Parents should have option to pick schools

Freedom Newspapers National School Choice Week started Monday, focusing attention on efforts of parents, activists, legislators, students and grass-roots networks to promote school choice programs throughout the United States. Legislators should take heed and this year expand choice programs for all students in an effort to fix the country’s ailing public education system. School choice, […]

TRICARE Prime option available to young adults

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Military families have a new TRICARE Prime option for young adults without healthcare coverage. TRICARE Young Adult Prime gives eligible family members TRICARE Prime medical (and pharmacy) coverage with low out-of-pocket costs for a $201 monthly premium. Military family members who are not married, who have “aged out” […]

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

Portales officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales city officials have made repeated attempts to revive the movie theater in Portales, which closed in 2009, with no success, according to Greg Fisher, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Some city councilors are now seeking to bring a “Fun Center” to Portales. Alisa Boswell City […]

County redistricting plans examined

Robin Fornoff Two Curry County commissioners said Tuesday at a special public hearing they prefer a redistricting plan that would leave existing districts about the same. The option is scheduled to be decided in September.

Sometimes, giving up only option

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

Farmer: Cotton good planting option

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Chet Chenault, left, and Colin Chandler check the depth of cotton seeds planted by machine last week in Chandler’s field northwest of Portales. Chandler said cotton seeds must be planted about three-fourths of an inch deep. Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is […]

Letters to the editor: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that […]

Tres Amigas to sign lease

CNJ staff Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons and Tres Amigas, LLC will sign a lease Thursday morning at the Clovis Civic Center. The signing is scheduled for 9 a.m. The lease would help enable renewable energy to move unobstructed through numerous states, Canada and Mexico by 2014. In September, a short-term option agreement gave Tres […]

Udall Talks about the public option, revised energy and Climate Change Bill and his support of unemployment benefits for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including the benefits of energy and climate change legislation and the ongoing health insurance reform debate. If you are interested in obtaining an .mp3 file of this week’s “Tuesdays with Tom,” please contact Jessica Borchert. Below is a […]

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Base commander expresses concerns about school growth option

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School’s Board of Education heard a presentation from Wilson and Company Engineers and Architects of Albuquerque on the possibility of building a third middle school, allowing CMS to add sixth-grades to the middle school mix. But the speakers that preceded Wilson and Company at Tuesday evening’s […]

Superintendent: New middle school only viable option

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A member of a committee that studied growth issues for Clovis schools says he’s concerned taxpayers aren’t getting a chance to see all the options. Former Lt. Govenor Walter Bradley said Thursday while a proposed new $30 million middle school is one option, he believes other viable solutions are […]

Military growing option for high school graduates

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Portales High School senior Jacob Sambrano looks over a military brochure Friday afternoon at Portales High School. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The future is theirs but the clock is ticking. Just like high school students around the country, Roosevelt and Curry County high school seniors approaching graduation are […]

Great Lakes debate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Flights between Clovis and Albuquerque are up in the air. The U.S. Department of Transportation chose to provide federally subsidized flights between Clovis and Denver under its essential air service program, despite the wishes of the Clovis City Commission, which favored flights between Clovis and Albuquerque. Clovis residents will […]

There is no shame in seeking therapy

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I see a psychologist. Perhaps, I see nothing unusual about this because of my background. My mother, sister, aunt and cousin are psychologists, and most of my extended family saw a therapist at one time or another. I grew up thinking that going to a psychologist was just like going […]

Woman thankful for generosity of others

Letters to the Editor I would like to thank the unknown person who was so generous to give my daughter a coat. My daughter said a teacher asked if she had a coat. My daughter said no and that she could not find her sweater. A teacher then presented my daughter with a box wrapped […]

Nuclear deterrence may be only option

Steve Chapman It’s only the third quarter, but right now the scoreboard reads: Axis of Evil 2, Bush 1. While Saddam Hussein may be in jail, North Korea has announced it has nuclear weapons and Iran is moving briskly in that direction. The administration, which has all the trouble it can handle coping with its […]

Portales residents vote to allow beer, wine at eateries

Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed in […]

Trying Saddam: All options have flaws

It is hardly surprising that in such a media-saturated culture many Americans view foreign affairs in a personalized and dramatized fashion. If this were a movie, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the quintessential villain, would be the triumphant end of the story, with the music coming up and viewers assured that the good guys had […]