Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

Freedom New Mexico When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other […]

Environmental lobby groups live outside reality

Baxter Black Three giant lobby groups from an alternative time-warp are engaged in a furious hissy fit whose purpose is raising money to pay lawyers. “Send Money so we can Litigate, Pay company Executives, and Solicit more Funds!” “Animals are overrunning government property,” they exclaimed, “… and endangering the environment! These are domestic animals that […]

ENMU students take part in Project Linus

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Eastern New Mexico University students gathered together in the lobby of the Campus Union Building on Wednesday to help make blankets for children as part of Project Linus, a nationwide project dedicated to “providing security through blankets.” Sponsored by the Associated Student’s Activities Board, materials were supplied and cut and sewn into child-friendly comforters. Project […]

Clovis dairyman joins group to lobby in D.C.

Freedom New Mexico Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla traveled to Capitol Hill recently with other Dairy Farmers of America Inc. board members and young cooperators to discuss issues affecting the dairy industry, according to a DFA news release. DFA members and staff met in Washington, D.C., for the cooperative’s annual D.C. Board Meeting and Hill […]

Possible drugs found at Curry jail

Freedom New Mexico Jail Administrator Keith Norwood said a detention officer found what appeared to be drugs Thursday in the lobby of the Curry County jail. Records show the discovery was reported just before midnight. Norwood described it as a “medium amount” of an unknown substance. The substance is being tested and the sheriff has […]

Peanut Valley Festival continues today

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Dozens of booths filled with everything from purses and jewelry to pottery and artwork line the lobby and ballroom of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Outside, vendors cook up kettle corn, barbecue, bratwurst and funnel cakes, and serve up shaved ice and cotton candy. It’s all part […]

City officials lobby for funds to legislature

Tony Parra Roosevelt County and the Portales City Council may have two different ways of lobbying to the state legislature but one aspect remains the same: representation at the New Mexico state legislature. The city is represented by its city councilors and Mayor Orlando Ortega in the lobbying process. They are vital in bringing in […]

Commissioner critical of county lobbyists

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is disgruntled with two lobbyists the commission hired last year to seek state funding for county projects. Commissioner Tom Clark said one of the lobbyists failed to keep a promise they would only lobby for Roosevelt County. Moreover, Clark said the lobbyists, Portales City Councilman Mike Miller and Arch […]