Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Monday morning briefing: Candidates debate and women get the vote

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Candidate debate Don’t forget the Portales municipal candidate forum 6 p.m. Monday at the Yam Theatre. Candidates will give opening statements on their interest in their positions then be presented questions. Information: 763-6991. Party politics The Democratic Party County Convention is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public […]

Candidates draw for spot on ballot

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Christina Calloway Candidates for the Portales City Council March 6 election are wondering if their luck of the draw will have any effect on how their constituents will vote. Candidates drew numbers Friday at the city clerk’s office to determine where they would be placed on the ballot. “Well you can do just about anything […]

My turn: Alcohol abuse a disease, not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote. “In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

ENMU regents to vote on resident hall project

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents is set to vote on starting the design process and getting money for a new residence hall for the Portales campus during their meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at the ENMU-Ruidoso campus. The agenda also includes votes on the introduction of two new fees […]

Portales past: Feb. 5, 1959

Feb. 5, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: A very light vote was cast in the Elida School Board Election on Tuesday. Haskel Worley was the only candidate for re-election to the board.

No vote on Gardner replacement

Roosevelt County commissioners did not decide on a nomination for a replacement New Mexico Rep. Keith Gardner at a special meeting Thursday. A meeting to take a final vote was scheduled for 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Gardner left his seat to become Gov. Susana Martinez’ chief of […]

Voters pass Bonds A, B, C

Liliana Castillo Voters approved three of the four bonds created by the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act Tuesday. Bonds A, B and C passed and Bond D was failed. Bond C will devote more than $5 million in bonds to the improvement of public school facilities. More specifically, the money will be used […]

Mock elections teach students about politics

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer While adults were voting Tuesday, Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School students held their own mock governor election. The votes were expected to be counted Wednesday. Social studies vertical team leader Sharon Rowley organized the mock election. The fifth- and sixth-graders learned about candidates platforms and voting procedures before the mock election, […]

EPCOG chair: No vote needed in firing

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how […]

Vote on education program needed soon

Freedom New Mexico Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary (a position that shouldn’t exist at the federal level, but is hardly likely to be abolished), has been somewhat less the tool of the education establishment and teachers unions than might have been expected. He has pushed for higher standards in testing regimens and more […]

Hospital board to vote on quarterly budget

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board is schedule to vote on the hospital’s quarterly budget and hear an audit report by J.W. Anderson Representatives during their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital. In addition, the board is to hear from new Administrator Larry Leaming for the CEO’s report and discussion […]

Franchise agreement up to county commission vote

Freedom New Mexico During their meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Roosevelt County Commission is expected to vote on a notice of intent to adopt a franchise agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company. The agenda also includes a budget adjustment to allocate traffic grant money and a year-to-date report from Ricky Lovato, Road Department chief.

Commission to vote on grant, hospital money

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to consider a sole community hospital payment request for Roosevelt General Hospital and a resolution authorizing submission of a Community Development Block Grant during their meeting at 9 a.m. today in the county courthouse.

City Council to consider Sunland annexation

Freedom New Mexico At their meeting set for 7 p.m. today, Portales city councilors are set to hold a public hearing about the proposed annexation of Sunland Inc. and the accompanying zone change. They are scheduled to vote on the issue. The agenda also includes a planning commission report and recommendation on the final plat […]

My vote is still for fully free society

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I have always had problems voting. Not only have I been influenced by the likes of professor Gordon Tullock about how ineffectual one’s vote tends to be, but I have very rarely found any candidate who articulates clear and unambiguous principles of liberty to which he or she […]

Council to vote on restaurant grant

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Portales City Council is set to vote on whether to provide $50,000 in economic development assistance to Vines Italian Restaurant. The vote is part of the agenda for the council meeting at 7 p.m. today in City Hall. Vines owner Mark Vigil said he applied for the money […]

Back to drawing board for downtown parking

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to re-install 230 linear feet of parking on the Second Street side of the County Courthouse parking lot. Commissioners approved the change on a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Gene Creighton cast the dissenting vote. Creighton said he believed 80 percent of county citizens are against […]

City council to update improvement plan

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council will take public comments and also plans to vote on what to include in its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. It’s part of the council’s agenda for a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday — a day earlier in the week than normal. The plan designates which improvements in roads, […]