Analysis: Eastern N.M. could lose in redistricting

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The once-a-decade exercise of legislative redistricting will produce winners and losers, and Albuquerque’s west side is as close as it comes to a guaranteed winner of more political clout. Because of rapid population growth during the past decade in the city’s sprawling areas west of the Rio Grande, […]

Press release: SE region has poorest health in New Mexico

Santa Fe — In general, the Southeast Region of New Mexico has the poorest health status in the state as a result of lower income levels and educational achievement, a higher adult smoking rate, and higher rates of chronic disease and chronic deaths. Current health status data by region and county can be found in […]

Their view: Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike

Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike Rep. Jim Trujillo, a democrat who represents Santa Fe County, believes it’s possible to fund fund New Mexico’s public schools without raising taxes:

Local lawmakers reflect on session

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million […]

Legislature wraps it up

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wrapped up her first legislative session Saturday, having made good on campaign promises to reach agreement on a balanced budget, trim state spending and crack down on criminals. The Democratic-controlled Legislature handed the freshman Republican executive some key victories in the waning hours of the 60-day session […]

Press release: Rep. Lujan’s Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours Across Northern New Mexico on Thursday

Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Anniversaries —

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Barela Eugene and Esperanza Barela of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at La Casa Sena Cantina in Santa Fe. The dinner will be hosted by the Barela children: Patricia, Simon, Matthew, Mario and Mark. Reservations can be made at www.lacasasena.com. The couple was married Feb. 17, 1961, in Santa […]

Press Release: Gov. Martinez orders state offices closed Friday, Feb. 4.

SANTA FE – This evening, Governor Susana Martinez continued to work closely with leaders across the state to provide emergency assistance to New Mexicans impacted by interruptions in natural gas and power services caused by record low temperatures. To hasten the supply recovery, Governor Martinez ordered state operations not providing critical services to close tomorrow […]

Press release: Text of Ben Ray Lujan’s speech at state Legislature

Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Meetings watch: Board of Regents

This is a report from the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Wednesday afternoon in Santa Fe. According to ENMU President Steven Gamble, the board: • heard Gamble explain his goals for the university in the upcoming year. These included strengthening the emphasis on academics, supporting the branch campuses in Roswell and Ruidoso, […]

Press release: State of the state text

SANTA FE – The following is the text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 18, 2011.

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas season for 12 years. The 73-year-old transormed into Santa to help his brother who was overwhelmed with engagements. He said he enjoys playing the […]

Breakfast with Santa registration full

Registration is no longer being accepted for the Portales Public Library Breakfast with Santa because the program is full. Participation is limited due to space.

Portales past: Dec. 25, 1983

Dec. 25, 1983: Portales News-Tribune: Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a good Christmas and a happy new year! I wont a remote control car and a soccer ball. Your friend, Denver Collins

Press Release: New Mexico to receive over $9 million in homeland security grants

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) today announced nine million in Homeland Security grant awards to cities and counties throughout the state. “We are pleased to help New Mexico’s communities enhance their law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies as they continue to protect the state and […]

Portales kicks off holiday with tree lighting ceremony

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Argen Duncan Santa would have brought Rudolph, but it’s deer season in New Mexico, the jolly old elf explained during the lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the annual event included a performance by Portales High School choir students, 36 […]

City to kick off holiday with toy drive, tree lighting

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Argen Duncan You may not hear sleigh bells ring, but Christmas is on its way to Portales. The annual Operation: Santa Cop toy drive and distribution is under way, and the Lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree is set for Monday. This year, said Mayor Sharon King, the city is focusing on the Portales Police […]

Santa Cop toy drive set for Saturday

PNT staff The first toy drive of the year for Operation: Santa Cop is set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Portales Wal-Mart. Portales Police Department is collecting new toys and gifts for Roosevelt County youth ages birth to 18. The toys need to be unwrapped so department staff can see that […]

Friday morning briefing: Bright lights, cookies with Santa and inviso-power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bright lights in the big city Registration is under way for the annual Clovis Christmas Light Parade. This year’s illuminating line-up gets started 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration forms are now available at the chamber, 105 E. Grand, and Clovis MainStreet office, 621-A Main […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 29

Non-district Artesia 51, Portales 0, F 6-man playoffs Lake Arthur 62, Elida 22 F District 2-2A Texico 38, Clayton 6, F Santa Rosa 27, Tucumcari 0 Disrict 2-1A Fort Sumner 51, Jal 15, F 8-man District 3 Tatum 34, Melrose 22 8-man District 1 Logan 42, Menaul 26 Texas District 3-1A Division II Bovina 35, […]