MVD looking online for better customer service

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By Argen Duncan: PNT staff writer Long waits and frustrating automated call systems with the state Motor Vehicle Division could be on their way out, according to the state official overseeing the division. Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department Rick Homans was in Portales on Wednesday to explain plans to put many MVD functions […]

Volunteer finds food pantry ministry rewarding

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Michael Marshall has lived in Portales for seven years and is the post office manager for Eastern New Mexico University. He is a volunteer for a food pantry ministry through Central Christian Church. How did you get involved with volunteering work? I helped the guy who actually started our food pantry ministry. We used to […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Police: False robbery call made with pre-paid cell phone

PNT Staff Report A Portales police spokesman said a phone call reporting an armed robbery at a local bank on Friday that turned out to be a false alarm was made using a pre-paid phone. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police were unable to determine an exact location from where the call was made or […]

Police say Portales robbery call false alarm

Freedom New Mexico A call to Portales dispatchers about an armed robbery call Friday afternoon at Portales National Bank turned out to be a false alarm, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said the call came around 5 p.m. Several officers responded to Portales National Bank, but police found no evidence of a […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Hold off before criticizing Phelps

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Michael Phelps, who inspired me to finally learn to swim, is apparently human. In the shadow of the Super Bowl, a photo surfaced, showing Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong at a November 2008 party. Call my editors. I need an extra 300 words. I can’t fit all […]

Reward offered for information in deer poaching

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest for killing a pair of mule deer discovered near Portales. Game and Fish investigators say a doe and a buck were killed and dumped off South Roosevelt County Road 8 sometime last Monday. […]

New system speeding up call process

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer If your child skips classes at a Portales school, you’ll hear about it pretty quickly. Emergency notices and other important messages will also be able to be sent to large groups of phone numbers quickly. The Portales Municipal School District has a new school messaging system that will make […]

Library News Nov. 23

The following books currently are available at the Portales Public Library. The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver. Deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table to investigate a 9-1-1 call at Lake Mondac. What she stumbles into is true horror, and she narrowly escapes from two professional criminals. In a […]

Obama’s call for change needs wisdom as well

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of President-elect Obama’s campaign was the vagueness of his promise of “change,” which turned out to have little content once you got past the soaring rhetoric, leaving people of all persuasions to use him as a mirror to their own aspirations and agendas. That very vagueness, however, may serve him […]

Immigration status irrelevant to driver’s license

Freedom New Mexico Critics call it a train wreck, and the euphemism isn’t too far off. The state of Texas has joined other states across the nation in restricting the allocation of drivers’ licenses according to U.S. residency status. The issue became a major problem in New York for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary […]

God’s light defeats darkness

By Joan Clayton Once again Oct. 31 comes around. It is not my favorite time. I call it a “celebration of fear.” I don’t like to be scared, even as a joke. Fear is not of God. It is an evil force. “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a […]

Rodeo wranglers answer EMT call

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Airman 1st Class Brian Fox, left, 27th SOMOS, Staff Sgt. Joanna Siavii, center, 27th SOAMS, and Airman 1st Class Dena Olson, 27th SOMDOS, try to stabilize a “gunshot” victim in a mock trauma assessment during the Emergency Medical Technician R By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW […]

Sept. 29, 1936

State Governor Clyde Tingley ran a letter in the Portales Tribune to the citizens of Roosevelt County stating that the county fair was a “splendid medium to call attention of the state and the Southwest to the great

Cell phone switch taking place next month

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phone companies are offering to reprogram cell phones for free to help subscribers in Clovis and Portales adjust to the permanent switch to the 575 area code that takes effect next month. About three-fourths of the state, including eastern New Mexico will be assigned the 575 area code. The […]

KENW program invites questions regarding TV switch

Freedom New Mexico KENW-TV Channel 3 will host a call-in program Monday on the topic of the switch-over from analog to digital television. From 8-9 p.m., the station will broadcast some of the calls on Channel 3. Duane Ryan, director of broadcasting for KENW, said that there is a lot of confusion about what’s going […]

Police investigate a shooting in Portales

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred early Thursday morning, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Portales Police dispatch received a call from Roosevelt General Hospital at 5:10 a.m., reporting a male subject with a gunshot wound to the legbeing treated in the emergency room, according to Portales […]

Sibling rivalry can be funny … eventually

The psychologists call it “sibling rivalry.” I call it brothers and/or sisters hassling, and country kids seem to have abundant aggravation resources. My brother and I, as I recall, argued about most everything, but especially the important stuff like which bait would work best when we were fishing or whose turn it was to milk […]

Resurrection makes a new world possible

By Joan Clayton Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I call it “Resurrection Day.” I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me, the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to give it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) How many […]