Bond money stocks junior high library

By Laurie Stone A well-stocked library can be a cornerstone for students which opens a door of opportunity for a growing mind as their interests and education develops. Thanks to the general obligation bond issue that was passed in Nov. 2002, Billy Dixon, the Portales Junior High librarian, puchased $20,000 dollars worth of new books. […]

Hill to be renamed

By Mike Linn This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the Texas border in Roosevelt County, […]

Duct tape clearly a part of American history

By Kevin Wilson On Saturday, life changed for nearly 350 people who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University. It took somebody else’s graduation gift to make me realize the impending change one company is unleashing on our world. While attending a post-graduation celebration for some acquaintances, I noticed that one graduation gift was wrapped differently […]

Switching parties a tactic for local voters

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said Democrats want to have a say as to who fills Roosevelt County positions, and they’re willing to switch parties for that purpose. Fraze said she has seen 22 voters change their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican so they can vote on key positions during June […]

CAFB holding change of command ceremony

Darrell Maurina Cannon Air Force Base personnel will mark a transition between commanders with a change of command ceremony at 3 p.m. today. The incoming commander, Col. John Posner, was most recently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The next assignment for the outgoing commander, Col. Robert Yates, will be to a different […]

We must accept the truth of the Scriptures

Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (PNT Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — is […]

Cannon focuses on fitness

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As they get ready to meet new Air Force physical fitness standards, Cannon airmen are running and doing push-ups and sit-ups — exercises many haven’t done for years. Unlike the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the Air Force has used a stationary cycle fitness test for the […]

Area educators indecisive on amendments

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

Rams change scrimmage plans

By Kevin Wilson Change is good. At least that’s how Glen Johnson sees it. The Portales Ram football team had an off day on Wednesday, but Johnson was at work to make some changes for this weekend’s scrimmage. Johnson didn’t like the prospect of having his team travel to Hobbs to play its junior varsity […]

Church acquires new name, new pastor

By Gary Mitchell Pastor Jim Maxwell has set at least two goals since assuming the pastorate of Portales’ Trinity Family Center. His primary goal is spiritual — to reach more people for Christ, especially among the younger crowd. “One of our greatest goals is to reach younger people,” the 50-year-old pastor said. “My wife (Anita) […]

Arnold wants to deal with dispute in public setting

By Mike Linn Municipal Judge Fred Arnold told the Portales City Council on Tuesday that he wants to discuss the reasons why police officers refuse to file cases in his court. The elected judge said he would like to try and discuss the situation at a public hearing, which could take place in June. A […]

Portales experiencing rollercoaster weather

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s heat wave turned into a cold snap for eastern New Mexico by Monday, as a 41-degree temperature drop brought strong winds and the area’s first rainfall this month. “We still get cold fronts into the state sometimes as late as early or mid-June, but usually they are not nearly that […]

Lawmakers face new governor, packed agenda

Deborah Baker Santa Fe – The winds of change blowing through the state Capitol amount to welcome fresh air for some – but may give others the chills – as the annual meeting of the Legislature gets under way. Lawmakers return to Santa Fe on Jan. 21 for what promises to be a jam-packed 60-day […]