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 […]

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 […]

Friday morning briefing: A video game, fair warning and a lazy daughter

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s pick for the best of the best games out there. Game: Syndicate Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? A reinvention of a classic EA franchise as a shooter ESRB Rating: Mature Web site: http://www.syndicate.ea.com/ Compiled […]

In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold […]

Country music has its own appeal

Kevin Wilson I don’t listen to country music. OK, that’s a lie. I have four country songs on my mp3 player, by four artists (guess one and I’ll owe you a Coke). Since my player’s got about 5,000 tracks, that’s a 99.93 percent truthful statement. I may joke every so often to my friends that […]

Thursday morning briefing: A video game and a Valentine dance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video game of the week Our own video game guru Jenna Zamie’s pick for the week: Game: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Genre: RPG System: 360, PS3 What is it? The follow-up to the popular JRPG, starring Lightning’s younger sister. ESRB Rating: Teen Web site: http://na.square-enix.com/ffxiii-2/ […]

Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

My turn: Must find out what happened to office fish

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About three weeks ago, I had a week where everything that could go wrong was going wrong. My coworkers saw me frustrated more than once and may have seen me expressing it at times. With my well-known love for toys, Victoria Garrett acted as morale booster and gave me a small grow-your-own fish tank. This […]

My turn: Monarch butterflies remind us of beauty in nature

Orange is a color that comes into its own this month: Glowing pumpkins, crisp leaves, dazzling marigolds, and for those of us lucky enough to live around here, fluttering butterflies — Monarchs to be precise — making their unlikely journey south for the winter. One October of my childhood, a number of the evergreen trees […]

Socialism weakens freedom

Collectivism or socialism, in whatever form, is like a deadly parasite excreting a poison into its host. As long as your society is vibrant and healthy it can support a small amount of this societal poison. The collectivism feeds off of the rest of the society, dragging it down a little, but not enough to […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video game of the week and a groundbreaking moment

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s suggestion for a video game worth your while: Game: Kirby Mass Attack Genre: Platformer System: DS What is it? Kirby needs help reuniting with himself after an evildoer splits him into ten pieces. ESRB Rating: […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, a spoon full of vinegar and rockets red glare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Each week our own Jenna Zamie takes time from her myriad duties as a copy editor and paginator to relentlessly search out the best games. Here’s her offering this week: Game: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Genre: Third-person shooter System: […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A video game, eye in the sky and Clinton confesses

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s latest pick to play. Game: Fruit Ninja Kinect Genre: Action System: 360 What is it? A port of the popular mobile game. ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Fruit-Ninja-Kinect/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410b79 Compiled from Gamespot.com Eye in the sky […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers so that kids can jump right into the personalization. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Creative Coloring: This […]

Military mama: Still searching for miracle workout

I have determined that I am far more of a wimp in reality than I am in my own head. In my brain I’m practically Xena warrior princess, but that can’t possibly be the truth since I’ve begun to feel my muscles ache over simple tasks like squatting to interact with my toddlers. Let’s be […]

In defense of a crowded closet

Aisha Sultan My ambitious clothing audit began with an impulse to purge. It was getting harder to pull garments in and out of a packed closet, in which tops pressed up against dress shirts, which nudged jackets into a dark corner. I decided to catalogue each item taking up precious space by color, age, style […]

Parents should separate own self-esteem from child’s performance

There’s become a common phrase for what used to be called “stage moms”. Today it’s “tiger moms!” This is not exclusive to moms, though. In the sports world there have always been dads pushing their boys to be the next great something. So just what is that all about? Lest we think this is only […]

People in charge of own destinies

“Ours is not to wonder why, ours is but to do and to die.” This, a quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade,” scarcely describes the attitude of entirely too many people today. According to a recent E-poll (admittedly, a view which may be slanted), the attitude characterizing many U.S. citizens currently […]

FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to become fashion designers – and other sites for fashion wannabes

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Rod Hagwood Where is the next generation of fashion designers coming from? Maybe your home. FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to flex their burgeoning fashionista muscles by choosing a basic garment (dress, T-shirt, hoodie, pants) and then add her own flavor by selecting the color, ribbons, appliques, rhinestones, ruffles or buttons. She can even have an avatar […]