Officials: Sen. Domenici won’t seek re-election

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico intends to retire at the end of his term next year, closing out a 36-year career in Congress, Republican officials said Wednesday. These officials said the 75-year-old Domenici intends to make a formal announcement on Thursday in his home […]

Politics full of unfamiliar terms

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Earlier this week, a cnjonline.com poll gave readers three choices on new Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson — “He’s a Reaganesque leader I’m voting for,” “Let’s wait and see” and “I’m not impressed.” As of Monday night, 39 percent had gone with Reaganesque. Mind you, that’s hardly a scientific poll, […]

People must reach past stars

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We were not told, we were ordered, to pack light this year. And so I did an amazing act, which was nothing short of a miracle, making all my stuff fit into one huge bag. My daughter, Laura, and I recently went once again to a church youth conference, Steubenville […]

June 13, 1969

• Dennis and Pearl Diana Carlton were sentenced to the full term of 10 to 50 years in the state penitentiary for the murder of B & J pharmacist Elbert Muncy. • Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau starred in “The Odd Couple” showing at the Varsity Drive-In Theatre. Admission was $1 for adults and children were […]

City seeks fix for sewer problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors took a series of actions at Tuesday’s regular meeting they hope will provide residents with short-term relief from odors coming from the city’s waste water treatment plant. After hearing a presentation from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering, councilors directed City Manager Debi Lee to begin the […]

Possible bypass prompts questions

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The first large-scale public vetting of the ongoing work on the Portales Transportation Plan drew lots of people Tuesday — most of whom seemed concerned about where a bypass might be located. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of G.C. Engineering, the contract engineers for the study, explained the process […]

Executive branch must base plans on reality

Editorial The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with a way […]

New county tax assessor officially takes reins

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tex Belcher officially became the new Roosevelt County tax assessor on Monday. The Democrat, who ran unopposed in November, is switching places with Royene Tivis, the former tax assessor who reached her term limit. Tivis will now become Belcher’s chief deputy, a position that Belcher held for more than […]

Guv reappoints Stinnett regent

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A Portales man was reappointed to the Eastern New Mexico University board of regents, making him one of several state appointments announced Friday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Marshall Stinnett of Portales, vice president of Southern Newspapers, was reappointed to a six-year term on the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Girls having sweet summer so far

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By Kevin Wilson Portales coach Brenda Gomez had long-term and short-term reasons to be happy Saturday evening. In the short term, the weekend scrimmage featuring 12 teams went off with very few problems. For the long-term, Gomez’ 19th season leading the Portales girls is shaping up to be a good one. The 2004 Class 3A […]

Inauguration still serves a purpose

By Jim Lee On Thursday, President Bush will take the oath of office for the second time. To most of us, a second term inauguration is about as exciting as an instant replay at a chess tournament. After all, we won’t get a new president. We may get some entertainment value in seeing him try […]

Hispanic or Latino, what’s in a name?

By Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura and I walked into Dillard’s last weekend, it was not only looking a lot like Christmas, it was more like a Hispanic Christmas. This department store is one of a handful of upscale retailers accused a few years ago of a string of racist practices said to have […]

Arnold bows out of race for probate judge

PNT Staff For all intensive purposes, Nancy Gentry’s title as probate judge will remain the same for another four years. Her only challenger Municipal Judge Fred Arnold bowed out of the race on Thursday, leaving Gentry with the surety of another term. Gentry said Arnold told her the news personally. “I am very thrilled and […]

State lawmakers seeking re-election

David Arkin Many eastern New Mexico lawmakers described this year’s 30-day Legislative session as the worst and most difficult of their political careers. But the challenging session that ended a month ago hasn’t kept any of them from running for office again. Every eastern New Mexico lawmaker in the House and Senate is seeking re-election. […]

Tucumcari grieves death of mayor

TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital […]