Grading the governor

Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in state government, […]

Ram teams hitting the road

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Whether it’s the boys or the girls, whether district play starts this week or next, both Portales teams have the same philosophy with their pre-district schedules. A loss against Class 5A Clovis is better than an easy win against just about anybody else. It’s the reason why the Portales […]

Effort under way to open conference committes to public

The Associated Press SANTA FE — An effort is under way to open up what goes on behind closed doors in legislative conference committees. “Other public bodies have done this, and they’re still able to get things done,” said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a measure to make conference committees meetings public. Conference committees, […]

House speaker pushes minimum wage ahead

The Associated Press SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan pledged Thursday to push ahead with a proposal to boost the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 an hour starting next year rather than phasing in the increase over three years as recommended by Gov. Bill Richardson. Lujan, D-Santa Fe, was joined by chairmen of key […]

Proposal calls for fingerprinting immigrants

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration is proposing that illegal immigrants who apply for a New Mexico driver’s license be fingerprinted for background checks. That would strengthen border security and ensure that applicants for licenses “are who they say they are,” Taxation and Revenue Secretary Jan Goodwin said Wednesday. New Mexico is […]

Senate quickly approves nursing home bed tax repeal

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The Senate gave quick approval Thursday to a measure that will repeal a politically unpopular tax on nursing home care. House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, said the House would take up a similar proposal early next week, raising the possibility that the Legislature could reach a final agreement […]

Republicans propose saving $200 million surplus

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature should save $200 million of the state’s revenue windfall by depositing it in a permanent fund that will generate money to pay for future needs, House Republicans said Thursday. The Legislative Finance Committee is advocating a similar move but is recommending the transfer of $125 million into […]

A new home at last

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By Tony Parra The new 34,000 square-foot Communication Center is full of life with the bustling of with students and professors in the first week of use at Eastern New Mexico University. On Thursday the overall feeling expressed by students was that it’s nice to be going to communications classes in only one building and […]

Cattlemen gather in Tucumcari for annual beef symposium

By Ryn Gargulinski TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not because the vet of 35 years was especially enamored by it, he said, but because he was glad to hear the knowledge shared with Thursday’s crowd. “It reinforces what […]

Family photo albums part of history

By Helena Rodriquez I didn’t realize how unorganized I was when it comes to documenting my family history until I began doing a scrapbook of my trip last summer to Mexico and started organizing my photo albums. Now granted I’m not a big genealogy buff, although there’s nothing wrong with that, I just don’t have […]

Humor is a good slice of life, even in the Bible

By Joan Clayton I think God has a sense of humor. I like to read 1 Kings 18:22-39. The wicked King Ahab had brought his followers to Mount Carmel to confront Elijah. They each made a sacrifice and Elijah told them to call on their god and he would call on the Lord. The people […]

New communications building partially open

By Tony Parra Tuesday was the first day for classes at Eastern New Mexico University and university students used the day to break in the new state-of-the-art communications building. Scott Smart, vice president for business affairs at ENMU, updated the ENMU Regents on the construction projects taking place or scheduled for the 2006 year during […]

Ute Lake Ranch draws fire locally

By Tonya Garner Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach club built around Ute […]

Dora construction nearing end of first phase

By Tony Parra The Dora Municipal Schools buildings are going through a facelift and teachers and administrators are anxious to settle into the building. One of the major aspects of the construction project is a new 16,470-square-foot addition which will join together the high school and elementary buildings. The area between the high school and […]

Dora and Elida among quality school districts

By Marlena Hartz When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico, including Dora and Elida have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others […]

GOP pushes refund of bed tax

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New […]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is […]

Administration details spaceport plans, some skeptical

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed $225 million facility […]

Brother claims baby’s death was an accident

By Andy Jackson The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the death was an accident. Officials allege Benito Valdez, 16, shook his 4-month-old son before he died Saturday and then lied to police about the incident, court records show. Officials also allege the teen was responsible for a […]

ENMU teams face mediocre squads

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By Dave Wagner For the first time this season, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has put together back-to-back strong outings. Now, coach Shawn Scanlan is anxious to see if the Greyhounds can continue playing well on the road. ENMU (6-9), coming off convincing home wins last weekend over East Central (98-51) and […]