MVD wait: Just a little longer

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Kevin Wilson Just like the wait at the current Motor Vehicle Department facility in Clovis, the wait for a new MVD has stretched a little longer than expected. Bids will be accepted later this month for upgrades to the 1,800-square-foot center at the Bruce King Complex, according to State Taxation and Revenue Department spokesman S.U. […]

Breakfast with Santa registration full

Registration is no longer being accepted for the Portales Public Library Breakfast with Santa because the program is full. Participation is limited due to space.

Free markets help people lead longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]

Experts: Military pay gap no longer exists

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every witness before a Senate subcommittee hearing last week on military compensation — all experts on service pay and benefits — called directly or indirectly for Congress to end its 12-year run of voting for annual military pay raises that exceed wage growth in the private sector. No witness suggested […]

Independent reporting legacy of columnist

Freedom Newspapers William Safire, the longtime New York Times columnist, may be remembered longer for his “On Language” columns, exploring word origins and usage, many of which found their way into a series of widely discussed books, than for his political commentary. As a political commentator, however, he was something of a model. For the […]

Editorial: Automakers no longer shielded from feds

We pored through the U.S. Constitution and just couldn’t find the clause that says, “the president of the United States shall have the authority to fire the president of any corporation with whom he is dissatisfied.” Maybe it was an amendment that hadn’t been printed yet in the edition we have? We understand the argument […]

Burn ban, trash ordinance up for discussion

PNT staff Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to vote today on whether to ban outside fires. The commission meets 9 a.m. today at the county courthouse. Commissioner Gene Creighton, who introduced the subject at the last meeting, said the commission would repeal the ban when they believe the moisture and wind conditions are no longer […]

Seniors should adjust driving habits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Drivers age 50 and older have to contend with decreasing faculties as they age, but they can compensate to safely stay on the road. People in the age group may deal with any combination of decreased hearing or vision, longer reaction time or changes in physical strength and psychology. […]

Mobile kits ease examination of sexual assualt

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sex crime victims in the region no longer have one indignity — the sometimes long drives to the nearest hospital. A new mobile examination kit now in use by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) of Eastern New Mexico enables nurses to travel to victims. The mobile kit has everything […]

New tax fails to pass

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is no longer facing a new gross receipts tax. The proposed sales tax of 6 cents on every $100 died for lack of a motion at the County Commission meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. The tax would have helped fund indigent health care. No members of […]