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 […]

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 […]

No obligation to stick with job

Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Curry County employees really want a pay raise. Is there anyone who doesn’t? Even libertarian opinionizing isn’t as profitable as you might imagine (and yes, I’m being silly). There is no reason to feel an obligation to continue to work in a job that doesn’t pay what you think you are […]

Raising livestock family commitment

My hat is off to parents who have a job in town but insist on raising their kids in a “rural lifestyle.” Fifty or so thousand young people were at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last year. I would bet at least 3.4 of them come from rural lifestyle families. The relationship between kids […]