My turn: Friends offer kitchen wisdom

Argen Duncan In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. […]

Firefighters investigating small fire at residence

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Portales Firefighters responded to a house fire at 720 South Dallas Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Firefighters had the small fire put out in a short time. The cause of the fire is under investigation and more information will be posted soon.

Portales Past: July 21, 1910

July 21, 1910: Sidewalks were appearing all around Portales. “The northwest side and southwest side of the square have complete sidewalks and the work on other sides are progressing,” the Roosevelt County Herald reported. “Bascom Howard is leading the way by having a concrete sidewalk laid in front of his residence.”

Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the […]

Winds cause damage throughout area

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Winds peaking at speeds of around 60 mph caused damage around Portales on Monday morning, but slowed in the afternoon. Brent Wachter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said winds at Cannon Air Force Base peaked at 59 mph, while the Clovis weather station registered a […]

Fire damages attic

PNT staff A fire caused minimal damage to the attic of an unoccupied house Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said no one was injured. Traffic was blocked for less than an hour around the 700 block of Second Street. Hill said people working on the house noticed smoke and […]

Boys Scouts plans Ten Commandment hike

Freedom New Mexico The El Llano Grande Boy Scouts District is planning a Ten Commandments hike on May 1. The hike will last from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will be introduced to a variety of faiths and houses of worship. Scouts will hike to churches, avoiding major traffic areas. Each stop will be […]

Wind causes second power outage

Freedom New Mexico High winds caused another power outage Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves. The outage lasted for about two hours and affected 1,141 customers, Reeves said. He said power was restored around 1:30 p.m. Reeves said a cross arm on a power pole had to be repaired on Norris […]

Desire only qualification needed

By Grant McGee: FNM columnist I was at one of those community dinners we have around here from time to time when someone asked me a question that gave me pause. “What sort of training did you have to have to be a DJ?” asked Robert, who was in charge of taking tickets. I got […]

Mind mouths, around your children

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist “Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” So French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, in his novella, ‘The Little Prince’ in 1943. We parents, all of us, have been taught by our children — […]

Fire destroys mobile home

Freedom New Mexico A fire caused heavy damage to a double-wide mobile home in Roosevelt County on Sunday night. Portales Fire Department Fire Investigator Mike Inge said the fire started around the central gas heater, but the reason hadn’t been determined. Firefighters finished putting out hot spots such as smoldering insulation around noon Monday, he […]

City crews work to fill potholes

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Road crews have been working to fix those pesky potholes springing up like wildflowers in Spring. Three city crews have been scattered around town fixing holes created by the combination of cold and wet, snowy weather. Street department Director Jerry Rose said potholes start when moisture penetrates the asphalt. […]

School rallies around homecoming queen

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Dora High School senior Sarah Walker has touched hearts with a lot of hugs and not a word. Sarah was crowned Miss DHS at the school’s homecoming celebration Jan. 16. She has Angelman’s Syndrome, a chromosome disorder that causes developmental delays, particularly in speech. Senior Renee Gantert, who competed […]

God’s greatness is evident all around us

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Snow makes me happy, and I guess it’s because we don’t see it often. It brings a winter wonderland for me. Gentle snowflakes softly fall and cover the boughs of my evergreen trees. The “picture perfect” postcard is filed in my photo album of many blessings. Underneath this glorious sight, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Joking around and Muleshoe’s “Muletrain.”

Good morning! It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Good for a laugh… it’s Joking around. Muletrain musing Muleshoe’s homespun TV 6 features Gill Lamb’s

Santa’s helpers reside in Roosevelt County

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Every year around Christmas, Santa’s helpers appear around Portales, handing out gifts and making children smile. And it’s Roosevelt County men who are under those red suits, hats and beards. Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Matt Rush and C&S Dairy Supply employee Mark Clark are two of the local […]

Tired of machines ordering me around

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with Bossy Britches Machines. Our motor vehicles insist on telling us our “windshield washer is low” or we might ought to “check the oil.” The worst is the bright yellow light announcing our “fuel is low.” Do they think we can’t […]

Hospital administrator candidates discuss goals

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The five finalists for the opening administrator position at Roosevelt General Hospital hail from around the country, including two from the local area, and have differing types of experience. W. Jeff Commer Jr. Commer, of Tucson, Ariz., is the founder and owner of Southwest Business Facilitation LLC, which provides […]

Our choices revolve around ethics

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The basic task of ethics is to answer the question, “How should I act?” What standards apply to me as I conduct my life?” “What are the fundamental principles that I should follow?” Those are pretty much equivalent questions, but the answers are extremely complicated and multifaceted. There […]

Census count on the horizon

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken in between, […]