Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” […]

Richardson named commerce secretary

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson is becoming an “economic diplomat” in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration and plans to step down as governor after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Lt. Gov. Diane Denish will become New Mexico’s first female governor when Richardson resigns to assume his […]

Alexander wins hospital board race

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Obstetrician/gynecologist Lonnie Alexander has defeated cardiac rehabilitation nurse Bill Rice in the Roosevelt General Hospital board election. Alexander had 56.8 percent, or 660 votes, and Rice received 501 votes, or 43.2 percent. Election results are not official until the New Mexico Secretary of State confirms them on Friday. “I’m […]

Secretary of State speaks to group at ENMU

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer New Mexico’s acting governor for the day told a group of high school students assembled at Eastern New Mexico University to get involved in government. Secretary of State Mary Herrera, who was acting governor in the absence of the governor and lieutenant governor, encouraged and thanked the attending members […]

Health secretary addresses issues

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer New Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Alfredo Vigil, was in Portales on Thursday and Friday looking over the Department of Health offices and speaking with local health care workers. Vigil was appointed as the Secretary of Health in June 2007. He has since been working with health officials and staff […]

Official discusses possible Cannon nuclear reactor

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base has been mentioned as a possible home for a nuclear reactor. While that decision seems months away, Air Force officials held an energy forum Monday in Arlington, Va., to talk about a vision for nuclear energy.Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Kevin W. Billings […]

May 13, 2007 Club News

Portales Women’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met Wednesday with 31 members and four guests present. Sasha Parker was introduced by the Education/Scholarship Committee as the GFWC New Mexico State Scholarship winner, as well as the Portales Woman’s Club scholarship winner. At the recent state convention she received a four-year Harriett Donohoo/Dorothy Pendleton Scholarship. Also introduced […]

N.M. Labor Secretary visits region

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Labor Secretary Betty Sparrow Doris is in Clovis today as part of a two-day visit to eastern New Mexico to lay groundwork for a more integrated approach in meeting the state’s employment needs. Doris met Tuesday in Portales with members of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board. She […]

New sheriff prepares office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sheriff-elect Darren Hooker says he always politely corrects anyone who refers to the organization he works for as the sheriff’s department. He says he works for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office — a distinction he says is important. Hooker says the organization isn’t a department of anything — instead […]

Richardson blasts Rumsfeld on talk show

By Marlena Hartz Gov. Bill Richardson’s weekend criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will not scar the search for a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to staunch Cannon advocate and Clovis banker Randy Harris. Richardson, interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said there is “deep frustration” within the military, “the Iraqi war […]