Former lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

School budget $2 million less than 2008-09

PNT staff The operating budget for Portales Municipal Schools for the next fiscal year, part of a final budget the Board of Education approved Monday night, is more than $2 million less than the ‘08-’09 operational budget.

Global warming numbers need re-examination

Freedom New Mexico If fighting global warming may cost the economy $9.6 trillion and more than 1 million lost jobs by 2035, as the Heritage Foundation forecasts, it’d be a good idea to be sure there’s a sound basis before making such a massive sacrifice. We’ve noted before that climate change is occurring as it […]

Gosselins need empathy not judgment

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist A record-breaking 9.8 million viewers watched the TLC hit show Jon & Kate Plus Eight season premiere, on Monday night. If you don’t know Jon and Kate Gosselin they are the stars of a reality television series about their family of eight children — a set of twins and a […]

ENMU regents OK revise for technology building proposal

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Regents have approved revised language in a previously passed proposal for a $9 million renovation to the university’s Technology Building. Regent Marshall Stinnett was at the regular meeting Tuesday in person, while Regents Pauline Ponce and Chad Lydick were on the phone to constitute a quorum to vote […]

ENMU regents approve $51.9 million budget

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents approved a $51.9 million budget on Friday, about $5,000 less than the budget for the 2008-2009 school year. ENMU President Steven Gamble warned the budget will be

Livestock group joins association

PNT Staff Report Wofford Livestock of Portales has joined the American Angus Association, according to a news release. The association has nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members, making it the largest beef cattle registry association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 16 million registered Angus, the release said. These […]

School board budget will decrease next year

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales Municipal Schools has a tentative budget of $22.2 million for next fiscal year, down $821,191 from this year. Board of Education members approved the tentative budget at their meeting Monday in the schools’ administration building. The district must submit a final budget by June 20. For the upcoming […]

Southwest Cheese expanding

Freedom New Mexico A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by one-third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of […]

Shame on those jealous of success

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist Most top executives draw pretty reasonable salaries, maybe up from $250K to several million per year. This isn’t unlike how professional baseball and football players are hired and compensated, especially the stars among them. Some people are sought out eagerly and promised exorbitant pay, including bonuses above the regular salary, […]