Press release: Quality of Life focus groups volunteers needed

PORTALES, NM December 16, 2010 – The New Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January to address the perceived Quality of Life in Portales. The committee is looking for community residents to volunteer to participate. Multiple groups are scheduled at various times of the day, and each […]

Residents sought for focus groups

PNT staff report The new Portales Quality of Life Committee is looking for community residents to participate in focus groups, according to a news release from the Regional Growth Planning Office. Multiple focus groups are set to meet at the end of January at various times of the day for no more than two hours, […]

Airport security should focus on people

As we arrive at the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgi-ving week, the government’s […]

Their view: Let’s put focus on victims’ rights

Susana Martinez is a Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. Here’s what she has to say about crime: “For too long, soft-on-crime politicians have focused less on the rights of victims and more on the rights of criminals. That will end in a Martinez Administration. I will make accountability the order of each and every […]

Racial slur focus of ENMU gathering

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This story contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Eastern New Mexico University students and employees debated the use of a racial slur on Wednesday night, part of the Black History Month celebration. A panel and group of more than two dozen people talked about […]

Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full […]

ENMU faculty, students seeking volunteer work

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and staff are taking requests for free work from Portales residents as a way to give back to the community. The focus of the Eastern in Action program is doing things for people they cannot do for themselves, such as cleaning windows, painting and pulling weeds. There […]

New Rec Center leaders focus on improvement

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The new management team of the Portales Recreation Center is focusing on fun and improvement. Michael Doerr, athletic director for the center, and Andrea “Andy” Copenhaver, after school program director, want to see the center used by the community all day long, not just for children’s activities after school. […]

Sentenced with separation

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer While the state works to study and counter the effects of incarceration on families and children, jails and correctional facilities face the daily battles of housing the accused and the convicted. Their focus is on keeping facilities safe and secure. Caught in between are children who are growing, developing, […]

Water infrastructure getting a closer look

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor No matter what happens in Washington with the Ute Pipeline bill later this year, Portales officials say their focus is going to stay on supplying well water for a growing community. “I’m trying to stay positive that we’ll get the federal dollars we need to build the pipeline,” said […]