XBox marks the spot for holiday shopping headaches

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For Heidi Foshee, it seemed like the emptiest promise she would ever make. “It was a deal between us,” she said of the pact between her and 13-year-old son Michael Foshee. “If he could cut grass and save $200, I told him I would wait in line for 12 […]

States launching animal identification system

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Branding has long identified a farm animal’s owner. Now New Mexico ranching industry leaders are finding ways to track their animals with advances in technology, such as the National Identification System in its early stages within the state. The Tri-National Animal Health and Identification Consortium recently launched a pilot series […]

Perhaps America has had too much civilizing

Freedom Newspapers In mid-April of each year, anyone with more than a modest income must make a reckoning with the federal and state governments. Most of us groan about it, but how often do we contemplate why we must pay such high taxes — which for most people range from 40 percent to 50 percent […]

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional for those under 18

Freedom Newspapers Civilization has developed an imperfect but constructive system for transitioning error-prone children to responsible adulthood: We designate by law at what ages young people are designated partly and then fully responsible for their actions. Sixteen-year-olds can drive, but not vote or sign contracts. At 18 they are generally recognized as full adults, though […]

Commissioners dispute where road funds should go

By Tony Parra In his last meeting as a District 2 commissioner Chad Davis made his presence felt. Davis, the outgoing commissioner for District 2, proposed an amendment to change the way each district is funded for road repairs from state legislators and the state highway department. Newly elected David Sanders will be the District […]

City council recognizes police for accreditation

By Tony Parra Portales city officials took the time during Tuesday night’s city meeting to recognize the Portales Police Department for becoming the first New Mexico accredited Police Department. The accreditation meant the Portales Police Department was the first to achieve successful completion of a process in October that has taken more than 2 1/2 […]

Portales schools fail state standards

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools met basic requirements for student performance and participation under a new federally mandated system for rating schools. None of Portales’ eight public schools reached the goal of making adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The 2004 school […]

Fuller, Chavez face off for court spot

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Democrat Edward Chavez, 47, of Albuquerque, and Republican Ned Fuller, 38, of Albuquerque, will face each other in November for a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court.   Q: What experience do you bring to the table? A: Chavez — Before being appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson in March […]

New 911 system to make cell phone calls easier to find

By Helena Rodriguez A new 911 system at the Portales Police Department will make it easier for dispatchers to get information on cell phone calls and then share that information with responding officers much faster. An Enhanced 911 System is in the process of arriving at the Roosevelt County Law Enforcement Complex in bits and […]

Commissioners start trimming for 2004-05 budget

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners and county officials began trimming the proposed 2004-2005 budget on Tuesday in the regular commission meeting to make ends meet. The revenue money Roosevelt County has is not generating enough interest to offset its expenses, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. Hardin said the amount for revenue was $2.8 […]