McGee: Security system might have given burglars trouble

It was a year ago this week our bicycle shop was burglarized. The Lady of the House and I imagined they were two kids, let’s call them Fred and John. John is the smaller of the two, probably the leader and a little mean. They should’ve been in school. But they weren’t. They were going […]

Officials: Ute water project may receive more funding

Freedom New Mexico Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up […]

Thursday morning briefing: School alerts, breakfast at the Legion and Ground Hog Day

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. New school alerts Clovis Municipal Schools are now using a new Skylert Calling System as part of the district’s Student Information Management System. Skylert enables the district to contact parents via phone, email, and text message. Examples of system uses include student absences, low […]

Bill would fund victim notification system

Freedom New Mexico There could be a steady stream of money for the state’s automated victims notification system if Senate Bill 176 passes, according to a press release from the state legislature.

Local schools score on low end under new grading system

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Alisa Boswell Curry and Roosevelt County school districts did not fare well with the trial test results for the New Mexico Department of Education’s new A-F Grading System, which is set to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system. The Clovis school district received only As for two schools out of their 18, averaging […]

New Ute water project program manager in place

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Kevin Wilson The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority on Tuesday cut its ties with longtime Program Manager Scott Verhines, clearing the way for him to fill the office of state engineer. He was replaced with Paul van Gulick, an engineer who worked with Verhines when he first started working on the Eastern New Mexico […]

Officials to break ground on Ute Water pipeline project

Kevin Wilson Nearly half a century after the idea was conceived, eastern New Mexico entities have planned a Thursday groundbreaking on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System — also known as the Ute Water Project. An 11:30 a.m. groundbreaking is set for Ute Reservoir, on N.M. 522 about two-and-a-half miles west of Tucumcari. Many […]

Monday morning briefing: A video game, golf and a dead man’s hand

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Game: From Dust Genre: Strategy System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? A god game offering a rich world full of engaging challenges. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Web site: http://www.ubisoft.com Compiled from Gamespot.com Meetings watch The following governing bodies […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, final exams and the first post office

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie, whose tireless research is legend. Game: Bastion Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PC What is it? A diverse adventure game with a great deal of flexibility. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Nia Vardalos on her adoption journey: ‘A peacefulness came over me when I met our daughter’

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Jenny Schafer Actress Nia Vardalos stole our hearts in the sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and her good friend Tom Hanks co-wrote “Larry Crowne” which is in theaters this weekend. Nia opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her adoption journey while shattering myths about the American foster care […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Growth management, game of the week and a star dies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meetings watch The Local Growth Management Committee meeting is 2 p.m. today at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee includes various local public, private and Defense Department individuals to manage the […]

County implementing emergency mass notification system

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Alisa Boswell Whether it’s the weather, or something else, law enforcement wants citizens to know about danger more quickly. The city of Portales and Roosevelt County have joined forces to purchase the Code Red and Code Red Weather Warning systems from the Emergency Communications Network. According to Portales Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger, the county […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Lindbergh’s Clovis legacy and for breakfast, green eggs and ham

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Aviator Charles Lindbergh helped establish a transcontinental plane-train service that included a stop in Clovis. The terminal built in 1928-29 about eight miles west of Clovis eventually grew into what we know today as Cannon Air Force Base. Video game of the […]

Press release: Xcel to upgrade local power system

Xcel Energy is spending $874,000 to add capacity to the Portales electric distribution system to remedy imbalances in the system that caused power outages in the recent bouts of extremely cold weather. Changes in customer usage patterns and growing electrical load have overburdened portions of the Xcel Energy distribution system in parts of Portales. David […]

Time to run ‘system restore’ on government

David Stuckenberg of Portales offers this view on how the government has been “infected.” Without updating outmoded hardware, performing software updates, and deleting cookies and remnants of files obsolete programs; your computer will waste your time and money. Today our Congress and Senate are analogous to such a computer. Lobbyists, special interests, and corruption have […]

Victim notification system online

Freedom New Mexico An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from […]

Clovis backs request for water system project funding

Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Friday in support of funding for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project. The vote was taken during a special meeting. Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the resolution is a show of support for requesting $25 million for the project from the eastern New Mexico’s […]

Time to revert back to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Gold could help stabilize monetary system. The suggestion was somewhat indirect and conditional, but it is nonetheless fascinating that the head of the World Bank should bring up the idea of using gold to help stabilize the international monetary system. Robert Zoellick was far short of calling for a return to the […]

New phone system will give notice of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “This program helps […]