Sen. Bingaman visits Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a crowd of Roosevelt and Curry county agriculture producers Thursday in Portales he was pessimistic about passage of a new farm bill this fall in Washington. He said the proposed farm bill is tied to world trade talks, which he said have collapsed. “Chances […]

ENMU great Boit keynotes 40th anniversary

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent A trip back to the states for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s all-time greats gave ENMU cross country coach Joel McMullen the chance to tie the past to the present. And that he did through a 40-year celebration of Eastern’s program Saturday night at Cannon AFB’s The Landing. While […]

Gallegos named Portales NIE Teacher of Year

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Mark Gallegos strives to get students to learn using all modalities, which helped earned the Portales High government and economics teacher the Portales News-Tribune’s Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. A Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico committee determined Gallegos best utilizes newspapers in his classrooms to help […]

ENMU spring enrollment highest in 12 years

Eastern New Mexico University’s 2006 spring semester enrollment is at its highest point in 12 years, according to a university press release. The current enrollment is 3, 722. That’s up from 3,692 in 2005 and 3,491 in 2004. ENMU media relations director Wendel Sloan said one reason the figures are higher is the university has […]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

ENMU officials excited for upcoming communications center

By Tony Parra The new communications building at Eastern New Mexico University will be a tremendous upgrade from the current communications building, according to Jeff Burmeister, TV Broadcast Engineering Director for KENW. Burmeister has regular meetings with Scott Smart, Vice President for Business Affairs at ENMU, to discuss the status of the construction of the […]

June 14 Military Update

By Tom Philpott The Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation has adopted an “action plan” to study private-sector-like changes to military pay and retirement, the kind that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has endorsed for several years. The committee of seven “eminent authorities in the fields of compensation,” as described by the department, adopted an agenda […]

Amendment rejects two-tiered military death gratuity

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Senate approved an amendment from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that rejects Bush administration plans to establish a two-tiered military death gratuity and to limit retroactive payment of $238,000 in enhanced death benefits only to families of members who die in combat assignments. The Kerry amendment, approved by voice vote […]

Four running for county commissioner

Tony Parra Tuesday was the last day for people to declare their candidacy for Roosevelt County positions, and one particular position received a lot of attention. There are four candidates for the District 2 commissioner’s seat: Harvey Teague, David Sanders, Charles May and George Martin. Incumbent Chad Davis decided not to run for re-election. Sanders, […]

Four wheels for a buck

Mike Linn Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett doesn’t shop for police cruisers at the dollar store. But he recently stumbled across a deal from an agency that sells police vehicles for $1 in an effort to beef up Homeland Security nationwide. Here’s the catch: The cars would be laced with advertisements from local, regional and […]