3-24 ENMU Briefs

PNT Staff Report Spring Break begins March 30 Spring break for the Portales campus is March 30-April 3. While there will be no classes during this week, university offices are open and business will be conducted as usual. Club sponsoring guest speaker The ENMU Fish and Wildlife Club is sponsoring guest speaker Tim Mitchusson, New […]

DA employees recognized

Freedom New Mexico Two employees with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been recognized by the New Mexico District Attorney’s Association. Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross was recently named 2008 Community Prosecutor of the year for community service work in the area. Cross has directed the Abolish Chronic Truancy program for the district attorney’s […]

Dream Center needs donations

PNT Staff Report The Portales Dream Center is looking for donations of household items, furniture and clothes because its supply of these items is depleted.People can drop off items at the center, at 222 N. Main, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. To make other arrangments, call

Cannon to receive $26 million from stimulus package

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Cannon Air Force Base is set to receive $26.4 million from the federal economic stimulus package. Capt. Mae-Li Allison of Cannon Public Affairs said $12 million would go to a new Child Development Center, $12.8 million was earmarked for facility improvements and $1.7 million was headed to family housing […]

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in honor of a former Cannon Air Force Base airman killed March 15 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed his vehicle while he was on a four-vehicle patrol checking a local school. Funeral services were […]

Counties await Richardson’s signature for capital outlay projects

Several area counties are waiting on the signature by Gov. Bill Richardson on Senate Bill 443, which passed with a 65-0 vote Saturday in the House. The bill will reauthorize and extend the time for several of the counties’ existing capital outlay projects, said Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros, D-Questa. In Curry County, the funds to […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes in the aftermath of the worst tornado to hit the area in at least 43 years. The March 23, 2007, tornado killed two elderly residents, affected about 500 homes […]

More than $26 million in stimulus funds headed to Cannon

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s military bases will receive around $87 million from the stimulus bill for upgrades. The Department of Defense says $28.7 million is headed to Kirtland Air Force Base for 59 projects. Cannon Air Force Base will receive $26.4 million, including $12 million for the construction of a child development […]

Hounds earn split with Angelo

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University earned its second walkoff win of the weekend against ninth-ranked Angelo State on Saturday. Paden Vendrely drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning and pinch-runner Jeremy Johnson scored from first base when Angelo center fielder Isaac Garcia misplayed Ethan Wagner’s single, giving the Greyhounds […]

Municipal Court closed on Monday

Portales Municipal Court will be closed 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday so the staff can attend a city meeting. Also, Judge Fred Arnold is scheduled to be out of the office Tuesday through Thursday. The court staff is to be in the office during regular business hours.

Relay for Life raises $22,000

PNT Staff Report Portales Relay for Life raised nearly $22,000 Friday and early Saturday morning. Twenty-two teams participated in the overnight event at the Greyhound Arena, with all the proceeds raised going to the American Cancer Society. Top fundraising teams • Roosevelt General Hospital “Spark of Hope” — $4,225 • Southwest Canners “Life Walkers” — […]

Portales’ Morgan Hill helps Navy to 16-15 mark

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Winning was a way of life for Morgan Hill and Portales High School. With the 6-foot-1 Hill on board, Portales went 81-28 in four seasons and claimed state titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Hill also was a member of two Portales volleyball champions. The challenges are greater at Navy, which just posted its first […]

State legislature adjourns

What passed (Bills already signed by Gov. Bill Richardson have been noted.): * Death penalty: HB285 repeals the death penalty and establishes life in prison without parole as the state’s maximum sentence. It was signed into law by the governor. * Open conference committees: HB393 opens to the public conference committees — meetings in which […]

Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

Freedom New Mexico State lawmakers passed a pair of capital outlay financing bills Saturday during the last day of the 60-day session. One bill allocates almost $140 million for more than 70 projects across the state, while another bill reallocates funding from previously approved projects to new ones. Both bills go to Gov. Bill Richardson’s […]

March 22 Public Record

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court: To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts. gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

Commanders’ wives expected to lead

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Being friends with your boss’ wife is always tricky but in the military it can be even more challenging. Picture my husband’s boss’ wife holding my hair back while I puke. It doesn’t exactly translate into a great first impression, let alone a good move for his career. But that’s […]

Life-in-prison sentence OK legislation

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Students prepare for state tests

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales teachers and students have been preparing for state academic proficiency testing, which begins this week. The standardized tests given in third through eighth grade and 11th grade determine whether the schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards. “I have high expectations for what our students will do on the […]

March 21, 2009 Legislature Roundup

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: Session ends at noon today From the Roundhouse to the Coliseum: An international peace organization has invited Gov. Bill Richardson to Rome to honor him for signing House Bill 285, which abolishes the death penalty. In a letter from Mario Marazziti, a spokesman for the Community […]