Great American Clean-Up slated for next Saturday

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Pride in Portales. That’s the motto for the eighth annual Great American Clean-Up and that’s what Amy Franz hopes will motivate people to come out on Saturday, pick up a trash bag and help clean up the town. “Pride in Portales. I really want that to stick in people’s […]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and […]

Portales makes plans to clean

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents can clean up the town and earn prizes during Saturday’s Great American Cleanup. The annual event is an opportunity for citizens to band together and clean up Portales. It is also a good way to show younger generations how much trash can be thrown out, said event […]

Volunteers join cleanup efforts

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The sound of backhoes pushing mountains of rubble and voices shouting to one another filled the air of a neighborhood south of Brady Avenue on Monday afternoon as hundreds of volunteers cleaned up decimated homes and debris-cluttered streets in the aftermath of Friday’s tornado. The most damaging tornado in Curry […]

Church members reach out

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A contingent of Portales church members went to the hurricane-ravaged areas in south Texas and Louisiana intent on giving the victims food, shelter and above all, hope. Members from various Baptist churches in Portales and Clovis were in Louisiana and south Texas to help out victims who were seeking shelter, […]

Trek for Trash to be held Saturday

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer One of the two major trash clean-up efforts will take place on Saturday with the Portales Trek for Trash event. Trek for Trash, coupled with the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in Portales during April, are the two largest clean-up events in Portales. Veda Urioste was one of […]

Local business cleaning up

By Marc Schoder What’s the best way to milk a cow? That’s up for debate, but Shannon and Kenneth Valentine of Portales have the answer for how to clean a cow. The southern Californian natives have built a business on cloth towels and support from dairies across Roosevelt and Curry counties. Their business — Udderly […]

Clovis cleans up for commissioners

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s highway department has been mowing grass and trimming trees along U.S. Highway 60/84 between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base the last few days. State Highway 523 between Clovis and the municipal airport is also receiving a cleanup. State officials said the cleanup is routine — and the […]

Community to get together to pick up trash

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Organizers of the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in the city of Portales are hoping for a big turnout on Saturday. Veda Urioste, one of the coordinators of the event, said last year there were 274 participants and 714 trash bags were filled with garbage from around […]

Government needs to focus on cleaner energy

By Jim Constantopoulos: Guest columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the Southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 […]

Getting kids to clean room requires creativity

By Helena Rodriguez How clean is your house? That’s a scary question to ask someone, even a good friend, during a casual conversation. “How’s your day?” and “What do you think about the weather?” These are valid conversation topics. But talk about what lies behind someone’s closed doors and inside their closets and you just […]

Summer youth programs helps Portales students stay on track

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By Tony Parra The summer is not necessarily a break for students. Several programs in Portales offer jobs that remind students about the importance of education. The federal Clean and Beautify Program allows students a chance to earn a paycheck with up to 25 hours per week. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautify Program coordinator, said […]

Towels part of life’s tapestry

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Portales to pick up its trash

MIchelle Seeber Clean and Beautiful. That’s how organizers of the Clean and Beautiful Committee want Portales to look by the end of the day Saturday. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautiful coordinator and the city’s administrative assistant, said she is calling on volunteers from throughout Portales to participate in the city-wide trash cleanup that day. Groups […]

Town looks good in white

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Darrell Todd Maurina As one of Roosevelt County’s oldest communities, Elida has had a long time to build a rich history. It’s also had a long time to accumulate dust and dirt. Beginning this weekend, Elida residents are starting to spruce up their town by painting older buildings, removing junk, and otherwise getting the town […]

Portales cleans up city

By Janet Bresenham The streets, alleys, parks and public areas in Portales received a spring cleaning Saturday, as children and adults fanned out across the city to pick up trash. “This is our community, so we need to keep it clean,” said Portales City Council Member Dianne Parker, who co-chairs the annual clean-up event. “We […]