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 […]

College takeover unlikely

By John Sena: The Santa Fe New Mexican A sign on the window of Sen. John Arthur Smith’s office on Friday might dash the hopes of people wanting a state university to acquire the College of Santa Fe campus. “Senate Finance Committee Will Not Meet For Remainder of The Legislative Session,” the sign says. Supporters […]

Legislature works on transparency, ethics measures

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol.

Lobbyist release expense reports

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Several state farm and ranch organizations on Thursday hosted their annual “Growing For You” dinner in the Rotunda of the Capitol, dishing out free plates of meat, vegetables, ice cream sandwiches and bags of salted peanuts to lawmakers, staff, lobbyists, building personnel, reporters, visitors and anyone else […]

March 22, 2009 Public Record

The following people filed for marriage licenses between March 9-10 in Roosevelt County.• Traci Gwen Alva, 25, to Juan Manuel Arellano, 23, both of Billings, Mont.• Amber L. Whitten, 27, to Cody S. Sanchez, 31, both of Portales.

March 22, 2009 Library News/Reviews

Events Tuesday at 10:30 am is Baby Laptime. This program combines short stories, fingerplays and music perfectly suited for babies ages 0 to 3 and their caretakers.

March 22, 2009 Elida School News

• Baseball: Monday: Texico (T) JV, V: 3 p.m., 5 p.m. April 3: Grady (H) Varsity — 3 p.m., 5 p.m. April 4: Melrose (T) JV, V– 3 p.m., 5 p.m. • Spring break is March 23-27. • District FFA will be at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday and Wednesday. The state competition is March […]

March 22, 2009 Dora School News

FFA resultsCongratulations to FFA sponsor, Kit Pettigrew, and his judging teams for their wins at the recent contest in Roswell.

March 22, 2009 Portales High School News

Standards tests this week Portales High School will be administering the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) Monday through Friday.

TexAnns rough up Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team couldn’t keep Tarleton State in the yard on Friday. The TexAnns, who came in averaging a modest four runs a game, belted six home runs and posted two of their top three run totals this season in rolling to a 12-5, 9-0 Lone […]

March 22, 2009 Portales Junior High News

NMSBA testsTuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will find students taking the mandated state tests. When school resumes April 6 after spring break, students will finish the second part of the test. Principal Steve Harris reminds students and parents that it is just as helpful to prepare physically for these tests as students have been preparing mentally.

ENMU’s Clabaugh earns 500th win

Freedom New Mexico Phil Clabaugh reached a coaching milestone Friday, courtesy of his son. Junior Seth Clabaugh hit an RBI single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Eastern New Mexico University to a 5-4 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over ninth-ranked Angelo State at Greyhound Field. The win […]

March 22, 2009 Anniversaries

Gawehn Urlich Gawehn and Christel Gawehn of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m. March 28, 2009, in Portales. The celebration will be hosted by Ralph Gawehn. The couple was married April 4, 1959, in Utica, N.Y. They have two children and four grandchildren. He is a military mechanic. She is a […]

March 22, 2009 Births

Turpin Soljer Nicholi

Cuisine set for week’s shows

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living

Road boss stepping down

Freedom New Mexico