Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

Air Force drug testing expanded

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Air Force announced that they, along with the other military branches, will expand drug testing to include screening for commonly-abused prescription medications. Testing will begin in May at Cannon Air Force Base. The Secretary of Defense gave 90 days advance notice of the […]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well

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Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo staff are working around the clock to keep up with the young giraffe’s demanding feeding schedule. The unnamed baby was born Jan. 25 and is the zoo’s […]

Special ops forces will remain essential, official says

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The nation’s special operations forces are experiencing heady but somewhat perilous times, said the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing them. “The skills and capabilities of America’s elite special operators have never been more recognized by the nation — sometimes, frankly, more than I like,” Michael […]

Official: Air Force backs off plains training

By Peter Roper: The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain PUEBLO, Colo. — The Air Force is revising its plan for low-altitude training flights over Colorado to avoid the Eastern Plains, including the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site northeast of Trinidad, according to Rep. Scott Tipton’s office. Tipton, a Republican, was given that assurance in recent meetings with […]

Official: New building codes may add costs to new projects

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Alisa Boswell Portales’ building inspector says new building codes recently adopted by the city could add as much as $8,000 to the cost of building a new home. On June 7, the Portales City Council voted to adopt the 2009 New Mexico building codes, which includes an energy efficient code and is the source of […]

Economic development official recruiting tenants for industrial park

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s a pitch Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials believe is a winner when it comes to the Clovis Industrial Park. But the 250-acre park, finished in the summer of 2008, has been slow to attract potential industries. After two-plus years, just one […]

Community shares Valentine’s Day thoughts, memories

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Freedom New Mexico Valentine’s Day…our official celebration of love, romance and candy hearts with silly sayings. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s coming up Monday. Not a lot of time left. But take heart. We asked a host of local experts for advice on everything from mood setting meals to unusual date places right here […]

Governor talks Ute project, Tres Amigas plans

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters.

Portales past: Sept. 9, 1960

Sept. 9, 1960 Portales News Tribune: “Vol Model Baby,” a registered Jersey cow owned by Eastern New Mexico University, set an official production record. The cow was given a proven index of 12.5, which indicated Baby produced 12.5 times her body weight in milk in 305 days.

Official equates financial, military readiness

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Through outreach and a robust system of educating servicemembers, Defense Department officials are working to keep troops financially fit to fight and protected from predatory lenders, a Pentagon official said. Since the downward turn of the credit market in recent years, […]

Official urges Gulf War vets to seek VA care

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study stating Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder, a senior military health system official said. If Gulf War veterans seek care through […]

VA official stresses mental health screenings

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Close collaboration between Defense and Veterans Affairs department officials, plus proactive military screening policies are helping to identify and treat mental-health issues in returning combat veterans before they escalate into more serious, long-term problems, said the Veteran Affairs secretary. Secretary Eric K. Shinseki credited Defense Secretary […]

State official defends investigation fees

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. However, some […]

United Way still taking donations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. United Way officials hope area residents continue to donate to help close the gap between current donations and the organization’s goal. Donations are at 76 percent of […]

Press Release: ENMU adopting rescued greyhounds

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is adopting two rescued former racing Greyhound dogs, from the New Mexico Greyhound Connection, as its official animal mascots.

Official: Women should be on subs

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Women should be allowed to serve aboard America’s fleet of nuclear submarines, the nation’s top military officer, Adm. Michael Mullen, quietly has told the Senate Armed Services Committee. If the Navy agrees to it, this would be a huge policy change and potentially a significant expansion of career opportunities for […]

Official: Speech viewing up to teachers

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

ENMU record enrollment official

It’s official. Eastern New Mexico University’s fall enrollment set a new record, according to a press release issued late Saturday. The record enrollment stands at 4,685 students. The previous record of 4,342 students was set in the fall of 1972. According to the press release: • ENMU is up in virtually every category, including 7.0 […]