Legislators optimistic over capital outlay requests

Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it was evident […]

New ENMU cross country coach optimistic

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University men didn’t scare Abilene Christian’s 20-time Lone Star Conference champion last fall, it’s safe to say they got the Wildcats’ attention. The Greyhounds ran a strong second to ACU in the LSC, and the bulk of their team returns. Meantime, ENMU’s […]

Zias’ new coach optimistic

Dave Wagner First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson is settling into her new position. Wilson, who played in the Lone Star Conference at Southeastern Oklahoma (2002-03) and Central Oklahoma (2003-06), expects to inherit nine players from last year’s Zias squad under Linden Weese. She said she has verbal committments from two […]

Worldwide communion brings churches together

Clyde Davis Ecumenism was a hope-filled buzzword, certainly old in concept but given a re-birth in the optimistic years following World War II — the war which our fathers fought and came home hoping their sons would not have to fight, only to have those sons and daughters go off to Vietnam, Southwest Asia, and […]

Efforts to repeal Obamacare need to continue

Freedom New Mexico It may be overly optimistic to believe this is the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare. But when the White House urges Senate Democrats to scale back one of the most egregious provisions of the so-called health care reform law, something significant has begun. Even though two Senate votes failed Tuesday, it’s […]

Cooler temperatures hinder planting

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cool spring has slowed planting, but the moisture means an optimistic outlook for the harvest, Roosevelt County farmers have said. “The cold temperatures affected it (planting) terribly,” said Kevin Breshears, who farms and has a custom harvesting business. Joanna Baker, whose family grows organic peanuts in the Floyd […]

Charities not fazed by economy

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico executive director Erinn Burch might understandably be concerned about how much could be gathered during the current fundraising campaign, given the nationwide economic downturn since the end of the last drive. But Burch, along with others in the world of non-profit organizations and […]

Auto dealers hope incentives spur sales

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers are rolling out payment protection plans to ease potential buyers worried about job security. But in eastern New Mexico, car dealers are optimistic that isn’t the key motivation for customers. “I haven’t had anybody who’s needed it, and that’s a good thing,” said Terry Wilcox, general manager […]

Small businesses finding ways to survive

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By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten operating hours, Twin Cronnie Drive-In Owner Clint Harden is optimistic about the local economy because of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. While the recession has hit small businesses hard nationally, some Clovis and […]

Residents upbeat over Richardson’s new position

By Kevin Wilson and Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico residents surveyed were optimistic of Gov. Bill Richardson’s next move, and the change it will provide in New Mexico. Richardson is leaving midway through his second term as New Mexico governor to join the Cabinet of President-Elect Barack Obama. Richardson, a Democrat, was […]

Baskett optimistic for third year

By Jon Marks: Special to the PNT PHILADELPHIA — Hank Baskett said players are never comfortable this time of year — when NFL teams make their cuts — not matter how long they’ve been in the league. Baskett, a former Clovis High and New Mexico Lobos standout, appears to have secured a roster spot again […]