Lawmakers express disappointment with special session

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Depressed, infuriated and disappointed — those are just some of the feelings area lawmakers are bringing home after a four-day special session of the state Legislature ended Thursday with tax hikes on food and cigarettes. The Legislature adjourned with a new budget after approving more than $230 million from […]

Friday morning briefing: BBQ, surveys and a local author

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

Milk prices fall

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

Biblical principles can govern nation

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Why is it so hard for the world to admit that a society governed by biblical principles is a society that flourishes? The world’s answer to this dilemma is more gun control, more laws, more policemen, more government funding and more taxes! Those who live by biblical standards seem to […]

Portales Past: March 5, 1950

March 5, 1950: Portales Junior High girls were learning to folk dance during physical education classes. They’d mastered the “Golden Slippers,” “Boston Two Step” and “Five Foot Two,” among others.

No. 8 Lobos hold off TCU

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — How much does everyone at The Pit love Roman Martinez? Well, even the opposing coach was gushing about New Mexico’s Mr. Nice Guy. Martinez added 19 points in his final home game and Darington Hobson added 20 points and 14 rebounds, leading No. 8 New Mexico to […]

Clay named to LSC South second team

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University junior guard Cat Clay was named to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division’s second team for the second-straight year. Junior guard and Clovis native Tori Northcutt was an honorable mention for the Zias. Clay led the Zias with 14.2 points per game and was tops in the Lone […]

State orders dairy to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

N.M. lawmakers OK $200 million tax increase package

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Legislature approved a measure Wednesday to raise taxes by more than $200 million next year to help balance the state budget, the largest tax increase package in more two decades. Passage of the measure moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically […]

Elida students’ mural to be published

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Elementary School fourth-graders participated in a nation wide art project. The collaborative art project between 42 other schools in the U.S. challenged students to create a mural of their state. Joeli Cathey’s class created a 5-foot-by-6-foot replica of New Mexico that will appear with other state murals in […]