Col. Leahy presented with key to city

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather Redman Mayor Gayla Brumfield presents Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, with the key to the city on May 21 at a city commission meeting. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners expressed their views that Col. Tim Leahy will leave Cannon Air Force Base, and […]

Obama inherited mess from Bush

Some may have noticed the profound conflicts President Obama must be having about whether to let justice take its course regarding the Bush presidency, or to let alleged crimes slide in the name of political expediency. This much is certain. Obama has inherited from Bush a generational economic crisis, an out-of-control budget, an awful jobs […]

Solution to marijuana? Stop smoking it

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Here’s a tough question: If you are hitting yourself on the head with a spatula and are complaining because it hurts, what should you do?

Desperate PBS looks or ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]

Cowboy services offered at church

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Brad Morgan has been the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales for just over a year. Among the different services he conducts at the 18th Street place of worship is “Cowboy Church” every Tuesday night. Morgan, 37, previously served in various capacities at Bethel Baptist and Emmanuel Baptist churches in Portales. Are there real […]

Small schools prepare for graduation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer This weekend promises flying caps, smiling graduates and proud parents as Roosevelt County small schools prepare for graduation. Floyd and Elida seniors graduate Saturday, and Dora commencement is Sunday. “It will be exciting just to have finished,” said Floyd valedictorian Jordan Terry. “I’m a little nervous about college, but […]

Teen in critical condition after accident

A Portales teenager was in critical condition at Lubbock Covenant Children’s Hospital on Thursday after apparently being thrown from atop a vehicle being driven by a friend. Anthony Sapp, 16, was airlifted to Lubbock on Wednesday after suffering a head injury in the 1900 block of South Roosevelt Rd. 4 1/2. Law officers said it […]

Swine flu impacts Spanish Immersion Program

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Spanish-language students at Eastern New Mexico University typically get the chance one month out of the year — if they can drum up the money and find time — to absorb the culture of a place that uses Spanish almost exclusively. This year, thanks to concerns over the swine […]

2009 PHS grad opts for mission

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent Many soon-to-be Portales High School graduates will dive straight into the workforce or head to college over the next few months. Steven Howard, however, may be living in a hut in Africa, learning Swahili. Howard, a PHS track standout and ballet dancer, has signed to serve two years in a […]

Police arrest mother of buried 3-year-old

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Police said Thursday that the mother of a 3-year-old boy found buried at a playground told investigators she suffocated him, had second thoughts and brought him back to life, then changed her mind and suffocated him again. Police Chief Ray Schultz said Tiffany Toribio, 23, told officers that she and […]

PHS seniors carry on Maypole tradition

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Over the past eight decades, the full-hooped vintage style Maypole dresses worn by graduating senior girls at Portales High School have gradually moved from light pastel colors to brighter rainbow hues with more bling. One thing that has not changed during the span of this long-time tradition which is now […]

Supreme Court sends suit against city of Portales to trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The New Mexico Supreme Court has sent a breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Portales back to District Court for a jury trial. The lawsuit alleges that without approval, Portales City Manager Debi Lee canceled retiree health benefits stipulated by a personnel ordinance. City representatives said the […]

New ENMU athletic director emphasizes need for strategic plan

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Before he begins to work on reviving Eastern new Mexico University’s lagging sports programs on June 15 — his official start date — new Athletic Director Jeff Geiser has another pressing bit of business. “First thing I’m going to do is go to the bookstore and buy some (Greyhounds […]

Business feature: El Rancho immersed in community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The El Rancho Restaurant celebrates 20 years of serving the Portales community this month. Owners of the family-owned business say they are working to give back blessings they have received through the course of the year. A little history: Joe Garcia and his parents, Ruben and Sara Garcia, own […]

Hounds add three JC players

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has added three more players to its 2009-10 arsenal, all from Tyler Junior College in Texas. Reggie Nelson, Alan Branch and Tyler Jefferson helped lead the Apaches to a 24-6 record and a Region XIV semifinal berth in 2009. Nelson, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 20.5 points during the […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Freedom New Mexico The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Saturday. Richard and Geri Gomez of the mission said as children, their families didn’t have the money for summer vacations. […]

Xcel delays submitting rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.

Couple recieves promotion for business

PNT Staff Report Sandra and James Golden of Portales have been promoted to the director level of Reliv International, a direct-selling company that provides nutritional supplements, according to a Reliv press release. According to the release, the Goldens are independent distributors for Reliv and attained the promotion by meeting sales volume goals.

Seniors offered legal assistance

PNT Staff Report A free workshop and legal consultations by appointment are being offered today at the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way. The State Bar of New Mexico’s Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program is conducting a workshop on “Common Legal Issues for Senior Citizens” at 1 p.m. Anyone interested may attend. Free 30-minute […]

Portales liquor licenses

A list of liquor licenses in Portales