Legislative tidbits: New judge for Santa Fe

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Hobson leads No. 12 New Mexico over Wyoming 83-61

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s Steve Alford has 300 wins as a Division I coach. He’ll fight to make sure his Division III mark goes into the record book, too. Darington Hobson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, Phillip McDonald scored 14 points […]

Business feature: Businessman likens computers to patients

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Yurem Diaz, owner of DiAZY (pronounced De-Ya-zee) Computer Services and More in Portales, got interested in computers in high school in the late 1990s. “Everyone was excited,” Diaz said. “I always wanted to use a computer … it was the first time anyone had actually had them in school and stuff.” Diaz said when it […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Civic Center hosting comedy tour

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Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Civic Center is hosting the Small Town Comedy Tour March 5. Featuring Doug Williams, Courtney Gee and Charles Walden and hosted by Sean B, the tour brings comedians from the hit comedy series 1st Amendment and Comic View. Host of the Starz television show “1st Amendment” and “Comic View,” Doug […]

Thursday morning briefing: Off to Washington

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day Looking to add to the family? It’s our Pet of the week. So you want to be in politics… Sen. Tom Udall is looking for New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships […]

Tax hike only temporary solution

By Keith Gardner: Guest columnist The day many of us warned of is now here. New Mexico’s budget deficit has risen to somewhere around the $650 million mark. This problem was not just caused by the shrinking economy and the declining state revenue that followed — it was also caused by state government overspending. Between […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

Gadgets not effective against illegal immigration

Freedom New Mexico We do love our toys, especially when we don’t have to pay for them. To their credit, some government officials are finally starting to tire of pouring taxpayers’ money into the $6.7 billion “virtual fence” along the Mexican border. President Obama might cut nearly $200 million from the project. The Bush administration […]

Meetings watch: Hospital waits on rate approval to bill Medicaid

Roosevelt General Hospital Board has been approved but have to wait a little longer before it can bill Medicaid as a rural health clinic on a cost basis. Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming said the hospital can start implementing systems to bill Medicare and Medicaid for rural health clinic visits. Leaming said he is just waiting […]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Survey says and eight-second rides

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Survey says If there’s really nothing for your kids to do, here’s your chance. The Curry County Wellness Council and the City of Clovis Quality of Life Committee want your opinion on Youth activities and recreation options. Click on this link to take a survey for parents […]

Water authority bill heads to governor’s desk

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A bill to revamp the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority got to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk without springing any leaks. House Bill 15 passed the House and Senate on unanimous votes, and will move the authority from a joint powers agreement to a utility authority in June. Gov. […]

County commission sets public hearing for pet ordinance

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is taking the next step to having a more lenient county ordinance on dogs and cats running loose. Commissioners unanimously approved a notice Tuesday to modify the ordinance and set a public hearing for March 16. The changes would allow deputies to issue two warning […]

Freedom strikes deal for Arizona paper sale

Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications filed a motion Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware seeking approval of the sale of its Phoenix-area publications to 1013 Communications LLC, an affiliate of Thirteenth Street Media. In a statement, Freedom said company officials hope a hearing will be held in early March and that the transaction […]

North Plains Mall part of takeover bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire ailing rival General Growth Properties. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. The acquisition would allow General Growth, the No. 2 owner of shopping centers, to emerge from […]

Press Release: Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.

‘Robo calls’ oppose cigarette tax

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican As its done in previous years, a major tobacco company is running a phone bank to urge New Mexicans to tell legislators to vote against raising cigarette taxes. A spokesman for Altria, parent company of Phillip Morris, said Monday that such calls are supposed to go only to smokers […]

Campaign money bill hits snag

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican With time running out for this Legislature, a bill that would prohibit campaign contributions from lobbyists and state contractors hit a bump Monday in the House of Representatives. After debating House Bill 118 for more than an hour, sponsor Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa, asked to “roll over” the […]

It’s their job: Florist developed passion for flowers in youth

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist Background: Twenty-eight years ago, I went to Texas for florist training before I took this job and became a master florist there. Then I returned to Portales and opened this flower shop. Now I am a New Mexico advanced master florist and a member of New Mexico State Florist Association. […]

ENMU choir selected for European tour

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By Zou Yang: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University choir members are taking their music to Europe. The two ENMU choirs have been chosen to represent New Mexico in the 2010 American Celebration of Music in Austria, which commemorates the 65th anniversary of the ending of World War II. Music Celebrations International of […]