Border patrol waste of taxes

I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police […]

Their view: Agricultural producers deserve recognition

The New Mexico Farm Service Agency issued this press release in celebration of National Ag Day.

Dora news: Feb. 28

Students qualify for nationals Nineteen Dora High School Business Professional Association members and sponsor, Colleen Tollett, attended the State Leadership Conference in Albuquerque Feb. 16-18. Participants came back with top awards and 14 students qualified for the National Leadership Conference. Daniella Montanez was elected as the 2012-2013 state secretary/treasurer and will represent New Mexico at […]

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 […]

Taxpayer group tracks cost of Obama proposals

President Barack Obama outlined a litany of proposals in his State of the Union address that he said would have a positive economic impact on the United States. As expected, his approaches would require substantial government spending, the commitment of taxpayer dollars. If Obama were successful in implementing all the programs he proposed last week, […]

Sheriff finishes training with FBI Academy

By Alisa Boswell: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker was one of 266 law enforcement officers to graduate from the FBI National Academy Program last month. Hooker, who returned from training just before Christmas, said he is ready to put into action what he learned while at the academy in Quantico, Va. “The […]

Entries sought for milk mustache awards

Freedom New Mexico The National Milk Mustache “Got milk?” campaign recently launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards. The 2012 SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk. Milk Mustache […]

Guard chief’s promotion criticized

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JCS chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his national security team. It’s a controversial bump in power and prestige that […]

Snow expected tonight, Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Four to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The heaviest band of snow in the approaching winter storm system will set up west of Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Jennifer Palucki of NWS said snow accumulation will not be as high in the southern portions of eastern New Mexico. Overall, […]

Hounds 15th at Division II national meet

Freedom New Mexico SPOKANE, Wash. — It wasn’t Eastern New Mexico University’s day Saturday in the NCAA Division II men’s national cross country championship. The Greyhounds, who had won all but one meet they entered this season and were ranked eighth coming in, finished 15th out of 24 teams with 388 points in the program’s […]

Holiday showcase draws crowd

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Roosevelt County Extension Program Director Connie Moyers, who was recently recognized for serving as a host affiliate co-liaison to the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences national board, dazzled an audience of more than 100 people Tuesday at the Memorial Building in Portales with her homemade food and craft creations. “It’s really a […]

Dust storm causes visibility problems

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Kevin Wilson A fast-moving storm blew through the area Monday afternoon, creating roiling dust clouds thousands of feet tall and smothering roads and highways with thick dust that dropped visibility to nearly zero in some places. The wall of dust darkened skies and stopped traffic, while the winds caused widespread minor damage and toppled trees. […]

Ticket feature: Chinese acrobatic troupe performing in Alto

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Freedom New Mexico The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, a group straight from Beijing, will be performing 7 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at the Spencer Theater in Alto both nights in their first U.S. tour. The troupe was first established in the 1950s by the government of the People’s Republic of China. Individual […]

Roosevelt County sheriff selected to attend FBI National Academy

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker is to be one of two New Mexico law enforcement officials to attend a 10-week training course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in October. The course is geared towards higher-ranking law enforcement officials at the city, county, state and national levels. “I’m very excited for […]

NWS releases rainfall totals

According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, the Portales and Clovis area received the following rainfall from Sunday through Friday: • 1.12 inches in Portales • 2.74 inches 3 miles west of Portales • 0.52 inches 10 1/2 miles west of Portales • 0.82 inches 8 miles east of Portales • 1.13 inches […]

National Guard hosting open house

The New Mexico National Guard is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis armory. During the event, the National Guard will have equipment on hand to demonstrate its capabilities along with guided tours of the armory. Equipment demonstrations include a ride in a HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, a […]

Are parents chilling out more at kids’ sporting events?

Little League World Series

By Jeremy Olson A national survey of youth soccer officials finds the majority of parents are behaving as well or better at their kids’ matches than they did two years ago. While the survey by Korrio is promotional in nature —

Friday morning briefing: Rodeo honors, Lions roar and a UFO report

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo honors Former Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach, Charles Chambers has been honored by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association as a NIRA Alumni Outstanding Contributor, for his contributions to the sport over the years. He was inducted to the ENMU Athletic Hall of […]

NWS: La Nina packing heat

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico and a significant port of the U.S. are locked in a strong La Nina weather pattern, resulting in exceptional drought conditions and extremely high temperatures, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday. “This is not just happening on eastern New Mexico, it is the same over most of southwestern United […]