Poll finds support for voter ID

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While the Legislature routinely rejects Republican efforts to require New Mexico voters to show identification when casting ballots, a newly-released non-partisan poll indicates voters would approve the idea by a landslide. The poll was conducted in November by Research & Polling Inc., an Albuquerque firm, as part of a […]

Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]

Committee axes one source for public school funding formula

By John Sena: The New Mexican A proposed new public school funding formula took a hit on Thursday when a House committee killed a measure that would have funded it. The new formula itself was approved by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, but will take affect only if legislation to fund it passes. House […]

Workshop moved to Portales

Freedom New Mexico Organizers of a workshop to help manufacturers avoid federal fines have changed the location from Clovis to Portales. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership workshop is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales Memorial Building. The workshop offers tips and instructions on employee eligibility and complying with new Homeland Security laws. More […]

New Mexico’s economic freedom needs boost

Freedom New Mexico Are you someone who values freedom above all else, including health, safety and welfare? If so, New Mexico has a ways to go to reach the top tier of states. A new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the first comprehensive ranking of “economic and personal freedom in […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. Those […]

Clocks “spirng” forward Sunday

Freedom New Mexico It’s that time again and the clock’s ticking. Daylight saving time is upon us — and it’s a month earlier this year than you’re probably accustomed to setting the clock forward. The second Sunday in March — that’s this Sunday — clocks get set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. local standard […]

With God, peace always possible in troubled world

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist In this world of economic meltdown, we tend to lose our joy, allowing anxiety, worry and depression to dominate. If it helped to worry, it might be worth it. Yet worry is like a rocking chair. You don’t get anywhere. Sin is a terrible thing, and it is not an […]

It’s Their Job: Wendel Sloan

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Name: Wendel Sloan Job: Director of Media Relations at Eastern New Mexico University. Background: I handle media and public information functions in the Office of Communication Services at Eastern New Mexico University. “I was living in Dallas at the time and saw an ad in the Dallas Morning News,” Sloan said. “I was invited to […]

Wheat in dire need of moisture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer No rain and a lots of bugs have wheat farmers across the region wondering if they will have a crop this year. If the area doesn’t get moisture, Roosevelt County farmer Brent Corbin said, dryland wheat crops would produce nothing and much of the irrigated wheat would likely yield […]

Zias split with Highlands

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were held silent in the opener of a doubleheader Wednesday at New Mexico Highlands, but not in the second game. Pitcher Kristen Cruickshank and left fielder

Zia women’s soccer program adds seven players

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has signed seven women’s soccer players to national letters of intent for the 2009 season. according to a release from the school. The signees include freshmen forwards Brittany Bustos of Albuquerque (St. Pius) and Brook Serrano of Los Lunas, midfielders Desiree Dominguez of Alamogordo and Abigail Tarin of […]

Two ENMU players placed on LSC South hoops teams

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore forward Cat Clay was a second-team selection on the the All-Lone Star Conference South Division women’s team in basketball. For the men, ENMU’s Dannon Wafer was chosen honorable mention in selections announced this week by the conference office. Clay led the Zias in scoring […]

Officials: Grass fire should serve as warning sign

Freedom New Mexico Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland northwest of Melrose, […]

Pore space bill could define ownership of underground pockets

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican Jack Chatfield has an easy-going drawl, a rancher’s calloused bear grip of handshake and he’s got an eye toward a new source of revenue. The Mosquero man has been at the Roundhouse frequently in the last few weeks promoting pore space ownership – an idea catching on in the […]

March 5, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 16 Webcasting progress: The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved SR3, which would allow webcasting from the Senate floor. The measure now goes to the Senate floor for debate. Meanwhile, another lawmaker is webcasting from House committee meetings. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, is sending out video of meetings at www.nmgov.tv Fresh […]

City council meeting canceled

A special Portales City Council meeting set for today has been canceled because the bill the councilors would have discussed was withdrawn, City Manager Debi Lee said. Lee said the sponsor of House Bill 861, state Rep. Anna Crook, withdrew the bill from consideration by a committee Wednesday. The bill would have created an Eastern […]

Seniors should adjust driving habits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Drivers age 50 and older have to contend with decreasing faculties as they age, but they can compensate to safely stay on the road. People in the age group may deal with any combination of decreased hearing or vision, longer reaction time or changes in physical strength and psychology. […]

Business feature: Restaurant reopening keeps it in family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer La Hacienda restaurant has reopened in Portales under new management, but is still in the Ornelas family. Nick Bara is the new owner. Bara said he made his mother-in-law Esther Ornelas an offer and she agreed to sell. La Hacienda closed in November after serving the Portales area for […]

March 7, 1978

A “truck shut-down” coordinated by area farmers began