Tech time can be put to good use

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher We know the statistics. According to Kids Count Data Center, New Mexico’s overall rank: 49th. Economic well being: 49th. Education rank: 49th. Health rank: 49th. Family and community rank: 49th According to teacherportal.com, teacher salary comfort score: 37th. Average teacher salary rank: 39th. Starting teacher salary rank: 38th. While the average […]

Certainty of death allows perspective

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My father, who died at 71, told me he was not afraid to die. My mother, who died at 92,, told me she wished “it would hurry up and get here.” I enjoy life, but know it is ephemeral. I have had close calls — cars skidding out of control, […]

Martinez seems obstinate on issue

By Tom McDonald State columnist If there’s an issue out there that could slow Gov. Susana Martinez’s cakewalk into a second term, it might just be the behavioral health issue. The issue surfaced a year ago when, after an audit alleged Medicaid overbilling and possible fraud to the tune of about $34 million, the Martinez […]

Dry the new normal here in Southwest

If persistent drought and high temperatures aren’t enough to make New Mexicans wonder how a changing climate will impact the state, a new study on groundwater in the Southwest should be setting off alarm bells. NASA and the University of California, Irvine, found that drought and well pumping are draining groundwater in the Colorado River […]

Property standards another control

By Kent McManigal Local columnist One topic being raised in almost all the communities in this area is that of keeping your property to particular standards, which other people prefer, under threat of government action. Maybe it concerns weeds, junk, prairie dogs, or public property for which you have been assigned responsibility. People are being […]

Berkley should try this with food

By Rube Render Local columnist Last month, the Berkley, California City Council voted to require medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkley to provide free pot to low-income and homeless people. You can’t make this stuff up. Google it yourself. The ordinance would require the pot dispensaries donate 2 percent of the amount of cannabis they sell […]

Tony Day’s not walking away from his actions

The outrage and frustration from family members is understandable. Tony Day is accused of killing two innocent people and the maximum punishment he will receive under the law is nominal by comparison. But Tucumcari District Judge Albert Mitchell acted responsibly and humanely with his ruling last week that Day should be sentenced as a juvenile. […]

Newspaper needs some tweaking

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher It has been two weeks and David Stevens and I have been getting questions about the direction of the newspaper. Where did the state, national, and international coverage go? Where did the editorial go? I have seen posts on Facebook where some of the ideas are lame. Why would they do […]

Smaller BAH raises, higher drug co-pays gain steam

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2015 defense money bill that fully supports the Senate Armed Services Committee’s earlier embrace of key military compensation curbs sought by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both committees have rejected proposals to restructure TRICARE dramatically by consolidating plan options and by raising fees.  They also reject a […]

Student loans should be weighed on risk

There was a time when people had the quaint notion that borrowing money was done with the understanding you would have to pay it back, with interest, whether for a car, a house, a vacation or college. But a New York Federal Reserve Bank report calls into question whether many people made that mental check […]

Tour aspirations quickly unraveled

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist On the strength of our epic six-minute-plus debut single, “20 Years Since I’ve Seen You,” I had hoped to be touring with The High Plains Hippies. The group’s genesis began in the bicycle aisle of Portales’ Wal-Mart (where, as requested by lawmen, I was purchasing a 32-inch bike to replace […]

Finds on our back roads amazing

By Tom McDonald State columnist Travel the back roads of New Mexico and it’s amazing what you can find. Last week my daughter Maya and I took a day trip to the northeastern tip of New Mexico, for a meeting I had in Clayton. Then we returned to our hometown of Las Vegas by way […]

State still has abysmal DWI conviction mark

Despite tougher DWI laws and initiatives enacted over the past decade or so, we still have drivers eluding the long arm of the law. Repeatedly. Take the case of Celestino Centeno, arrested recently on his 13th DWI after he backed out of a driveway and slammed into a curb. Centeno denied drinking but had “alcohol […]

Liberty frees from control situations

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Why would anyone want liberty? It requires responsibility,, after all. It removes most of your opportunities to whine and blame everyone else when things go wrong. It leads to minding your own business. Where’s the fun in that? Well, there are benefits. What is liberty? According to Thomas Jefferson, “Rightful […]

Paid political consultants causing rift

By Rube Render Local columnist If you follow politics at all you have probably heard that the tea party wing of the Republican Party is either alive and surging or is for all intents and purposes dead in the water. Eric Cantor’s primary loss in the Virginia primary proved the tea party was in ascendance […]

Medical pot program too easily abused

There were legitimate concerns with some of the Department of Health’s proposed revisions of its medical marijuana rules — a hefty new fee that had yet to be justified chief among them. But rather than reconsider why users — presumably some of the state’s most medically vulnerable individuals — should have to fork over an […]

Main Street project has run its course

Robert Arrowsmith

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I took a walk around Main Street last week as I normally like to walk to meetings and walking-distance locations whenever possible, and saw and photographed the pots and their lack of flowers. First of all to those that have kept their planters up, kudos, they look beautiful. You clearly have […]

Private care for veterans challenging

By Tom Philpott Military Update The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences […]

Letter to the editor: Joe Thomas asset as city manager

From reports in the Clovis News Journal, it appears the performance of City Manager Joe Thomas is being reviewed. I have had the opportunity to work with Thomas in a variety of situations. For over 20 years, I have served on various city committees including Public Works, Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Local Growth […]

Feds should investigate their internal conduct

American taxpayers — especially those who reside in the Land of Enchantment — deserve to know if the ends justify the means for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. As in: Ignoring rules and getting a reformed crack addict back on the pipe is OK if it means busting his dealer. Granted, Aaron Romero says in his […]