Press release: House approves more than $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved over $67 million for construction for Cannon Air Force Base. The funding was part of the FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes $15,000,000 in

Pop star Michael Jackson dies

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By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50. Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center early Thursday afternoon when paramedics were dispatched to his rented Bel-Air home and found him not breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest. […]

Prince Street bridge raisies concerns

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The New Mexico Department of Transportation schedules a regular inspection for the Prince Street bridge over the railroad tracks once every two years. In fact, the last one took place only last month with the overpass getting a status of “not deficient.” Some Clovis citizens aren’t so sure, however. […]

Farmers: Recent rain not enough

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Recent rains have helped crops in Roosevelt and Curry counties, but farms and ranches still need more, producers said. Allen Deen, who dryland farms southeast of Floyd, said his family is planting hay grazer and milo. “We’re just marginal on our moisture, but we’re kind of running out of […]

Tower Twin Theater closing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing its doors due to cooling troubles. Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theatres and Tower owner, said the air conditioning system just stopped working. “Replacement cost […]

Business feature: Sandwich shop family effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Adolph Cordova and his family have owned The Bird’s Nest for 19 months, and things have been busy for the sandwich shop. Cordova said he likes being around people, and that’s why he loves the restaurant business. Cordova worked in construction before he had knee surgery. He got into […]

Press Release: Game commission may change deer draw dates

The State Game Commission will meet July 2 at Heron Lake State Park to consider changing the date of the annual application deadline and drawing for deer hunting licenses, and to set season dates and bag limits for 2009-10 small game and waterfowl seasons. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, […]

Neighborhood cleaning crew

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James Pearson, left, and Autumn Gonzales pick up garbage in the Portales City Park on Tuesday evening. About 10 people joined the effort. They are members of The Neighborhood, a group of young people in Portales organized to provide community service.

Dairy Fest features top country act, demonstrations

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer This year’s Dairy Fest is featuring a No. 1-hit country singer and, for the first time, a mechanical-bull, on top of cheeseburgers, dairy foods, educational booths and games. And did anyone mention all that costs only $1 per person? The fourth annual Dairy Fest, complete with a Sammy Kershaw […]

Sheriff’s office investigating sexual contact accusation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating accusations a man had sexual contact with his 13-year-old daughter. A department spokesman also said they are checking into a vehicle rollover that occurred Monday on Roosevelt Road V near N.M. 267. Chief Deputy Malin Parker declined Tuesday to release futher details on either investigation. […]

Seems early for election campaigns

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist “Hey, since you work for the newspaper, there’s a guy I know…”I hear this statement a lot, but I’m finding these guys they know are most often considering running for office. “He’s not running yet, but he’s considering it, and I wonder if you could give him some coverage.” I’m […]

Military update: Money lacking for disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members are closer to landing a 3.4 percent basic pay raise next January, which would be the 11th consecutive annual increase set higher than private sector wage growth. But in approving a $550.4 billion fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and $130 billion for wartime operations last week, […]

Editorial: Proposed laws threat to growth of Internet

Thousands of revenue-hungry, budget-poor taxing agencies are turning their appetites to the Internet, where new business models generate big bucks, much of it beyond tax collectors’ reach. A host of proposals in statehouses and Congress to tax and regulate the Internet threaten to unleash a multitude of unintended, unpleasant consequences. These government intrusions, ranging from […]

ENMU picnic commemorating 75 years

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Like almost every other part of the country, mid-1930s New Mexico was mired in the difficulties of the Great Depression. But it was a time of new beginnings, too, and Eastern New Mexico University will be celebrating its inception with a Founder’s Day Picnic on Sunday. Commemorating its 75th […]

Runners brave weather

Freedom New Mexico Rain did not dampen the participation at the Portales MainStreet Program’s 9th Annual Fun Run Saturday sponsored by Burger King. More than 80 runners and walkers participated in the 10K run and 5K run/walk on South Main Street, the largest turn out in the history of the event. “Runners like cool weather,” […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 65 years, a World War II veteran who lived in Portales has received a Bronze Star for his service. The award Herman H. Wallace, who worked at the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. for 37 years, received a Bronze Star from a Cannon Air Force Base delegation at […]

It’s their job: County road supervisor enjoys challenge of job

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County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years. Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business. What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction […]

RGH installs clearer signs

Roosevelt General Hospital recently unveiled a new addition and this one is right at the front of the building. The hospital and its adjacent clinic was adorned this week with blue-colored, white-trimmed identification over the front entrance of each in an effort to make it easier for visitors to walk into the right facility — […]

Senior olympics

Four Roosevelt County residents captured individual gold medals at the state Senior Olympics Summer Games held in Las Cruces at the end of May. Armando Payen, 59, was a winner in eight-ball billiards while Jim Brumfield, 74, was second in his age division at the 100-meter run. Tim Bienvenu, 55, meanwhile, was first in an […]

Library schedule

Monday • 11 a.m.: The Portales Puppeteers present their puppet shows. Tuesday • 10:30 a.m.: Art Masters (recommended for grades 2-6): This week we’ll learn more about pottery and see some samples of New Mexico pottery from museums around the state.