State OKs beer pong at bars

Sharna Johnson Beer pong tables can go back up in New Mexico bars, state officials said, so long as pride’s the only thing on the line. New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Director Gary Tomada said Monday his department has reviewed the game to see where it fits in with establishments licensed to serve alcohol. “It’s […]

Meetings watch: Council OKs agreement for Prairie Walk Subdivision

During Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting councilors: • Approved a resolution to continue membership in the Eastern Plains Council of Government through 2011 at a cost of $2,577 a year. Councilor Gary Watkins was asked to retain his role as a member and Councilor Oscar Robinson was named as an alternate. • Approved a liquor […]

Policy OKs social media access, with caveats

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A new Defense Department policy authorizes DOD members to access social networking Web sites and other Web 2.0 platforms from nonclassified government computers, as long as it doesn’t compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites. Defense Department officials issued the long-awaited policy Feb. […]

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of […]

Congresss OKs paternity leave

Air Force News Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Eligible airmen are now authorized 10 days of nonchargeable paternity leave following the birth of their newborns, courtesy of the 2009 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress. The law applies to married, active-duty airmen. The airman’s wife must have given birth to […]

Commission OKs downtown funds

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer All but one Roosevelt County commissioner voted at Tuesday’s meeting to fund half of the projected shortfall for the Courthouse Square improvement project. City officials had asked the county to help pay for the project after the bid came in almost $178,000 over budget. The commission could have also […]