Deputy police chief on paid leave; department reviewing policies

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By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief Jeff Gill said Thursday. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry is on paid leave until the district attorney’s office completes an investigation it started on Wednesday, Gill said. Berry, 53, long [...]

My turn: Getting paid to have fun

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One of the highlights of being a journalist is when you get paid to be entertained. Sure, you have to take pictures and write notes while you’re at the event, but in my opinion, that just makes it more fun. Last weekend, I covered the 4Troops concert in Clovis and I enjoyed being able to [...]

Press release: NM senators want military paid if government shutdown happens

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman joined a bipartisan group of senators today in cosponsoring the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (S. 724) to assure that military personnel continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown.

Bank fees will trickle down to consumers

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama is said to be considering a special tax (or fee or levy, as some might prefer to disguise it) on financial institutions, though the calculated leaks from the White House suggest the details are still up for grabs. Before he gets much farther it would be a good idea [...]

Writers possess real talent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’m going on strike. Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is [...]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the [...]

Politics not for sissies, but restraint would be nice

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, [...]

Christ took all sins upon him at crucifixion

By Joan Clayton Since my childhood, I have always heard that we “have an Easter spell,” meaning bad weather before or around Easter time. I like to think of this time as being nature’s way of complaining about Jesus’ crucifixion. Have you ever thought of the excruciating pain rejection and sorrow that Jesus endured for [...]

GOP pushes refund of bed tax

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New [...]

Prediction: Commercials overtake television in ‘06

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Well, it seems like only yesterday it was last year, doesn’t it? Not only that, in a couple of months it will be three years since starting this column. A lot has happened since that first column appeared on March 16, 2003. Since then, our country got itself into another undeclared [...]