Legislative roundup — Feb. 1

Days remaining in session: 19 Here’s to you, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson: Nike founder and owner Phil Knight visited the New Mexico House of Representatives on Friday to honor Charles and Mara Robinson of Santa Fe. A memorial in the House sponsored by Speaker Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, recognized the Robinsons “as New Mexico living treasures” [...]

Locals appointed to state positions

Stacey Martin of Clovis and Donald Elder III of Portales were recently appointed by the governor to state positions. Martin has been appointed to the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. Martin has served as the president of Western States Insurance Group, Inc. since 1987, and he has served on the Committee of Fifty since [...]

PHS boys basketball capsule — Feb. 1

New Mexico Military (7-10) at PHS (10-9) • When: 7 p.m. today at the RAC • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 • Last meeting: Dec. 14, Portales handed the Colts a 64-44 loss at Roswell. • Last time out: NMMI lost at Class 1A No. 3 Hagerman 59-45 on Tuesday. The Rams absorbed a 69-59 home setback [...]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 1

MEN ENMU (10-8, 3-3 Lone Star Conference) at West Texas A&M (9-9, 1-5) • When: 3 p.m. (MST) today at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9, KGNC-AM 710. • Last time out: Both teams defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at home this week, WT winning 70-60 on Wednesday night and ENMU posting [...]

Knee-jerk reaction not a solution

Kent McManigal

People frequently do the wrong thing for the right reasons. It is right to care about people who hurt themselves or others through substance abuse. It is wrong to impose prohibition in an attempt to save people from themselves or others. It is right to care about innocent victims of random violence. It is wrong [...]

Senators who broke system should fix it

Call Harry Reid a stranglehold of one. Senate Democrats in a supposed effort to end partisan gridlock — with strong support from New Mexico’s own Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich — pushed through a change in Senate rules, the so-called nuclear option, that stopped filibusters for most presidential nominations by allowing a simple majority [...]

Mason bids adios with concert

Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community has [...]

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Stars’ life story detail treasure trove

The other day, I stumbled across “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies from her late teens. The movie entails her becoming infatuated with an art professor played by Cary Grant. Upon finding this movie, I Googled the actress to find out her age and I stumbled upon a biography [...]

Farm bill goes to Senate

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the much-anticipated farm bill moves to the Senate, agricultural producers across the eastern side of the state are optimistic the programs they need will finally be secure, according to a state Farm Bureau official. The bill, which failed to make Congress’ floor the past two years, had [...]