Udall stumps in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon Air Force Base keeps its new mission if he is elected to the Senate. He said the Special Operations mission will help fight new conflicts and would make sure Cannon has all the facilities needed to support it. […]

Hospital board election today

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elections for Roosevelt General Hospital board members will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, according to officials with the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office. “It is for those persons in hospital District 3 and 4,” said Janet Collins, Roosevelt County Clerk. Running in District 3, which encompasses […]

Vote-by-mail promising system

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties buy […]

Bond’s fate in voters’ hands

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With early voting closed and the election slated for today, residents will soon know the outcome of the proposed bond for the Portales Municipal School District. Voters are being asked whether $9.5 million in General Obligation Bonds will be issued to help construct a new school facility to replace […]

Penalty phase to begin

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Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Last Thursday, the jury handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection to the March […]

Election may be on right path for France

Freedom Newspapers Conventional wisdom holds that in the first round of presidential elections, French voters vote with their hearts and typically winnow the field of candidates to the two highest vote-getters. This often swells the vote counts for fringe candidates and explains the odd outcome in 2002, when perennial anti-immigrant fringe candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen […]

Surveyed potential first-time voters unlikely to vote

The PNT surveyed potential first-time voters to see how they felt about today’s election. Here are their responses: Alyssa De La Garza is an 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student. “I am not registered and I do not think that I can register because I am from Henrietta, Texas. If I could this would be […]

Freedom shouldn’t be taken for granted

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day. Our freedoms have been bought with “blood, sweat and tears” from many who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. It has been said, “bad officials are elected by good people who don’t vote.” Edmund Burke, a British statesman has stated, “For evil to triumph, […]

New voting machines ready

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County voters will have the opportunity to try out the new federally-funded voting machines in the upcoming General Election Nov. 7. According to Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins, the machines have been provided to the county through the federal Help America Vote Act. The state legislature also passed […]

School board set for another vote on charter school

PNT Staff Portales Municipal School Superintendent Randy Fowler said written reasons for denial of the proposed Horace Mann Charter School will be presented during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. During the meeting, Fowler said the board is expected to rescind its previous action denying the application and vote on the issue […]

Hispanic needs shouldn’t be ignored

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Montoya campaigns for secretary of state

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Letitia Montoya, 43, is a candidate for the Democratic nominee for New Mexico secretary of state in the June 6 primary election. The secretary of state is the third-highest state official, after the governor and lieutenant governor, and fills in for them when they are out of state. New Mexico’s […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

Local officials perplexed by voter apathy

By William Thompson Portales and Roosevelt County officals are dismayed so many registered voters don’t exercise their contitutional right to vote. Only 473 voters participated in a recent school district-sponsored mil levy election in Portales, and just 357 voters went to the polls in the last municipal election in 2004. Debbi Zurzulo, finance director for […]

School mil levy issue passes easily

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By William Thompson It was a low turnout, but Portales voters approved a Portales school district mil levy Tuesday by a vote of 364-108. Only 472 voters out of 10,158 eligible voters participated, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. “I’m so disappoined that so few people turned out to vote,” Collins said. “I sent […]

Commissioners name Knudson temporary attorney

By Karl Terry Roosevelt County once again has a county attorney — at least temporarily. County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 to hire Portales attorney Randy Knudson as temporary attorney for the county and in the same motion ratified payments for his services they had already approved previously. At their Oct. 18 meeting commissioners discovered that […]

Cannon survival gives region time to find new mission

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t the sonic boom we wanted to hear resounding Friday through the maze of rings that make up the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. But undoubtedly its occupants heard the loud BRAC cheer given to misguided Department of Defense and Air Force leaders who lost their fight to close two key airbases, our […]

Commission set to make final deliberations

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The stage is set and, in a matter of days, so will be the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. The nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission will enter into final BRAC deliberations on Wednesday. The nine-member team is expected to complete their work — deciding which military […]

Recusals put legitimacy of BRAC process in doubt

Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers are said […]

Pair of BRAC commissioners to abstain from vote on Cannon

By David Irvin Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the number of participating […]