Live bull riding test of courage

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist “So, what’s the difference between riding a mechanical bull and riding a real one?” asked the boy of his dad. “You will know the difference, my son, the first time you climb over into the buckin’ chute and look down.” The mechanical bull is a carnival ride. It is not […]

Family goose takes show for second year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Hooonk! Hooonk! The Bartlett family of Portales showed geese at the Roosevelt County Fair for the second time this year. “The neat thing about waterfowl is not everybody does it,” said Joe Bartlett. Joe’s 10-year-old son, Clayton, won Champion Waterfowl with a 2-year-old female Chinese White goose this year […]

Getting to know: Volunteer has served 12 years with Habitat for Humanity

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Greg Senn has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity since 1997, he estimates. For his day job, he teaches sculpture, jewelry making and design with the Eastern New Mexico University Art Department. Why do you work with Habitat? I believe people need to give back to the community, and this was a very rewarding way […]

Republican governor hopeful tests political waters across state

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico It may be a year off, but the New Mexico Gubernatorial race already has candidates out and about. In a swing through eastern new Mexico, Republican hopeful Doug Turner of Albuquerque met Curry County, Roosevelt County and Quay County Republican party members Wednesday to talk issues. He is traveling […]

Special needs day gives youth chance to bond

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Halley Manley said her reserved daughter with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder became outgoing and made physical and emotional improvements, all thanks to horseback riding. “She has self-confidence now and is willing to try anything,” Manley said of her daughter, 9-year-old Emma Purcell. Manley […]

Ticket feature: Nelson twins to perform tribute show

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Freedom New Mexico Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will be trying out a different genre of music during their performance at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Gunnar Nelson said he and his brother will be performing a rockabilly show called Ricky Nelson Remembered in memory of their father who died in an airplane crash […]

Business feature: Sisters start business in memory of father

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Freedom New Mexico Debbie Strong and her sister Viki Crawford got into Curves for Women after their father died of cancer. They started getting interested in their health and their brother James Russell was looking for something that he could do at that time. “Russell had a job he was tired of, which is pretty […]

Climate change proposals based on faulty research

It’s likely a sign of desperation that national security is increasingly invoked as an excuse for waging war on global warming. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says global warming will create “climate refugees” and bring international conflicts. The American military, the reasoning goes, will have to intervene in massive humanitarian efforts or with force. This echoes […]

Protests delay provider transition

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Transition to new managed-care support contractors for 6 million TRICARE beneficiaries across 30 states has been halted while the Government Accountability Office reviews protests filed by losing bidders. TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) announced last month that Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., won the contract competition and would be […]

Movie one big marketing campaign

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Let it be known this column includes spoilers for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” I’m giving away the first five minutes, and telling you the rest doesn’t really matter. I’ve heard about married couples who tell me they saw each other and they knew in the first five minutes […]

RGH clinics moving closer to rural status

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital Board learned Tuesday the Portales clinic is 90 days away from being able to bill as a designated rural health clinic, once Medicare and Medicaid send a billing code. The new billing number will allow the clinic to bill under the rural health clinic designation so in time they […]

City council ups fee for Memorial Building use

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council approved rate increases Tuesday of 100-to-200 percent for the use of the city’s Memorial Building. Typical rates for those leasing space were formerly estimated between $3 and $7 an hour with a $50 deposit. Sammy Standefer, the city’s planning director, told council members those rates […]

Official: Swine show numbers up

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By Karl Terry: PNT correspondent Kasyn Creighton may have already forgotten judge Tyler Dewey’s Tuesday night comments about her Hampshire hog but she and dozens of other Roosevelt County youth won’t easily forget the thrill of being in the show ring. The Roosevelt County Fair officially got under way Tuesday with the annual New Mexico […]

Opposition for ‘Obamacare’ voiced

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — If the crowd at a town hall for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was indicative of eastern New Mexico, it’s a safe bet the region does not approve of health care reform making its way through Congress. Those in attendance made grievances known to Bingaman at the Clovis […]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

PNT staff U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry and […]

Rabbit show keeps fair hopping

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair Rabbit Show. The special interest rabbit competition makes it possible for children to show animals when they might not be able to raise cattle, pigs, or other large animals. “I’ve been […]

County commission hears speeding concerns

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Roosevelt County Commission agreed Tuesday to look into installing speed limit, children playing and cattle warning signs on Roosevelt Road AG near Floyd. Roosevelt Road AG resident Karen McCaslin asked for the signs, citing concerns for increased activity along the road and fast traffic. “It has increased […]

Aug. 30, 1982

A notice in Portales news archives reads: “Tomorrow is NOT Election Day in Roosevelt County. Because we have two uncontested legistlative races in District 66, there will be no primary election in Roosevelt County Tuesday. This will save Roosevelt County over $12,000. However, there will be the regular general election, Tuesday, Nov. 2. I hope […]

Aug. 29, 1969

A want ad from Portales news archives reads: “Help Wanted. Full time (in our plant) permanent employment. Forty-hour, five-day work week with Saturday off. Time and half for overtime. Starting salary $1.60 per hour. Free life and medical insurance. Profit sharing plan and other benefits. Apply in person. Selected Casing Inc.”