Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Jan. 30 Letters to the Editor

Obama’s actions have proven poor I have been waiting several days now for someone to write a response to the letter from Kirby Rowan that appeared in your paper on Jan 18. Since no one has, I will. What prompted me to get off dead center was the shabby treatment by the liberals present as […]

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and […]

Portales woman killed in car crash

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Kacee Lovato, 20, a Portales High graduate and aspiring singer, died in an automobile accident early Thursday morning in Roosevelt County. Lovato graduated from Portales High School in 2006. She was a singer destined to go places, according to Bill Rice, a drummer who knew Lovato through the Floyd […]

Javelinas use big second half to zap Zias 73-66

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s basketball coach Scott Hyland says the Javelinas are a second-half team. They demonstrated that Wednesday night, shooting 68 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes to hand Eastern New Mexico University a 73-66 Lone Star Conference South Division loss at Greyhound Arena. The Javelinas […]

Hounds drop sixth straight

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By Karl Terry, PNT Correspondent The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds (4-15, 0-4) hung around until the final two minutes but couldn’t drop the hammer on their first conference win Wednesday, falling 70-60 to Texas A&M-Kingsville (13-6, 3-1). “I think ENMU came to play tonight,” said Javelina coach Pete Peterson. “I’ve been in the same […]

Domestic partnerships battle resumes

Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act. While supporters say it’s a civil rights issue, opponents […]

Broadcaster: TV switch won’t affect Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Unlike in large cities, the end of analog television signals from transmitters Feb. 17 won’t affect Portales and Clovis-area residents much, the KENW director of broadcasting said. Duane Ryan said viewers in this area are served by cable, satellite or translators near Clovis. Cable and satellite companies handle the […]

Concert to revisit holiday sounds

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Freedom New Mexico Kathie Fink will present “Christmas Treasures: Revisited”, a solo handbell concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at First United Methodist Church in Portales. Fink and her accompanist, Linda Maloney, toured in Germany and Finland in December 2008. They presented Fink’s new concert program “Christmas Treasures” in two German churches and in military […]

Reformers try again on ethics bills

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Used to be, New Mexico would get ridiculed for its perceived backwater status as a state that still allowed cockfighting. Lately, however, the ridicule is about something else: skimpy ethics laws and political scandals. Several national publications in recent weeks have knocked the state for its weak […]

Legislature tidbits, Jan. 28

Santa Fe New Mexico staff Days remaining in session: 51 A swarm of lobbyists More than 500 lobbyists have registered with the Secretary of State’s Office this session, with another 500 expected. There also are 600 organizations represented by lobbyists. That’s a ratio of 4.46 lobbyists to each of the 112 lawmakers. It’s also a […]

United Way short of fund goals

Freedom New Mexico With two days left until the deadline to accept donations, United Way is more than $130,000 from reaching its fundraising goal for Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to a press release, just over $488,000 has been pledged to date by individuals and businesses. The goal is $627,000. United Way funds are used […]

Portales woman has long history in singing

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer From the Democratic National Convention to a retirement home, and from fourth grade to age 96, a Portales woman has kept singing. Emily D’Agostino sang “La Golondrina” or “The Swallow” in Spanish on Wednesday evening at Beehive Homes, a Portales retirement center where she lives. The song recalled her […]

Business feature: Man finds creative outlet through work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Take a look around, and you may see Seth Pritchett’s creativity and fine arts degree at work. Pritchett owns Bobo Signs. Moving on up: Pritchett bought Bobo Signs from Gaylon Bobo this January. He was employed with Bobo for three years while he was going to school at Eastern […]

ENMU Wednesday Capsules

MenTexas A&M-Kingsville (12-6, 2-1)at ENMU (4-14, 0-3)When: 8 p.m. today in a Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena.Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9.On the Net: www.enmusports.comNotes: Kingsville, just 6-5 this season at home, is 6-1 on the road. … The Greyhounds have lost five in a row since beating Cameron at home on Jan. 3. […]

While law debated, drillers seek deep water

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican

Bill aims for smaller school sizes

By Anne Constable: The New Mexican

Bolo ties gain acceptance under proposal

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 52 Bolo me over: New Mexico’s official state neckwear may finally find acceptance in the House of Representatives. Under current rules, House members can’t wear a bolo tie during legislative proceedings in the House chambers. They must wear regular ties. However, that would change under a proposal approved […]

House panel to consider webcast issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Handbell soloist to perform

PNT staff