County population

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Ten counties gained more than 200,000 residents from 2000 to 2007, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

College’s Hispanic population up 7 percent

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By Celena Cordova: PNT Staff Writer The number of Hispanic students enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University has increased 7 percent in the past 10 years, according to school officials, which means more than a quarter of the school’s 4,000 students are Hispanic. ENMU President Steven G. Gamble said several factors contribute to the increased [...]

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 [...]

Air Force releases impact statement

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base prepares [...]

Rapidly growing population not biggest problem

Editorial America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, more people [...]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep [...]

Clovis/Portales hope to build on ‘microplex’ successes

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining [...]

Summit leaders trying to instill hope, pride in young Latinos

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hope. Latino leaders from around the United States traveled to Portales to try to instill that in the young Hispanics of New Mexico during the first Latino Summit on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. Approximately 500 high school students from Portales High School, Clovis High School, West [...]

Melrose birthday a time to celebrate

By Tom Udall Editor’s note: The following is a speech delivered Thursday by U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., before the House of Representatives. I rise today to commemorate the kickoff of centennial festivities in the town of Melrose, New Mexico. The annual Old Timer’s Festival on Aug. 11th marks the beginning of an entire year [...]

Lunch becomes political learning session

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of spending a little time with our state senator, Stuart Ingle. We happened to see each other where we were both having lunch and decided to have coffee and dessert together. While we sat there chatting and munching, his cell phone interrupted him (a [...]