Lottery bill hopes fade

David Arkin With less than two days to go in the Legislative session, the future of a controversial Lottery Scholarship bill doesn’t look good for its supporters. The bill, submitted by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, would allow students who graduate from a New Mexico high school to wait a year before going to college and […]

Sexual orientation discrimination bill to be debated

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A highly controversial ban approved last year will again be on the agenda for this year’s session, all because the governor signed the wrong version of the bill last year. Two local lawmakers said they will not support it. Last year, lawmakers approved a ban on discrimination based […]

Proposed bill would help fund transporting inmates

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Department to reimburse counties for […]

City celebrates civil right’s leader

Tony Parra Portales will commemorate one of the nation’s most remembered civil rights’ leader with festivities over the weekend. The 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade beginning on South Avenue O and 2nd Street to Abilene to the Memorial Building. Veda Urioste, the Mistress of Ceremonies for […]

Senator Kernan wants to reform education

Michelle Sebber By Michelle Seeber Freedom Newspapers Michelle_Seeber@link.freedom.com Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 […]

Committee to help city council fund new businesses

Mike Linn An eight-member committee will make recommendations to the Portales City Council regarding taxpayer funding for business owners seeking to establish themselves in Portales. One of the group’s first missions will be to discuss the application of a developer seeking taxpayer dollars in his efforts to build a new hotel in the city, Mayor […]

Officials optimistic bases will stay open

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com New Mexico’s military bases have a good shot at remaining open despite an upcoming Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in 2005, according to officials of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. However, members asked the commission chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, to meet with […]

Economic development changes approved

Mike Linn Confusion, questions and some minor feuding regarding the amending of two ordinances relating to economic development littered the Portales City Hall on Tuesday night. But after an hour of intense discussion the city council approved both ordinances, one of which will allow several different types of business to receive financial assistance from taxpayer […]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing […]

Cannon hosts tribute to Dos Stewart

Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read at […]