Health secretary addresses issues

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer New Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Alfredo Vigil, was in Portales on Thursday and Friday looking over the Department of Health offices and speaking with local health care workers. Vigil was appointed as the Secretary of Health in June 2007. He has since been working with health officials and staff […]

City officials: Water issues require multiple solutions

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales has enough water to meet its needs for the foreseeable future, but alternatives need to be considered, officials said in a meeting last week. Portales city officials discussed the topic in a workshop Tuesday. “We can meet demand,” Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. said. “We’re doing […]

Sunshine Week is all about our national freedom

Editorial Every week of the year has been designated by somebody as National Something Week, designed to bring public attention to issues and causes. Such a din of commemoration makes it likely for some of the more serious issues to get lost in the shuffle. So we devote this space today to calling attention to […]

Harden’s hat in ring

Freedom New Mexico State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, announced Tuesday his intent to run for re-election. Harden said he believes his experience will help to address several important issues the state will face during the next four or five years. “We have to do something about the education funding formula,” he said. “We have to […]

Legislators to consider health care

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By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The 2008 New Mexico Legislature begins its 30-day session Tuesday in Santa Fe. This year’s session focuses on the state budget, but other issues come into play at the governor’s request. One of the top issues this year promises to be Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan for universal health coverage. […]

Santa Fe candidate hopes to end ‘No Child Left Behind’

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Harry Montoya, a Democrat from Santa Fe who has declared his candidacy for New Mexico’s Third Congressional seat, hosted a meet-and-greet event Saturday morning at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. Montoya served two terms on the Pojoaque Valley School Board before winning a seat on the Santa Fe County Commission […]

Wilson to stop in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., a candidate for the U.S. Senate will be in Portales on a “Listening Tour” from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Rough Rider Room, First and Abilene, according to a press release. Wilson’s staff said the purpose of the visit is to field questions and discuss issues with residents. […]

Sept. 6, 1958

• A special meeting of the Roosevelt County Commissioners was held to discuss issues concerning the expansion of the Melrose Bombing Range. • The local chapter of the Rainbow for Girls held officer elections for the year. • The Law and Jake Wade, starring Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark was showing at the Tower. • […]

Portales tapped to host conference

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Portales will get its first taste hosting the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences’ annual conference, scheduled for April 2008. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit: Key Ingredients: America by Food that will be on display at Eastern New Mexico University from […]

Aug. 22, 1981

• Congressman Joe Skeen recently meet with concerned citizens to discuss matters such as Social Security, welfare and food stamp programs, and issues faced by Cannon Air Force Base and concerns over changes to the Melrose Bombing Range. • Members of the Portales High School Ram Marching Band recently held a Rock-A-Thon. The event was […]

Letters to the Editor: Pumpkin smashing disrespectful

On Wednesday morning as I was driving to work, I noticed several smashed pumpkins in front of my neighbor’s house and in his driveway. The last few years have been difficult for him; he suffers, as many of us do, from the pain and loneliness that is caused by depression. My neighbor loves Halloween, and […]

Freshmen make adjustment at ENMU

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: With the fall semester at Eastern New Mexico University beginning this past week, the PNT decided to talk to freshmen about making the adjustment to college life. Milie Weeks Business Major Brisbane, Australia Q. Why did you choose ENMU? A. “Something different from what I’m used to.” […]

Bingaman to visit Portales

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Jeff Bingaman will visit Portales on Thursday to discuss various issues with local citizens. Bingaman will make three brief stops while in Portales. At 11 a.m., Bingaman will meet with local emergency personnel at the Portales Fire Department, to discuss public safety issues. At noon he will attend a luncheon with the […]

Group forming to tackle Cannon growth issues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the 16th Air Force Special Operations Wing, issues of infrastructure will likely […]

McCulloch banks on background in Senate run

Compiled by Andy Jackson The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical […]

Nonprofit group promotes state issues

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from New Mexico First were in Clovis on Thursday to discuss their organization with local businessmen and city officials. New Mexico First is a statewide non-profit group based in Albuquerque. The 19-year-old nonpartisan organization was formed by Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in 1986 to involve more citizens […]

Santa Fe radiologist declares candidacy for governor’s office

Compiled by Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Dr. J.R. Damron is president of Santa Fe Radiology. The Santa Fe Republican plans to run in the 2006 state gubernatorial race. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Barbara, an oncology nurse, and two children. Q. How would you align yourself politically? A. I’m conservative and moderate […]

Living wills help people deal with issues of death

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s Advance Directive for Health Care states in plain lettering: “You have the right to give instructions about your own health care.” The standard 8-by-11 inch document, popularly referred to as a living will, can be obtained from most law firms and hospitals. But as the Terri Schiavo case […]

Uncontested winners look to future

By David Irvin As the election cycle begins to wind down, there are some candidates who never really broke a sweat. A number of uncontested races in eastern New Mexico were made official Tuesday, and although the candidates didn’t have to spar over the issues in the closing days of the election, they certainly have […]

Campos, Grider debate on District 63 issues

By David Irvin CLOVIS — State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours Wednesday over topics such as gangs, water and education in a debate held at Clovis Community College. Both are seeking the District 63 office in the Nov. 2 General Election. Campos said the […]