Portales Fire Department open house set for Saturday

The Portales Fire Department will host an open house at 301 S. Ave. C from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week, said Fire Chief Jon Bridges. The open house will include equipment displays and demonstrations. Demonstrations include:10:30 a.m. — Hazardous materials11:30 a.m. — Vehicle extraction12:30 p.m. — Tours of the fire […]

Events Calendar May 23, 2008

SaturdayGarage sale benefiting Los Abuelitos — 8 a.m., West Fir StorageFloyd High School graduation — 1:45 p.m. Floyd High School gymPortales Fire Department Open House — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., fire station, 301 S. Ave. D SundayDora High School graduation — 3 p.m., Guy Luscombe Gymnasium TuesdayPortales Municipal School Board special meeting — noon, […]

Memorial Day a time to reflect

By Joan Clayton My memories bring blessings on Memorial Day. My great-grandparents left me a legacy filled with love, faith and fortitude. As a child, I remember them coming down the antique stairs on their golden wedding day. She and Grandpa Lowe renewed their vows, and I wondered why they wanted to get married again. […]

Religion Calendar May 23

Tuesday Bible-based GriefShare Group Meeting — 6 p.m. Nondenominational grief recovery support group discussion sessions led by the Rev. Kenneth Broad, featuring DVD interviews with national speakers, authors and pastors. Central Christian Church of Portales, 1528 S. Main St. Information: 356-6001. Wednesday DivorceCare Christian Divorce Recovery Group — 6:15 p.m. every Wednesday. Facilitator: Bill Rice. […]

Youth group plans trip to help repair Louisiana home

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Thirty-two members of St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales will help fix a hurricane-damaged home next month in New Orleans while attending a youth conference in Houma, La. The St. Helen youth group will continue to hold fundraisers to help finance the seven-day trip to Steubenville on the Bayou, […]

Editorial: Polar bear listing threatens economic development

As we feared, the government has decided that polar bears are at risk because of melting arctic ice. Radical environmentalists are elated because they insist ice is melting from global warming. What’s certain to follow is a flurry of lawsuits to stop everything from oil exploration to building projects anywhere in the country because they […]

Train, truck wreck causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. Highway 70

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer this morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of North Kilgore Street and U.S. Highway 70, according to officials. The driver of the […]

Bike shop sees growing interest in two-wheel transportation

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer More people are showing an interest in bicycles as a primary form of transportation with gas approaching $4 a gallon, according to the owner of the local bike shop. Roger Rehder, owner of Bicycles Sales and Service, said the bicycle business is seasonal, usually running from March through September. […]

Elida graduate receives Army commendations

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer An Elida High School graduate was recently awarded two commendations from the U.S. Army for his actions while serving in Iraq. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner of Albuquerque was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge, according to an Army press release. Turner […]

NM delegation opposes change in bovine TB status

PNT Staff Report WASHINGTON — The New Mexico congressional delegation Wednesday urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer not to take any action related to bovine tuberculosis testing that would harm the entire state’s livestock industry. In a letter to Schafer, Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Sen. Pete Domenici, along with Representatives Heather Wilson, Tom Udall and […]

Events Calendar May 21

Today Roosevelt County Chapter of the AARP meeting — 1 p.m., Community Services Center MS Self-Help Group meeting — 6:30 p.m. Caduceus Room, Plains Regional Medical Center, 2100 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., ClovisSaturday Garage sale benefiting Los Abuelitos — 8 a.m., West Fir Storage Floyd High School graduation — 1:45 p.m. Floyd High School […]

Trapped deer finds way to freedom

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By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico An adult deer trapped overnight in a Clovis wrecking yard escaped Wednesday afternoon while the city’s animal control officer was brainstorming about how to safely remove the animal. The approximately 100-pound doe traversed the city and was last spotted near the BNSF Railway […]

Local Briefs May 21, 2008

PNT Staff Reports Bank to close ENMU branch Portales National Bank will close its Eastern New Mexico University Branch around the end of July, said David Stone, bank president. “It was a painful decision to make,” Stone said. “My dad liked it, I liked it.” When the branch opened, parents would give their children money […]

Rams advance to state baseball semifinal

The Portales Rams baseball team came back from an early 4-run deficit to defeat Sandia Prep 16-9 Wednesday. The win propels them into a semifinal game against the winner of Hope Christian and St. Michaels on Thursday. Ram senior Tom Sullivan hit, not one, but two homeruns in the seventh inning to spark an 8-run […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

School lets out today

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Almost as soon as school bells ring for the final time today — signaling the official beginning of summer vacation in Portales — gates to the city swimming pool open to the public. According to Shelly McConnell, head of the city Recreation Department, general admission prices at the swimming […]

City council moves ahead with line fix

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted during Tuesday’s meeting to move forward with plans to upgrade the 24-inch water main that has broken three times in the past two years. Councilors voted 6-0, with Dianne Parker and Ron Jackson absent, to authorize Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. to sign a contract […]

Sheriff proposes overtime pay changes

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker is proposing the county change the overtime policy regarding sheriff’s office personnel working in narcotics. Under the proposed change, a sheriff’s deputy would be eligible for

Roosevelt County Commission Dist. 1

Name: Jake LopezAge: 70Occupation: Maintenance supervisor at La Casa de Buena SaludOffice: County Commissioner District 1Party affiliation: DemocratElected offices held: city council, county commissioner Why are you running for county commissioner?I want to continue to help not only the people in my district, but the community as a whole. I served for 10 years (1990-2000) […]

Officials say Clovis death was suicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Clovis man found hanging from a utility pole on Monday committed suicide, according to preliminary autopsy results. Family members said they do not believe Isaac Zarate intentionally killed himself, but may have suffered a concussion that contributed to his death. Zarate had been missing since Thursday morning […]