Zias add five to soccer roster

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Travis McCorkle announced the signing of five incoming freshmen to national letters of intent for the 2006-07 school year. They include Ashley Arguello, a 5-foot-6 forward from Castle Rock, Colo. (Ponderosa H.S.); Alexandra Atherton, a 5-6 defender from Odessa, Texas (Permian H.S.); Alexandra Barilla, a 5-8 [...]

Crying in the shower not pointless

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist I was crying in the shower the other night after a bad day. I needed a good cry. But as I watched my tears dissolve into the water around me, I thought, “Why am I crying?” I really didn’t know. When I was a little girl, I would often cry [...]

ENMU: Fingers crossed over apparent shortfall in higher ed money

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble weighed in on ongoing legislation which would affect the university, such as capital outlay requests and expansion of the lottery scholarship eligibility. The New Mexico Higher Education Department is recommending $121 million for capital outlay requests throughout the state of New Mexico for higher education [...]

Ingle, Gardner support medical marijuana bill

By Andy Jackson For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana, he said. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the Curry [...]

House OKs stiffer domestic violence penalties

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Repeat domestic violence offenders would face tougher, mandatory penalties under legislation unanimously approved by the House on Thursday. The measure would require a minimum of 48 hours in jail for a second conviction, 30 days for a third, and six months for a fourth or subsequent conviction, which would [...]

House approved budget is an 8.4 percent increase

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — State spending would increase by 8.4 percent next year to pay for public education and general government programs under a $5.1 billion budget bill approved unanimously by the House. About two-thirds of the proposed spending increase is directed at public schools and colleges and universities. The Senate approved a [...]

A teary goodbye here is a joyous hello in heaven

Joan Clayton “Someone is waiting for someone to leave or someone to arrive,” I thought. We were in an airport terminal. I looked around at the teary faces of people waiting to say the last goodbye. I also watched those happy expectant people waiting to hug with a “hello” for a loved one. “How much [...]

Expansion of state’s lottery scholarships favored locally

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By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University students like the idea of expanding the lottery scholarship program, but would like to see an increase in the program revenue before the expansion takes place. Gov. Bill Richardson wants to expand the lottery scholarship program so that more people will be able to use it. The bill [...]

Richardson won’t compromise on $7.50 minimum wage

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he won’t compromise on raising the state minimum wage to $7.50 an hour and would veto a Senate bill that capped it at $6.15. The governor said he was willing to modify his proposal for a phased-in $7.50 wage floor “a bit — but [...]

De Los Santos says infrastructure needs city’s highest priority

Editor’s note: The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked question regarding the city’s future. Robert De Los Santos, 51, is running for re-election in Ward B. His opponent is Chad Heflin. In your view what is the [...]