New deportation policy raises some concerns

Freedom Newspapers T here’s been a change in U.S. deportation pol- icy for illegal immigrants from Mexico — instead of dropping undocumented persons off at the border, the United States and Mexico have tentatively agreed to return them to their hometowns. Although U.S. officials like the idea, it does raise concerns. Last month, the United […]

Portales residents voice water concerns on TV

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New Mexico’s Water Issues,” on […]

School board votes down survey aimed at studying student home life

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis School Board voted Tuesday to reject a survey previously approved that would have questioned students regarding their sexual activity, drug and alcohol abuse, and guns in parents’ homes. The 3-2 vote rescinded a Sept. 9 vote to conduct the survey at Yucca Junior High and Clovis High School. Board member […]

Amendments not palpable alternatives

Mary Southard I oppose both Constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. Amendment 1, designed to “transfer the state department of education to a cabinet department headed by a secretary of public education who shall serve in the executive cabinet and create an elected public education commission,” raises several significant questions. First, how accessible would the governor […]

Muleshoe debates racial allegations

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Muleshoe City Council, responding to allegations of police abuse and racism raised by a council member, spent nearly three hours in closed session discussing the topic on Wednesday. “We had healthy debate and healthy discussion with regard to the allegations of racism,” Mayor Victor Leal said. “We came out with […]

Economic secretary touts incentive programs

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]