Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing [...]

Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving [...]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well

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Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo staff are working around the clock to keep up with the young giraffe’s demanding feeding schedule. The unnamed baby was born Jan. 25 and is the zoo’s [...]

Official: New building codes may add costs to new projects

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Alisa Boswell Portales’ building inspector says new building codes recently adopted by the city could add as much as $8,000 to the cost of building a new home. On June 7, the Portales City Council voted to adopt the 2009 New Mexico building codes, which includes an energy efficient code and is the source of [...]

Economic development official recruiting tenants for industrial park

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds of acres to pick from. Railroad and utility access available. It’s a pitch Clovis Industrial Development Corporation officials believe is a winner when it comes to the Clovis Industrial Park. But the 250-acre park, finished in the summer of 2008, has been slow to attract potential industries. After two-plus years, just one [...]

Community shares Valentine’s Day thoughts, memories

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Freedom New Mexico Valentine’s Day…our official celebration of love, romance and candy hearts with silly sayings. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s coming up Monday. Not a lot of time left. But take heart. We asked a host of local experts for advice on everything from mood setting meals to unusual date places right here [...]

Governor talks Ute project, Tres Amigas plans

Kevin Wilson New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson paid one of his final official visits to eastern New Mexico Thursday, when he gave $125,000 to Eastern New Mexico University’s digital cinema arts program. Following the ceremony, he took a few questions from Freedom New Mexico and News 3 New Mexico (KENW-TV) reporters.

Portales past: Sept. 9, 1960

Sept. 9, 1960 Portales News Tribune: “Vol Model Baby,” a registered Jersey cow owned by Eastern New Mexico University, set an official production record. The cow was given a proven index of 12.5, which indicated Baby produced 12.5 times her body weight in milk in 305 days.

State official defends investigation fees

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. However, some [...]

United Way still taking donations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. United Way officials hope area residents continue to donate to help close the gap between current donations and the organization’s goal. Donations are at 76 percent of [...]