Voting critical part of being heard

By Helena Rodriguez I cast my vote in the New Mexico caucus last week and, if we’re lucky, we may finally learn the results today — only a week-and-a-half after the fact. New Mexico will be the last of the Super Tuesday states to announce results from the Feb. 5 balloting. If we Nuevo Mejicanos […]

Hounds fall to ACU

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Abilene Christian shot the ball often Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena, and most of the time they shot the ball — they made the shot. ACU (16-6, 3-4) shot over 54 percent from the field and an eye-popping 62 percent (13-of-21) from 3-point range in a runaway 84-60 Lone […]

Kingsville stops Greyhounds

Freedom New Mexico Chad Johnson put Eastern New Mexico University’s men in front with a basket less than 30 seconds into Saturday night’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. It quickly went downhill from there. The Greyhounds made only seven first-half field goals and shot just 35 percent from the game in […]

Midwestern State women top Zias

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior forward Tiffany Cook scored 19 points and Midwestern State held Eastern New Mexico to three field goals over the final 14 minutes Saturday night to beat the Zias 70-54 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s play. Guards Stacey Staten and Kayla Hodge added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for […]

Mentoring program seeking volunteers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Big Brothers, Big Sisters of southeastern New Mexico is making a big push to find volunteers in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Big Brothers, Big Sisters matches adults with children and teens in a mentoring program. The time commitment is an hour spent with their partner per week and activities […]

Identifying with candidates essential

By Baxter Black Parents Magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter. It’s something I’ve always pondered when I look at Andrew Jackson or Kinky Friedman — the relationship between getting unruly third graders to bed on time and getting the House of Representatives to pass your legislation […]

2008 Basic Allowance for Housing set

By Tom Philpott Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will climb an average of 7.3 percent next month to keep pace with local rental costs. A total of 1.2 million service members will draw BAH in 2008, an increase of 250,000 over 2007, said Susan A. […]

Zias rout Highlands to snap losing skid

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University closed out the first half with a 27-6 surge and the Zias went on to end a five-game losing streak with an 81-58 victory over winless New Mexico Highlands Monday night in women’s college basketball. Freshman guard Samantha Matta scored 14 points and freshman […]

New tax system worth considering

Editorial GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson has proposed an interesting tax reform. It’s not a “flat tax” because it has two rates — 10 percent and 25 percent — but it might simplify the tax code. The idea of a flat-rate tax system — all incomes would be taxed at the same rate and, beyond […]

FCC needs to stay away from cable industry

Editorial Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry a chance to […]

Parents on their own often

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost half the babies born in Curry and Roosevelt counties in 2006 were to unwed mothers and the rates are rising, a state vital statistic report released recently shows. Local numbers are consistent with the state, which currently sits at 51 percent, Donna Bossey with the New Mexico Department […]

November 18, 1993

• Local restaurant teamed up with the United Way to raise funds for the final portion of the United Way fundraising drive. A portion of the profits from soda sales during the day would be donated to United Way. The 1993 fund drive was at 80 percent with two days left to go to raise […]

Cost of home heating on rise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The cost of heating your home will likely rise this year. But unless you’re using propane, eastern New Mexico residents may avoid the huge increases predicted in some parts of the country. According to PNM officials, the cost of natural gas is likely to be close to the same […]

Government can’t soften blow to U.S. economy

Editorial No one can now deny the obvious: The housing bubble, especially in high-priced real estate markets, has popped. New home sales are projected to fall nationwide to 805,000 this year, down 23 percent from 1.05 million last year, the National Association of Realtors has reported. If that happens, it would be the worst year […]

Board approves $4.5 million bond sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Board members briefly celebrated a successful bond election at Tuesday’s regular meeting, then took action to put the wheels of that victory in motion. The board gave unanimous approval to canvassed results of the election, then approved issuance and sale of $4.5 million in general obligation […]

Internet tax would only slow progress

Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding frenzy […]

Senate endorses raise for military

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An endorsement from a Senate panel Tuesday could mean a 3.5 percent pay raise for military members and civilian Department of Defense employees. The pay raise exceeds the 3 percent recommended by President Bush. “It’s a very good pay raise considering the circumstances and what’s happening right now,” military spouse […]

Senator pressured to support renewable energy standards

By Susan Montoya Bryan ALBUQUERQUE — The message seems simple, and it’s hard to miss when plastered on a large yellow billboard along one of New Mexico’s busiest interstates. “Senator Domenici: Don’t Dim Our Future! Support Renewable Energy.” The billboard — along with radio ads, bumper stickers and yard signs — is part of a […]

Officials ready to proceed with project

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Local, state and federal leaders reached a similar conclusion at Tuesday’s water field hearing in Clovis: They’re ready to seek federal authorization of the Ute Water Project, with or without the Bureau of Reclamation. Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Pete Domenici, R-N.M., were generally supportive of local testimony in favor […]

United States faces Turkish troubles

Editorial Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather than a […]