Bingaman reacts to President Obama’s address

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he looks forward to working with President Barack Obama to meet the challenges our nation faces.

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Rep. Lujan’s Statement on the President’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

Couple spins wool the old-fashioned way

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Lloyd Maness of Corona demonstrates how to spin wool on a castle-type spinning wheel Tuesday at the New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales. Maness has been spinning wool for a year and a half. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A $1,500 men’s three-piece wool suits contains $15 worth of […]

Local reaction to president’s speech mixed

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In the hours following President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, local opinions ranged from optimism in the face of tough times to wondering how the president plans to keep all of his promises. Portales resident Sandra Robinson shed tears during Obama’s hour-long address. “I thought it was so […]

Zias extend win streak to six with sweep

CNJ staff HOBBS — Junior Kristen Cruickshank had two hits in each game and pitched a five-inning shutout in the nightcap as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team rolled past University of the Southwest 7-3 and 9-0 Tuesday. The sweep extended the Zias’ winning streak to six games and gives them nine victories in their […]

Hounds, Zias end frustrating seasons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Junior Equs Darby leads the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team with a 10.2 scoring average while shooting 56 percent from the field. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — As they prepare to wind down painful seasons tonight, both Eastern New Mexico University basketball teams can point […]

Apology owed to Sooner fans, coach

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Some rambling thoughts while wondering if somehow “Star Wars” and “The Wire” could be combined: • First things first: I was wrong. In my column last week, I criticized Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops for attending the Duke-North Carolina basketball game when his home school was ranked higher and playing […]

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Canada trade deal needs to be protected

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s visit to Canada was notable for the ever-so-slight undercurrents of uneasiness between two countries that have enjoyed generally amicable relations over the sometimes touchy issue of trade. Obama made foolish comments during the presidential campaign (in the heart of a Rust Belt filled with people and union leaders eager to […]

Feb. 25 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Feb. 10 an officer responded to the hospital in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a battery report. A man told the officer that two days before he was jumped while walking home. The man […]

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations […]

Eastern New Mexico University , State Parks host Public Meeting Feb. 26

PORTALES — New Mexico State Parks invites public comment on a draft feasibility study evaluating possible long-term partnerships between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks at the Blackwater Draw site. Senate Memorial 42, passed by the Legislature in 2007, requested State Parks to complete a feasibility study to consider long-term partnerships, including […]

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Two men report robbery, assault

PNT Staff Report Two men were assaulted and robbed Saturday in the 800 block of University Drive near Eastern New Mexico University, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said James Williams of Clovis and Robert Powell of Portales were accosted about 10 p.m. by two males. The victims told police they were […]

Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grass fire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass […]

Array of events on tap for Ag Expo

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Clay Bailey of Edgewood rides Abrams, the longhorn steer, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Monday. He and Fred Balmer of Folsom plan to ride longhorn steers during the Ag Expo today and Wednesday, and have two younger steers for petting. Cowboys riding … longhorn steers? You gotta be kidding. […]

House considering creation of two cabinet-level departments

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]