Their view: Let God help you fix your flat tires

Muleshoe pastor Curtis K. Shelburne writes weekly columns for the Clovis New Journal’s online edition. Here’s his most recent effort:

Demographics drive economic growth

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, preparing to announce his big new economic fix, appointed labor specialist Alan Krueger on Monday as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers. Need more jobs? Hire a labor expert, of course. Obama and Krueger will not think beyond the paradigm of government stimulus. It worked for Obama’s predecessors, […]

Fat fix isn’t government’s responsibility

Freedom New Mexico In case the drug war wasn’t enough government boondoggle, we have a new war on food abuse. Despite the portion of Americans who work hard to stay fit, an estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64 percent, are fat. The fat war started about 10 years ago, when government nutritionists stopped issuing reports […]

Xcel applying short-term fix for power problems

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Sharna Johnson An Xcel spokesman said a short-term solution to Portales’ power troubles has been found and crews are working to resolve recent problems. Technicians are installing a higher capacity breaker in a substation near downtown Portales while at the same time working to shift power loads from overloaded lines, spokesman Wes Reeves said Tuesday. […]

Executive order not quick fix for education

Freedom New Mexico It’s hard to get too excited about the executive order President Obama signed Wednesday. The order renews the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and came two weeks before an election in which Hispanics and other traditional Democratic Party supporters have voiced dissatisfaction with the administration and party candidates. It […]

My turn: Tuna patties easy to fix

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Editor David Stevens says he could eat tuna patties at every meal. He wanted to know when I was going write a column about them, so I tried some. The tuna patties taste nice and aren’t too fishy. They’re also quick to make and not too easy to screw […]

City crews work to fill potholes

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Road crews have been working to fix those pesky potholes springing up like wildflowers in Spring. Three city crews have been scattered around town fixing holes created by the combination of cold and wet, snowy weather. Street department Director Jerry Rose said potholes start when moisture penetrates the asphalt. […]

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

First budget fix bill goes to NM governor

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers have sent Gov. Bill Richardson the first bill in a package of measures to fix a $650 million budget shortfall. The legislation frees up $117 million, largely by raiding the cash balances of state agencies and taking $68 million from a college scholarship […]

May 7, 1941

The Portales Daily News reported that at a recent city council meeting, councilors decided the city would begin hauling trash from back alleys of residential areas the following week. Jack Patton and James Kiker of the Clean-up, Fix-up, Paint-up Campaign had appealed for help in keeping Portales clean.

Cut fiber in Lubbock halts Yucca Internet

Yucca Telecom Internet service was restored to Roosevelt County residents just before 2 p.m. Tuesday after a cut cable in Lubbock in the morning caused more than 3,000 customers to lose their Internet service, according to technician Bob Turnbough.Turnbough said there could be flickers of service, “but if there is they should be short-lived.”The outage […]

City councilors vote to borrow money to make waterline fix

Sarah Meyer The city of Portales will pursue a $2 million loan for water line improvements. City councilors voted Tuesday to accept City Manager Debi Lee’s recommendation for the funding, which will be used to install at least four valves in a 24-inch water line that runs roughly along U.S. 70 on the west side […]

City council moves ahead with line fix

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted during Tuesday’s meeting to move forward with plans to upgrade the 24-inch water main that has broken three times in the past two years. Councilors voted 6-0, with Dianne Parker and Ron Jackson absent, to authorize Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. to sign a contract […]

Council puts water line fix in motion

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to approve Smith Engineering’s proposal to design improvements for a 24-inch water line that has broken three times in the last two years. “We received five very, very good proposals,” said City Manager Debi Lee. An evaluation committee selected Smith’s proposal because it […]

Officials: Repaving of N.M. 206 not likely until spring

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor New Mexico Department of Transportation officials say they’re getting closer to determining the cause for failure of new pavement on N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora. A permanent fix isn’t likely until spring, however. “Our lab has done quite a bit of testing and it looks like there’s a […]

Alternative minimum tax should be repealed

Editorial According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as next year […]

Delegation wants base closing details

By Staff and Wire reports SANTA FE — The state has hired a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm and an Albuquerque consulting company to help in the effort to save Cannon Air Force Base from closing. The base at Clovis is one of only two Air Force bases recommended by the Pentagon for closing nationwide under […]

Officials rail road crossings

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Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner perturbed with slowed efforts to fix two Portales railroad crossings is spearheading a petition to expedite the repair process. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez distributed petitions to the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting seeking assistance on repairs from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa […]