Police blotter — June 30

Recent calls received by Roosevelt County dispatchers, according to call logs: Sunday • At 12:52 a.m., a caller in the area of South Roosevelt Road R 1/2 requested officers, saying subjects were trying to get into her house. • At 10:10 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of West Ivy Street said she gave […]

Chamber’s fireworks displayed enhanced

l4sznk-l4szkb630fireworkpreweb.jpg

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The goal for the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks display has exploded. Donations not only met the $8,000 mark for the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July on Sunday, but exceeded it by $2,000. Portales Mayor Sharon King, who is also executive director of the chamber, said Tuesday […]

ENMU briefs — June 30

Summer session beginning The second four-week summer session at Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled July 6-30. To enroll: call 1-800-FOR-ENMU or e-mail enrollment.services@enmu.edu. To register: www.enmu.edu.

Wednesday morning briefing: Portales parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the […]

Safety city’s fireworks priority

l4sw4o-l4sw1l630fireworksweb.jpg

By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Safety is the priority this year, as fireworks vendors are set to sell the colorful explosives to area residents. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Inge said all fireworks stands have passed inspection. Some of the things Inge looks for during his inspections are: • Minimum age of the seller and […]

State cigarette tax jumps 75 cents on Thursday

l4svn6-l4svm7630cigarettetax.jpg

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less than New Mexico’s as of July 1.That’s one of several new laws that have taken effect from the state’s 2010 legislative sessions.Last week, a pack of cigarettes that cost $3.25 before taxes ran a smoker $4.16 after […]

Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases […]

Employers barred from offering incentives to use TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by […]

High court delivers another blow to liberties

Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote […]

Their view: Governor candidates throw caution to the wind with questionable advertising claims

A recent post from New Mexico political blogger Joe Monahan: More holes to tell you about in an ad for the race for Guv. This time it’s Susana Martinez’s claim in her primary spot that she has “taken on members of the most violent drug cartels.” Well, maybe that’s a stretch. From the New Mexican: […]