State legislature adjourns

What passed (Bills already signed by Gov. Bill Richardson have been noted.): * Death penalty: HB285 repeals the death penalty and establishes life in prison without parole as the state’s maximum sentence. It was signed into law by the governor. * Open conference committees: HB393 opens to the public conference committees — meetings in which [...]

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 [...]

Steiner Elementary looking to make stars, leaders and readers

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers School mission statement: “Good morning! Buenos dias Steiner Stars. At Steiner Elementary, we will have a 100 percent day where readers are leaders and leaders are readers and everyone is a star.” School spirit will be the focus as Steiner Elementary School students begin classes Tuesday by reciting the school’s [...]

Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls taken by Portales Police Department in the last week. According to the reports: Nov. 10 • At 7:42 a.m. a caller on South Avenue I reported a busted window on their vehicle. A burglary report was taken by police. Items taken were not noted on the report. • [...]

Roberts’ hearings were a scripted circus at best

Freedom Newspapers Alas, even the in-house newsletter of the capital establishment, The Washington Post, seems to recognize the absurd, circus-like aspect of last week’s nomination hearings for Judge John Roberts. The Post wisely assigned writer Dana Milbank to serve as its eyes and ears inside the hearing room and his unflinchingly honest pieces made entertaining [...]

No locals apply for city manager position

By Mike Linn As of Monday afternoon 19 applicants have applied for the Portales city manager position, not one of whom live in Roosevelt County. City clerk and co-interim city manager Joan Martinez-Terry said a majority of the applications are from New Mexican candidates, a few from Oklahoma and one from as far as New [...]

Area wireless service disrupted

Mike Linn Cell phone subscribers with Yucca Wireless have been experiencing frequent dropped calls over the past two weeks, especially near the east and south side of town, a dilemma yucca officials partially attribute to the implementation a new, more high-tech system. Officials there say the problem — cell phones losing connections during customer conversations [...]

City may subsidize airport

By Mike Linn City officials are thinking about subsidizing the Portales Municipal Airport — again. City officials are contemplating funding the city-owned airport roughly $160,000 to make up for deficits last fiscal year and to match state and federal grants for various improvements. “They’re bringing some money in, but not enough to pay expenses, salaries [...]