Building offers look at Elida’s past

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A rundown 1907 store and boarding house has a new lease on life as a memorabilia-filled gathering place in Elida. Glen Shot of Elida finished restoring the North Side Feed Store with the help of friends and his son, and now the community can drop by for a cup […]

State of the Union text

Text of President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union speech, as prepared for delivery on Wednesday and provided by the White House.

Local officials brace for winter storm

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico is bracing for a winter storm that could dump up to 7 inches of snow and glaze streets and roads over with sleet. School officials will be keeping an eye on things to see if schools need to be canceled or delayed as the storm was […]

Thursday morning briefing: An eye for local baseball and free eBooks

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. The old ball game The Clovis Baseball Umpires Group needs help to umpire local high school baseball.

Obama declares ’I don’t quit’ in State of Union

By Jennifer Loven: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he gets it, he knows America is not happy. “I campaigned on the promise of change, ’change we can believe in,’ the slogan went,” he said Wednesday night in his first State of the Union address. “And right now, I know there […]

1-28 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 21 Restaurant tax would fund promos A measure (HB 189) carried by Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, would generate between $6 and $6.5 million for the state’s Department of Tourism advertising budget. The 1/4 of one percent tax would be imposed “on the gross receipts of a prepared food or alcoholic […]

Bill would allow firearms in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a 7-1 vote. […]

Business feature: Store offers specialty fashion items

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PNT staff reports Sheila’s Classy to Whimsy Ladies Apparel has been in Portales seven years. The store offers clothing, jewelry and other fashion needs. Sheila Hays has lived in Portales all of her life . “I know my customers and I get to visit with them,” Hays said. “That is the advantage of being in […]

Base youth prepares for lead role in Navy, Air Force youth conference play

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A local girl is walking “a pathway to my dream” as she prepares for the lead role in a play to be performed in front of 600 people. Patricia Romero, the 14-year-old daughter of Cannon Air Force Base Forces Support Squadron Marketing Director Yolanda Romero, is portraying Robin Hood […]

Lawmaker: “Enough is enough” on lawsuit

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Sen. Rod Adair is sponsoring legislation that would cease payments to lawyers in a 23-year-old lawsuit against the state and earmark that money to help those with developmental disabilities. Adair, R- Roswell, says the Jackson vs. Ft. Stanton lawsuit has served its purpose in improving care […]

Domestic partnership bill divisive

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The battle in the Legislature over a bill to establish domestic-partner rights pits social advocates and lobbyists who normally are allied on a variety of issues against each other. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced Senate Bill 183 on Tuesday. As has been the case with previous […]

Legislative tidbits

Days remaining: 22 Panel to review contract The State Investment Council on Tuesday agreed to have a subcommittee review a multi-million dollar contract with the Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker law firm. As part of the contract, which is drawing scrutiny from state lawmakers this session, the firm is converting thousands of documents — subpoenaed […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

Current TRICARE contracts extended

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Six million military health care beneficiaries learned last July that their TRICARE support contractor would be changing on April 1, 2010, because those companies that run TRICARE’s North and South Regions had lost in competing for the next generation of contracts. But what a difference six months makes. Government auditors […]

Work to save Dems needs to begin now

Freedom New Mexico The surprise victory — well, it wasn’t a surprise by election day, but virtually nobody except the most Pollyannaish Scott Brown adviser would have predicted it a month ago — by Republican Scott Brown over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last week has politicians and pundits alike scrambling to find […]

Organizer plans for ‘raw’ Black History Month celebration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Kids and flags

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local kids show you the correct way to fold the flag. It’s our video of the day.From the key State Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, is hitting the hardwood for a cause, playing in Friday’s 2010 Annual “Hoops for Hope” Legislative […]

State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Legislative tidbits: Furlough Frito pie

The Santa Fe New Mexico Days remaining in session: 23

State official defends investigation fees

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. However, some […]