Glance at top NM races

(AP) 11-02-10 19:48,, U.S. House District 1 0 of 462 precincts – 0 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 55,144 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 54,381 – 50 percent

Peanut harvest up, early

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Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields and good-quality nuts, farmers and processors are saying. The recent lack of rain has also put the harvest on track to finish early. Roosevelt County farmer Craig Breshears estimated he was harvesting 10 percent to 15 percent more peanuts this year. He said [...]

Farmers see abundant cotton yields

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton than normal this year, and the crop is shaping up to be excellent, people in local agriculture say. Roosevelt County has 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, said Floyd farmer Allen Deen. Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated 5,000-6,000 acres in the [...]

Portales men sentenced for sex offenses

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for molesting an 8-year-old child. Derek Garcia, 27, will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according [...]

Businesses put sales online

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Internet business is a good thing as far as two Portales entrepreneurs are concerned. The Main Place owner Suzi Webb opened her storefront business on the Portales downtown square last year, but started her Internet business a decade ago when they were on Ebay. Amazon.com contacted Webb in 2003 about joining the website. Webb said [...]

Schools hustling to keep up with fall enrollment increases

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Argen Duncan With Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College expecting significant increases in enrollment this fall, employees from both institutions are scrambling to keep up, officials say. Lisa Spencer, director of marketing at CCC, said the school had 1,025 students enrolled for the coming fall semester, compared to 667 this time last year, [...]

Portales past: June 17, 1910

June 17, 1910: Santa Fe Railway workers were celebrating a 10 percent raise in salary.

Buzard and Payne to vie for District 5 commission seat

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Democrat Rodney Payne and Republican Kendell Ray Buzard won their primary elections Tuesday for the Roosevelt County Commission District 5 seat. They will face each other in the November general election. Incumbent Paul Grider could not run for re-election because he reached his two-term limit. Buzard received about 37 [...]

Belcher wins Republican primary; retains county assessor spot

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Incumbent Roosevelt County Assessor Tex Belcher kept his position by capturing more than 71 percent of the votes for the Republican seat in Tuesday’s primary election. Belcher received 998 votes, compared to the 398 votes — or almost 29 percent — challenger Kenner Carrasco received. There was no Democrat [...]

Panel OKs 1.9 percent pay hike

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next [...]