Death penalty case decision expected today

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A district court judge plans to review more evidence and listen to closing arguments before making a decision on whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Roosevelt County farmer. In a district court hearing Monday, Judge Drew Tatum listened to arguments from [...]

Committee reconsiders session webcasts

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A key Senate committee has decided to take a step toward webcasting from the chamber, in an about-face from a previous decision. The group on Thursday agreed that three cameras that had been taken down from the chamber should be reinstalled with the aim of webcasting — audio and [...]

Jan 2, 1951

There would be no more parking on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn, according to a decision by the new county commissioners in their first meeting of the year. The commissioners said they noticed bare ground around the courthouse, and declared that no more public meetings could be held on the lawn.

La Hacienda closing after 33 years

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Sarah Meyer: PNT staff writer Today will be the last day of business for a 33-year-old Portales restaurant. The family-owned and operated La Hacienda is closing its doors. Esther Ornelas, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Crespin, said the decision to close the restaurant has been difficult. “We’ve been wrestling with it since September,” [...]

Tucumcarians await Monday decision on racino location

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The decision is due Monday. All Quay County can do now is wait for members of the New Mexico Racing Commission to decide which of three proposals it will choose for the site of New Mexico’s sixth racetrack and casino. Raton and Santa Fe have also submitted proposals. Commissioners [...]

Tucumcari racetrack studies

Freedom New Mexico staff The following reports were purchased by and prepared for Coronado Partners LLC, which hopes to bring a racetrack and casino to Tucumcari. The New Mexico Racing Commission is scheduled to make a decision on Monday. It has received proposals from Tucumcari, Raton and Santa Fe. Draft report

Racing commission to announce decision Aug. 25

BY Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Racing Commission will announce which city will receive the state’s sixth racing license at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at its Albuquerque offices, according to an officials from Quay County who attended today’s commission meeting. The commission met in closed session at its regular meeting to [...]

Court’s gun-control decision will protect individual rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller might not have been as sweeping in its scope as we might have preferred. In practice it is likely to permit any number of gun-control laws to which we would object because they are too impractical, expensive, intrusive and ineffective to [...]

Editorial: Court decision, proposed rule favor Second Amendment

Second Amendment supporters got a couple of pieces of good news last month. One, perhaps the most important in a while, was that a federal appeals court didn’t buy New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s argument that firearms manufacturers should be held responsible for firearm violence in his city. The other bit of good news [...]

Parker decides to leave district judge post

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Joe Parker has resigned his position, effective today, citing an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Though it may seem like a sudden announcement, Parker said it was a very difficult decision that he and his wife talked and prayed about at length. “In reality my wife and I [...]