Portales deputy chief placed on leave; department reviewing policies

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File photo Lonnie Berry, who was promoted to deputy chief in 2009, headed the “Santa Cop” program, in which police gather toys for kids, since its inception in 1998. By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief […]

Perry campaign still strong amid fumbles

It’s a safe bet that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still tea partiers’ top pick for the Republican presidential nomination. But he took a pounding during Monday night’s CNN/tea party debate in Tampa, Fla., backed down on a couple of issues, and was actually booed when talk turned to immigration. That was significant. Tea party […]

Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Protesters in boats filled Ute Reservoir during the Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for […]

Amid disasters, God takes care of all things

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I watch the news most days. Some days there is news of victories and stories that warm my heart. Then again, some days are filled with not so good news. One evening last week I sat through an hour of doom and gloom. First topic on the news was the terrible […]