Independent congressional candidate shares profile

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Carol Miller, one of two independent candidates running in the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat, said she believes the issues that face the state transcend partisan politics. Miller, of Ojo Sarco, is running against Republican Dan East, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and Independent […]

Udall discusses energy issues in Portales stop

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Democrat U.S. Rep. Tom Udall made a stop on the Eastern New Mexico University campus in Portales Wednesday as a part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Udall faces U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM in his bid to replace retiring Republican senator Pete Domenici. Speaking to students and […]

Chili crop checked by available labor

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter said labor issues and crop prices have affected just how much chili he grows. Ledbetter, who has been growing chili for seven years, said he has six people helping with this year’s harvest of green chili, which he sells at the Farmers’ Markets in Clovis […]

Candidates’ issues lose their importance

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I woke up in a cold sweat because I realized I failed to share with you my foolproof and infallible method for choosing the right candidate to be president. After hours of arduous work to uncover the secrets and hidden agendas of the candidates, thorough research and professional investigative […]

Men not so tough when it comes to women's issues

By Anita Doberman Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go to the […]

Roosevelt County Commission Dist. 1

Name: Jake LopezAge: 70Occupation: Maintenance supervisor at La Casa de Buena SaludOffice: County Commissioner District 1Party affiliation: DemocratElected offices held: city council, county commissioner Why are you running for county commissioner?I want to continue to help not only the people in my district, but the community as a whole. I served for 10 years (1990-2000) […]

Lujan says he’ll stand up to special interests

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer While campaigning through southeastern New Mexico this past week, Democratic Congressional District 3 candidate, Ben R. Lujan, sat down with the Portales News-Tribune to answer some questions regarding his positions on some major political issues.Lujan is seeking to win the Democratic primary in a congressional seat being vacated by […]

U.S. Rep Pearce talks political issues

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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., is in his third term representing New Mexico’s 2nd District in the House of Representatives. It is also his final term, as he is running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the upcoming retirement of Pete Domenici. He is running against U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson in the Republican […]

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 […]

Quality of life more than just another buzzword

Janet Taylor-Birkey Quality of Life is a buzz phrase heard around the Air Force these days, but for those working to make a difference on behalf of Airmen and their families, they are more than just words. Working on behalf of military members and their families, former active-duty Air Force officer Dale Vande Hey, brings […]