College of Santa Fe takeover bill passes House committee

By John Sena: The New Mexican The House Education Committee on Friday morning narrowly approved a bill that would give a state institution the authority to take over the College of Santa Fe. Members voted 6-5 to approve House Bill 577, which was introduced by Rep. Lucky Varela, D-Santa Fe, and outlines the requirements for […]

Lujan to open office in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico

Benefit concert planned for ENMU instructor

Freedom New Mexico Several local bands are coming together in a charity concert for Eastern New Mexico University graduate and communications instructor Kevin Gardel, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer called primary myelofibrosis in September 2002. All funds generated from the concert will be donated to the Gardels family to help pay hospital bills. […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Curry County jail camera system being modified

F Installation of a new camera system at the Curry County jail is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Curry County commissioners approved a $181,000 contract at Thursday’s special meeting. The new system will allow staff to pan and zoom high-resolution cameras and recordings will be backed up for 30 days, County […]

Clovis women win $50,000 in scratch-off games

Freedom New Mexico Two Clovis women each won $50,000 recently playing $5 scratch-off games, according to the New Mexico Lottery. Ginette F. Patton claimed a $50,000 prize with the Giant Crossword game and Mary Lujan won $50,000 playing Diamond Dazzler. Patton said she plans to pay off her vehicle loan, the lottery said. Lujan said […]

Fort Sumner man jailed for deer poaching

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Fort Sumner man has been arrested in connection with poaching a dozen illegal deer, according to the Department of Game and Fish. Loy Minton is charged with 12 counts of unlawful possession of deer and four counts of unlawful killing of deer, a press release said. The allegations are misdemeanors. […]

Feb. 25, 1981

Thirty Portales residents, mostly elderly, showed up for a Planning Commission meeting to hear a discussion of a request by the Amvets to use a building on South Avenue C as a private club to sell liquor, but were told that the veterans association was reconsidering because of the controversy over the site. Residents complained […]

Feb. 24, 1947

Miss Olive C. Berry, graduate of Teacher’s College at Columbia University, gave

Feb. 23, 1975

Tastee-Freeze advertised a “Shake ‘N a Dog,”

Feb. 22, 1953

Local 14-year-old polio victim Buster Wooten won the 4-H Cotton Production Contest, earning the title of “Roosevelt County Cotton Prince” and $75 cash after he successfully planted and harvested an acre of cotton on his father’s farm northwest of Portales. From his labors, he earned a gross of $266.86 and a net of $194.96.

Feb. 21, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Mrs. John V. Mauk was chosen by the Portales chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood

Feb. 20, 2009 Legislative Roundup

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 29

Clovis man convicted on kidnapping charges

Freedom New Mexico A 36-year-old Clovis man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a woman on a two-day crime spree was convicted by jury trial Wednesday, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said Anthony Morgan was found guilty on one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated […]

Panel to consider zone system for developments

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A measure before the House Taxation and Revenue Committee today would allow the creation of “infrastructure development zones” that could issue bonds and have the power of eminent domain. Each zone would have a board, and the boards would be able to impose special assessments and fees, […]

Don’t underestimate power of encouragement

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My students loved for me to tell this story: “A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they […]

Lujan economic recovery tour stops in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan told Clovis and Curry County officials Thursday that a $787 billion federal stimulus plan would bring help to ailing infrastructure and financially struggling American’s through credits, community improvement and growth and tax credits. Lujan, D-N.M., visited the area Thursday — meeting with community and […]

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonic

PNT Staff Report An armed man robbed the Sonic on Chicago Street about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said one person entered the restaurant with his face partially covered, produced a handgun, demanded cash, and left. As of about 10:15 p.m., Berry said the police didn’t have a […]

Idea of free market highly unlikely

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist The social science of economics became distinct when several French intellectuals and Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith isolated the field for special study. For a long time thereafter certain assumptions underpinned the discipline, mostly about human behavior. These assumptions arose from the work of English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who believed […]

U.S. majority wants Bush policies out

A USA Today-Gallup poll released last week reveals that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bush administration’s violations of civil rights — from torture at Guantanamo to wiretapping U.S. citizens without warrants — was extreme enough to merit investigation. Some 38 percent want a full criminal investigation, while about a fourth will settle for review […]