Food tax vetoed

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a proposed food tax on Wednesday but signed other tax increases that will provide about $170 million next year to help balance the budget. Richardson used his line-item veto powers to reject a proposal that would have reinstated the gross receipts tax on food at […]

State officials discourage giving chicks, ducks as Easter gifts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Livestock Board in a news release are urging families to avoid potential exposure to Salmonella by not giving baby chicks and ducklings to children as Easter gifts. “In the last four years, New Mexico has had 15 Salmonella cases […]

Governor signs law allowing guns in some liquor-serving restaurants

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into New Mexico restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday. It takes effect in July. However, restaurants can stop people from bringing their handguns into […]

N.M. lawmakers OK $200 million tax increase package

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Legislature approved a measure Wednesday to raise taxes by more than $200 million next year to help balance the state budget, the largest tax increase package in more two decades. Passage of the measure moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically […]

Special session delayed until Monday

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says he has pushed the start of a special legislative session back until Monday. The governor says he had requests from House and Senate leaders for more time to negotiate spending cuts and tax increases before they resume debate over a state budget. Richardson says he […]

Special session in store

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned Thursday without a plan on how to finance public schools and state government in the coming year, marking the first time in 26 years that lawmakers finished a regular session without reaching a budget deal. Shortly after lawmakers wrapped up their 30-day session, Gov. […]

Legislative tidbits: New judge for Santa Fe

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 1/2

Press Release: Ute funding bill passes both houses

Santa Fe – Last night (Monday) HB 15 a bill to create the Eastern NM Water Utility Authority and provide the structure for distribution of water from Ute Reservoir in Quay County, passed the Senate with a vote of 35-0. On February 4 it passed the House unanimously with a vote of 49-0.

2-6 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 12 Here comes the judge A new district judge position would be created for the First Judicial District under a bill approved unanimously Friday by the Senate. The disrict includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, also creates a […]

Feb. 2 ENMU Briefs

Sigma Chi wins Santa Cop challenge Sigma Chi Fraternity won a challenge to contribute the most food, money or toys to Operation: Santa Cop. The group topped competitors, other Greek organizations on campus, in all three categories. In early December, Portales Police Lt. Mark Cage and ENMU Police Chief Brad Mauldin issued the challenge. On […]

Press Release: State unveiling ENMU license plate

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will issue two special license plates this week in recognition of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “This is a great opportunity to showcase two of the storied educational institutions in New Mexico,” said Taxation & Revenue Secretary […]

Santa’s helpers reside in Roosevelt County

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Every year around Christmas, Santa’s helpers appear around Portales, handing out gifts and making children smile. And it’s Roosevelt County men who are under those red suits, hats and beards. Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Matt Rush and C&S Dairy Supply employee Mark Clark are two of the local […]

Letters to Santa

The following are letters to Santa from the Portales area children and a printed as written:

Senior center hosting winter wonderland

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Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder sits in Santa’s chair at the senior center on Tuesday. The center is hosting a winter wonderland where children can get their picture taken Santa Claus on Friday. Admission is a donated toy or canned goods. Cannon Connections staff The Portales Senior Center is […]

Senior center prepares for winter wonderland event

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Senior Center is having a special guest fly into town for children to visit Friday. Santa Claus will be at the center to help collect toys for Operation Santa Cop and canned food for the food bank. Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder said she suggested the “Winter […]

Santa makes early appearance for one Cannon family

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs

NORAD officials ready to track Santa’s flight

American Forces Press Service PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — It’s that time of the year again and North American Aerospace Defense Command officials are getting ready to track Santa Claus. The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site, www.noradsanta.org, is now live and features fun holiday games and activities that change daily. The Web site is […]

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King dies at age 85

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King was a back-slapping, hand-pumping, old-fashioned politician, equally at home on the ranch or in the Roundhouse. His death, at 85, marks the end of an era in New Mexico politics. King was with family members at his ranch in Stanley when he died […]

Governor orders freeze on capital projects

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday ordered a freeze on capital improvement projects around the state, criticizing lawmakers for not cutting such spending during last week’s special session. “These pork projects should be the first to be cut before we take any action that affects […]