home repair projects, but I do respect them. Everything from a small plumbing job, to trying to fix the car. It seems that every time I realize there is something to be repaired, it is a weekend or in the evening. The first part […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians don’t realize power of words

Years ago, as I was starting a new job, my boss was introducing me around and told me not to trust a certain person and that if that person told me the time of day to check the clock. “Well,” I responded, “Isn’t even a stopped clock right twice a day?” I felt it only […]

Fire chief: Firefighters’ job varies

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Alisa Boswell Most Portales firefighters say their job is no life of glamour but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Preschool tours, car accidents, community events and fires are just a few of the daily and weekly activities which take up a Portales firefighters time. “You can be playing with kids one minute and be […]

Writer wrong, but did job right

I’m normally a pretty calm, rational guy. When it comes to NBA talk, that guy’s usually MIA. Case in point: I was making the case that Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls should be the league’s most valuable player, because he had a statistical year most guards dream of, and it helped the Chicago Bulls […]

Firefighting should be privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

Their view: Rebuilding job sector starts with education

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, believes education is the key to long-term job creation:

My turn: ‘Guys and Dolls’ real treat

A great job by the Portales High School students who performed in the “Guys and Dolls” musical. You had me wanting to see the movie again, so I went and rented it, finding out from the video store clerk that half of Portales has been in there looking for the same thing. I’m going to […]

Cannon airmen team players

Courtesy photo Curry County Cats free safety Joseph Stevens, a staff sergeant at Cannon Air Force Base, left, returns an interception 91 yards in the second half of the Cats’ New Mexico Premier League debut. The touchdown helped seal a 43-31 win over the defending NMPL champ New Mexico Crush. Kevin Wilson Defending the nation […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Gaming, job info and a magic bus

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game

My turn: Best job benefit is education

Sadly, last week marked the fourth time I’ve been sick this winter, which means I missed out on several great events. So my forms of entertainment in the last week have come entirely from my work and home life. Last weekend, I wrote a story on local gamers and I learned a lot about the […]

Rec center director discusses new plans

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Argen Duncan New Portales Recreation Center director Jodi Kibbe is aiming to make the facility more a part of the community. Kibbe started the job Jan. 3, and said it’s going well. “It’s busy. The staff that works here is really great,” Kibbe said, adding the other center employees helped her get to know the […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Immigration enforcement not police’s job

With the 82nd Texas Legislature just a couple of weeks away, pre-filed anti-immigration bills already are piling up. Let’s hope that reason wins out and bad legislation is shuttled to the dustbin where it belongs. One such bill, filed last month by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, would require law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration […]