Martinez names Bob Wooley as District 66 representative

Alisa Boswell Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Bob Wooley of Roswell to represent District 66, which covers Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. Gardner, a Roswell Republican, vacated the position to become Martinez’ chief of staff. Commissions for every county within the district were allowed to send Martinez a nomination to replace Gardner. Martinez […]

No vote on Gardner replacement

Roosevelt County commissioners did not decide on a nomination for a replacement New Mexico Rep. Keith Gardner at a special meeting Thursday. A meeting to take a final vote was scheduled for 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Gardner left his seat to become Gov. Susana Martinez’ chief of […]

Gardner selected as Martinez chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A state legislator who represents Roosevelt County and a former representative for both Curry and Roosevelt counties are among appointed members to the executive leadership team for Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez. Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, the Dist. 66 representative, was named chief of staff for the seven-member team. Former Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, […]

Lawmakers re-elected to caucus positions

Two local Republican legislators were re-elected to their caucus positions Saturday, according to information from the House Republican Caucus. Keith Gardner of District 66 was re-elected as Republican whip, and Anna Crook of District 64 was again chosen as caucus chairwoman. The House Republican Caucus held the leadership elections Saturday at the Albuquerque Hilton.

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The Portales News-Tribune reported that T. Z. Duncan, Vernon Watson, Jack Copeland, H. H. Parker and Howard Gardner were nominated for the Causey School Board. They were the only five nominated five hours before the deadline.

Domestic partnership bill passed by House

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico A domestic partnership bill passed Tuesday by the House is a positive step, according to the leader of a Clovis church that openly accepts gay people. The bill would allow gay and heterosexual couples to form domestic partnerships and enjoy the same rights and benefits as married couples. “It […]

Area representatives: Health care plan not ready

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Area representatives and senators say Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal health care plan is a good idea, but it’s not ready for implementation and cost remains a question. Richardson wants to extend health coverage to uninsured New Mexicans. A summary of the plan states that the goal of insurance reform […]

Rodeo a family affair

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Rodeo is a family affair for Lovington native and current Zia Raelyn Gardner. Both of Raelyn’s parents participated in the sport, and both did so at Eastern New Mexico University. During her time at ENMU, Raelyn’s mom attended the College National Finals twice, and her dad also made the event. […]

Altrusa prepares for annual Home Tour

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Five homes have been selected for the annual Altrusa Home Tour that will take place 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Funds raised from the annual event go toward scholarships to attend Eastern New Mexico University and to buy 1,000 books for third-graders, according to Frankye King, tour chairwoman. […]

Medical marijuana bill back on floor

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After initial efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill in the state Legislature were shot down in the House last week, the issue is back at the urging of the governor. A substitute bill for the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act passed the Senate 32-3 late last week […]

Lady Rams advance to semis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams knew they could beat District 4-3A rival Ruidoso — heck, they’d already done it three times this season by double-figure margins. The fourth one, in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday at The Pit, came a little harder before the defending champions […]

ENMU absent from governor’s budget recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University officials knew capital outlay funding from the 2007 Legislature might be tight this year for the university, but the news that they had been left off the governor’s capital budget recommendations came as a hard blow. Among the major capital outlay projects ENMU submitted through […]

Firefighter protection bill introduced

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A bill protecting wildland firefighters from criminal prosecution has been introduced in the New Mexico Legislature by Rep. Keith Gardner R-Roswell. The second-term representative said the bill is in response to concerns raised this fall by volunteer firefighters in eastern New Mexico about standards contained in new joint powers […]

Pursuit of happiness worthwhile quest

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving […]

Traditions endure through eras

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Families around the area have celebrated the holidays for many years, in their own unique way and style. One tradition that remains strong is the strong ties of family and togetherness. For Portales resident Ruby Gardner, Christmas meant a time for the family to gather and share the holiday […]

ENMU rodeoer in seventh

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Rowdy Sanders is seventh in bull riding while ENMU sophomore Raelyn Gardner is in a three-way tie for 10th in breakaway roping after the second go of the College National Finals Rodeo. Sanders, from Whiteface, recorded a no-score in Tuesday’s second go after posting a […]

ENMU rodeo members to compete at nationals

Freedom Newspapers Two members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, senior Rowdy Sanders and sophomore Raelyn Gardner, will represent the school in the College National Finals Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Gardner, from Lovington, was first in the Southwest Region this season in breakaway roping, while Sanders placed second in bull […]

Gardner winner in state rep race

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Incumbent Keith Gardner of Roswell was the overwhelming winner for the District 66 Republican state representative seat in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County primary. Gardner garnered 69 percent of the vote, with 94 percent of the 163 precincts counted, to easily fend off a challenge by Lucille B. Tucker of Roswell. Gardner […]

Keith Gardner loses court battle to keep challenger off the ballot

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Republican lawmaker from Roswell has lost his court fight to knock a challenger off the June 6 primary election ballot. The state Supreme Court, affirming a lower court decision, ruled Wednesday that Lucille B. Tucker’s name will appear on the ballot in the race for […]

Judge rules in favor of state representative Gardner’s challenger

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A district judge has ruled that the name of a Republican legislative candidate will remain on the primary ballot, rejecting an attempt by her GOP opponent to have her removed. Lucille B. Tucker of Roswell will face state Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, in the primary for District 66. Gardner had […]