CCC president expected to receive state post

David Stevens: Freedom Newpapers Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure is expected to be named the state’s new Higher Education secretary today, college regents Robert Lydick and Gayla Brumfield and state Sen. Stuart Ingle said. Officials with the governor’s office declined to confirm the appointment, but Bill Richardson scheduled a press conference for 9 a.m. […]

Governor visits town to promote tax-free holiday

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson said one of the purposes of this weekend’s state tax-free holiday is to keep New Mexico shoppers from driving to Lubbock or Amarillo to do their back-to-school shopping. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, sponsored the bill that eliminates taxes on items such as clothing and school supplies. “It’s […]

Tax-free weekend coming

Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer For the first time in the state’s history, New Mexico shoppers will get a break on state and local taxes Friday through Sunday during the state’s first “Back to School” gross receipts tax holiday. The bill passed successfully during the 2005 legislative session. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales introduced the […]

Richardson plans meeting with pair of commissioners

Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when he meets with Chairman Anthony Principi and Commissioner Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton in Washington, a […]

VFW honors local veterans

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Frank Pena said that when he returned from the Vietnam War in 1970, he had an extensive network of family and friends that supported him and showed him appreciation. Others weren’t as lucky as Pena, and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is taking this week to show […]

ENMU receives outlay share

By Tony Parra New athletic facilities and building infrastructure were the key items in the 2005 New Mexico Legislative session for Eastern New Mexico University. So far, $1.46 million has been reserved for the university, ranging from improvements to the building infrastructure to athletics facilities. ENMU president Steven Gamble said that $450,000 for athletic facilities […]

Taser bill appears dead

Freedom Newspapers A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

Cockfighting ban passes in House

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A proposed ban on cockfighting remains alive in the New Mexico Legislature, where the House on Tuesday voted for it overwhelmingly. The bill went to the Senate on a vote of 50-15 after brief debate. “We are as game as the gamecocks to stay […]

Ingle re-elected as minority leader

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — State Senate Republicans have re-elected their leaders, leaving Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Minority Whip Leonard Lee Rawson in those posts. “It’s nice to know folks have confidence in you,” said Ingle, who ran unopposed for the post. “I’ve had the job for the last four […]

City, county hold different views on legislative priorities

By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson sent a letter of request to local government entities for their legislative priorities, but received a mixed response from city and county officials in Roosevelt County and legislators representing Roosevelt County. Richardson sent out a letter requesting legislative priorities from government entities to counties, municipalities and other entities. James […]