Income gap not wide between rich, poor

A Congressional Budget Office study has claimed that between 1979 and 2007 after-tax income for richest households grew substantially more than it did for others. Let’s look at what is not happening. The poor are not getting poorer because the rich are getting richer. Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says living standards have improved […]

Help kids stay safe in the pool this summer

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Niesha Lofing I’ve done it more than once. My two preschool-age children are happily splashing around in the wading pool just outside the screen door to our backyard when something calls me inside. A ringing phone, a buzzing oven timer, a lemonade request from one of the kids. I dart into the house to fetch […]

Council approves study for affordable housing plan

Argen Duncan Local officials expect an affordable housing plan would not only help with the development of a new 50-unit apartment complex but with attracting more housing later. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to provide $5,000 to match a $10,000 New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority grant to hire a consultant to […]

Joint Land Use committee puts decision on tall structures to officials

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study committee stopped short when it came to tall buildings Wednesday, opting instead to ask local officials to consider implementing a series of policy recommendations. The committee’s decision sends recommendations to the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions. Commissioners can then implement those recommendations if and when they choose. On […]

Joint Land Use meeting scheduled

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a joint meeting of the Joint Land Use Study policy and technical committees 1:30 p.m. March 2 in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The purpose of the public meeting is to review and discuss changes made since the Dec. 20 public meeting. The […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]

Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open communication with Cannon Air Force Base about compatibility issues between communities and the base. But others worry recommendations in the JLUS are the beginning of something bigger and more severe, effectively creating a form of […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

ENMU research team studying how bacteria relate to humans

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Argen Duncan The workings of bacteria could shed light on how to combat human digestive problems as well as antibiotic-resistant diseases, and an Eastern New Mexico University research team is seeking the beginnings of the answers. Professor of Biology Manuel Varela and his lab team of students and a post-doctoral researcher study two topics: How […]

Monday morning briefing: A biker benefit and a big explosion

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. College meeting The Clovis Community College board of trustees will be holding their monthly meeting 8 a.m. Wednesday in room 512. The meeting is open to the public. Land use info Information about the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study is available […]