Business feature: Couple expanded laundry service from dairy clothes to uniforms and civilian clothing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valentine Linen has been operating for over 2 years in Portales. Shannon and Ken Valentine started out cleaning dairy clothes for their other business, Udderly Clean. Shannon said Ken used to work for Dairy Concepts. She started washing his uniforms at home. “That was really what Valentine Linen service […]

Annual tax holiday set for August

The state’s annual back-to-school tax holiday will take place Aug. 7-9, according to a release from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. Nontaxable items include: • Clothing and footwear $100 or less; • School supplies, such as pens and paper, $15 or less that are typically used in a classroom setting • Computers $1,000 or less • […]

Clovis man arrested in drive-by shooting

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. Police said Albert Lopez was upset from an earlier confrontation with officers. Lopez is being held in lieu of a $97,000 bond, jail officials said. […]

Governor hopeful vows to clean up state Capitol

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A potential Republican candidate for New Mexico governor vowed to remove corruption from state government and make the state better for businesses during a stop in Portales Tuesday. Albuquerque businessman and retired U.S. Marine Allen Weh spoke to the Roosevelt County Republican Party Tuesday in the Portales National Bank […]

Habitat for humanity seeking land

Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. is seeking land for future homes, especially in Clovis. Habitat leaders would like donations but would consider reasonable prices, said Office Manager Marge Rhode. Contact: Habitat for Humanity office at 359-1344 or roosevelt_curry_h4h@yahoo.com or 620 W. First, Portales.

ATF aiding egg farm fire investigation

Freedom New Mexico The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of a fire last week at a Farwell egg farm causing an estimated $20 million in damage and killing nearly a million chickens. According to a press release from the ATF in Lubbock, a national response team along with […]

Elida grad elected state FFA president

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer As the new state FFA president, an Elida High School graduate is aiming to make a positive difference in others’ lives and go on to national FFA office. Ryan Best, Elida’s valedictorian this year, was elected in June to his new office at the 81st Annual New Mexico State […]

Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]

Yes, tennis star Roger Federer is human

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist

Bingaman, Udall announce millions for water projects

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Fraternity spending summer bicycling for cause

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Though armed with bicycles equipped for a cross-country journey, 26 young men left them in a dorm roof at Eastern New Mexico University and hopped in vans for a short ride to Portales’ Southside Church of Christ on Monday night. They can be forgiven. After riding bikes 95 miles […]

It’s their job: Area native turns hobby into career

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Donita Privett has worked as a professional photographer for 10 years, and bought Times Remembered Photography Studio nine years ago. Privett is from Portales and attended elementary and high school in Dora. She earned a degree in agriculture economics with a minor in journalism from New Mexico State University. Every quarter, Privett takes professional photography […]

Traffic detour planned

PNT Staff Report In order to lay sewer line connecting Sunland Inc. to the City of Portales sewer system, contractors plan to detour traffic on Kilgore Avenue at the intersection with U.S. 70 July 21-22, according to a city news release.Kilgore will be closed between U.S. 70 and East Spruce Street with traffic rerouted to […]

July 14 ENMU Briefs

Alumni and employee briefs• LaChrystal Ricke, assistant professor of communication, recently had an article titled “YouTube: A Vehicle for Political Dialogue” published in Politics Magazine.• ENMU graduate De’Mone Curry has been hired as Manzano High Schools’s new girls basketball coach, Manzano athletic director Bob Kelly said. Curry, who played basketball and ran track at Lackland […]

Melrose student honored

PNT Staff Report Caleb Dodd of Melrose has been chosen as one of 50 participants in the National FFA Organization 2009 New Century Farmer Program. Dodd is an Eastern New Mexico University student majoring in general agriculture. He plans to work on his family’s farm after college and expand operations using technology. This year’s New […]

Store hosting grand opening

PNT Staff Report Dollar General store at 1015 W. Second St. has scheduled a promotional grand opening for Saturday and Sunday. The store has been open since May 26, about two months after the Dollar General location on Avenue C was destroyed by fire.

Musk thistle expanding across region

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PNT Staff Report There are different weeds that are native to New Mexico, but some weeds like the musk thistle are trying to take over. The musk thistle is a tall plant with waxy dark green deeply lobed leaves with spines. The leaves can appear to be white to silver-gray. Michael Roberts, a U.S. Department […]

Causey, Lingo reunion upcoming

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Causey and Lingo reunion is coming up at the end of the month for former and current residents of the small villages. The reunion happens once every three years and brings in many of the former residents from, as far as Washington State, Oregon and Arizona. The Causey […]

Attorney wins award

PNT Staff Report Randy Knudson of Doerr & Knudson PA in Portales has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Bar Service Award-Lawyer from the State Bar of New Mexico.The award recognizes valuable service and contributions to the legal profession over a significant period of time, according to a news release from the State Bar. Knudson […]