Feds sue to block Arizona illegal immigrant law

By Bob Christie: The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a clash between the federal government and the state over the nation’s toughest immigration crackdown. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in […]

Artists moving in

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new artists-in-residence program kicks off in Portales next week. Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische, a married couple and visual artists working and teaching in Dallas, are set to spend Sunday through May 29 living and creating art in Portales. After a public reception and artists’ talk, their […]

Freeze means freeze: Lawmaker’s bill cracks down on state hires

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A lawmaker upset over the continued hiring of state employees after a Gov. Bill Richardson-imposed hiring halt has introduced a measure that sets out stringent criteria for exemptions to the rule. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, is carrying a bill (SB 215) that would only allow the state […]

Mary Sue Booth

Mary Sue Booth Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery Mary “Sue” Booth, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home. Born May 31, 1924, to David William and Myrtle Banks Colligan in Portales, she married Rex Booth on Nov. 19, 1946, in Portales. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico […]

Dunn’s integrity helped lead others

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Name: Robert Dunn Born: June 7, 1924 Died: Sept. 19, 2005 Preceded in death by: his parents,; three brothers, W. D. “Dude” Dunn, W. T. “Tam” Dunn and Louis Dunn; two sisters, Violet Harris and Julia Ruth Forgay; a stepdaughter, Ovella Estes; and by his first wife, Maurine. Survived by: his […]

Disneys supply to fellow farmers, ranchers

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series about Portales business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or more. With Slash-D-Three Livestock and Feed Supply, Dwayne and Sue Disney have owned what they call “the biggest little feed store in Eastern New Mexico” […]

‘Feel good’ laws make for confusing interpretations

A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation that turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — the courts […]