The future of agriculture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Baby Boomers and younger people are demanding more luxuries than older generations. And Baby Boomers wanting to spend their last days near plants and animals will become a source of income for agriculture, a New Mexico State University agriculture economist said Tuesday. Lowell Catlett, futurist and dean of […]

Roosevelt County primary candidates

The following candidates filed Tuesday for office in Roosevelt County. The primary election is June 1. Seven candidates are vying for the District 5 commissioner seat — four Republicans and three Democrats. Magistrate Judge Democrat • Charles R. Perez • Maxine Padilla McCollum Republican • Linda Short Assessor Republican • Tex L. Belcher • Kenner […]

My turn: Preferring a pinch of green

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I’m thinking green today. It’s not payday, but St. Patty’s Day, that time of year when we pay homage to a fifth century saint by drinking green beer and slurping lime Jell-O shots. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was known to use the shamrock to explain The Holy […]

Police blotter — March 17

A sampling of recent calls to Portales dispatchers, according to call logs: Thursday • At 9:20 a.m., a caller in the 1700 block of North Boston said she would like animal control to come and pick up a cat at her mother’s house. • At 2:46 p.m., a caller in the 500 block of South […]

Meetings watch: Local Growth Management Committee

The Local Growth Management Committee met Tuesday at the Clovis Police Department. • The committee approved the usage of a $133,030 grant from the Office of Economic adjustment, on behalf of the Department of Defense. The money will be used for a regional growth planner position, with up to $90,000 budgeted. Portales Community Affairs Coordinator […]

County rents armory

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission met Tuesday morning in the County Courthouse with Commissioner Paul Grider absent. During the meeting, commissioners: • Approved a 25-year franchise agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company to allow SPS to continue to use county right of ways as necessary to provide electricity to county residents. • Approved an […]

Portales Past: March 17, 1945

March 17, 1945: J.H. McArthur was found burned to death at his home 12 miles south of Elida. Officials speculated the home had caught fire and McArthur was overcome by smoke trying to extinguish the blaze. McArthur homesteaded in the area in 1898.

It’s their job: Sophia Dunsworth

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Sophia Dunsworth, who has been working at Movie Gallery for seven months, said she likes the job because of the interaction with customers and the different types of customers.

Yam Theater nears completion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After a long period of vacancy and renovations, The Yam Theater is nearing its re-opening day. Stephen Doerr, board member of Portales MainStreet, which owns The Yam, said he expected sub-contractors to finish their work in three weeks. Volunteers are to complete tasks that don’t require licensed professionals, such […]

Ice cream shop opens

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PNT staff report Green tea ice cream? Yes. Portales chef Victor Castillo and his wife, Rosalinda, have opened a new ice cream shop, The Skoop, that features 16 flavors of ice cream, malts, sundaes, Italian soda, candy, pickles and more. They are showcasing their green tea and coffee ice cream flavors. “We’re going to be […]

My turn: Other options besides hunting

With hunting season slowing until turkey season in April, it is nice to know there is something else a man of the outdoors can get into: Fishing. Oasis State Park in Roosevelt County and Ned Houk Park outside Clovis have winter trout for fishing. Oasis also has channel catfish in the pond. During the summer, […]

Portales Past: March 16, 1910

March 16, 1910: Portales Nursery Co., located one mile east of the city, was advertising it had 3,000 2-year-old apple trees available for spring planting.

ENMU cancels baseball games

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has canceled a pair of games Monday and Tuesday against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Although the games could be rescheduled at a later date, nothing has been announced at this point.

Tuesday morning briefing: Spelling tests, video games and a little blood

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day: It’s joking around. Can you spell Espanol? Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. is the Spanish Spelling Bee at the Portales Municipal School office at 501 Abilene. The winner advances to the state spelling bee. Question of the day What’s your dream spring […]

Volunteer profile: Stephen Doerr

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Name: Stephen Doerr Residence: Portales Occupation: Attorney Volunteer work: He serves on the board of directors and a committee with Portales MainStreet, as well as helping with manual labor on the organization’s various projects. He is also on the board of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation. Why he does it: “I like Portales MainStreet […]

Druggist became pillar of community

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist W. H. Duckworth, owner of the Duckworth Drug Company came to New Mexico in the year, 1908 headquartering out of the city while traveling his territory. In 1910 he became manager of the Southwestern Drug Store and remained in that capacity until 1922. Duckworth served his state as lieutenant governor […]

Public has right to information

By Gabriela Schneider: Guest columnist Every day, the federal government releases vast amounts of useful information about every aspect of our nation and how government works. This public information has a deep impact on almost every aspect of American life. Some of it can be used to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, […]

Vote on education program needed soon

Freedom New Mexico Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary (a position that shouldn’t exist at the federal level, but is hardly likely to be abolished), has been somewhat less the tool of the education establishment and teachers unions than might have been expected. He has pushed for higher standards in testing regimens and more […]

Senior happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Dance at Los Abuelitos in Portales. Please bring a cover dish. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities; 11:30 a.m. potluck luncheon. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily activities; 9:30 a.m. free blood pressure and […]

Wine pairing featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on decorating gift baskets, updating the kitchen and pairing wine and food will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Ava Green will show how to decorate and customize gift baskets, which are great for any occasion. Her company is Terri’s Yarns […]