Faith carries us through tough times

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist What is your faith temperature, and how is your thought life? Do you make a definitive decision to stop negative thoughts, or do you allow them to run over you? If so, you become totally depressed and unaware of the progression of negative attacks. A perfectly good day can be [...]

All ends well when we trust in God

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist What is your faith temperature, and how is your thought life? Do you make a definitive decision to stop negative thoughts, or do you allow them to run over you? If so, you become totally depressed and unaware of the progression of negative attacks. A perfectly good day can be [...]

Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become [...]

Council denies zone change for BBQ business

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales City Council members on Monday voted unanimously not to allow J4 Bar-B-Que to serve “to-go” orders from a house at 1309 E. Amazon Street. About 75 spectators attended the meeting. The three principal operators of J4, Glenn Johnson, Bill Graham and Jerry Faber, all spoke at the meeting [...]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry [...]

Bill allowing broadcast of legal ads clears House

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure that would allow a legal advertisements to be broadcast on television or read on the radio to meet publication requirements has cleared the House, but might face a tough time in its first Senate committee. The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow ads [...]

ENMU hosts comment session

The public is invited to comment on a draft feasibility study evaluating possible long-term partnerships between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks at the Blackwater Draw site. A meeting to allow the public to ask questions and provide input is set for 6 p.m. today in the Sandia Room of the ENMU [...]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure [...]

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, [...]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter [...]