Officials examine why more don’t run for office

David Arkin Voters expecting to find plenty of choices for House and Senate seats on the upcoming June 1 primary and Nov. 2 general election may be in for a surprise — their choices are severely limited. There will be 29 House and 18 Senate contested races in the November election. And the figures for [...]

Electric car bill causes static

By David Arkin  A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews.  The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric [...]

Controversial bill would require ignition locks on all vehicles

David Arkin A bill packed with controversy and expense is headed to the Senate for consideration. The House on Monday approved a bill that would require ignition locks to be put on all new vehicles starting in 2008. Used vehicles would have to have the devices on cars for sale by 2009. The House approved [...]

County needs funds for repairs

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission is asking the New Mexico Legislature to appropriate almost $1.8 million for road improvements, road equipment and an array of projects to spruce up the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds and its nearby extension office. The first two priorities include requests for $400,000 for two new road maintainers and another $400,000 [...]

Local officials have mixed-views on legislative session

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. [...]

Community Mourns Loss of Loved One

Mike Linn Family and friends describe Frank Poynor as larger-than-life: He was an outgoing person with an interest in the future of youngsters; had an affinity for cycling, ranching and fishing; and was blessed with integrity. Poynor, a longtime Portales businessman, died Wednesday in an accident while riding his bicycle in Dallas. He was 72. [...]

Commissioner opposes new senate bill

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is seeking signatures from county residents to help halt a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law applies to both private and public businesses. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton spoke adamantly against Senate Bill 28 — signed this year [...]

Eastern graduates class of 2003

By Janet Bresenham JD Brown beamed with joy as he clutched his Eastern New Mexico University diploma Saturday and greeted a proud circle of relatives and friends at Greyhound Arena. “It feels great,” said Brown, who received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture. “It’s about time. Eastern was wonderful. My instructors were amazing, and [...]