O’Connor at center during polarized times

She made history as the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court — by Ronald Reagan in 1981 — and then proceeded to flummox conservatives and liberals alike as she became what the pundits called the “swing vote” on issues with ideological ramifications. It might be more accurate to say that Sandra Day O’Connor […]

School board selects ex-teacher as superintendent

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A former Portales school teacher was named the district’s superintendent on Monday night. Randy Fowler, a field service agent for the Region 18 Education Services Center in Midland, Texas, the past six years, said he worked for the Portales school district for 19 years — from 1974 to 1993 […]

Students get large headstart on voting process

By Tony Parra Some extremely early voters selected their U.S. presidential candidate on Monday, 10 years before the government actually recognizes their vote. Some students from Portales elementary schools have voted and others will vote today for the candidate they would like to see serve for the next four years. Steiner Elementary first-graders voted on […]

Oct. 31 Letters to the Editor

Council supports Bond B Education Bond Issue B is one of those opportunities that come before us supporting our efforts to continue to improve our community. Eastern New Mexico University is a tremendous economic and quality-of-life asset to Portales and Roosevelt County. ENMU employs 700 citizens and offers educational opportunities for almost 4,000 students yearly […]

Voters taking care of matters early

By Laurie Stone Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said the interest for the presidential election race has encouraged a large number of Roosevelt County registered voters for this year’s election. Fraze said there are 11,591 registered voters for this year’s presidential election. There have been 904 early voters by Friday afternoon at the Roosevelt County […]

Who cares about apathy? It’s voting time

By Jim Lee In a little over a week, all this election mania will retreat to the apathy closet for another four years, with a few relatively unnoticed interruptions such as picking members of Congress and approving/disapproving various ballot initiatives. Politicians will go back to being cronies until the next regularly scheduled throat-slashing in 2008. […]

Voter claims ballot is confusing

By Ryan Lengerich A Curry County woman says misuse of Spanish grammar on the state absentee ballots’ inner envelope causes confusion as to whether the vote will be counted. Election officials have acknowledged the mistake but said all votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez said when she received her absentee ballot last week she noticed […]

Oct. 6 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I just don’t know how it’s possible the dry land milo and hay crops are changing so fast. Just last weekend the milo heads were barely turning a little colored and now some of the fields are so reddish and all is maturing so fast. The hay fields are so thick and […]

ENMU political groups plan debate for tonight

By Kevin Wilson While the presidential and vice presidential candidates prepare for their debates, political groups at Eastern New Mexico University are working together for theirs. A policy debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Becky Sharp Auditorium, featuring party platforms from the College Republicans of ENMU and the College Democrats of ENMU. […]

Constitution not our only source for laws

By Jim Lee Here we are rounding the first curve in yet another presidential race. It feels like they get closer and closer together each time. Every four years we have this uniquely American ritual in which the citizens have the chance to show they are in charge. Those who govern are hired and fired […]

Middle feels pretty lonely right now

By Helena Rodriguez I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on us. First […]

Switching parties a tactic for local voters

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said Democrats want to have a say as to who fills Roosevelt County positions, and they’re willing to switch parties for that purpose. Fraze said she has seen 22 voters change their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican so they can vote on key positions during June […]

Primaries could be determined by new voters

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent he area’s high-profile district attorney’s race may be playing a key role in getting more people to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote for the June 1 primary is Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, early voting and absentee voting begins. Curry County Clerk Mario Trujillo said that during […]

Council seat up for vote today

Tony Parra The election polls for four Portales city council positions will open today but only City Councilman Mike Miller will face a challenger, Eddy Hiner, in Ward D, the southwest section of town. Hiner, a Portales native and owner of Berkeley and Arizona Apartments, said he is opposed to taxpayer money spent to fund […]

Local senator opposes discrimination bill

David Arkin The House this week approved a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation as part of the state’s Human Rights Act. The bill now goes to the Senate and one local senator said she will not support it. The bill passed the House with a 38-25 vote. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, said she […]

New Mexico democrats to vote in caucus

Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in over 30 years, when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze, and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt County. In […]

Area judge closer to federal seat

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]