City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — […]

New Mexico’s economic freedom needs boost

Freedom New Mexico Are you someone who values freedom above all else, including health, safety and welfare? If so, New Mexico has a ways to go to reach the top tier of states. A new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the first comprehensive ranking of “economic and personal freedom in […]

Small businesses finding ways to survive

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By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten operating hours, Twin Cronnie Drive-In Owner Clint Harden is optimistic about the local economy because of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. While the recession has hit small businesses hard nationally, some Clovis and […]

Parting ways with name no easy feat

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I’m letting go of a large part of my identity — something that was crucial to my development as a person and as a writer: my last name. To be more precise, I’m letting go of my husband’s last name. From now on, it’s Anita Tedaldi. It makes me sad […]

Researcher studies ways to help cows bear more calves

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An animal scientist’s research is exploring ways to save dairy farmers thousands of dollars a year by helping prevent miscarriages in cows. Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor Darron L. Smith said research suggests a “significant number” of dairy cattle pregnancies — 17 percent to 20 percent — are […]

Obama’s modern ways overlooked

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist The curse of writing a column for Nov. 5 when Nov. 4 isn’t over means I have no election day results. In their place, I offer two final election thoughts: • Not nearly enough attention was given this season to the Barack Obama campaign and its use of […]

Editorial: Mayor’s leadership qualities contributed much

In many ways we were disappointed to learn Orlando Ortega will not seek re-election as Portales’ mayor when his term expires in 2010. At the same time, Ortega’s passion for change and shaking up the status quo just might be the part we like best about him. Ortega announced Monday he will keep a pledge […]

Local banks, economy stable

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local bankers and economic experts say the Clovis and Portales area is insulated in some ways from the instability gripping the nation’s financial markets and filling citizens with trepidation about the future. Smaller towns such Clovis and Portales, for the most part, depend on small, local banks and the […]

ENMU class highlighting green efforts

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A new fall class at Eastern New Mexico University is aiming to encourage students and Portales residents to eco-friendly habits. Going Green is a class that will focus on informing individuals on ways to reduce energy consumption and waste production, said ENMU special programs coordinator Lukas Cash. “Everyone is […]

Patience: Virtue well worth learning

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers How long does it take to learn a lesson? Sometimes it takes quite a few years. The lesson for me this past week was in patience — something I’ve handled well at times and not so well at other times. I’ve trained college interns all summer long at the newspaper and […]