Bill delays agency mergers to 2011

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While legislators have been slow to act on governor’s task force proposals to consolidate state agencies, the House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to set up another task force to make specific recommendations for next year’s Legislature. Gov. Bill Richardson’s efficiency task force, headed by former […]

Milk prices make slow climb

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Milk prices are rebounding but dairy owners expect it will take years for them to recover from almost a year of prices so low that they couldn’t break even. Last month, Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said, net prices were a little more than $12 per 100 pounds […]

Business feature: Local economies stable during recession

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico While economists are declaring the recession nearly over, two Portales business people said the town seems somewhat insulated from the national economic peaks and dips. More than 80 percent of economists believe the recession is over and an expansion has begun, but they expect the recovery will be slow […]

Diabetes fails to slow Sudan, Texas, team roper

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s taken awhile for Kory Koontz to get into the swing of this year’s PRCA season. But the Sudan, Texas, native knows the drill all right. With over a million dollars in prize money to his credit over the years, Koontz has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 14 […]

Cramdown would slow housing recovery

Freedom New Mexico As the ineffable H.L. Mencken once put it, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” An example now working its way through the Senate is the proposal, embraced by President Barack Obama and passed (in a worse version) by the House to allow bankruptcy judges […]

United Way community grants decrease

Freedom New Mexico Feeling the effects of a slow economy, United Way of Eastern New Mexico is giving less this year because it’s getting less. The charitable organization received $530,000 in pledges this year compared to $580,000 the previous year. United Way is distributing $272,000 in grants this year to 18 agencies in eastern New […]

ENMU enrollment up

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble says a slow economy and rising unemployment is responsible for the highest Spring semester enrollment the school has had in almost 40 years. The university’s spring semester enrollment rose by 8.3 percent — from 3,712 students in 2008 to 4,021 students — this year, according […]

Winter driving key: Slow down

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico he key to traveling safely in a winter weather is slowing down. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said drivers don’t realize that slick roads require they leave more space between themselves and other drivers on the road. “It is extremely important to slow down. Giving yourself more […]

Time to hit brakes on gas consumption

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico With the holidays upon us and with the outrageous cost of gasoline expected to get even more pocket-heavy, here are some tips to help save gas. As Americans, our response to possible resource shortages has been typical with these latest gasoline hikes, which are at unbelievable $3.15 a gallon. […]

Driving history details life changes

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer I have a checkered driving history, which reveals more than my driving habits over the past two decades. It speaks volumes about each three-year increment, the time my insurance company goes back to count tickets. My friend Bernard says I’m a crazy driver, usually while telling me to slow […]