Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics. She’ll be sworn in Saturday as the court’s 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. The Senate […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Afghanistan no longer bigger threat to U.S.

Freedom New Mexico Most of the chatter in Washington is still about domestic issues and how the Obama administration is doing now that the bloom is starting to fade. Will the Senate approve the cap-and-trade bill? How many Republicans will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor? Will further nationalization of health care be passed at […]

School board to vote on policy

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to vote on revisions to its policy and hear information about special education and federal programs. The board meets 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. Revised policies on board member and staff conflict of interest, truancy, graduation exercises and freedom of […]

U.S. House approves $68 million for Cannon Air Force Base projects

Freedom New Mexico More than $68 million for Cannon Air Force Base was approved Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a release from Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. The FY 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act passed the House of Representatives by a 415-3 vote. Items for Cannon include: • […]

Council to vote on Main Street traffic

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council is set to vote today on whether to make Main Street two ways between First and Second streets and to recognize and award Water and Wastewater Department employees. The council meets at 7 p.m.

Commission set to vote on downtown parking

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to consider replacing parking spaces along Second Street again, as well as to vote on a Memorandum of Agreement that allows for a new public health office building. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. today. “They are still talking about ripping […]

May 3 Dora School News

Class faves Karen Cone, yearbook sponsor, had students vote on their various “favorites,” with these results: School Clowns: Alexis Villanueva and Kelli Merrick

Peanut growers vote support for national board

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Members of the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association at their meeting in Portales Wednesday approved a referendum supporting continuation of the National Peanut Board. Leaders among New Mexico and west Texas peanut farmers have said the National Peanut Board, which is up for a reaffirmation vote in April, is […]

Partnership bill falls short in Senate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Some senators and domestic-partnership advocates said Thursday’s lopsided defeated of a bill to establish domestic partnerships in New Mexico was due to the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, which had been neutral on the issue in previous years, coming out against the bill this time. Meanwhile, a lobbyist […]

Popular-vote bill wins popular vote in House

The New Mexican

Legislative tidbits, Feb. 18

The New Mexico staff Days remaining in session: 31 A vote for the exempts: On a party-line vote, the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday killed a measure (SB 424) that would cut the salaries of exempt state workers who make more than $75,000 by 10 percent. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsored the […]

PAC opposes same-day legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A Las Cruces political action committee is running ads on cable television warning viewers that bills allowing same-day voter registration would lead to vote fraud, including out-of-state people pouring in to cancel the vote of New Mexican citizens. The ads, which began running last week on Comcast Cable systems […]

Hospital board policy change approved

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board has approved a policy prohibiting employees from serving on the board of directors. The policy was adopted on a 3-1 vote Tuesday. Board members Fred Anthony, Terry Cone and Dr. Lonnie Alexander voted for the policy. Peggy Davis was the lone vote against. The […]

Domestic partners bill revived

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A stalled bill that would establish domestic partnerships for unmarried couples in New Mexico got new life Monday when a senator who had opposed the idea decided to let the entire Senate consider it. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 Monday to pass Senate Bill 12, without recommendation, to […]

County Commission meets Tuesday

The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the County Courthouse. The agenda includes appointment of the county Board of Registration, budget adjustments and a request for a loss-prevention picnic and gas giveaway for employees in July. Commissioners are also to vote on a resolution certifying […]

Senate to vote on stimulus package

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico As Congress debates the size of an economic stimulus package aimed at creating jobs by funding “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, Clovis is working to get two projects ready for the bill, according to city officials. City Manager Joe Thomas said replacing the Hull Street overpass and improving the city’s wastewater […]

County commission to vote on gross receipt tax increase

By Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposed new gross receipts tax at its meeting at 9 a.m. today in the County Courthouse. At the Jan. 6 commission meeting, County Manager Charlene Hardin brought the matter before the commissioners. If passed, the tax of one sixteenth of 1 percent […]

Ute bill makes progres in Senate

Freedom New Mexico A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed […]

Dec. 9, 1947

One hundred sixty-eight peanut growers turned out to vote in an election to restore quotas on marketing and acreage over the following three years. They comprised almost half of the 400 peanut growers in the valley.