Gardner sues to remove opponent from ballot

By Deborah Baker, The Associated Press SANTA FE — Two Roswell lawmakers have gone to court to try to knock their primary election opponents off the ballot. Republican Reps. Keith Gardner, who represents Roosevelt County, and Dan Foley allege in separate lawsuits that their GOP challengers failed to get enough valid voters’ signatures on nominating […]

Gardner challenged for state rep

Staff and Wire Reports State Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, will have a challenger for his House seat in the June 6 primary. Lucille B. Tucker, also a Roswell Republican, filed Tuesday to run against the incumbent whose area includes Roosevelt and three other counties. Gardner, who unseated Earlene Roberts for the District 66 seat two […]

Ingle, Gardner support medical marijuana bill

By Andy Jackson For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana, he said. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the Curry […]

Chandler asks legislature for help starting senior safety program

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is asking lawmakers for $50,000 he hopes will help spotlight and improve safety for senior citizens in Roosevelt County. “There are many laws to punish those who abuse the elderly that are reactive,” Chandler said. “We want this to be proactive and an innovative approach to […]

State officials listen to local concerns for capital outlay

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Senators and representatives are seeing an increase in money requests from cities and counties they serve and on Thursday they listened to what Portales city officials wanted. Mayor Orlando Ortega informed Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa and Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell about […]

Pioneer celebration set

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Pioneer Days is long-standing feature of the Roosevelt County Fair honoring community involvement and pioneering spirit. The Pioneer of the Year Awards will be presented during the a gathering of Roosevelt County pioneers at 9 a.m. Thursday at Jake Lopez Building at the fairgrounds. Howell Merrick and Elrie Capps […]

Gardner views online program

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Rep. Keith Gardner was able to obtain $50,000 for the online courses at Portales High. On Wednesday, he took a tour of Portales High School and watched a presentation to learn more about the investment he lobbied for. Gardner was able to attain $50,000 through the Legislature for the […]

Q&A: Keith Gardner

Keith Gardner is halfway done with what he calls an “eye-opening” experience. Gardner, a freshman member of the state House of Representatives, represents District 66, which includes Roosevelt, Chavez, Eddy and Lea Counties. He’s proud that the House hasn’t raised taxes yet, realizes that every issue has two sides and wants the legislative branch to […]

ENMU freshman living up to her parents

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University freshman Raelyn Gardner has something to live up to in the school’s rodeo program. The daughter of former ENMU rodeo standouts, Gardner made her mark in the school’s College Daze Rodeo over the weekend at Lewis Cooper Arena. In her first collegiate competition, she was second in the […]

Pioneer celebration set for Thursday

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By Tony Parra Pioneer Days on Thursday at the Roosevelt County Fair will continue a long-standing tradition of honoring the Roosevelt County pioneers, according to Joy Gardner, President of The Pioneer Association. The Pioneer Days ceremony is one component of the Senior Citizens’ Day portion of the fair. Admission is free for those who are […]

Gardner breaks Roberts’ streak in District 66

By Tony Parra Keith Gardner said New Mexico needs new blood in District 66. He’s got his wish. Voters elected Gardner into the position on Tuesday. Gardner received 976 of the votes in Roosevelt, Chavez, Eddy and Lea counties, with only the early voting left in Lea County. A Lea County official said the early […]

Gardner giving campaigning another try

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent In 2002, with two weeks to go before the primary, Keith Gardner’s campaigning for a seat in the House ended. His mother, who was living in Arizona, died. Gardner, who was running against Rep. Earlene Roberts, R-Lovington, left New Mexico — leaving behind his run for a seat in Santa […]