April 19, 2009 Dora school news

Report cards out Monday Teachers will issue Progress Reports for students to take home Monday. The reports will reflect students’ academic progress so far during the fourth nine-week grading period. Sports • Tuesday – Baseball at Floyd, 3 p.m./5:30 p.m.; Junior High EPAC Track • Thursday – Varsity EPAC Track at Fort Sumner • Friday […]

Animal euthanasia mandate likely

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis may soon be forced to change the way it destroys stray dogs and cats. Euthanasia seems poised to become the law of the state. And while both sides in what was a contentious issue in Clovis say they accept this, the question of who pays the cost of […]

Webcasts ‘thorny issue’

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican It’s the issue that won’t go away: to webcast or not from the state Capitol. As a House subcommittee considers whether and how to allow webcasting, the topic came up during Senate floor debate on a budget proposal when Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, attempted an amendment to […]

House panel to consider webcast issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Panelists discuss issue of race in election

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Questions about race and its implications continue to be of interest since — or because of — the 2008 presidential election. The election marks a historic time as Barack Obama became the first black man to become president of the United States. Panelists at a forum Thursday at Eastern […]

Economy top issue in local discussion with U.S. Rep. Wilson

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The shaky U.S. economy dominated the discussion at the Elks Lodge Tuesday morning, where U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson spoke as a representative for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Audience members expressed frustration about the $700 billion federal bailout plan, citing the recent case of AIG executives who spent $400,000 […]

Area residents sound off on health care issues

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek does not advocate gun control. That is a political issue. She says she is concerned about the people issue. New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for teen suicides, losing one person a day. “When we live in a state that is so diverse, […]

Sunshine Week is all about our national freedom

Editorial Every week of the year has been designated by somebody as National Something Week, designed to bring public attention to issues and causes. Such a din of commemoration makes it likely for some of the more serious issues to get lost in the shuffle. So we devote this space today to calling attention to […]

Bush administration misfires on gun regulation issue

In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]

Country needs dialogue on pros, cons of immigration

Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, where immigration never became […]

Officials want more space

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County commissioners discussed office space issues at the Department of Public Health and the county administrator’s office during their regular meeting Tuesday. Public Health Nurse Carol Morgan gave commissioners an update of her office’s activities and said high on her priority list is additional room in the office. The office is […]

Churches take stand on immigration

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A new coalition of more than 100 evangelical Christian organizations is finally stepping up to say what the Catholic church has been saying all along: Show compassion for our neighbors, the weak, and the alien. According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are making increasingly visible efforts to push […]

Regents address noxious odors

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University Regents unanimously approved a resolution Friday addressing noxious odors from outside the campus. The vote, which drew a packed house, clears the way for the university’s administration to speak up on behalf of the school at a New Mexico Environment Department public hearing on a […]

Officials debate substation

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Representatives from the city and the county discussed the advantages that an emergency services substation could bring to the north side of Portales. Currently this area is not covered by emergency services and various factors have caused delay in emergency response time. The two major factors contributed to the […]

Taming talking tough task for New Year

By Anita Doberman: Local Columnist I am a big talker. I love to speak my mind. When I get in a discussion with someone, I can go on for a while, especially if I feel strongly about an issue. My easygoing husband, knowing me as well as he does, senses when I am about to […]

Beliefs based on individual choice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers Another way of titling this column could be “hazards of determinism.” But my specific focus is ethnicity, following a monthlong visit to Europe and many discussions about just how much one’s ethnic or national origins matter. One favorite way of attempting to understand people is by reference to their ethnicity: […]

Gay marriage draws political lines

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Cynthia Diaz of Portales doesn’t understand why same-sex marriages are an issue. “I just don’t think that there should be any reason why they can’t get married,” she said. “I mean they’re not hurting anybody.” Diaz said she has homosexual friends and of those she said many would like […]

Immigration issue probably doesn’t have a simple solution

Editorial Massive pro-immigrant demonstrations over the weekend and continuing Monday — police estimated 500,000 in Los Angeles, perhaps 300,000 in Chicago and smaller gatherings in Dallas, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio — suggest there are two sides in the debate over immigration that can bring out numbers. That is unlikely to make it easier for […]

Lee says improving quality of life will attract future growth

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Jim Lee will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Eddy Hiner and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. […]

McCulloch banks on background in Senate run

Compiled by Andy Jackson The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical […]