Richardson drops out of presidential race

By Nedra Pickler: The Associated Press MERRIMACK, N.H. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power. Richardson planned to announce the decision Thursday, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge […]

Wilson makes campaign stop in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson made her first campaign stops in eastern New Mexico on Monday with “listening sessions” in Portales and Tucumcari. “I’m used to running tough races,” said Wilson, while introducing herself to the crowd and referring to her close races for Congress. She said after […]

Steps to stop nepotism good start

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers With potential voters You-Tubing questions for debating Democrats on Monday and Dick Cheney’s short-lived presidency on Saturday, it’s possible you missed an example of good government by the House of Representatives. On a voice vote Monday, the House passed the Campaign Expenditure Transparency Act. The measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Adam […]

Residents learn about proposed healthcare plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A representative from the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign met with a group of local residents on Tuesday to discuss the group’s proposed healthcare plan. A grassroots coalition, the campaign has spent the past 15 years working to devise a healthcare plan that would benefit the citizens of […]

United Way hosts annual banquet

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet was held Thursday. In its 2006-2007 fund-raising campaign, the organization exceeded its goal of $525,000 by about $950, according to United Way officials. “It took the incredible generosity of our community to provide funding for these important programs. Tonight, we […]

United Way reaches fund-raising goal

Freedom Newspapers United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its 2006-2007 campaign goal of $525,000, with donations and pledges totaling $525,955.48, officials announced Friday in a news release. During the final day, United Way received corporate and individual gifts and pledges that put the fund-raising effort over the top, the release said. Curry and Roosevelt […]

United Way extends annual campaign

Freedom Newspapers United Way of Eastern New Mexico is razor close to making its annual campaign goal. In hopes of achieving that goal, the campaign has been extended, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release. The 2006-2007 United Way Annual Campaign will last until Jan. 19, the release said. “UWENM leaders […]

United Way Blessing Tree campaign kicks off

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer On Wednesday, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico will host their second annual Blessing Tree campaign on the South side of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Beginning at 7 a.m., United Way staff and volunteers will be on site to take your donation, said Erinn Burch, UWENM executive director. […]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico hosts breakfast kick-off in Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Coffee and donuts are always a good way to start the day, and United Way of Eastern New Mexico volunteers are hoping it will be a good way to start their annual campaign as well. UWENM will have its fall kick-off in Portales from 7-9 a.m. today, with free […]

United Way celebrates start of fall campaign

Freedom Newspapers United Way of Eastern New Mexico officials are hoping to raise 9 percent more than last year’s goal of $482,005, or $525,385. “It’s a reasonable goal,” Executive Director Erinn Burch said, “but I’d like to blow it out of the water.” The organization will celebrate its fall fund-raiser campaign with events in Clovis […]

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Killed

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

Local voter turnout is low

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer According to unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election, less than 20 percent of the registered county voters turned out to vote. The latest updated reports from the county clerk’s office showed that there are 11,229 registered voters. The total unofficial number of people who voted in Tuesday’s election was […]

Hooker wins sheriff’s race

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general […]

Tuesday’s primaries hold two races of local interest

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Roosevelt County voters will cast their votes in the primary elections. County Clerk Janet Collins said the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Collins said that voters will not need to show voter identification cards, but will need to provide their date of birth […]

Base readies for summer safety season

Lt. Col. Ancel Yarbrough Have you heard? Summer is here yet again! It may not have felt like summer with the past few cool nights, but the Air Force is ready to proclaim another 101 Critical Days of Summer, beginning May 29. Cannon Air Force Base is in the thick of making the most of […]

United Way lauds volunteers, donors, sets goals at banquet

Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico hopes to raise almost $43,000 more than in 2005. United Way officials on Thursday announced their 2006 fund-raising goal is $525,000, an 8 percent increase over last year’s total of $482,005 The agency announced its hopes at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base during its […]

House bill would stop treasurer from taking contractor contributions

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The House approved a measure Thursday to prohibit the state treasurer from accepting campaign contributions from contractors who do business with the office. The measure is part of an anti-corruption package that Gov. Bill Richardson recommended to the Legislature in the wake of a kickback scandal involving two former […]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico fulfills more than half of goal

Staff reports The United Way of Eastern New Mexico has fulfilled 62 percent of a $482,005 community-wide goal for its 2005 fund-raising campaign, according to the agency’s Executive Director Erinn Burch. Burch said she is confident the remaining funds will be procured. To date, $301,656 has been donated or pledged. The bulk of United Way […]

Reforms should establish small government

Freedom Newspapers To paraphrase Lord Acton, Big Government corrupts, and absolute Big Government corrupts absolutely. In the case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., who pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense companies, the corruption was reported to have included Persian carpets, silver candelabras, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and […]

United Way halfway to annual goal, director says things on track

By Sharna Johnson United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I do feel like […]