Unmarried couples bill stalls again

By Steve Terrell A domestic partnership bill on Monday fell short of the votes it needed to clear a state Senate committee. The tie vote meant the Senate Judiciary Committee remains a roadblock for backers of legislation allowing unmarried partners in New Mexico — same-sex and otherwise — many of the same rights and privileges […]

Respiratory virus tough on toddlers

By Sharna Johnson Around this time every year the majority of Plains Regional Medical Center’s 12-bed pediatric ward is full with babies and young toddlers and often there’s a single culprit to blame — Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus or RSV. “When a child has RSV, they’re pretty sick little kids,” said Janna Flores, director of […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]

Government retiree `double dipping’ targeted

By Doug Mattson Politicians and union leaders alike are taking aim at the controversial practice of “double-dipping” — public employees returning to work after retirement to collect a salary and pension. The issue comes as lawmakers consider ways to keep some of New Mexico’s biggest retirement funds from hemorrhaging money. The Public Employees Retirement Association […]

Two charged in poaching incident

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A father and son were charged Monday in connection with the unlawful killing of a trophy-class mule deer buck in December. Travis Field, 19, and Don Field, 55, both of Dora, have been charged in Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico […]

Local team plays in ‘world’ tourney

Freedom New Mexico VAIL, Colo. — “Twisted Sisterz,” a team made up of three girls from Clovis and three from Portales, participated in the “Kick It 3v3 world championship” soccer tournament Jan. 17-19. The team, comprised of Kyra Bussen, Airen Martin and Stacy Gross of Clovis and Jenna Sievers, Kaitlin Garrett and Chay Bond of […]

Hounds lose seventh straight

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By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds went all in Saturday night against Angelo State but couldn’t cash in on their first Lone Star Conference win, falling 75-66. The Hounds (0-5, 4-16) for the second time this week stayed competitive with a visiting LSC team but couldn’t turn the corner […]