Health revamp begins with office cleanup

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has appointed a worthy, even inspirational woman to be the country’s next surgeon general. Dr. Regina Benjamin founded the Bayou La Batre rural health clinic to serve an Alabama fishing village of 2,500. She has a refreshingly old-fashioned approach to her work, treating any and all patients regardless of […]

April 5, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Robert Garcia, who ran fifth behind the four elected councilmen in the recent city election, was appointed to the position vacated

Mayor to join workforce board

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Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson as a member of the New Mexico Workforce Development Board through Dec. 31, 2012. Ortega was sworn in by City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry at City Hall on Thursday. The board exists in state and federal statute to ensure workers across the state have […]

Lujan appointed to Homeland Security

Freedom New Mexico Democratic Rep. Ben Lujan’s first committee appointment will have him work closely with Cannon Air Force Base, a spokesman said Wednesday. Lujan, who won the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd Congressional District, was appointed Monday to the Committee on Homeland Security, according to a press release from Lujan’s office. Created […]

Grady farmer appointed to state livestock bureau

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer “I don’t think farmers are a bunch of stupid people in bib overalls,” said New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau’s new second vice president. “I believe they are the backbone of our nation.” Grady-area farmer and rancher Pat Woods received his appointment for the two-year term in November. He […]

Harris appointed to board of regents

PNT staff Clovis banker Randy Harris is the newest member of the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. Harris was appointed Thursday by Gov. Bill Richardson, filling the seat held by Alva Carter, who died in a tragic car accident last month. Richardson also re-appointed Clovis engineer Chad Lydick to the board. Lydick was […]

Britton appointed to ENMU Board of Regents

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales native Charles Britton has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson as the new student representative on the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. “I’m very excited and very, very honored for the opportunity to be a regent,” said Britton, a junior theatre and digital cinema arts major. […]

Office to pay tribute to victims

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent District Attorney Matt Chandler said victims of violence are all too often forgotten once a trial is over. The first-year district attorney asked the Curry County Commission on Tuesday to help rectify the problem by funding a Victims Memorial Garden to be built near the Main Street entrance of the […]

Late appointment leaves district without D.A. temporarily

By Mike Linn Criminal court cases scheduled for Monday were postponed because Gov. Bill Richardson had not appointed a district attorney in time to replace Brett Carter, whose duties end at 5 p.m. today. Carter has accepted a job to work as the district public defender. Incoming District Attorney Matt Chandler — whose official term […]

Governor appoints Clovis man to District Court

Gary Mitchell When Ramona Parker found out the governor appointed her husband, Joe, to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court bench, she realized she had just lost her job. Ramona Parker is her husband’s bookkeeper and business manager for his law firm, but she won’t be making the transition to the Curry […]