Ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

Lonnie Berry Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry pleaded no contest Thursday in district court to three charges of tampering with public records. A plea agreement he signed Thursday placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. The agreement also required him to pay a $500 restitution fee — the amount of the citations […]

PNT ownership changes hands

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CMI Staff New owners Garry Ellis and Gary Stevenson say acquisition of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun marks the end of a 2 1/2-year search “for just the right (media) property.” The two are partners in Clovis Media Inc., which assumed ownership today of the three papers from Freedom Communications, […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Libertarian ideals still hold up

I am constantly re-examining my beliefs and principles. All of them, not just libertarianism. I try to look at them from every possible angle and twist them inside-out to see if there is a possibility I could be wrong and libertarianism isn’t the most ethical philosophy that has ever been created for relating to all […]

Libertarian ideals still hold up

I am constantly re-examining my beliefs and principles. All of them, not just libertarianism. I try to look at them from every possible angle and twist them inside-out to see if there is a possibility I could be wrong and libertarianism isn't the most ethical philosophy that has ever been created for relating to all […]

PNT ownership changes hands

Garry Ellis, left, and Gary Stevenson, new owners of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and the Quay County Sun, met with newspaper employees on Thursday. The two business partners will assume ownership of all three newspapers today and say they forsee very minor changes to the papers' operations. New owners Garry Ellis and Gary […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]

Religion column: Laughter good for your health

Have you ever read some of those “not meant to be funny” church bulletins? I like the one “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.” Or how about this one? “For those of you who have children […]

Religion column: Laughter good for your health

Have you ever read some of those "not meant to be funny" church bulletins? I like the one "Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands." Or how about this one? "For those of you who have children […]

ENMU construction on schedule

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The construction and demolition ongoing at Eastern New Mexico University is right on schedule and running smoothly, according to Scott Smart, ENMU vice president of business affairs “The last piece of the demolition was to fill in a hole at De Baca Hall. I think they just finished filling the hole today,” Smart said Wednesday […]

ENMU construction on schedule

Jaime Martinez, left, and Francisco Navarrete of Maranatha Construction, lay trusses for the third floor of the new Eastern New Mexico University dorm on Wednesday. Anthony Ortega, left, and Martin Porras of Bradbury Stamm stack dry wall on the second floor of the Eastern New Mexico University dorm construction site Wednesday. Foreman Bobby Ortega said […]

My turn: Nice to pretend

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I think it’s a natural part of human nature to like temporarily stepping out of your own shoes and pretending to be someone or something else. When I was younger, I was always interested in acting and thought it would be fun. I envisioned myself being somewhat good at comedy/slapstick acting (hold the gasps of […]

My turn: Nice to pretend

I think it's a natural part of human nature to like temporarily stepping out of your own shoes and pretending to be someone or something else. When I was younger, I was always interested in acting and thought it would be fun. I envisioned myself being somewhat good at comedy/slapstick acting (hold the gasps of […]

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session Santa Fe — The 30 day Legislative Session ended at noon today and concluded a month full of debate, discussion and ended with a new, balanced budget to run state government starting in July. Many Republican State Senators say it is a good budget that continues to […]

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session

Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session Santa Fe — The 30 day Legislative Session ended at noon today and concluded a month full of debate, discussion and ended with a new, balanced budget to run state government starting in July. Many Republican State Senators say it is a good budget that continues to […]

Ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

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Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry pleaded no contest Thursday in district court to three charges of tampering with public records. A plea agreement he signed Thursday placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. The agreement also required him to pay a $500 restitution fee — the amount of the citations he tampered […]

Legislature finishes politically heated session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers adjourned Thursday in an election-year session dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature. Key parts of the first-term governor’s legislative agenda died upon adjournment, including educational initiatives and a proposal to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses […]

Legislature finishes politically heated session

SANTA FE — Lawmakers adjourned Thursday in an election-year session dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature. Key parts of the first-term governor's legislative agenda died upon adjournment, including educational initiatives and a proposal to stop New Mexico from issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Showing off, hot chili and a taste of honey

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Showing off Catabration — also known as parent night — is 5 p.m. 6 p.m. today at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy. It's a parent night to showcase the students work. Hot chili The Portales Kiwanis Club's 49th annual Chili Dinner is 5 […]