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 [...]

Fireworks ban lifted

Mike Linn Thanks to the barrage of recent rainfall, residents of Roosevelt County who like aerial fireworks and whistling bottle rockets will get their opportunity to ignite the popular fourth of July fireworks after all. In May the county banned the aerial eye-pleasers after Portales Fire Marshall Mike Running advised that dry weather and fireworks [...]

County has raised $10,000 for fireworks show

By Mike Linn This year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at dusk on Friday at the practice field across from Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has raised nearly $10,000 for the show, according to executive director Pat Willis. Since the show takes place on [...]

Fourth of July to go off with a bang

Gary Mitchell Portales’ annual fireworks show is back in town. After several years of shows at the softball complex just west of the city, Portales will sponsor a fireworks display at sundown Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University practice field across from Greyhound Arena on campus. “We’ve moved the fireworks show back into town,” [...]