World full of bad news; seek the overwhelming positives surrounding us

By Joan Clayton It seems bad news is presented every day. Seldom do we hear about things we love, enjoy and often take for granted. On any given day, we have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, there are many great things about this country that I can name. Reams of paper […]

Students get taste of government

By Helena Rodriguez Jeremy Colbert lost his bid for attorney general of New Mexico on Wednesday and now the city councilman from Alamogordo has to deal with a fraudulent claims lawsuit between two cities. Colbert isn’t losing any sleep over it, though. After all, he’s not even out of high school yet and the politics […]

City council eyes facelift for Portales

By Tony Parra Portales residents discussed landscaping during the last comprehensive planning meeting in May and one group will be taking a step into improving the landscaping in Portales. The Ability Service Training Responsibility Achievement girls requested funding for trees and assistance in installing a sprinkler system for landscaping the corner of 18th and Avenue […]

Outgoing, incoming DAs plan to work together

By Darrell Todd Maurina Both the incoming and outgoing district attorneys said they want to make the next seven months an effective transition period. Incumbent 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he hasn’t yet called his successful challenger, Matt Chandler, but will consult with him as the time comes near for Carter to leave […]

Kernan holds off Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent While lawmakers across the state will be fretting on Election Day in early November, worrying if they will get enough support to win their races, Gay Kernan will probably have her feet up. Kernan’s hard work is already done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, […]

Local participant knocked out in national bee

By Mike Linn Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using an “o” instead […]

Chandler cruises in DA race

By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly 62 percent of the 4,057 votes cast and defeated fellow Republican and incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter in Tuesday’s 9th Judicial District election. “It’s been a long four months, but […]

May wins right to face Sanders

By Kevin Wilson In a close race in the Roosevelt County Commission District 2 Republican primary, Charles May didn’t do much of anything to claim an eight-vote victory. Actually, he said he did nothing at all. “I have no idea (what made the difference), no idea whatsoever,” May said with a laugh Tuesday night. “I […]

Gardner breaks Roberts’ streak in District 66

By Tony Parra Keith Gardner said New Mexico needs new blood in District 66. He’s got his wish. Voters elected Gardner into the position on Tuesday. Gardner received 976 of the votes in Roosevelt, Chavez, Eddy and Lea counties, with only the early voting left in Lea County. A Lea County official said the early […]

Kernan maintains lead over Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 59-41 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to Palmer and the Secretary of State’s Web site. Kernan had received 1,136 votes and Palmer […]