Governor to deliver State of the State address

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Gov. Bill Richardson delivers his eighth and final State of the State address today, shortly after the second regular session of the 49th Legislature convenes in Santa Fe. Richardson, who by law can’t seek a third consecutive term, promises his speech will be short, […]

Hospital board to vote on quarterly budget

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board is schedule to vote on the hospital’s quarterly budget and hear an audit report by J.W. Anderson Representatives during their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital. In addition, the board is to hear from new Administrator Larry Leaming for the CEO’s report and discussion […]

City officials name top priorities for 2010

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As priorities in 2010, the Portales city manager includes current and future improvement projects such as opening the Yam Movie Palace and working on street drainage. “First on the list is a new ambulance to provide emergency care for the community,” City Manager Tom Howell said. Howell said a […]

Council to discuss support for Ute water project

PNT Staff Report During their meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Portales City Council is set to discuss a resolution of support for a proposed bill to authorize Eastern New Mexico Water Authority to operate the Ute Water Pipeline Organization. The state Legislature opens Tuesday and is to consider the bill during the […]

Residents mark MLK day with march

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By Clarence Plank:PNT Staff Writer Sixty Portales residents joined together in marching in the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. As the group made its way up Second Street to Abilene Street and the Memorial Building, people did stop to take notice. For the Sigma Chi fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University, this […]

Fixes proposed for contentious property tax law

By Phaedra Haywood: Santa Fe New Mexican What to do about “tax lightning” will be debated during the state Legislature’s upcoming session. Lawmakers, who convene Tuesday for a 30-day session, will consider various ways to fix a New Mexico property tax law that can cause a dramatic increase in a home’s taxable value when it […]

Cannon deploys medical aid to Haiti

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Medical personnel from Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Special Medical Group and 27th Special Operations Support Squadron deployed Sunday to help with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Sunday’s deployment from the eastern New Mexico base is in addition to two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft Cannon sent Wednesday […]

Essay contest

The State Bar of New Mexico is accepting entries from high school juniors and seniors from around the state for its annual essay contest. This year’s assignment is entitled “The ‘Facts,’” and deals with students’ use of social media and First Amendment rights. Essays expressing personal points of view will be accepted until Mar. 9. […]

Beef stew parfait featured on show

By sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on choosing colors for our homes, making a beef stew parfait and using scraps to make quilts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Latriece Brooks is an interior decorator, and she will talk about choosing colors considering the geography of […]

Memorial to be built for little known black community

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By Helena Rodriguez: FNM Correspondent By Helena Rodriguez FNM Correspondent A small black community between Roswell and Artesia was an epicenter of social life during its heyday in the early 1900s. Before succumbing to ghost town status in 1929, Blackdom was known far and wide for its famous mouth-watering pies, its Fourth of July and […]

Children’s book creator offers lessons for all

Freedom New Mexico We don’t recommend a lot of books in this space, particularly when the book is about fictional mice. Then again, not many children’s book characters teach so much about liberty. “Indy-Pindy The Liberty Mouse,” the creation of Farwell libertarian blogger Kent McManigal, takes his readers on a journey full of challenging, real-life […]

Pride comes from being early riser

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Tough punishment taught me lessons

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Remember being sent to the principal’s office when you were in school? If you don’t then you came along after the days of corporal punishment in public schools because the sting of a wooden paddle will be seared into your memory if you grew up in that time. Even if […]

Monday morning briefing: Marching orders

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Marching orders The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches are today in Clovis and Portales. Starts 9 a.m. at Potter Park in Clovis… 10 a.m. in Portales at Roosevelt County Museum on the ENMU campus. Question of the day At a movie theater which […]

Balancing budget tops legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexico Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut what’s not essential. The 2010 regular session starts Tuesday in Santa Fe and lawmakers have 30 days to agree on what […]

Governor optimistic about cooperation during session

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Many legislative sessions in recent years have been known for the stormy, sometimes rancorous relationship between Gov. Bill Richardson and lawmakers, mainly those in the state Senate. On the threshold of Richardson’s last regular session — his second term expires on Dec. 31 and he legally can’t seek re-election […]

Ethics advocates hoping to be heard at legislative session

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican With most of lawmakers’ attention focused on the state budget this session, ethics reform and good government advocates are hoping legislators have time to dedicate to reform. Already, several lawmakers have prefiled ethics bills online while other public officials have outlined what measures they are willing to support. So […]

Budget cuts, tax hikes on horizon

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The New Mexican There’s a mountain of need in New Mexico. The problem is, there’s only a molehill of money to meet those needs. The state faces a projected budget deficit of $600 million or more next year. This is what the Legislature is up against when New Mexico’s […]

Attending legislative session presents challenges

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican For years people trying to attend a session of the state Legislature have complained about the parking situation at the Capitol. There’s finally some good news on that front. Last year the state opened a new $13 million parking structure just west of the Roundhouse with 580 spaces. (Entrance […]

Volunteers passing out blankets Monday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Community Service Center volunteers will be distributing afghan blankets Monday during Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities in Portales. Center volunteers have been crocheting lap blankets year-round, which are distributed to individuals who are homebound or in nursing homes, said Phyllis Roybal, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program director at the […]