County lobbyists discuss Legislature

Tony Parra County lobbyists kept the Roosevelt County Commission up to speed on bills in the New Mexico Legislature and the results on Tuesday. Roosevelt County lobbyist Mike Miller presented the commission with an update on the priorities for the county in the 2004 state legislation. Miller said the legislation ended on Feb. 19, but […]

Judge says drug court important

Darrell Maurina The judicial district covering Curry and Roosevelt counties is one of only three in the state with no type of drug court for nonviolent offenders. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley would like to change that. Drug court is a program that imposes strict probation conditions and mandatory treatment and work programs on […]

Area programs team up to help Ag students

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University and Ag New Mexico of Clovis are working in conjunction to give ENMU agriculture students opportunities in the area. Ag New Mexico has an internship program set up with ENMU. Ag New Mexico will be looking for qualified individuals or trainees to become professional lending officers for farmers and […]

City officials pleased with Legislature session

David Arkin While Portales officials didn’t get all the money they wanted for street repairs, they did walk away from the Legislative session pleased with funds they received for their Main Street program and equipment. And the city won’t be the only group in town to feel the benefits from the session that ended on […]

Program provides literacy help

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Tony Parra The following story maybe be easy to read for most people, but for others it might be in a foreign language they don’t understand. The Roosevelt County Literacy Council is celebrating it’s 15th-year anniversary and day-to-day more than 15 volunteers help give people within the ages of 16 to 60 the gift of […]

Local school wants to teach dual-languages

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales school officials are hoping to implement a dual-language program beginning next school year for kindergartners at L. L. Brown Grade School. The Portales School Board approved an application Tuesday night for the program to be presented to the state’s education department by March 1. Currently […]

House helps curb 135-mile rule cuts

David Arkin Things are looking up — by about $70,000 — for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s most important programs. The House’s budget package, which was approved earlier this week, restores about $400,000 for the 135-mile program. That money would be dispersed among schools that utilize the program. ENMU’s share of that pie would […]

Governor looking to curve Medicaid spending

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson has proposed a 3.5 percent reduction in payments to providers of medical services in an effort to put a squeeze on Medicaid spending next fiscal year. Health care groups want Medicaid fully funded next year, saying cuts to the program would be devastating. Lawmakers realize they have some tough decisions […]

Residents outraged over commodities

Mike Linn Residents of south Roosevelt County are upset about a new commodity program, claiming portions of the food distributed last week were rotten and inedible. “The squash they sent was absolutely ridiculous — it was ruined. It was not edible,” said Mavis Carmichael of Garrison. “And I cooked the turkey because I didn’t want […]

Local broadcast to hear from viewers

Freedom Newspapers Two televised shows this week on the local KENW-TV broadcast network will allow viewers to speak with experts on issues regarding the area’s water supply and with senators on the upcoming Legislative Session. Panelists from local and state agencies will be on hand to answer questions about water issues when KENW-TV broadcasts “Just […]