Bloopers create infamous days in journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Portales readies blast for Independence Day

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Honor and entertainment are the themes for tonight’s $8,000 fireworks display at Eastern New Mexico University’s football practice field. More than a thousand explosive shells will be fired into the air, so officials are making sure that utmost safety precautions are taken. The Portales fireworks display has been run […]

Play smart to live, see the 5th of July

Don’t Drink and Drive! Airmen Against Drunk Driving is on call 24 hours a day for anyone who needs a safe ride home after a night of drinking. For a safe ride home, call 784-AADD (2233). Janet Taylor-Birkey The Fourth of July holiday brings with it a display of fun and freedom — often in […]

Independence Day’s is going to be a blast

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Explosions of color will flood the skies this July Fourth in celebration of the nation’s 230th year of independence. Lucky for locals, they won’t have to travel far to see them. Clovis, Portales, Elida, Ute Lake and Sumner Lake will all hold events for this year’s Independence Day holiday. Clovis […]

Dry conditions, fireworks make for nervous mixture

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer With dry conditions and bans on some types of fireworks in place, local fire officials are nervous about the possiblity of fires while vendors are concerned that business may fizzle. Eric Segovia, the manager of two Segovia Fireworks stands in Portales said stands are going to have to go […]

Chamber officials ask for fireworks donations

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Firework fund-raising has already started and Roosevelt County Chamber officials are looking to raise enough money to reach their goal of $8,000. Roosevelt County Chamber Manager Sharon King said as of Thursday they have raised $5,000. “I’m hoping they will have a really good time,” King said. “Allan (Silvers) […]

No fireworks ban in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Fire Department and other city officials will be reinforcing public awareness on the drought conditions and the dangers of fireworks, but have elected not to place a ban on the selling of fireworks. “I think in talking with Charlene (Hardin, county administrator) we feel we need to have […]

Mock council session evokes serious thought

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of no fireworks this year saddened some of the Portales High School and junior high students, but they were able to pass a recommendation during a mock city meeting to allow for a city fireworks display show. The Portales students held a mock city meeting Tuesday afternoon […]

Officials urge citizens to party responsibly

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Out with the old and in with the new. Area residents will be celebrating the start of a new year tonight, and local officials are urging citizens to “party responsibly.” Lt. James Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said New Year’s Eve will be safe and fun for […]

July 6 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The reunion in the Milnesand Community Building last Sunday. There were about 60 or so present for a meal and activities. Wesley McAfee was present and had charge of bringing a message from God’s word. He has retired from his regular church pastoring and he has moved back to Portales. Bro. Lewis […]

City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at […]

Holiday means freedom … from eyebrows

By Bob Huber When Independence Day — the holiday, not the movie — rolls into town each year on a Wal-Mart truck, I always remember the launching of America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. That singular event established once and for all that children should never play with matches. It began one summer when my friend […]

Communities gathering to celebrate fourth

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County residents will be celebrating the red-white-and-blue traditional holiday throughout the July Fourth weekend. Residents can view the fireworks display sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce via donations from residents and the lodger’s tax fund on Monday. Sharon King, Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce manager, said the […]

Sales start slow, finish with bang

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By Tony Parra and Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Fireworks stands operators are keeping an eye on sales as the July Fourth weekend approaches and fire department officials are keeping an eye on stand operators. “Usually it starts to pick up the closer we get to July Fourth,” Joy Griffith of Portales said. Griffith manages the […]

Fireworks fund in need of donations

By: Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is in the process of kicking off its annual Fourth of July fireworks fund-raising campaign according to Sharon King, chamber manager. “The goal that we have set for the chamber is $10,000 for this year’s celebration,” King said. The chamber has achieved $6,000 of […]

Commission plans second phase of tax implementation

By Tony Parra County commissioners made the second step towards the implementation of additional gross receipt taxes on Friday during the Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said the announcement was made of the intent to adopt the ordinance. There will be a special session for the members of the public to […]

Funding spark

By Tony Parra With a little over a month left before July 4, Roosevelt County Chamber Commerce officials are hoping to get a big funding boost or they may not be able to conduct fireworks’ displays in the future. Chamber Manager Pat Willis said the goal is to raise around $10,000 for this year’s fireworks […]

Fireworks take over night sky

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Janet Bresenham Royce Montgomery, 10, sat on the hill outside Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena watching Friday night’s fireworks display. His words painted a vivid picture of the crowd’s reactions to the colors and sounds. “Gee. Hey, cool. I like those ones,” Royce said to his friends, after the fireworks show began at 9 […]

U.S. celebrating 227th birthday— enjoy, appreciate

Today we celebrate the 227th birthday of the United States of America. Portales has a fireworks show tonight at Eastern New Mexico University. Melrose will host a community hamburger cookout at 5 p.m. today at its football field prior to fireworks, Clovis has live musical entertainment at Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive and Muleshoe […]

Fireworks to light up city

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Mike Linn A bang of bright fireworks will light up the Portales sky at tonight’s annual show in the field adjacent to Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The demonstration will begin at dusk and include a dazzling orchestra of 1,016 brightly colored fireworks in a 30-minute window, according to officials at the Roosevelt County […]