Drought may break over summer

Tonjia Rolan Relief from the state’s extended drought may come this summer, weather experts say. The La Nina weather pattern, responsible for the hot, dry conditions, developed in 2010 and intensified in 2011. National Weather Service meteorologist Deirdre Kann said the dry weather is expected to continue through the spring but as La Nina weakens […]

Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges […]

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

Restrictions on prescriptions unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico Fallout from our panic-driven war on drugs includes the demonization of medications that has reached irrational levels. Abuse by some has made many drugs unavailable to people who really need them, or driven some to live with their medical condition rather than endure the trouble of getting treatment. Virtually all drugs, including […]

ENMU to lead rally for Haitian relief

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University students are rallying together on Wednesday to raise money for Haiti at the campus fountain. The Neighborhood service group, Associated Students Activities Board and African-American Affairs have teamed up to encourage people to come out whether or not they have money to give to a […]

ENMU raising funds for Haiti relief efforts

Eastern New Mexico University is raising funds for Haiti earthquake relief, according to a news release from the university. The Associated Students Activities Board is accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays in the Campus Union Building through Jan. 29. After that, collected funds will be donated to one of the charities working […]

Housing relief may be near

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The next two weeks could see the beginning of relief for what many see as a housing shortage in Portales.. Mel Ottley, president of Mock Homes of Albuquerque, said he plans to begin building three model homes in the Baca Subdivision on University Drive west of Eastern New Mexico […]

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the need for rain and most are glad anytime it comes. But, if it does come like it has during the last couple of months, water can […]

No relief in sight

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Bahama Babes — and the shaved ice stand’s employees — are busy these days. The line stayed four- to five-deep through the late afternoon Friday at the stand along 14th Street in Clovis. Workers Lacey Followill and Alisa Aguilar colored ice-filled styrofoam cups with 87 flavors, ranging from cherry […]

Editorial: Government bullied banks into TARP funds

A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just a matter of […]