Wonder why? Consult almanac

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist You can catch a bird by salting its tail but if you salt your wife’s hairdo you’re liable to catch a backhand across the chops. I know, I tried it this week but managed to avoid her right hook. We’ve both become a bit near-sighted in our middle years and […]

Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]

Lobbyists spending reports dwindle

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Three-run homer keeps Zias rolling

Freedom New Mexico DENTON, Texas — Second baseman Rebecca Quinones drove in four runs, hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the fifth, and junior pitcher Kristen Cruickshank made the lead stand up in Eastern New Mexico University’s 5-4 Lone Star Conference South Division softball victory here Friday. The Zias (12-5, 1-0 South) […]

Hounds drop pair to Aggies

Freedom New Mexico Cameron pitcher Brad Bichel didn’t need much run support Friday, but got more than enough. When the Aggies pitching struggled in the second game, they turned to the long ball to pull away. Bichel pitched a seven-inning six-hitter in the opener as Cameron (13-4, 7-3 LSC) rolled to a 9-1 Lone Star […]

Law reducing paperwork approved

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 21 Penalizing paperwork: The House has approved a measure (HB367) that would reduce the amount of paperwork that state agencies can send to lawmakers. It puts some teeth into a current law that puts a five-page limit on what agencies can send to lawmakers, with a few exceptions.

‘Augie’s Law’ gaining support

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Rib Crib hosting benefit

Freedom New Mexico Rib Crib Barbecue in Clovis is lending a helping hand to the family of 6-year-old Harley Pena, who is fighting a rare combination of two types of acute leukemia. On Wednesday, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of its profits made from 4-10 p.m. to the Pena family. Manager Tommy Cardonita said […]

Judge denies plea agreement change

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Teddy Hartley on Friday denied a request to change the terms of a recent plea agreement, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Cody Banister, 28, of Roosevelt County, in January agreed to a 15-year prison sentence following allegations he manufactured methamphetamine. On Friday, Bannister asked to spend the last two years […]

Truck crash forces cattle roundup

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Freedom New Mexico

Lawmaker pulling dangerous dog proposal

Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson A state lawmaker is pulling a proposal to classify all pit bulls and rottweilers as dangerous dogs. State Rep. John Heaton said Friday he’s been persuaded by negative public reaction. Heaton said he will offer a substitute bill, minus the breed specification, when the bill is scheduled for a House […]

Partnership bill falls short in Senate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Some senators and domestic-partnership advocates said Thursday’s lopsided defeated of a bill to establish domestic partnerships in New Mexico was due to the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, which had been neutral on the issue in previous years, coming out against the bill this time. Meanwhile, a lobbyist […]

Records bill changes rile backers

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Open-government and press advocates say proposed new exemptions to the state’s public records law have made a good government bill turn bad. House Bill 507, sponsored by House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, aimed to speed up the response time for getting public records, as well as make clear […]

Portales in line for stimulus funds

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales are getting in line for their share of almost $40 million in stimulus money about to be distributed in New Mexico. New Mexico is set to receive the federal stimulus money to improve water quality, drinking water infrastructure and sewage treatment systems. Municipalities have until Monday […]

New regulations require dairies to report emmissions from manure

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt and Curry County dairies and feedlots are still waiting to feel – maybe a better word in this case is “sniff” – the impact of a new federal regulation on reporting air emissions. At issue are two major byproducts of cattle operations – emissions of ammonia and […]

Last times lead to first-time opportunities

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist We watched our grandson play his last football game. Jody, being a senior at Abilene Christian University, played his last game just like he had played his first freshman game: 100 percent heart. Even though it was Jody’s “last time” to play, it was also his first time to pursue […]

Programs gives offenders second chance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks of New Mexico (ASPEN) has been giving people convicted of crimes the chance to turn around their lives for the last seven years. District, magistrate and municipal judges in Roosevelt County often sentence offenders to attend the program in conjunction with paying […]

It’s their job: Don Criss

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Name: Don Criss Job: KENW director of production services Time on job: 35 years Background: Criss grew up in Upstate New York and came to Eastern New Mexico University in 1962. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and a master’s degree in educational media from ENMU. What does your job entail?: I supervise the […]

Federally funded PBS show biased

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Often I check out newscasts from several sources, not just in print and on the Internet but also on radio and TV. One place I check regularly is Public Broadcasting Service TV’s “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” mainly because I am curious how a program funded to a considerable […]

Editorial: Americans moving south risk safety

A growing number of Americans appear to be facing a tough choice: live in fear of violence, or live in fear of going poor. Increasing numbers of U.S. citizens are choosing to move to Mexico when they retire. According to the Mexican Association of Retirement Communities, about 1.2 million American and Canadian retirees already live […]