Obits March 28

DeWayne Bryant, 58 DeWayne Bryant, 58, of Clovis died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at his home. He was born April 12, 1945, in Carrizozo to Annie Ruth and Leonard Bryant. He grew up in Portales, graduating in 1963 from Portales High School. He entered the U.S. Coast Guard, where he worked in electronics. Upon discharge, […]

Officials examine why more don’t run for office

David Arkin Voters expecting to find plenty of choices for House and Senate seats on the upcoming June 1 primary and Nov. 2 general election may be in for a surprise — their choices are severely limited. There will be 29 House and 18 Senate contested races in the November election. And the figures for […]

Gov. Richardson calls session ‘major victory’

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers said […]

Lottery bill hopes fade

David Arkin With less than two days to go in the Legislative session, the future of a controversial Lottery Scholarship bill doesn’t look good for its supporters. The bill, submitted by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, would allow students who graduate from a New Mexico high school to wait a year before going to college and […]

Controversial bill would require ignition locks on all vehicles

David Arkin A bill packed with controversy and expense is headed to the Senate for consideration. The House on Monday approved a bill that would require ignition locks to be put on all new vehicles starting in 2008. Used vehicles would have to have the devices on cars for sale by 2009. The House approved […]

Nursing home tax gets mixed reviews

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

House budget wouldn’t severly impact Medicaid

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent The Medicaid crisis may not be as bad as officials once anticipated. That’s thanks to the state’s oil and gas revenues. Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, whose district includes Quay County, said after all, Medicaid won’t be the financial nightmare that officials once imagined it would be. Moore said […]

Obits Feb 3

Maggie Lou Lawson, 95 Maggie Lou Lawson, 95, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on June 23, 1908, in Thurber, Texas, to Annie Jane and Joseph A. Booth. She attended school in Minco, Texas. She married Gayle U. Lawson on Aug. 2, 1928, in […]

Governor looking to curve Medicaid spending

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson has proposed a 3.5 percent reduction in payments to providers of medical services in an effort to put a squeeze on Medicaid spending next fiscal year. Health care groups want Medicaid fully funded next year, saying cuts to the program would be devastating. Lawmakers realize they have some tough decisions […]

Governor delivers State of the State address

David Arkin And … they’re off. Gov. Bill Richardson helped kick off the 30-day legislative session with his State of the State address Tuesday in Santa Fe. The governor touched on a variety of issues during his speech, including DWI legislation, an early childhood education program and cuts to taxes on food and medical services. […]