Ram Band camp under way

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer While fall sports teams still have more than a week before their two-a-days begin, the Portales Ram Band has been hard at work all week in the 2008 Ram band camp. “It’s really cool to see our friends again,” sophomore trombone player Will Lampkins said. “But it does get […]

Tax-free days start today

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico High gas prices have local businesses expecting a busy tax-free weekend in Clovis and Portales. New Mexico’s fourth annual three-day gross receipts tax holiday begins today. Many school supplies, computers up to $1,000, clothes and shoes up to $100 will be tax free. A national survey finds the average […]

Hollywood comes slowly but surely for Portales native

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It may surprise many Portales residents who frequently browse the latest new releases at their favorite local video store, that they can actually rent a movie, or a television show featuring an Eastern New Mexico University theater alumni. But if your local video store of choice is Landall’s Box […]

Texico to host N.M. 42 championships

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent As a resident of Houston, Jerry Whitney had been to the Texas 42 dominoes championships in the south Texas town of Hallettsville. Upon arriving in Texico 10 months ago, he figured New Mexico needed a state tournament, too. So he proceeded to organize it. On Saturday morning, the inaugural New […]

Clovis animal shelter turning away animals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Animal Shelter is turning animals away this week while it awaits a resupply of carbon monoxide for its gas chamber, according to police Capt. Ron Hutchison. Hutchison said it is merely a temporary supply issue and he hopes the gas will be delivered next week. “We’re asking […]

It’s Their Job: Malisa Williams

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Malisa WilliamsJob: Williams is a crisis pregnancy counselor at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. All of the children at the home are there voluntarily by their parent’s choice. It is operated by the Church of Christ and has been in Roosevelt County for 55 years. Crisis pregnancy counseling […]

Events Calendar Aug. 1, 2008

TodayOld Lincoln Days — 8:30 p.m., downtown Lincoln. Information: 354-3067.First Friday — 5-8 p.m., The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Information: 784-2853.State 42 Warm-Up Tournament — 5 p.m. Sign in, 7 p.m. play begins. Texico Community Center, 215 N. Griffin. Fees or information: 218-2321.

Minimum wage an unfair intrusion of government

Editorial Last month, many people with apparently little or no knowledge of economics heralded the arrival of a higher federal minimum wage. Although it’s true the mandated wage had held steady at $6.55 an hour since 1997, individual workers have been moving up the wage scale and improving their value to the market since then. […]

Tobacco and bulls can both kill you

By Baxter Black There they stood out on the loading dock at the back of the administration building. Huddled behind a Dumpster to protect themselves from the biting wind, they shivered, occasionally glancing over their shoulders at the solid metal door. People that walked by glanced at them then quickly looked away. It could have […]

History shouldn’t trump private property rights

By Tibor Machan Never have I resided in or visited a locale in America where there hasn’t been an active historical preservation society. These are organizations that impose all sorts of restrictions on property owners about what may or may not be built, renovated, restituted within the borders of what the activists consider to be […]