Press release: New Mexico has two more ‘probable’ swine flu cases

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that it is sending two more probable cases of swine flu to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The new samples are from a 14-year-old female and 15-year-old male both from Socorro County. The Department of Health previously reported […]

Santa Claus easily tops Easter Bunny

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist “In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the movie “Harvey” Santa Claus versus the Easter Bunny, 10 rounds in a ring, who would you root for? To me […]

Santa Fe Opera visiting Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Santa Fe Opera is stopping in Clovis during its tour through New Mexico and Texas — part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The opera will offer free public concerts as well as daytime performances for students. The performances for students will be an adaptation of Donizetti’s comedy “The Elixir […]

Governor signs bill banning gas chambers for euthanizing animals

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming the 18th state in the nation to prohibit the euthanizing of animals in gas chambers. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Monday that bans carbon monoxide gas chambers for killing dogs and cats at animal shelters. “There is a more […]

Governor signs bill to open conference committee meetings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that would make public legislative conference committee meetings where lawmakers reconcile differences between bills passed in the House and Senate. Richardson says he thinks the public wins by opening up the process the separate chambers use to reach agreement on bills. The governor […]

State tournament scoreboard

Go to varsitynow.com for game stories and photos. BoysCLASS 5AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueWednesday’s quarterfinalsEldorado 46, Manzano 40La Cueva 61, Clovis 57Highland 59, Onate 44Las Cruces 77, Gallup 74 Thursday’s semifinals Eldorado vs. La Cueva, 4:45 p.m.Highland vs. Las Cruces, 8:15 p.m. CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueWednesday’s quarterfinalsEspanola Valley 54, (8) St. Pius 51Artesia 69, Los […]

State basketball tournament scoreboard

Go to varsitynow.com for games stories and photos. Girls CLASS 5A Tuesday’s quarterfinals At Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho Cibola 60, Clovis 52 La Cueva 50, Gallup 47 Sandia 59, Eldorado 46 Rio Rancho 58, Valley 55 CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueTuesday’s quarterfinals Roswell High 46, Belen 38 St. Pius 41, St. Pius 27Kirtland […]

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CSF take-over bill survives House vote

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hopes that Santa Fe will have a four-year public university next fall were kept alive Monday as the House of Representatives voted 49-16 for a bill authorizing a state institution to take over the College of Santa Fe campus. However, the proposal still faces a major hurdle: Clearing the […]

College of Santa Fe takeover bill passes House committee

By John Sena: The New Mexican The House Education Committee on Friday morning narrowly approved a bill that would give a state institution the authority to take over the College of Santa Fe. Members voted 6-5 to approve House Bill 577, which was introduced by Rep. Lucky Varela, D-Santa Fe, and outlines the requirements for […]

Senate panel approves domestic partnerships

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — A proposal allowing domestic partnerships cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday when it narrowly won approval in a Senate committee. The Public Affairs Committee endorsed the measure on a 5-to-4 vote and sent the proposal to another panel for consideration. The bill […]

`High hopes’ for takeover

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hundreds of College of Santa Fe supporters packed the Capitol Rotunda for a rally Tuesday afternoon hoping their voices would sway legislators to approve a state takeover of the school. Various attempts to stabilize finances and increase enrollment at the school have failed, and partnership talks with two other […]

Political drama likely guest of honor in Santa Fe

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican You have a lame-duck governor who was supposed to be leaving but then announced an abrupt change of plans, and an ambitious lieutenant governor, who was supposed to take the reigns but now has to be content presiding over the Senate. You have a leadership struggle brewing […]

Several issues iffy in Santa Fe

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican As if the state’s budget crunch wasn’t enough, lawmakers in the session starting Tuesday will tackle issues from the death penalty to gay marriage. Here’s a look at some key issues and their chances of surviving the next 60 days. Ethics reform It’s a hot topic — […]

Richardson won’t address grand jury investigation

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The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson held a brief news conference Monday about his decision to withdraw his nomination as U.S. Commerce Secretary but refused to answer questions about a federal investigation into how his political donors landed lucrative transportation contracts. Richardson read from a prepared statement and answered a few questions […]

NORAD tracking Santa’s sleigh ride

By Ivan Moreno: The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Who says Santa Claus doesn’t exist? The military personnel charged with being the eyes in the sky are certainly acting like he does — and they’ve been joined on the Internet by millions of believers. Even doubters have reason to pause when they hear […]

Community prepares for Friday’s Christmas festivities

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Window displays are coming alive, Santa is stopping by, and streets are filling with lights. It’s not magic, but it is a little Christmas festivity whipped up by Portales MainStreet and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s annual Christmas Lighted Parade and the crowning of Little Miss […]

Richardson named commerce secretary

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson is becoming an “economic diplomat” in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration and plans to step down as governor after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Lt. Gov. Diane Denish will become New Mexico’s first female governor when Richardson resigns to assume his […]

Ute Water Project reaches delay

Some delays are inevitable for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, such as in Washington, D.C. Some delays it would like to avoid, such as in Santa Fe. Authority members found out an omnibus bill that included authorization for the Ute Water Project will not be introduced in a lame duck session for the […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree program set

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Santa is coming to Portales early this year, and he might stop at a few more houses. A tree-lighting ceremony, complete with a visit from Santa, is scheduled to brighten the evening Monday at City Hall. The evening offers a chance to give a gift to children who might […]