National debate no substitute in Senate race

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since last November, both Tom Udall and Steve Pearce have been racing toward this November, and the election for the Senate seat left vacant by Pete Domenici’s retirement. They’ve disagreed on many issues as they’ve met people across New Mexico, and they’re set to disagree on “Meet the Press.” [...]

Musician/congressman moves disability bill forward

By Tom Philpott Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is the first [...]

Donation spurs growth in single mother program

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A gift from a Portales couple could end up providing a transition home for struggling single mothers and their families. Through a gift annuity arrangement, Bill and Shirley Wahlman of Portales donated a complete six-apartment complex to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home last summer. The couple are both [...]

Wild horses not always wild

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico It’s hard to tell who adopted who, the human the horse or the horse the human, but one thing’s for certain, Josephus is anything but wild. Josephus, or “Little Joe”, is a 2-year-old mustang adopted about three months ago through the Bureau of Land Management’s wild mustang adoption program. [...]

Euthanasia considered for wild horse control

Freedom New Mexico At its June 30 meeting in Reno, Nev. The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board announced it was considering euthanasia as a way to reduce wild horse populations. At a price tag of $21.9 million for holding facilities and total operating costs of $38.8 million, the BLM said it can’t afford to [...]

Reconstruction of Dora Highway begins

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PNT Staff Report Reconstruction of N.M. 206 south of Portales Monday, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The project will start at mile marker 67 near Dora and work north to mile marker 82.49 near Portales, according to the release. The project, which will rehabilitate a 15.49 mile long [...]

It’s Their Job: Pat Dodson

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Pat DodsonJob: Local coordinator for the Special Olympics of New Mexico.Background: Dodson has worked in the bookkeeping field for the last 20 years.She has a handicapped son, Garrett who is 17, and participates in Special Olympics. Special Olympics of New Mexico is on the Web at:www.sonm.org.To learn more about [...]

Events Calendar Aug. 5, 2008

TodayRoosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m. commissioners room, Roosevelt County CourthousePortales City Council meeting — 7 p.m., city hall WednesdayU.S. Congressional District 3 candidate forum — 5-7 p.m. Clovis Civic Center.Back to School Safari party and health fair — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lincoln Jackson Family Center, 206 Alphon Street. Activities: Immunizations, dental [...]

Dora roper wins NHSFR short round

By Mickey Winfield, PNT staff writer Dora junior calf-roper Jessie Clark defeated over 160 other competitors in winning the short round late last month at the National High School Finals rodeo in Farmington. “It’s kind of a novel deal to see somebody make it that far,” Jessie’s dad Jerry said. “And to go and do [...]

Amarillo man dies in Clovis crash

A 26-year-old Amarillo man died Monday morning following a three-vehicle crash on East Mabry Drive in Clovis. Donnie Burris died during helicopter transport to a Lubbock hospital for trauma care, according to a press release from Clovis police. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m., the release said. A 2005 GMC Panhandle Fire Protection pickup [...]