Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics. She’ll be sworn in Saturday as the court’s 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. The Senate [...]

GPS nearly derails road trip

Lately I’ve been packing a GPS locator when I’m checking cows. Now I can find my way back to the horse trailer. But the GPS in rental cars with all the streets and highways displayed turns my blood cold. Jim and Steve and their wives rented a big SUV. They planned to tour New Mexico, [...]

President proves history repeats

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Although I am no historian, I do have an interest in what happened and why, especially involving big economic events of the past. One such event is The Great Depression. I just attended a superb weeklong conference at Cato University, where not only did I present a couple [...]

No errand trumps leaving child in hot car

Freedom New Mexico A South Texas tragedy is a good reminder for eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle these days: Never leave a child unattended in a car, especially when it’s hot out. Felicitas Alexandra Cordova died Sunday after she was found in her family’s Ford Expedition at a flea market just north of [...]

Business Feature: Retirees delve into second business

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When Jo Anna Baker and her husband, Wayne, retired from farming, she didn’t know what she could do with her time. After some thought and the purchase of an embroidery machine, Baker realized there was a need in Portales for a custom embroidery shop. Baker said she slowly started to add equipment to her shop. [...]

Scientists researching crops for biofuel

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The High Plains agriculture scene could get in on the action in biofuel production, and its profits, if two researchers have their way. The two scientists at New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis are looking into what biofuel-producing crops could most benefit eastern New Mexico and [...]

Section of Kilgore to close

PNT Staff Report An additional road closure has been scheduled today on Kilgore Avenue between Spruce Street and the traffic light at U.S. 70 expansion at Sunland. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to pave asphalt. Motorists are asked to obey signs and personnel placed around [...]

Wiener dog race set for Saturday

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Long legs, svelte lines, built for speed and ready to chase wild rabbits or birds in the countryside for miles. These are the kinds of dogs whose bodies Dachshunds can easily fit under. But local Dachshunds, popularly known as “wiener dogs,” will have their day this weekend. A Wiener [...]

Ticket feature: Curry County Fair starts Monday

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Freedom New Mexico The 89th annual Curry County Fair kicks off Monday. The week-long fair features live entertainment, carnival rides, commercial exhibits, fun for children and livestock shows among others. Curry County Assistant Manager Connie Harrison said concerts will be held in the events center this year. Next Thursday, Zumbale will open for Tobias for [...]

Portales Police Department’s accreditation first in state

PNT Staff Report By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. It’s a step the Portales Police Department has already taken. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the Clovis [...]