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 […]

PHS cheerleaders fare ‘well’ at nationals

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Tony Parra The Portales Lady Rams cheerleading team’s first trip to the United Cheerleader Association’s national high school competition for the senior girls led to a 25th-place showing out of 63 teams on Feb. 7 – 8 in Orlando, Fla. “We did real well, considering our resources,” James Villanueva, first-year varsity cheerleading coach, said. “Other […]

House OKs bill that qualifies more students for scholarship

David Arkin A local lawmaker’s proposal to change a portion of the Lottery Scholarship cleared a big hurdle on Thursday. On Thursday, the House gave the OK to a bill sponsored by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, that would allow students who graduate from high school to sit out a year before going to college and […]

Snow cancels Portales classes

PNT Staff Portales public schools canceled classes on Thursday because of snow and icy conditions, school officials said. Weather officials said many areas in eastern New Mexico received more than two inches of snow overnight. . Here’s a rundown of other area schools:  Clovis schools were closed.  Eastern New Mexico University classes were […]

Budget proposal seeks tuition hike

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University would have a few things to look forward to and a list of items that aren’t so favorable if a senate committee’s budget proposal holds up. The Senate Finance Committee’s budget, which was approved on Tuesday and now is headed for the Senate, requires universities to increase tuition by […]

Nursing home tax gets mixed reviews

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

Obits Feb 10

Inez McCain Brown, 95 Mrs. Inez McCain Brown, 95, of Portales, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Aug. 25, 1908, in Hamlin, Texas, to Bertha and Henry Clay Bush. She grew up on the family farm in Paducah, Texas. She married Lee McCain in 1924. […]

N.M. could become the big cheese

Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience Friday at the plant’s groundbreaking. Approximately 200 people from Curry and Roosevelt counties attended the ceremony at the plant site, five miles south of Clovis, […]

Student leaders against lottery proposal

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president, along with student leaders from across the state are opposed to a change to the state’s lottery scholarship that won approval this week from the Commission on Higher Education. The commission this week, during a meeting in Santa Fe, approved a move that would take $2 […]

ENMU looks for funding to kickstart men’s soccer

By David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University is excited about fielding its first ever men’s soccer team in the fall. They will be even more excited though if that team gets a little financial assistant in operational costs for its first year from the Legislature. Officials are seeking $100,000 for start up and operational costs […]

Local senator opposes discrimination bill

David Arkin The House this week approved a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation as part of the state’s Human Rights Act. The bill now goes to the Senate and one local senator said she will not support it. The bill passed the House with a 38-25 vote. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, said she […]

Driver in crash in stable condition

PNT Staff Police are investigating an accident that left one man dead and another seriously injured after the vehicle’s driver ran a stop sign in Rogers late Tuesday night, according to officials with the New Mexico State Police. Juan Nieto, 18, of Chihuahua, Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Gabriel Melendez Arzate, […]

City treasurer to retire this month

Tony Parra The loss of a city official to retirement and the authorization of a $119,467 grant for a 2,000-gallon water tanker for the Portales Fire Department were the main topics for Tuesday’s city council meeting. Reba Robertson, the city treasurer, will be retiring at the end of February, according to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. […]

Students to Governor: Don’t change lottery

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University students have a message for lawmakers: Don’t mess with the Lottery Scholarship. If lawmakers will hear that message still remains to be seen. According to the university’s student government office, more than 500 ENMU students on Tuesday signed a petition in the Campus Union Building that says they don’t […]

ENMU offers paralegal class

Tony Parra The paralegal profession is in high demand, legal experts say, and Eastern New Mexico University is helping supply the profession with more qualified individuals. ENMU is offering a paralegal course through the Office of Extended Learning beginning Feb. 17. Scott Hatch of The Center for Legal Studies in Golden, Colo., started the program […]

Zias hope new coach plus new team equals new results

Dave Wagner In the Lone Star Conference South Division preseason poll, first-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski picked his own squad for last place in the six-team circuit. It’s not that he doesn’t have faith in the Zias, who are coming off a 24-29 season (4-16 South) under interim coach Ron Landschoot. […]

New Mexico democrats to vote in caucus

Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in over 30 years, when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze, and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt County. In […]

There is satisfaction in making a house a home

Helena Rodriguez Unpacked boxes filled the house and chaos ruled the roost, but suddenly the sweat and pain of moving into our own place was worth it when my daughter, Laura, looked around and said, “Now this is like a real home!” Home, sweet home! I haven’t said that in more than a year. There […]

State, local officials against base closings

David Arkin New Mexico military bases, including Cannon Air Force Base, received the support of the state’s top boss on Wednesday to develop projects that would help keep the bases thriving. Lawmakers from across the state and local leaders also pitched their support for plans to improve roads and projects at the Clovis base. The […]

Lawmakers support water funding

David Arkin Area lawmakers on Wednesday morning gave local leaders their blessing to push forward with a major water project that’s expected to have a profound impact on eastern New Mexico. Two local mayors — Clovis’ David Lansford and Portales’ Orlando Ortega — briefed area lawmakers on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also […]