Funding bill comes out of committee

Freedom Newspapers A spending measure that passed the committee level Thursday contains funding for Eastern New Mexico University and an economic development project in Portales. Tthe Senate Appropriations Committee that Thursday passed the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary and Housing and Urban Development (TTHUD) Appropriations Bill. The measure, which provides $620,000 for science and technology […]

Portales’ business climate is good

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Business is booming with more than 10 new businesses which have been started in Portales over the last year, according to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report. It’s an encouraging sign for Kim Huffman, Community Development Director, and chamber officials. “Portales is growing,” Huffman said. “The business […]

Meth arrests not expected to slow down

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By Kevin Wilson Local law-enforcement officials have stepped up efforts to arrest producers and distributors of methamphetamine, issuing seven search warrants and making 12 arrests in the last 10 days. However, there is a feeling the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. “I do not expect this to let up,” said Capt. Lonnie […]

Feds’ videoa news nothing more than propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Moderator has own history in spelling bee

By Lesli Radford Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as a San Jon student in 1957. Then when she became a first-grade teacher at now-defunct Eugene Fields School in Clovis, her principal asked her to help out by pronouncing words for contestants. […]

Meth lab speech set for Thursday

By Tony Parra New Mexico State Police officials will be presenting a drug awarness seminar 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portales High School Auditorium to discuss the health and law problems that come with methamphetamine labs. Officials are hoping to have Roosevelt County students as well as their parents attend the seminar to help in […]

Group seeks donations for garage sale

By Laurie Stone Debbie Pullman, the on-site manager at the Ruth Visage Apartments, located on W. Fir St., is seeking donations for their upcoming garage sale. The money earned will be used to purchase pictures, curtains and benches for the building. The apartment complex is owned by the Eastern Plains Council of Government, a nonprofit […]

Students soar in state science fair

Kevin Wilson Sunny Liu and Jake Bonner were really just looking for an ‘A’ in their science class. They got that, along with a first place at the state science fair and a chance to move on to the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge in Washington, D.C. “This is a little bit more than we […]

Legislators crack down on meth

David Arkin Methamphetamine has become such a problem in New Mexico that lawmakers may consider a bill focused on fighting the war against the highly addictive drug. Local law enforcement officials are applauding the bill, which will make an appearance soon before the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge people with […]

Lemon law helps used-car buyers in New Mexico

Jack King By Jack King Freedom Newspapers Jack_King@link.freedom.com Clovis used-car dealer Benny Pacheco said there used to be a saying among some used-car dealers: “If a customer buys a car and it breaks in half, the customer owns both halves.” A lemon law, passed by the New Mexico Legislature in 2003 nullifies that piece of […]