Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” […]

Oct. 9, 1962

The Clovis-Portales Highway, now U.S. 70, was the statewide subject of much controversy when candidate for Lt. Gov. Jack Dillon accused candidate for governor Jack Campbell of promising “the sun, moon and stars, and a galaxy of assorted highway projects,” which included expanding the local highway.

Sept. 29, 1936

State Governor Clyde Tingley ran a letter in the Portales Tribune to the citizens of Roosevelt County stating that the county fair was a “splendid medium to call attention of the state and the Southwest to the great

Sept. 15, 1939

New Mexico Governor John E. Miles and his wife were guests of honor at the Roosevelt County Fair and spoke at Eastern New Mexico College, their first visit to Portales.

Rotary governor to visit region

Freedom New Mexico The governor of Rotary District 5520 will make an official visit to the Rotary Clubs of Clovis, Melrose and Texico/Farwell this week. Gov. Tom Lindsay, a Deming real estate business owner and speech language pathologist, is coming to the area as part of his effort to visit all 68 clubs in the […]

Governor added as judge to High Plains Film Festival

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Governor Bill Richardson is the newest celebrity to be added to an already distinguished panel of judges for the inaugural High Plains Film Festival in Portales on May 4. Other judges for this Eastern New Mexico University-sponsored film festival include actress Joan Leslie of “High Sierra” fame with Humphrey […]

Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

State legislature approves capital outlay package

Staff and wire reports The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by the governor, but a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson blasted lawmakers for what he described as “the least productive session since I have been governor.” “The results […]

Legislature adjourns

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. The Democratic-controlled Legislature left the governor empty-handed on many of his proposals: universal health care; domestic […]

Legislature approves capital improvement bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature moved toward adjournment Thursday by approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers looked homeward. Richardson was empty-handed on his top legislative priority with time running out on the […]

Governor vetoes capital outlay

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a $348 million capital outlay package on Wednesday and used his line-item veto powers to reject some legislator-backed projects in a $21 million budget measure. The governor took his action before a deadline in a dispute with the Legislature over the deadline for signing or vetoing the […]

Richardson drops out of presidential race

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press MERRIMACK, N.H. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power. Richardson planned to announce the decision Thursday, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge […]

Session likely to be extended

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says lawmakers did great work in the legislative session that ended Saturday — just not enough of it. The governor said while it was the most productive session in state history, “we still have business to finish.” He said he will call the Legislature back […]

Governor signs capital outlay bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a $622 million capital improvement measure without rejecting any projects with his line-item veto powers. The governor’s treatment of the massive capital outlay bill was in sharp contrast to last year when he angered lawmakers by cutting more than $100 million worth of […]

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 […]

Senator Kernan discusses state legislature

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Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so far? A. Everyone is getting […]

Government poses danger to free market

Editorial You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he claimed to […]

Denish visits region

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lt. Gov. Diane Denish visited Clovis Friday to tour local facilities and meet with Air Force officials. Denish is seeking re-election in the Nov. 7 general election on the Democratic ticket with Gov. Bill Richardson. They are running against Republicans John Dendahl for governor and Sue Wilson Beffort for lieutenant […]

Dendahl seeking governor’s post

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers John Dendahl is the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. He is running against incumbent Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. Biography: Dendahl is a fourth-generation Santa Fean. He is married and has five daughters. He and his wife, Jackie, have nine grandchildren. He is a graduate of Sante Fe’s public […]

Ute plan included in water initiative

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the […]