April 1 Floyd News

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This Lester moment comes cheap

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist One of my favorite movies is “American Beauty.” Not for the acting, or gratuitous shots of Mena Suvari. It’s all about the Lester Burnham moment. There are plenty of times where Kevin Spacey’s mid-life crisis character gets the victory. But none resonate more than midway through the film, when his […]

Electronic records not up to par

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Department of Defense’s $4 billion electronic health record system, AHLTA, is so unreliable and difficult to use that military physicians list it among their top three reasons for leaving service. That fact came to light during a House armed services subcommittee hearing last week in which senior medical officers […]

Drug policy desperately needs overhaul

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a minor flurry of criticism last week for acknowledging the United States — or at least some people in the United States — bears some responsibility for the explosion of drug-law-related violence in Mexico that has left more than 7,000 Mexicans dead since January 2008. The […]

Grill time

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Tony Pena of Portales readies his grill during Tuesday’s baseball doubleheader between Clovis and Portales. Pena’s grandson, Johnny Garcia, plays for Clovis. Pena said he was going to cook hamburgers for the Clovis players between the games.

PHS holding blood drive

PNT Staff Report Portales High School is hosting a blood drive 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. April 8 in the school library. Donors are entered into a drawing for a $150 Visa gift card, can receive free cholesterol tests and can earn points redeemable for prizes. Appointments: Corrine Gonzales at 356-7015.

Tobacco taxes take massive hike

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Federal taxes get a whopping increase on cigarettes today to help fund a $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.The bill was signed into law in February by President Barack Obama. And while it expands health insurance to more uninsured children,

Awareness week focuses on severe weather

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Thunder crashes, the wind rages and hailstones fall. What do you do? With severe thunderstorm season just beginning in eastern New Mexico, the area could experience high winds, hail, flooding, lightning strikes and sometimes tornadoes. Jesus A. Haro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]

Portales building permits

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The number of building permits issued by the city of Portales for new residences rose more than 6 percent in 2008. The city compiles a monthly report on building permit activity.

Clovis produces one champion

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After the opening bell for the third round, but before a punch could be thrown, Elijio Sena of Clovis pointedly looked in the direction of his opponent’s corner and laughed. In Mark Martinez’ corner, his trainer had just told his fighter that he “had been here before.” Sena heard something […]

Greyhounds earn series split

Freedom New Mexico Designated hitter Jereme Johnson’s walkoff single capped a three-run seventh inning to help Eastern New Mexico University claim an 11-10 comeback win over Abilene Christian on Sunday at Greyhound Field. The win earned the Greyhounds a split with the conference-leading Wildcats, which grabbed a 7-6 win in the nightcap. The teams split […]

Dream Center loses roof in high winds

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales Dream Center will be closed temporarily after high winds peeled the sheet-metal roof off the building Monday afternoon. Dream Center volunteer Gail Keener said the center will be closed about a week until a temporary cover is in place. The inner ceiling remains intact, she said. Keener […]

Education feature: Keeping students fed no easy feat

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By Carrie Pendleton: PNT correspondent The bell rings, and students shuffle into the cafeteria. They pay up, get served and eat. Then it’s back to class just like every other day. What they don’t see is everything that falls into place for these meals to be produced. Many regulations, people and small details are involved […]

March 31 ENMU briefs

Enrollment increases Based on the most recent second eight-week enrollment numbers and additional enrollments expected in graduate courses, workshops and May courses, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jamie Laurenz has said he is very optimistic that the university has achieved its goal for growth and will earn an increase in funding for fall 2010. Music […]

It’s their job: Judit Barrera

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Name: Judit Barrera Job: Secretary at Ace Hardware. Background: I was born and raised in Portales. Time on job: Two years this May.

Group seeks out veterans

Freedom New Mexico The 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc. is trying to locate veterans who have served in the division in the past 66 years. The association aims to record those veterans’ stories. Anyone who served in the division is invited to contact the association. Combat is not a requirement. Contact: Shirley Gossett at 937-898-5977, […]

Severe weather training set

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service is scheduled to conduct a free training for people who want to volunteer to call in severe weather. The 2 1/2- to three-hour training is set to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Building. Instructors are expected to teach attendees to spot severe weather and alert […]

April 3, 1945

The Portales High School band, directed by Vernon Allen, was awarded a distinguished service citation by the Music War Council of America in recognition of its “patriotic and inspiring use of music to aid the national war effort,” according to the Portales Daily News.

April 2, 1978

Eastern New Mexico University was awarded a $8,920 interest-free loan for the purchase of a van to transport students having trouble with rising fuel prices

April 1, 1955

The Portales Daily Tribune reported that Elbert Munsey was returning to the pharmacy field and joining the B & J Pharmacy staff after a short stint farming. Munsey then became the oldest pharmacist in Portales.