Council honors century mark with new flag

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer Portales officials took a major look at the city’s past while ushering in the future. A council meeting Tuesday marked the first in which members used laptops instead of paper to look over the evening’s agenda. But after regular business items were tended to, the council reconvened outside for […]

Private colleges balk at new G.I. Bill

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Days before a June 15 deadline, 521 private colleges had signed modest-to-grand “Yellow Ribbon” agreements under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit, making these higher-priced schools more affordable to at least some Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans who qualify for admission. But more than half of private colleges nationwide apparently […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

Commissioners back off parking issue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted 3-2 today to delay any decisions about Courthouse parking until a stoplight is installed at Main and Second streets. Commissioners Gene Creighton, David Sanders and Paul Grider voted for the motion to delay. Commissioners Jake Lopez and Bill Cathey voted against the it. Recent […]

Heritage Days schedule of events

Heritage Days Schedule Tuesday: • 6 p.m. Portales Flag raising, City Hall. • 6-9 p.m. Centennial Street Fair, Main Street between Second and Fourth Streets. Wednesday: • 10:30 a.m. Hispanic-themed Storytime, Portales Public Library. Thursday: • 5:30 p.m. Buffalo Soldiers, Portales Public Library. Friday: • 5 p.m. Branding Iron Party, Portales Public Library. • 6:30 […]

Library events celebrate Portales’ history

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Hot branding irons and Buffalo Soldiers are making history come alive at Portales Public Library this week. In honor of the Portales Centennial and Heritage Days, the library has scheduled several events. Among other things, Assistant Librarian Danielle Swopes said people are encouraged to bring their family branding irons […]

Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico This year’s Juneteenth celebration won’t actually happen on June 19th in Clovis. But it’ll be close enough for organizers. In the early morning hours of June 20 — this Saturday — the cooking pits will be fired up as ribs, hot links, chicken, hamburgers, brisket and more make their […]

Commission set to vote on downtown parking

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to consider replacing parking spaces along Second Street again, as well as to vote on a Memorandum of Agreement that allows for a new public health office building. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. today. “They are still talking about ripping […]

June 16 ENMU Briefs

Tickets for Founders’ Day Picnic available Tickets for the Eastern New Mexico University 75th Anniversary Founders’ Day Picnic on June 28 in front of the Administration Building are available for $6 each until June 24. The cost includes two pieces of fried chicken, white bread, a pickle, corn on the cob, mustard potato salad, a […]

Council will raise centennial flag following meeting

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council is meeting two hours earlier than usual Tuesday because of the Portales Centennial Street Fair. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Afterward, council members will relocate to the street fair for a raising of the Portales Centennial flag and a reading of the city’s first ordinance from 100 […]

United Way hosting block party

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is hosting a block party Saturday to raise money for a new playground at the Grand Avenue Homes community. According to a press release, money will be raised through a “Duck Drop.” Individuals can purchase a square for $20 and when all squares are sold, […]

Community calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

Library news/reviews

• Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 am. Art Masters (recommended for grades 2-6): This week we’ll begin a two part program on pottery.

Carpet care, chili featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on caring for carpet, cooking with chili and new treatments for depression will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. After you’ve bought new carpet, how do you get it installed and take care of it? These and other questions will be […]

Residential developments make snake-bites common

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer As New Mexico’s population continues to grow, encounters with displaced wildlife are becoming common place in rural and suburban communities. For wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro at Eastern New Mexico University, running into snakes in the field is common. Gennaro said he gets phone calls about snakes […]

Annual Heritage Days celebration adding new event

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The 25th annual Heritage Days is on the horizon with a new softball tournament joining its traditional events. Heritage Days is scheduled to begin Friday and run through Sunday with a parade, barrel racing, a fun run, geocaching, music and more at City Park and around Roosevelt County. In […]

Review shows area government officials’ spending

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has spent more than $1,700 dining at local restaurants, while Portales City Manager Debi Lee’s travels make up the bulk of $6,178 in expenses she racked up in the past 11 months. A Freedom New Mexico review of six area government leaders showed their […]

Faith was more inspiring than talent

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist He was basketball’s original “Showtime” in a time when taking center stage and showcasing a talented player wasn’t done. When the legendary “Pistol” Pete Maravich began playing basketball someone with his talent and need to have the ball in his hands as much as possible was seen as a ball […]

Small acts of kindness better than slogans

Freedom New Mexico My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and passed out. […]