School board to vote on policy

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to vote on revisions to its policy and hear information about special education and federal programs. The board meets 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. Revised policies on board member and staff conflict of interest, truancy, graduation exercises and freedom of […]

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Editorial: Court ruling could negate need for FCC

In ruling that the Federal Communications Commission was justified in changing its policy toward what are delicately referred to as “fleeting expletives” — words considered indecent or profane uttered once or twice during live broadcasts rather than as part of a prewritten script — the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the First Amendment issue that could, […]

Support grows to eliminate Cuba embargo

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most significant sign that U.S. policy toward Cuba might change beyond the lifting of restrictions on how often Cuban-Americans can travel to Cuba or how much money they can send to relatives there lies not in how enthusiastically President Obama shook somebody’s hand at a Latin-American summit — but in […]

Drug policy desperately needs overhaul

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a minor flurry of criticism last week for acknowledging the United States — or at least some people in the United States — bears some responsibility for the explosion of drug-law-related violence in Mexico that has left more than 7,000 Mexicans dead since January 2008. The […]

Policy on press coverage of military deaths should consider families

Anita Tedaldi If my husband died in combat, would I want the media to photograph his coffin as his body came home to me? I can’t help getting choked up thinking about this grim scenario. I don’t even want to consider the possibility, let alone worry about whether I would want the press to be […]

Hospital board policy change approved

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board has approved a policy prohibiting employees from serving on the board of directors. The policy was adopted on a 3-1 vote Tuesday. Board members Fred Anthony, Terry Cone and Dr. Lonnie Alexander voted for the policy. Peggy Davis was the lone vote against. The […]

Hospital board holds off on proposed employee policy

PNT Staff Report The on-again, off-again attempt to establish a policy for employees serving on the Roosevelt General Hospital Board is off again, at least for a while. The wording of a proposed new policy was challenged by board member Peggy Davis Tuesday and tabled for further discussion at a future meeting. “They table the […]

Commission to consider new Legislature policy

PNT Staff Report At their meeting today, Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to consider a policy requiring capital outlay requests to the Legislature to come before the commission in advance if the county might need to act as fiscal agent in the project. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse […]

Investigation ends in reprimand, policy change

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An internal investigation into the mistaken release of a prisoner from Curry County’s jail has ended with a reprimand and a major change in jail policy. A report of the investigation at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was released Friday. The internal investigation centers on the release last […]

School board OKs grade policy

PNT Staff Reports The Portales Municipal School Board approved an updated grade adjustment policy at their regular meeting Monday night. The policy defines the teacher’s role in assigning grades to students and changing grades due to mechanical or clerical errors. “We needed to update the grade adjustments policy to make sure we are being fair […]

School dress code policy will go unchanged

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal School Board voted Monday to retain the school dress code as written. During the September school board meeting, Superintendent Randy Fowler said the board would review the policy in response to a parent complaint. Nkoshe Seales had asked the board to revise its policy on piercings […]

NMDH to hold input meeting

PNT Staff Report The first public meeting from the New Mexico Department of Health and Health Policy Commission for public input on the state’s strategic health plan will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The strategic health plan will guide New Mexico’s health-care priorities and goals. […]

Energy future needs sustained federal support

By Brian Moore Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are more than just United States senators from New Mexico. They are also national leaders on energy policy with more than 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill.

Job-seeking Melrose police chief faces decision

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

Climate change policy hearings are one-sided

With no apparent sense of the ironies involved, congressional Democrats have been holding highly politicized, extremely one-sided hearings on allegations that the Bush administration relies on highly politicized, one-sided science in policy decisions. The Climate Change Inquisition is about to shift its focus to the venerable Smithsonian Institution, which stands accused of the usual heresy […]

County wants to increase efforts in RCCD

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners agreed with Roosevelt County Community Development leadership that striking while the iron is hot is a good economic development strategy. Commissioners voted unanimously to increase the county’s membership in the RCCD to two positions at $15,000 per seat as the group reorganized and hired a recruiter. […]

Internet should be open forum for political ideas

Editorial An Indiana appellate court this month ruled, rightly in our view, that a verdict reached by a circuit court a year ago unconstitutionally violated a young girl’s freedom of speech. In a time where many of our freedoms are being usurped in the name of national security, we must take the time to treasure […]

Council sets rules for area parks

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new skatepark earlier this year got the ball rolling and Portales city councilors took things a step further Tuesday, formally setting in place rules and policies for all parks and recreation facilities in the city. A 16-page-long packet gave councilors the specifics on everything from park hours (6 […]

City council signs off on grant application

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors signed off on an application for a 2007 Community Block Development Grant that could provide street improvements in east Portales next year. Community Development Director Jeremy Sturm presented a resolution to city council Tuesday that allows the mayor to sign off on the final CDBG application, […]