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 [...]

President signs bill authorizing Ute Water Project

Freedom New Mexico Chase Gentry hopes he won’t have to knock on wood as much anymore when he tells businesses about eastern New Mexico’s long-term water outlook. That’s based on Monday’s news that President Barack Obama signed a public lands omnibus bill Monday containing authorization for the Ute Water Project. The project, which would bring [...]

Local Briefs Aug. 22, 2008

Police seek sign thief The Portales Police Department is investigating the recent theft of political signs from various locations in the community, according to a PPD press release. The theft of these signs is a crime and anyone with information regarding these thefts is encouraged to report it to the police department. Roosevelt County Crimestoppers [...]

Signs are there, withdrawl in Iraq should begin soon

Editorial It couldn’t come soon enough. President Bush agreed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday to a “general time horizon” to have Iraqis take control of their own security, and thus reduce U.S. forces in Iraq. President Bush finally responded days after the initial overture by the prime minister, who let it be [...]

Third and Kilgore to be four-way stop

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Transportation District 2 will be installing four-way stop signs at the intersection of N.M. 88 (East Third) and Kilgore in Portales. Installation will be complete Monday, according to a press release. The NMDOT traffic study done last month at the intersection determined that additional safety measures were [...]

Zia basketball signs five players

Freedom New Mexico Five players have signed national letters of intent to play women’s basketball at Eastern New Mexico University in the 2008-09 season. They include guards Chelsea Nichols of Lazbuddie, Alex Ortiz of El Paso and Karen Grant of Lubbock, and forwards Kassie Daugherty of Bridgeport, Texas, and Celeste Belizario of Amarillo. “Overall, it’s [...]

Museum dedicates new signs, shelter

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Early man and the way he likely lived got a sharper focus at a local National Historic Landmark as new interpretive signs and a group shelter were dedicated Friday. Representatives from New Mexico State Parks and Eastern New Mexico University came together for the ceremony marking the completion of [...]

Smokey Bear signs utilized to inform public of fire danger

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As residents and visitors leave Portales via N.M. 206, N.M. 467 or U.S. 70, they will be seeing some new signs that are common in mountainous areas, but new to the Portales region. The brown and yellow signs show a picture of Smokey Bear with his shovel. An interchangeable [...]

Four-way stop coming to Abilene, 18th

PNT Staff Portales Police officials are informing residents to be prepared for a new four-way stop. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Friday that there will be a four-way stop implemented at the intersection of S. Kilgore Ave. and 18th St. There are currently stop signs on Kilgore, but Berry said the additional signs will [...]