Area officials share new year goals

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Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tips for fighting cancer, a feast of sorts and a winner flops

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fighting cancer The Clovis High girls volleyball team is spending Saturday working at Bradley’s Twin Cronnies Drive-In in Clovis, raising money to fight breast cancer. They’ll be taking orders from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and donating all tips to the cause. Feast for […]

Government can’t create jobs with spending

Hope that President Barack Obama had come up with a brilliant means of creating jobs — something big enough to warrant a joint session of Congress — was dashed after Thursday’s salesman-like pitch for another round of massive stimulus spending. Obama cannot create jobs and is likely to cause more debt. Mitt Romney and Rick […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going to school to receive his minister’s license. “I’m busier now than before I retired,” the 60-year-old said. […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Paying attention makes life enjoyable

Spending time up at the Caprock, scouting for a place to make a Project WILD fieldtrip. (That is a classroom-based, project-focused ecology curriculum), we came upon a forensics situation. Nothing to excite CSI Miami fans; this would be more appropriate to Animal Planet. Still, it starts one’s mind turning in several directions. Peering over the […]

Their view: Spending not answer to education problem

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He’s concerned about a lack of progress in the state’s education performance despite more spending: During her campaign, Gov. Susana Martinez said she would not cut education. Based on revised budget numbers that were released immediately […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Portales Past: July 2, 1960

July 2, 1960: The Portales High School class of 1940 held its 20th reunion with 65 members registered. Milton Van Dyke, a professor of aeronautical engineering at Stanford University, claimed he was responsible for the cow spending a night in the superintendent’s office.

Church musician releases album

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent After spending more than three decades recording CDs with his family group and singing for Mass at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, Andrew Sisneros has just recorded his first solo CD. The Christian CD, titled “Perdoname Senor” or “Forgive Me O Lord,” was recorded at Sisneros’ home studio, Consuelo Records. The […]

Children aren’t top priority for Congress

Freedom New Mexico Any doubt that Congress is still in the grip of entrenched special interests, in this case the powerful teachers unions, is belied by a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House last week and working its way through the Senate. It would effectively end a successful program offering widened […]

Lobbyists spending reports dwindle

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Lobbyist spending reports trickle in

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Budget prey to wasteful spending

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year. Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good […]

Holiday shoppers spending less

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Jeremy and Michelle King of Clovis said the economic downturn has them spending less during the holidays. Strolling with their children Saturday through the North Plains Mall, the Kings said their holiday shopping this year is focused on their children. Michelle King, 32, a state employee, said they are […]

Congress approves defense bill

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The Senate passed a defense bill Wednesday that includes $26 million in funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. The bill cleared the Senate 88-8 despite Republican objections to billions of dollars in special projects lawmakers had added. The measure would permit $612.5 billion in spending for […]

Senate passes bill that would fund Cannon child care center

Freedom New Mexico A supplemental spending package that would help to purchase 30 special operations aircraft and fund a construction project at Cannon Air Force Base cleared another hurdle, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that includes the Air Force’s request for $8 million to […]

Council approves economic incentive

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter City Council members approved the spending of $43,148 for capital improvements for

Some uncertain economic stimulus package would help

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]