Letter to the Editor: Our actions, for good or evil, transcend our lifespan

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I have to hand it to Wendel Sloan for taking on a cherished belief in the afterlife in a Bible-belt outpost where a few zealots may be willing to send him there. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. On July, 30, 2002, Clayton Frank Stoker killed his friend Johnny Joslin over an argument about […]

Lax security in the agri-chemical industry heinous

— The Dallas Morning News At last, there’s definitive action from the bureaucratic world toward cutting through the jumble of regulations that led to the West, Texas, fertilizer disaster. The fact that concrete steps are being ordered out of Washington and not Austin is hardly a surprise, considering how Gov. Rick Perry has been content […]

Defense furloughs cut from 11 to 6

By Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon moved Tuesday to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures, cutting the number of days off from 11 to six. Defense officials said the Pentagon found sufficient savings in the […]

Defense furloughs cut from 11 to 6

By Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — The Pentagon moved Tuesday to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures, cutting the number of days off from 11 to six. Defense officials said the Pentagon found sufficient savings in the […]

Rams get into swing of practice

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Portales Rams sophomore Jacob Salgado tags a pad held by PHS assistant coach Vic Lopez during a foot and handwork exercise on Monday as the Rams opened practice for the 2013 football season. PHS hosts Las Vegas Robertson in its opening game on Aug. 30.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Enorwood@pntonline.com It was obvious by the intensity and direction of Monday morning’s gathering of football hopefuls that this wasn’t just a summer workout. This was real practice at Portales High School, and it showed as the Rams began preparing for the upcoming football season. Everyone looked in sync, […]

Dual credit courses critical component

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Dual credit courses are being used across the county by area high schools to propel students toward their futures. It’s one of the common components among all Roosevelt County high schools that garnered an A grade in the college and career readiness category of the schools’ report cards […]

Ram band hard at work

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com After placing second in the 2012 Zia Marching Band Fiesta AA division and the 2013 New Mexico Activities Association State Band Contest, the Portales Ram Band has been at work since school ended in May. “We held our rookie camp the week after school ended for our […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 6

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Friday Caller reported: • 3:21 p.m.: Landlord tenant dispute, 1700 block of South Avenue F. • 5:36 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 800 block of East Second Street. • 7:22 p.m.: Alarm activation, San Juan Village. • 7:41 p.m.: Domestic, County Co-op. • 8:30 p.m.: Criminal damage, 800 block of […]

Local Brief: Wanted Clovis man arrested

A 54-year-old Clovis certified public accountant wanted for failure to appear in court to face charges he embezzled nearly $300,000 from the New Mexico Cattle Growers Foundation was arrested Monday in Lubbock, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Police say in 2010 and 2011, Charles W. Fleming deposited 20 checks totaling […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 6

Today Free Summer Film — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Allen Theatres in Clovis. “Happy Feet Two” will be screened. Rated PG. Information: 763-7713. Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 356-5307. Artists in Residence children’s writing workshops — 4:30-6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Authors Don […]

My Turn: Fitness goals are invigorating

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Day 1 — This day has been put on hold repeatedly … but it finally arrived. I had to get through the hectic days of June. I had to wait until after the vacation in July. Then there was that head cold after we got back home. When you’re not in shape, there’s always some […]

Rams get into swing of practice

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It was obvious by the intensity and direction of Monday morning’s gathering of football hopefuls that this wasn’t just a summer workout. This was real practice at Portales High School, and it showed as the Rams began preparing for the upcoming football season. Everyone looked in sync, […]

Rams ready to take practice field on Monday

CMI staff Second-year Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez figures things can only get better for the Rams this season. PHS, with just one starter returning, went 2-8 in 2012, including a Class 3A first-round playoff loss at Las Vegas Robertson. The Rams begin preseason workouts on Monday at the PHS practice field, practicing in […]

Two local students elected to 4-H state office

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Of the many adventures, challenges and triumphs best friends Lane Wallace and Koby Cone have experienced together, becoming state 4-H leaders is just one more they are preparing to embark. The Roosevelt County seniors were recently elected to state offices at the 90th annual State 4-H Conference held […]

Tax-free weekend hits

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Wallets were unfolding and cash registers were overworked as tax free weekend hit Portales. School supplies under $15, computers under $1,000, computer equipment under $500, and clothes and shoes under $100 are all tax free throughout New Mexico through today.   Many Portales residents took advantage of […]

I guess I done told you that

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The West was peppered with bad guys whose conduct was misunderstood Yet, today we treat them as heroes like they were a Robin Hood. We tend to portray them as victims, who, through no fault of their own Grew up to be convicts and perverts, but, hey, they were raised in a broken home. They’d […]

Report: Lesser prairie chicken survival may decline

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Lesser prairie chicken nest survival may decline to a level too low to sustain its current population by 2050 because of climate change, according to a recent report by Texas Tech University and the U.S. Geological Survey. The report points to the effects of temperature and precipitation change […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 4

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Thursday Caller reported: • 10:59 a.m.: Caller stated possible fight in the area, 1300 block of South Avenue E. • 11:33 a.m.: Child custody issue with mother of his children, 1300 block of North Avenue B. • 11:41 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, 600 block of South Avenue D. […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 4

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: 760-0690. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Artists in Residence Creativity Group — 7-9 p.m., Art and Anthropology Design Lab […]

Saving smelly fish sustained, costly endeavor

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Steve Pearce isn’t a big fan of relaxed immigration policies, food stamps, bargain air fares, or most critters, especially the Rio Grande silvery minnow. New Mexico’s Second Congressional District congressman may have something with that last one. Back in 2003 he told a Belen audience: “We all understand in the west that water is about […]