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Bjerke [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Kevin Bjerke of Clovis celebrated his 46th birthday Jan. 20 during a private party hosted by his family. Kevin was born Jan. 19, 1965, in Dallas, Texas. He has six children and one grandchild. — Submitted by Morayma Bjerke

Group collecting public official pay records

Sharna Johnson Payroll records for the cities of Clovis and Portales are among 14 New Mexico cities whose data has been posted online by a private research foundation that says it’s working to better inform the public. The data — with intentions of eventually including all counties and cities in the state — is being […]

Businesses eligible for disaster loans

Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The loans aim […]

Their view: Special session bolsters private property rights

Carmen Fenton, director of public affairs for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, explains in a press release how Texas strengthened private property rights during the 82nd Legislative Session.

Clovis zoo should be private effort

I like Clovis’ zoo and the people who work there, while still fully understanding that zoos should be private entities and not government-run. Most of the negative comments I have read concerning the death of Jay, the male giraffe, were related to the perception that money had been wasted by the city on a giraffe. […]

Cannon housing needs tops list among Midwest bases

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a […]

Cannon has greatest housing need

Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a private company […]

Cannon has greatest housing need

Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a private company […]

New changes in store for GI Bill

Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI bill will see their monthly living stipends stopped between fall and winter semesters, starting next year, and only full time students will continue to draw stipends at the 100 percent rate. Those two cost-saving changes, plus a new $17,500 nationwide cap on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for students attending private […]

State should stay out of private life

As a libertarian, I’m accustomed to being misunderstood. It goes with the territory. So many times commenters think they are being clever and have caught an error in libertarianism, only to reveal they didn’t read or hear what was being said. Case in point: a while ago, in a comment posted to an article in […]

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers The Internet is developing so rapidly that users typically discover only after the fact that their privacy was invaded or their private online activities were revealed to strangers. Safeguards don’t seem to keep pace. That’s troubling if, for example, a private marketer stealthily follows your online activities, as the Wall Street Journal has […]

Their view: Private sector overlooked in seeking solutions

Adam Bitely, editor of NetRightDaily.com, also writes for the getliberty.org website. Here’s a recent sampling:

Nurse shortage overshadows health debate

Freedom New Mexico While the president and Congress bicker over private insurance and tax funding in Washington, the question of who will provide our nation’s health care has a more direct, and important, meaning. A growing shortage of doctors and nurses already affects many Americans’ ability to get the care they need. The Robert Wood […]

More scrutiny sought for SIC contracts

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A movement this session to put more eyes on contracts issued by the State Investment Council means potential contractors could face extra scrutiny before landing deals with the state. At least one current contractor says he doesn’t mind the extra attention. Brian Birk, managing partner at Santa Fe-based Sun […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

Private property belongs to oneself

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In a wide-ranging review essay of Amartya Sen’s recent ambitious book, “The Idea of Justice,” Moshe Halbertal, a philosopher from the Hebrew University, unleashes arguments against the right to private property that are supposed to be even stronger than those Sen himself offers. Sen regards this right as […]

Private, public partnership needed

By Beverlee McClure: Guest columnist When the Legislature meets in special session on Saturday, the state will address issues shared with many private businesses in New Mexico — declining revenues and increased costs in a challenging economic climate. The state’s shortfall has been caused not only by declining revenues as is the case for many […]

Sheriff looking to expand inmate crew services

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sheriff Darren Hooker is looking to expand the services of inmate work crews from public to private property. The crews have long provided cleanup and trash pickup services along public roads and streets. Now, Hooker says they will repair damage to private property if it is due to a […]

Fed seeking permanence in private sector

Freedom New Meixco We’re glad to see Republicans gear up to fight the Obama administration’s unprecedented insertion of federal authority into areas of life that had traditionally and appropriately been reserved to the private sector. The nation, indeed, is heading down a dangerous road from which it might be hard to ever return. But we’re […]

Private firm to review Taser shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A private firm is investigating last week’s Taser-dart shooting of a Tucumcari teen to determine whether any policies were violated and whether excessive force was used. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose wrote via e-mail the Albuquerque-based Robert Caswell Investigations was recommended by the New Mexico Municipal League. She said […]