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 […]

When we accept issues as ‘ours,’ we live up to core values

Lt. Col. Steve Ehlenbeck Have you ever heard fellow Airmen complain about some aspect of how the Air Force or a particular organization does business? With tones of frustration and exasperation, Airmen sometimes express their disappointment with processes that seem to be broken. It may be that members of another organization with whom we share […]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is […]

Oct. 31 Letters to the Editor

Council supports Bond B Education Bond Issue B is one of those opportunities that come before us supporting our efforts to continue to improve our community. Eastern New Mexico University is a tremendous economic and quality-of-life asset to Portales and Roosevelt County. ENMU employs 700 citizens and offers educational opportunities for almost 4,000 students yearly […]

Campos, Grider debate on District 63 issues

By David Irvin CLOVIS — State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours Wednesday over topics such as gangs, water and education in a debate held at Clovis Community College. Both are seeking the District 63 office in the Nov. 2 General Election. Campos said the […]

Bond money stocks junior high library

By Laurie Stone A well-stocked library can be a cornerstone for students which opens a door of opportunity for a growing mind as their interests and education develops. Thanks to the general obligation bond issue that was passed in Nov. 2002, Billy Dixon, the Portales Junior High librarian, puchased $20,000 dollars worth of new books. […]

‘Feel good’ laws make for confusing interpretations

A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation that turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — the courts […]

Lawmakers seek special session

David Arkin Republican lawmakers are pushing for a special legislative session. They want to discuss a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. But area legislators are doubtful the session is going to happen. And the area’s lone Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Jose Campos of Santa Rosa, called the plan “ridiculous.” Gov. Bill Richardson has said he does […]

New Mexico county clerk grant same-sex marriage licenses

David Arkin County clerks in eastern New Mexico were surprised by a Sandoval County clerk’s decision to grant gay and lesbian couples marriage licenses. On Friday, Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid. There was another 40 other couples who had […]

Portales has options for beer-wine license

By Tony Parra Portales has two windows in which it could hold an election related to beer and wine licenses in 2004. City officials plan to meet to talk about their options at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at City Hall. The earliest an election could be held regarding the beer-wine issue is mid-April. It […]

Homans makes stop in Portales

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By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]