Federal judge says heath care overhaul unconstitutional

By Mark Sherman and Erica Werner President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock Monday, thrown into doubt by a federal judge’s declaration that the heart of the sweeping legislation is unconstitutional. The decision handed Republican foes ammunition for their repeal effort next year as the law heads for almost […]

Valencia student wins RGH card contest

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer aduncan@pntonline.com A boy who says he doesn’t create a lot of artwork has won the third annual Roosevelt General Hospital Christmas card contest. Valencia Elementary School fourth-grader Cristian Martinez Delgado won $50 for himself and 50 envelopes and cards sporting his design for his parents. “I feel […]

Former councilor reflects on public service

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As Michael Miller steps down from the Portales City Council after more than eight years, he says he’s most proud of the city’s good financial standing. “I enjoyed the council,” Miller, 54, said. When Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected mayor in the middle of his council term in 2002, he appointed Miller to finish that […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

My turn: Tex-Mex best of both worlds

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In a recent political advertisement, Brian Colon, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, says of Republican gubernatorial candidate, Susana Martinez, “Susana es una Tejana!” There’s that dirty “T” word I’ve heard many times. Translation: Susana is a Texan. Might as well say, “Heaven forbid we allow a Texan in our Roundhouse!” “Why,” I thought, “has there […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Father says daughter was dedicated, loved life

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Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student was shot three times, police said. Police have arrested a 13-year-old […]

Weekly news update

Wholesale milk prices rising That milk mustache is topping off a smile these days among local dairy owners. Wholesale milk prices are finally moving up. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson says wholesale milk prices were $12.86 per 100 pounds for last month’s milk. That’s in the general break-even range of $12-$14 per hundred weight, […]

Their view: Martinez says she’s focused on crime

Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says she will be tough on crime if she’s elected. From her website (www.susanamartinez2010.com):

Fire chief urges cautionary measures to prevent grass fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols says dangerous conditions for fire exist in Roosevelt County. According to Nuckols, a lot of dry vegetation left over from last year still poses a big fire threat. Even though there is some new green growth coming up in areas, “it won’t last long […]