House sessions may be webcasts

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell The santa fe New Mexican Although state Senate leaders voted last month to not webcast Senate floor sessions

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

Poaching incidents have game officials concerned

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Poachers in Roosevelt County and New Mexico are taking shots at a $900 million state industry, and may pay for it with thousands of dollars in fines. In the past few weeks, two poaching incidents have occurred in the county, with one carcass found on the Texas-New Mexico state […]

Local food bank discards recalled items

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Freedom New Mexico The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has thrown out about 15 items flagged for possible salmonella contamination in a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Nancy Taylor, executive director of the food bank, said her staff is doing all it can to prevent any possibly contaminated products from leaving their warehouse through […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Clovis man charged in woman’s slaying

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police say a 24-year-old man was high on meth and looking for his ex-girlfriend when he robbed, bludgeoned and cut the throat of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams in her home Dec. 20. Aaron M. Quinones of Clovis was charged with an open count of murder, arson, robbery and tampering with […]

Dusk set for CCC performance

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Freedom New Mexico Canadian crooner Matt Dusk will brings his “Rat Pack” jazz style to a concert Jan. 31 at the Clovis Civic Center. The concert kicks off the spring season of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series sponsored by Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis. Dusk, named one of Canada’s “Twenty […]

Zia rally falls short

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Ronnie Hearne was breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday night. Hearne’s Tarleton State women’s basketball team led all the way against Eastern New Mexico University, but the TexAnns had to hold on late for a 68-63 Lone Star Conference South Division victory at Greyhound Arena. In a […]

Texans whip Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Tarleton State held Eastern New Mexico University to one field goal in the first eight minutes Wednesday night and the Texans cruised to a 64-41 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory at Greyhound Arena. Senior guard Marlin Cloudy and junior guard Effran Bryant scored 12 points each for the […]

Clovis banker sworn in as ENMU regent

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Clovis banker has joined the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. At the regents meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe, Randy Harris, president of the Bank of Clovis, was sworn into his new position on the board, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble. Harris is a longtime Clovis […]

Jan. 22 Police Blotter

Jan. 15 • 12:19 p.m. — A report that a tire had come off another vehicle and struck his vehicle and he was requesting a report for the accident. No roads were given. Jan. 16 • 8:36 p.m. — A report of a sign that was chained to a light pole on 15th Street obstructed […]

Business feature: Portales man has history crafting leather

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer On the square on Second Street stands Bar G Western Wear Boot and Tack Repair shop. It is owned by Buzz and Fern Goodson of Portales. He has been in the western wear business for 35 years. Early inspiration: Buzz Goodson learned how to work with leather from arts […]

Portales church hosting blood drive

PNT Staff Report Portales First Baptist Church, 100 S. Ave. C is hosting a blood drive from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall.

Legislative roundup: Feed bill passes house

The New Mexican Legislative Roundup Days remaining in session: 58 Feed bill passes House The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day. A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and […]

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

Jan. 21, 2008 ENMU basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men Tarleton State (12-5, 0-2) at ENMU (4-12, 0-1) When: 8 p.m. today in a Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 95-3. On the Net: www.enmusports.com Notes: The Texans have lost at home to Texas A&M-Kingsville 51-45 and at Angelo State 85-80 in four overtimes in South […]

Council recognizes Lopez at final meeting

PNT staff Councilman Jake J. Lopez and the Portales City Council celebrated his last day in office Tuesday. Lopez has served Portales for 14 years. He resigned his city seat effective Tuesday after winning a Roosevelt County Commission post seat last fall in the general election.

Couple shares high hopes for Obama’s presidency

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico “He is the product of the struggle of all people in this country,” Portales Democrat Oscar Robinson said about new President Barack Obama. In the evening of Inauguration Day, Oscar and his wife, Sandra, discussed their support of Obama and moments they saw as significant during the inauguration events. […]

Jennings wins Senate clash

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Although most of his fellow Democrats wanted to replace Tim Jennings as the state Senate’s president pro-tem, the Southern New Mexico conservative held on to his post Monday with the help of Republicans and a handful of Democrats. The outcome of the leadership struggle, in which the more progressive […]