Portales firefighters hone skills at Hazmat competition

Argen Duncan Four Portales firefighters donned protective suits and ran through scenarios involving leaking tanker trucks, missing radioactive sources and confined spaces last week. The team took fourth place overall and in the technical category at the 14th annual Hazmat Challenge July 27-30 at Los Alamos National Laboratories. Twelve teams from New Mexico, Texas and [...]

Public record: Aug. 4

In the Portales Magistrate Court: July 12 • Stephanie Brumfield, DOB 1991, found guilty of minor in possession of alcohol and sentenced to one year supervised probation, 40 hours community service, and fined $300. July 15 • Adolfo Alvarez, DOB 1986, found guilty of attempting to bring contraband into place of imprisonment and possession of [...]

Snappy comebacks not needed

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Kevin Wilson It was a good thing the city of Clovis takes checks. I had no cash on me, and it was too embarrassing to make two visits. “The swimming lessons are $70, correct? And who do I make the check to?” “Just write it to the city,” the Aquatic Center employee told me, as [...]

Their View: Demography need not become destiny

Matthew Ladner writes for New Mexico’s conservative Rio Grande Foundation (www.riograndefoundation.org). Here’s a sampling from a recent column distributed to newspapers around New Mexico:

New Agent Orange claims deadline near

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will begin in October to pay thousands of disability claims to Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia — illnesses newly associated with exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange, used in that war. A 60-day countdown to the day that [...]

My Turn: Court ruling in 1974 leveled playing field in Portales schools

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist All that’s left of the historic W.E. Lindsey Elementary School in north Portales now is a huge pile of rubble. Demolition trucks demolished this epicenter of my childhood last week. There are no longer walls, but rocks. And if rocks could talk, they would shout out vibrant stories of festive [...]

Press release: 21st Annual Cannon Appreciation Day set for August 6th

There’s no question that Cannon Air Force Base is an integral part of the local community. And for the past 20 years, the local community has shown its support for the individuals and families who are dedicated to preserving the safety and freedom of the United States of America. Now, for the 21st year, the [...]

ENMU briefs — Aug. 4

Volunteers needed The crew staffing the Eastern New Mexico University Dawg Days move-in and orientation needs volunteers to help students move into residence halls Aug. 14. The majority of the need is from 8 a.m. to noon. Ten team leaders and as many volunteers as possible are needed. “Their presence helping with move-in means the [...]

Reader submitted: Altrusa Club welcomes four new members

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By Yvette Howl Portales Altrusa Club welcomed four new members. The new members and their sponsors enjoyed the initiation ceremony developed and carried out by Sue Bracksieck. The club will put them to work on the upcoming Home Tour to be held on Oct. 3. Watch for Altrusa members selling tickets to the annual fundraiser. [...]

South Korea doesn’t need U.S. help

Freedom Newspapers There’s no question the dictatorship running North Korea is one of the more dangerous — and nuttier — in the world. It’s headed by the Kim dynasty, something that wasn’t supposed to happen under the “classless” ideology of communism. In recent days current dictator Kim Jong Ill has been acting up, as he [...]