President Obama to visit New Mexico oil fields

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — With gas prices steadily on the rise, President Barack Obama makes a stop Wednesday in New Mexico’s oil fields to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production is at an all-time high. But he’ll also step into solidly Republican territory dominated by an industry upset with his administration’s […]

Tuesday morning briefing: They want your blood, national honors and a president’s fear

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Give blood There’s a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Anyone donating will be registered to win a Kindle Fire. Information or to make an appointment: www.bloodher.com or 800-333-6920. High achiever Bailie Phillips has been awarded special recognition for the […]

School menus — Feb. 19

Clovis Elementary Monday: President’s Day — No school Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, ranch salad and bread stix and fruit smoothie. Wednesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Porky rib on a bun, baked french fries, coleslaw and fruited Jell-O. Thursday: Breakfast — Mini pancakes. Lunch — […]

Religious groups reduce need for government

President Barack Obama’s attack on religious liberty resulted in a reversal and a statement that one typically hears only from free market economic realists. Obama explained that religious charity may do more than government programs to benefit society: “My first job in Chicago was working with Catholic parishes in poor neighborhoods, and my salary was […]

Club notes —

Daughters of the American Revolution The January meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held in the home of Vicky Stratton in Portales on Jan. 14. After opening rituals led by Regent Pam Wallace, the President’s General’s New Year message was read by Stratton. Jessie Strauch, who is a charter member of the […]

Portales police now say HomeServe legit

Alisa Boswell Contrary to a press release issued by the Portales Police Department earlier this week, HomeServe USA is a legitimate business, according to company Senior Vice President Myles Meehan. “What HomeServe is, is a new way to get plumbing, electrical and HV/AC services, so what we provide is emergency service plans for homeowners,” Meehan […]

Press release: Udall’s measures advance to president

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) reported today that his legislation to help prevent drunk driving and dangerous “air rage” will now be sent to the president’s desk as a part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that passed the Senate. Udall, whodiscussed the accomplishment on his weekly radio call, has been fighting […]

Obama plan would prolong housing pain

Freedom New Mexico It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government’s — the taxpayers’ — expense. But the president’s audacity is a bit much to take, even for an election year. Obama wants to […]

President used address to start his campaign

P resident Barack Obama’s State of the Union message Tuesday predictably sounded like a campaign kickoff. In this election year he used the bully pulpit to advance political strategy, rather than give an even-handed accounting of where he has brought the nation. We suspect voters preferred a more candid assessment such as, to paraphrase Jimmy […]

Club notes — Jan. 22

Order of DOES The Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES Clovis Drove 108 held their installation of officers Jan. 14. The Installation was completed by Deputy Supreme President Kaye Parrish, Deputy Supreme Conductor Linda Catanzaro, and Installing Chaplain Jean Hayes. Incoming President Sandie Kitchens thanked all of her new officers for their willingness to serve with […]

ENMU’s growth continues

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University students walk the halls of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building Tuesday for classes. Freshman students said they have so far enjoyed the university and are excited about starting another semester. Alisa Boswell Enrollment for Eastern New Mexico University is over 5,000 students for the first […]

Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Monday morning briefing: A video game, a big meeting and a president impeached

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie: Game: Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights Genre: Puzzle System: 3DS What is it? A puzzler full of adventure and mystery. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Web site: http://www.konami.com/doctorlautrec Compiled from […]

More than 350 graduate at ENMU fall commencement

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Courtesy photo: Kaylee Peterson Eastern New Mexico University graduate Justin Hudson hugs a faculty member Saturday morning after receiving his degree. Hudson graduated with a bachelor of science degree. Alisa Boswell ENMU President Steven Gamble said each commencement has unique qualities to it and fall graduation Saturday at Greyhound Arena was no different. “This one, […]

Club notes — Dec. 4

Roosevelt County Extension The Roosevelt County Council of the Extension Association of New Mexico met Nov. 7. A roll call showed a total of 10 members present from the Bethel Chapter, Causey Chapter, Pep and 9 to 5 chapters in attendance. There were no guests in attendance. Connie Moyer the home economist was also in […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Ron Paul’s plan should be applauded

Freedom New Mexico The odds of Ron Paul being nominated by Republicans and defeating President Barack Obama are, in the words of one news service, “beyond remote.” Perhaps. But Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” is breathtaking, nevertheless. Candidates whose success may be less remote would do well to adopt this plan in large measure. It’s […]

Iraq: The war that should never have been

Freedom Newspapers It looks, finally, like U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq. According to President Barack Obama, the withdrawal means U.S. forces will be “home for the holidays,” fulfilling a campaign promise he made in 2008. No doubt the withdrawal will be a major plank in his re-election bid next year. However, the Status of […]

CCC president appointed to state board

CNJ staff Clovis Community College President Rebecca Rowley was appointed Tuesday to the State Workforce Development Board by Gov. Susana Martinez, according to the governor’s office. She is a member of the Adjunct Graduate Faculty at New Mexico State University. Rowley received a doctorate in English from the University of New Mexico.

Let’s leave job creation to professionals

Freedom New Mexico The latest news from President Barack Obama’s Labor Department is that a federal grant doled out from the administration’s stimulus program to train and employ people in “green jobs” so far has spent $162 million, but resulted in only 8,035 people getting jobs. That would be bad enough. But only 1,033 of […]