EPCOG chair: No vote needed in firing

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how […]

Their View: Jennings says tough times ahead

State Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, is not pleased with Gov. Bill Richardson’s veto of the state gross receipts tax on food. Here’s a snippet from a recent editorial he sent to newspapers around the state: “The already wobbly balance of income to expense in the state budget for the 2010-2011 budget year became more precarious […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Survey says and eight-second rides

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Survey says If there’s really nothing for your kids to do, here’s your chance. The Curry County Wellness Council and the City of Clovis Quality of Life Committee want your opinion on Youth activities and recreation options. Click on this link to take a survey for parents […]

Press release: Bingaman says president’s budget proposal invests in NM. military bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he believes President Obama’s budget proposal for next year makes the right investments in New Mexico’s military installations. The president today unveiled his 2011 budget, which Congress will use as a blueprint for the spending bills it will pass later this year to fund the federal government. […]

Monday morning briefing: A brush with the president

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day Check out Clovis High School senior Randy Miller talking about his trip to the State of the Union address in D.C. last week. Miller says he took a wrong turn and almost bumped into the president. Honorable mentioning Jeanette Everette of […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. “He told me yes he had eaten but he had to fight for […]

Failed substation underwent routine maintenance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says a substation blamed for a weekend power outage was last tested in November 2008. Reeves said Monday that he spoke to the substation manager, who explained substations are on a five-year maintenance schedule. It passed in November 2008 and was scheduled for more […]

Business feature: Business owners believe community is key

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Giving back to the community and helping employees better themselves are part of the formula John Snowberger says have turned his McDonald’s restaurants into successful operations. Snowberger and his business partner and wife, Robyn, own and operate seven McDonald’s Restaurants in eastern New Mexico. Snowberger moved from California to New Mexico for a job in […]

Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

It’s their job: Teacher says children most enjoyable part of job

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Caron Powers is a second-grade teacher at James Elementary School. Background: Powers grew up in Carlsbad and came to Portales to attend college at Eastern New Mexico University. After college she commuted from Portales to Morton, Texas, where she taught for one year before being hired at the Portales Municipal Schools system. She is married […]

Festival offers quilted ‘eye candy’

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Nell Hardin of Arch has pieced together 28 quilts for her 28 great grandchildren since January 2008. With another great grandchild on the way, she says she’ll have to make another quilt. Hardin is one of the more than 50 quilters and quilting groups displaying and competing with about […]

Governor hopeful says unraveling corruption high on priorities

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Allen Weh said unraveling corruption and doing away with unnecessary or irrational regulations are top priorities for him if he should become governor. Weh spoke to a group of more than 75 during a meeting of the High Plains Patriots Thursday night at the Master’s Centre in Clovis. A […]

Business Feature: Taco Box owner says retirement not in sight

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Taco Box owner Tom Martin says he got into the restaurant business for one big reason: He flunked out of engineering school. A bright young man despite his failure, he sought out his father’s advice. “When I grew up, I was raised living in hotels,” Martin said. “I went […]

New commander: Base plans won’t change

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The new commander of Cannon Air Force Base says plans won’t change under his new command, but the mission will grow. Col. Stephen A. Clark said the mission would include more people, deployments and weapons. He intends to give airmen the leadership and training they need to do their […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Mrs. New Mexico: We all make mistakes

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor She says she wants to make a difference in the lives of others, especially little girls. “A lot of little girls don’t have a role model. I want to be that role model,” Clovis’ Noel Hunt said. And so, having sought a public spotlight and earned the Mrs. […]

Business feature: Disc jockey says love of music required

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Jose Quezada says anyone can play music, but to be a disc jockey you have to love music. Quezada has been a DJ for 15 years, since his sister got him involved playing music for her friends in college. “She would take me along and I would play for […]

Area taxpayers filing earlier this year

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent To tax-filing procrastinators, Lloyd Harrison says “haste makes waste.” These are words of warning from Harrison, a Portales tax preparer with Anchor Accounting. He advises folks to begin early today to meet the midnight deadline for filing 2008 income tax returns. Everyone must meet the deadline — even if requesting […]

Press release: USDA says MILC payments on way to dairy farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that because of low dairy prices across the country, producers participating in USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program will soon begin to receive payments. “As a result of low dairy prices, we will soon begin distributing MILC […]

Man convicted on meth charges says he didn’t manufacture

PNT staff A Roosevelt County man sentenced last week on methamphetamine manufacturing charges says he didn’t cook meth and was sentenced 15 years in prison for being an addict. Cody Banister, 28, agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, with the last six years […]