Hispanic needs shouldn’t be ignored

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Montoya campaigns for secretary of state

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Letitia Montoya, 43, is a candidate for the Democratic nominee for New Mexico secretary of state in the June 6 primary election. The secretary of state is the third-highest state official, after the governor and lieutenant governor, and fills in for them when they are out of state. New Mexico’s […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

Local officials perplexed by voter apathy

By William Thompson Portales and Roosevelt County officals are dismayed so many registered voters don’t exercise their contitutional right to vote. Only 473 voters participated in a recent school district-sponsored mil levy election in Portales, and just 357 voters went to the polls in the last municipal election in 2004. Debbi Zurzulo, finance director for […]

School mil levy issue passes easily

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By William Thompson It was a low turnout, but Portales voters approved a Portales school district mil levy Tuesday by a vote of 364-108. Only 472 voters out of 10,158 eligible voters participated, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. “I’m so disappoined that so few people turned out to vote,” Collins said. “I sent […]

Commissioners name Knudson temporary attorney

By Karl Terry Roosevelt County once again has a county attorney — at least temporarily. County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 to hire Portales attorney Randy Knudson as temporary attorney for the county and in the same motion ratified payments for his services they had already approved previously. At their Oct. 18 meeting commissioners discovered that […]

Cannon survival gives region time to find new mission

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t the sonic boom we wanted to hear resounding Friday through the maze of rings that make up the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. But undoubtedly its occupants heard the loud BRAC cheer given to misguided Department of Defense and Air Force leaders who lost their fight to close two key airbases, our […]

Commission set to make final deliberations

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The stage is set and, in a matter of days, so will be the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. The nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission will enter into final BRAC deliberations on Wednesday. The nine-member team is expected to complete their work — deciding which military […]

Recusals put legitimacy of BRAC process in doubt

Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers are said […]

Pair of BRAC commissioners to abstain from vote on Cannon

By David Irvin Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the number of participating […]