Not every problem needs a solution

Everyone knows there are problems in the world. There is theft. There is child abuse. There is poverty. And many more. The question becomes “How do you fix it?” While it seems most people think a new law or tougher enforcement is the answer, libertarians see those “solutions” as only exacerbating the problems. We also […]

Their view: Focus on solution instead of blame game

Natalie Caine-Bish, an associate professor at Kent State University and licensed dietitian, offers this view on childhood obesity:

My turn: Taco soup quick fix

When my Saturday went a little haywire, I needed quick food. Taco Soup was my solution. I’ve modified a recipe from my aunt JoNell to suit my own tastes and schedule. You dump ingredients out of cans into the same pot, it tastes good and it’s low-fat. Taco Soup 2 medium cans diced tomatoes with […]

Xcel applying short-term fix for power problems

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Sharna Johnson An Xcel spokesman said a short-term solution to Portales’ power troubles has been found and crews are working to resolve recent problems. Technicians are installing a higher capacity breaker in a substation near downtown Portales while at the same time working to shift power loads from overloaded lines, spokesman Wes Reeves said Tuesday. […]

Education still top priority

By Steven Gamble: Guest columnist As president of Eastern New Mexico University, it is my responsibility to keep the public informed concerning the financial well-being of our institution. We at Eastern fully understand the condition of the New Mexico economy and the necessity for funding cuts in virtually all areas of state government. We agree […]

Tax hike only temporary solution

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist The day many of us warned of is now here. New Mexico’s budget deficit has risen to somewhere around the $650 million mark. This problem was not just caused by the shrinking economy and the declining state revenue that followed — it was also caused by state government overspending. Between […]

Throwing cash at problems not solution

Freedom New Mexico The Senate is facing the politically uncomfortable prospect of raising the limit on the national debt — again — to somewhere north of $13 trillion. Senate Democrats are seeking a way to fold the admission of fiscal malpractice into some larger spending bill, hoping it won’t be noticed — and exploited politically. […]

Cowboys can offer simple solution

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This cowboy advice column is inspired by the Ventura County Star. Three cowboys answer questions about love and life.

Solution to marijuana? Stop smoking it

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Here’s a tough question: If you are hitting yourself on the head with a spatula and are complaining because it hurts, what should you do?

Gravy mixes mealtime solution

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on candle centerpieces, using prepared gravy mixes and cooking with apples will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Rita Fuentes, senior regional vice president for PartyLite Gifts Inc. in Plymouth, Mass., will share ideas for bringing fun and festivity to a […]

Water line solution possible by end of year

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales hopes to have a solution for isolating the water line that has broken three times in the last two years fixed by the end of this year. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said the city has issued a request for proposals to engineers to design […]

Road woes

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A section of New Mexico Highway 206 between Portales and Dora is experiencing a significant deterioration of its pavement even though the highway was repaved less than a year ago. Residents, who regularly drive the road, say a section near Portales has become progressively worse over the spring and […]

Portales mayor joins water fund lobby in Santa Fe

By Andy Jackson Record gas and oil revenues left the state with a bloated budget and area officials agree this is the year to fund a solution to New Mexico’s water woes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega visited the state capitol Saturday and lobbied for a permanent water trust fund, alongside other regional mayors, state legislators, […]