Dems back tax increase for wealthy

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 votes in […]

State accused of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash The New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to […]

Legislative tidbits: Measure would prohibit texting while driving

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 27

School rallies around homecoming queen

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Dora High School senior Sarah Walker has touched hearts with a lot of hugs and not a word. Sarah was crowned Miss DHS at the school’s homecoming celebration Jan. 16. She has Angelman’s Syndrome, a chromosome disorder that causes developmental delays, particularly in speech. Senior Renee Gantert, who competed […]

Groups work to send help to Haiti

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Residents of Portales, Clovis and Muleshoe of all ages are rallying to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Starting today, the Associated Students Activities Board at Eastern New Mexico University is sponsoring a week-long fundraiser on campus. “We’re really just asking for monetary donations,” said Amber Dorado, social issues coordinator. […]

Southwest Cheese makes 25-year donation to Clovis Schools

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Southwest Cheese will donate $100,000 a year for 25 years to the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. The Education Foundation provides grants for teachers in the classroom to support innovative teaching. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, said the arrangement was added to contracts that […]

Friday morning briefing: Keeping resolutions

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing.

State recognizing Dora High School

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Education Department is giving special recognition to Dora High School for showing the greatest one-year gain on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment tests. Last year, Dora’s juniors earned the distinction on the science portion of the tests. The school will be recognized Feb. 10 in Santa Fe […]

Look for blessings in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Jesus has provided the greatest gift in the history of the human race by laying down his life for our eternal salvation. Yet he sends beautiful gifts just waiting to be opened every day. They are wonderful little surprises that, unless we are tuned in, will go right on by […]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it […]

Imagine experience through cow’s eyes

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a frequently told story by cowmen and veterinarians since herdsmen discovered fire. As I listened to a Georgia farmer recount his own personal version, I found myself imagining how the cow would feel. “I was grazing down by the creek. Something I do every day, I think? My […]

Afghan attack indicates U.S. ill advised

Freedom New Mexico The recent Taliban attack in downtown Kabul, which killed at least 15 people and wounded some 70 others, has been dismissed by some people as not militarily significant since the reported 20 Taliban guerrillas did not take and hold any building or position. That interpretation misses the real goals of a guerrilla […]

Freedom, creditors reach bankruptcy deal

By Dena Bunis WILMINGTON, Del. — A federal bankruptcy court judge Thursday approved a deal between Freedom Communications, its unsecured creditors and its lenders that could allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of March. Freedom properties include the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun in Tucumcari. The arduously […]

Bill proposes investing in local banks

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Rep. Brian Egolf is taking the `keep it local’ mantra to the extreme. Under a bill he’s carrying this session, the state would pull the roughly $1.4 billion it has in a Bank of America account and invest it in New Mexico banks. Egolf, D-Santa Fe, […]

Legislative tidbits: Bill would limit bills

Days remaining in session: 28 Bill would limit bills A measure introduced by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, would limit the number of bills a lawmaker can introduce each session. Under the plan, lawmakers could prefile as many bills online as they like before a session starts, but then would be limited to five bills […]

Bill targets domestic violence offenders in police ranks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A person convicted of domestic violence couldn’t be certified as a law-enforcement officer for three years, and officers convicted of such a charge would lose their certification under a bill introduced Wednesday. House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Nate Cote, D-Las Cruces, is being pushed by Gov. […]

Tarleton hands Hounds first LSC South loss

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS —Tarleton State handed Eastern New Mexico University its first Lone Star Conference South loss and did so in convincing fashion. Effran Bryant lead four Texan starters in double figures with 13 points as Tarleton State beat the Greyhounds 76-36 Wednesday. Jeremiah Wilson added his seventh double-double of the season — […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hitting the green chile cheeseburger trail

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Cheeseburger, cheeseburger Turns out Taco Box in Clovis and Portales has some hot stuff going with its local version of green chile cheeseburgers. The stores are among 48 restaurants selected by the state for its first Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, celebrating the state’s iconic burger. […]

Free smoking cessation class set at RGH

Roosevelt General Hospital has scheduled a free Smoking Cessation Class starting 5-7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the hospital conference room. The class is open to the public. Anyone interested can call Laura at 359-1800, extension 435.

Tarleton State pulls away from Zias in second half

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS — Tarleton State opened the second half with a 10-0 run and pulled away for a 55-43 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference South women’s game Wednesday at Wisdom Gym. For the first 20 minutes of play, the Zias had things going their way, grabbing […]