ENMU narrows field for baseball position

Freedom New Mexico From a field of nearly 100 candidates for its open baseball head coaching position, Eastern New Mexico University has pared it down to nine. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Monday that he will try to interview all of them by phone beginning on Wednesday, with three to five to be invited for […]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be months before a replacement is appointed. Orlik, 64, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Services were held Wednesday in Clovis. “Judge Orlik is well […]

Bingaman will be hard to replace

Kevin Wilson Jeff Bingaman’s Senate seat will be filled by another New Mexican come 2013 — whether it be Republican, Democrat or third party. But New Mexico’s Senate clout may take years to return — if it does. Bingaman’s retirement in 2012, coupled with Pete Domenici’s 2008 retirement for health reasons, eliminates 66 years worth […]

Zias look to replace career goals leader

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Clarence Plank Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Ray Nause said it will take a collective effort to replace all-time leading goal scorer Samantha Lawrence. Lawrence scored 37 goals in her four seasons at the school. “Obviously we have to replace the goals that she scored,” said Nause, in his third season at ENMU. […]

Dream Center being rebuilt

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PNT Staff Report The Portales Dream Center is in the process of being rebuilt after high winds blew the roof off last March. Victory Life Church and the Dream Center board decided it would be better to build another facility than to replace the roof. “We decided to build a new building and we’re still […]

Cold cereal can’t replace hot breakfast

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist When did cereal get a complete aisle to itself at the grocery store? The selection boggles the mind and can completely derail a trip to the supermarket if you’re a parent with young kids. Not having kids of my own, I get to stand in the aisle and stifle a […]

Assistant superintendent tapped for dual role

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When longtime employee Trina Lujan retired recently, Portales Municipal Schools found the assets to fill her shoes already in the building. And, with budget cuts, the school system had ample motivation to replace Lujan with someone already on staff. Lujan, a 36-year employee was the schools’ director of Federal […]

VA not ready to back disabled pay

By Tom Philpott: Military update Monthly compensation the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to veterans with service-connected disabilities is intended to replace average earnings loss due to injuries or ailments. But should VA also pay disabled veterans something extra for diminished quality of life? Two prominent commissions in 2007 said it should. Last week, however, […]

Jennings wins Senate clash

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Although most of his fellow Democrats wanted to replace Tim Jennings as the state Senate’s president pro-tem, the Southern New Mexico conservative held on to his post Monday with the help of Republicans and a handful of Democrats. The outcome of the leadership struggle, in which the more progressive […]

Portales receives grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales and town of Elida got good news about infrastructure improvements Tuesday as the New Mexico Community Development Council announced its grant awards for 2007. Portales received $455,837 for street improvements in the area from First to Canadian streets and from Boston to Chicago avenues. With […]