Lady Rams advance to semis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams knew they could beat District 4-3A rival Ruidoso — heck, they’d already done it three times this season by double-figure margins. The fourth one, in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday at The Pit, came a little harder before the defending champions […]

ENMU absent from governor’s budget recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University officials knew capital outlay funding from the 2007 Legislature might be tight this year for the university, but the news that they had been left off the governor’s capital budget recommendations came as a hard blow. Among the major capital outlay projects ENMU submitted through […]

Firefighter protection bill introduced

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A bill protecting wildland firefighters from criminal prosecution has been introduced in the New Mexico Legislature by Rep. Keith Gardner R-Roswell. The second-term representative said the bill is in response to concerns raised this fall by volunteer firefighters in eastern New Mexico about standards contained in new joint powers […]

Pursuit of happiness worthwhile quest

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving […]

Traditions endure through eras

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Families around the area have celebrated the holidays for many years, in their own unique way and style. One tradition that remains strong is the strong ties of family and togetherness. For Portales resident Ruby Gardner, Christmas meant a time for the family to gather and share the holiday […]

ENMU rodeoer in seventh

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Rowdy Sanders is seventh in bull riding while ENMU sophomore Raelyn Gardner is in a three-way tie for 10th in breakaway roping after the second go of the College National Finals Rodeo. Sanders, from Whiteface, recorded a no-score in Tuesday’s second go after posting a […]

ENMU rodeo members to compete at nationals

Freedom Newspapers Two members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, senior Rowdy Sanders and sophomore Raelyn Gardner, will represent the school in the College National Finals Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Gardner, from Lovington, was first in the Southwest Region this season in breakaway roping, while Sanders placed second in bull […]

Gardner winner in state rep race

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Incumbent Keith Gardner of Roswell was the overwhelming winner for the District 66 Republican state representative seat in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County primary. Gardner garnered 69 percent of the vote, with 94 percent of the 163 precincts counted, to easily fend off a challenge by Lucille B. Tucker of Roswell. Gardner […]

Keith Gardner loses court battle to keep challenger off the ballot

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Republican lawmaker from Roswell has lost his court fight to knock a challenger off the June 6 primary election ballot. The state Supreme Court, affirming a lower court decision, ruled Wednesday that Lucille B. Tucker’s name will appear on the ballot in the race for […]

Judge rules in favor of state representative Gardner’s challenger

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A district judge has ruled that the name of a Republican legislative candidate will remain on the primary ballot, rejecting an attempt by her GOP opponent to have her removed. Lucille B. Tucker of Roswell will face state Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, in the primary for District 66. Gardner had […]