Cattlemen suffering from rising feed prices

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico With the rising cost of corn and other grains, local cattle growers are struggling to stay afloat. U.S. beef producers now spend a whopping 60-70 percent of their production costs on animal feed and are seeing that number rise daily as corn prices hover near an unprecedented $8 a […]

Commission looks for more interest

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Seeing better rates as a possible windfall, Roosevelt County commissioners approved longer term investment of a portion of its reserve funds Tuesday. Roosevelt County Treasurer Nancy Belcher told commissioners at their regular meeting that she had checked into longer terms at the urging of Commissioner Gene Creighton. She said […]

Sanders, George get primary wins in Roosevelt County

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Thomas Garcia Republican David Sanders won the District 2 Roosevelt County Commissioner seat and Barbara George defeated Laverne Standifer and Mitchell Morgan in the Republican primary for probate judge in the two locally contested races Tuesday night. George will face Democrat Mark Paternoster in the November general election. Sanders received 59.81 percent (250 votes) defeating […]

Holiday cookout could cost more

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The overall price of groceries is up, but careful shoppers can still find bargains for that Memorial Day weekend barbecue. The Associated Press reports that the price of an average barbecue could cost 6 percent more than last year. Tim Russell, the manager of Russell’s Super Save, estimates that […]

Raises highlight Portales school budget

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board will send its tentative budget to Santa Fe today. The board voted Monday to submit a $38,669,128 overall budget, including $22,898,455 in operating funds. The budget is about $1.2 million more than last year, said Carol Kriegshauser, director of finance. The budget includes a 3 […]

Military lessens stigma of mental health counseling

By Anita Doberman I asked my husband and some of his military friends whether they would seek mental health counseling. Ninety-nine percent, including hubby, answered with a resounding “no” — regardless of the issue.

School board considering 3-4 percent teacher raises

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Nothing is set in stone yet, but Portales Municipal School employees could receive a 3 to 4 percent salary increase during the 2008-2009 school year, largely because of state mandates. The Portales School Board discussed the 2008-2009 budget during a special meeting on Monday night, but no action was […]

Tuition, housing costs to rise 6 percent at ENMU

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase tuition, fees, and room and board by about 6 percent for the 2008-2009 academic year. Tuition rates will go up from $1,116 to $1,182 per semester for a full-time student. Student fees will go up from $462 […]

Water group receives funds for Ute Pipeline

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Ute Water Pipeline Project was awarded $4.52 million in the 2008 Water Trust Board funding cycle Wednesday in Santa Fe, according to a press release from the city of Clovis. The funding is a 20 percent loan, and 80 percent grant agreement, and is repayable […]

GI Bill users should see benefits increase

By Tom Philpott The Bush administration has endorsed a House bill that would improve the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) education benefits in several ways including with a 31 percent jump in monthly benefits and a new $500-a-month stipend to help cover college living expenses. The administration’s aim is not only to improve veterans’ benefits in […]

Back in business

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Roosevelt County dairy owner has rebuilt 98 percent of his facility since it was destroyed by a tornado last March 23. The event has left Mike Mitchell, owner of Grande Vida Dairy, with a new respect for the forces of nature and a thankfulness for friends and neighbors. […]

Lansford leaves water authority, likely to return

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With his mayoral term set to expire next week, members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority said goodbye to Chairman David Lansford. That goodbye probably won’t last long. In Lansford’s final meeting of the authority as Clovis mayor, the authority discussed upcoming hearings and acquiring funding for […]

Officials hoping flu outbreak has passed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Gripped by a flu outbreak with assessment tests scheduled this week, local school officials are crossing their fingers and hoping the worst of the outbreak has passed. “It’s been pretty bad, we’ve had a lot of students and faculty out with it,” said Randy Fowler, Portales Schools superintendent. “I’ve […]

Race, gender loom in politics

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor A professor of political science told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women this week that this year’s presidential election would be historic because it will gauge the country’s ability to deal with gender and race in a political campaign. Sue Strickler, professor of political science at Eastern New Mexico University […]

Voting critical part of being heard

By Helena Rodriguez I cast my vote in the New Mexico caucus last week and, if we’re lucky, we may finally learn the results today — only a week-and-a-half after the fact. New Mexico will be the last of the Super Tuesday states to announce results from the Feb. 5 balloting. If we Nuevo Mejicanos […]

Hounds fall to ACU

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Abilene Christian shot the ball often Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena, and most of the time they shot the ball — they made the shot. ACU (16-6, 3-4) shot over 54 percent from the field and an eye-popping 62 percent (13-of-21) from 3-point range in a runaway 84-60 Lone […]

Kingsville stops Greyhounds

Freedom New Mexico Chad Johnson put Eastern New Mexico University’s men in front with a basket less than 30 seconds into Saturday night’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. It quickly went downhill from there. The Greyhounds made only seven first-half field goals and shot just 35 percent from the game in […]

Midwestern State women top Zias

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior forward Tiffany Cook scored 19 points and Midwestern State held Eastern New Mexico to three field goals over the final 14 minutes Saturday night to beat the Zias 70-54 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s play. Guards Stacey Staten and Kayla Hodge added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for […]

Mentoring program seeking volunteers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Big Brothers, Big Sisters of southeastern New Mexico is making a big push to find volunteers in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Big Brothers, Big Sisters matches adults with children and teens in a mentoring program. The time commitment is an hour spent with their partner per week and activities […]

Identifying with candidates essential

By Baxter Black Parents Magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter. It’s something I’ve always pondered when I look at Andrew Jackson or Kinky Friedman — the relationship between getting unruly third graders to bed on time and getting the House of Representatives to pass your legislation […]