Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war. Countless billions of taxpayers’ money, at all levels, has been lost in a futile effort to keep unapproved drugs off our streets. The effort has only raised illicit drugs’ value, and thus raised sellers’ profits — and the extremes to which they’ll go to rake […]

New tax fails to pass

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is no longer facing a new gross receipts tax. The proposed sales tax of 6 cents on every $100 died for lack of a motion at the County Commission meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. The tax would have helped fund indigent health care. No members of […]

NM investment lawsuit names former governor aide

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former state investment officer claims Gov. Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff pressured board members to support $90 million in failed investments because of political considerations. Frank Foy on Tuesday identified David Contarino as the previously undisclosed “John Doe 2” in his lawsuit. Contarino later issued […]

Police: Man’s arrest not related to fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A 26-year-old man charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest following a Thursday morning fatality near Dora was a friend of the woman killed. When officers arrived at the crash, they noted in a report, Joshua Robin, “appeared to be looking in the immediate area for any victims of the crash.” […]

Greyhounds post back-to-back shutouts

Freedom New Mexico MIDLAND, Texas — On Sunday, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team needed a near-miracle to pull out a split in season-opening the UT-Permian Basin Classic. Monday’s games? The Greyhounds would like to bottle the formula. Four ENMU pitchers combined to throw two shutouts as the Greyhounds beat New Mexico Highlands 7-0 […]

Feb. 3, 2009 Lone Star Conference Basketball Standings

Standings Men South Division

Feb. 3 ENMU briefs

Faculty news • Attila Hertelendy, director of the Emergency Medical Service Management Program, had his abstract titled “Has the proportion of EMS-related research authored by paramedics changed over the last 10 years?” accepted by the Prehospital Care Research Forum at the University of California-Los Angeles for both oral and poster presentation at the annual EMS […]

It’s their job: Dusti Price

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Name: Dusti Price Job: Certified nursing assistant at Heartland Continuing Care Center Background: Price was raised in Clovis and received her certification at Clovis Community College. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? We take care of the everyday living needs of the elderly. What is a typical day like for you? […]

Unemployment rates rise in Roosevelt, Curry counties

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By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent jump from 3.2 percent a year ago. Smaller increases occurred in Curry […]

County commission to vote on gross receipt tax increase

By Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposed new gross receipts tax at its meeting at 9 a.m. today in the County Courthouse. At the Jan. 6 commission meeting, County Manager Charlene Hardin brought the matter before the commissioners. If passed, the tax of one sixteenth of 1 percent […]

Unmarried couples bill stalls again

By Steve Terrell A domestic partnership bill on Monday fell short of the votes it needed to clear a state Senate committee. The tie vote meant the Senate Judiciary Committee remains a roadblock for backers of legislation allowing unmarried partners in New Mexico — same-sex and otherwise — many of the same rights and privileges […]

Respiratory virus tough on toddlers

By Sharna Johnson Around this time every year the majority of Plains Regional Medical Center’s 12-bed pediatric ward is full with babies and young toddlers and often there’s a single culprit to blame — Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus or RSV. “When a child has RSV, they’re pretty sick little kids,” said Janna Flores, director of […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]

Government retiree `double dipping’ targeted

By Doug Mattson Politicians and union leaders alike are taking aim at the controversial practice of “double-dipping” — public employees returning to work after retirement to collect a salary and pension. The issue comes as lawmakers consider ways to keep some of New Mexico’s biggest retirement funds from hemorrhaging money. The Public Employees Retirement Association […]

Two charged in poaching incident

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A father and son were charged Monday in connection with the unlawful killing of a trophy-class mule deer buck in December. Travis Field, 19, and Don Field, 55, both of Dora, have been charged in Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico […]

Local team plays in ‘world’ tourney

Freedom New Mexico VAIL, Colo. — “Twisted Sisterz,” a team made up of three girls from Clovis and three from Portales, participated in the “Kick It 3v3 world championship” soccer tournament Jan. 17-19. The team, comprised of Kyra Bussen, Airen Martin and Stacy Gross of Clovis and Jenna Sievers, Kaitlin Garrett and Chay Bond of […]

Hounds lose seventh straight

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By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds went all in Saturday night against Angelo State but couldn’t cash in on their first Lone Star Conference win, falling 75-66. The Hounds (0-5, 4-16) for the second time this week stayed competitive with a visiting LSC team but couldn’t turn the corner […]