ENMU raising funds for Haiti relief efforts

Eastern New Mexico University is raising funds for Haiti earthquake relief, according to a news release from the university. The Associated Students Activities Board is accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays in the Campus Union Building through Jan. 29. After that, collected funds will be donated to one of the charities working […]

Cement distibutor to create three to six jobs in Elida

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A cement distribution facility expected to employ three to six local residents is moving to Elida. The terminal is to distribute bulk cement products around eastern New Mexico and west Texas for GCC America Inc., a subsidiary of cement company Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, according to a news release […]

Ticket feature: Roping association expanding to New Mexico

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Freedom New Mexico Amarillo-based Original Team Roping Association is starting off the year by expanding to New Mexico. The group will be holding a team roping event Saturday and Feb. 13 at the Curry County Special Events Center. Whitney McCright, business manager for the association, said the association organizes team-roping events in Texas and Oklahoma. […]

Business feature: Owners bought restaurant to build legacy

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PNT staff Kelly and Sheryl McClary bought Pat’s Twin Cronnie 10 years ago as something their children could take over when they retired. “When we bought it, our oldest daughter was married and the youngest was still at home,” Sheryl McClary said. McClary said being able to own a business and work with their children […]

Record-breaking Greyhounds QB dismissed from team

Freedom New Mexico Record-breaking sophomore quarterback Eastern New Mexico University J.J. Harp has been dismissed from the football team, according to Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo. Ribaudo declined to discuss the reason Harp was dismissed. He said he was let go Tuesday. ENMU sports information director Adam Pitterman said Harp was dismissed for violating university policy. […]

New hospital administrator discusses goals

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer New Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming spoke about his goals of improving the financial situation at the hospital during the RGH board meeting Tuesday. Leaming was hired in December to replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino. He said RGH is an adolescent that needs to look up and figure […]

City council supports formation of new regional water authority

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to support the formation of a new regional water authority, under certain conditions. The council approved a resolution supporting House Bill 15, in its current state, which would establish an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to manage the Ute Water Pipeline […]

Everyone loses in NBC shakeup

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I had two major thoughts this week, neither long enough for its own column, but combined enough to be way longer than necessary. Sorry. ••• As a long-time fan of late-night television, it’s troubling to see the mismanagement decimating the tradition of “The Tonight Show.” But nobody at NBC is […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hot chickens and calling all writers

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Hot chicken Who knew prairie chickens were such a hot item? Turns out all 100 spots to watch the birds’ annual courtship dances have already sold out for the April 16-18 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. Heck, they just announced tickets three weeks ago — at $95 […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 19

Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 29

ENMU earns state emergency certification

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cplank@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is the first university in the state to earn a National Incident Management System compliance certification. It means the university is prepared to handle a variety of emergencies, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble, who confirmed the award Tuesday. “We will be better prepared to handle things that are out […]

Mail newspaper deliveries change

Due to the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its required implementation locally by the U.S. Postal Service, the Portales and Clovis post offices no longer can provide same-day mailed service of the Portales News-Tribune and the Clovis News Journal. We were told that since the local post offices are not 24-hour business mail entry units, the […]

United Way still taking donations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. United Way officials hope area residents continue to donate to help close the gap between current donations and the organization’s goal. Donations are at 76 percent of […]

1-20 ENMU/Tarleton State basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (7-9, 2-0 Lone Star Conference South) at Tarleton State (13-3, 1-0), 7 p.m. (MST) today at Stephenville, Texas. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last outing: The Greyhounds ended a 12-game South road losing streak with a 72-62 win on Saturday at Texas A&M-Kingsville, also snapping the Javelinas’ 13-game home win streak. Tarleton […]

Governor proposes ethics and campaign finance reforms, domestic partnerships for unmarried same-sex couples

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson warned Tuesday of possible government worker layoffs in the coming year if state agency budgets are slashed and he declared his opposition to reinstating the sales tax on food to deal with New Mexico’s financial problems. On the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, Richardson […]

Text of Gov. Richardson’s state of the state speech

A link to Gov. Bill Richardson’s state of the state address delivered today at the start of the state Legislative session.

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. “He told me yes he had eaten but he had to fight for […]

Tuesday morning briefing: vampire breath and Relay for Life

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.