Number of homes, retailers growing

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Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to the December report for building permits. “We’re actually up in every category this year except roofing,” City Planning Director Sammy Standefer said. “This year, we’re up on single family dwellings slightly.” Standefer said prior to 2008, 25 permits annually for […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

In search of ponies: Growing up for the birds

So they just topple over the edge and then they’re gone, sailing into the sunset to go forth and do their thing, right? Wrong. Sure it happens that way sometimes. And then sometimes they wander too close to the edge and fall out before they’re ready or they jump out and then hang around. But […]

Goat show entries up

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Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Fair goat shows are growing, and participants say it’s fun, hard work and a learning experience. The fair features several goat shows, and Superintendent Rod Savage said entries were up a little compared to last year. With the goat project being only 6 or 7 years old in the county, […]

My turn: Language still barrier

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When I was growing up, I thought everyone in Lubbock spoke Spanish. We went to the tienda down the street from my grandparents’ house; they spoke Spanish. At the park; Spanish. The music was Ramon Ayala. At Mass and cursillos (religious retreats) it was pure Spanish, with joyful shouts of “De Colores!” But then we […]

Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with […]

Herding Squirrels: Greetings from a super villain

Traci Arbios As a young lass, I never wanted the “typical” dream of growing up and getting married and having 2.5 kids and settling down into the 3-bed, 2-bath home with the picket fence. Partial lie — I wanted the picket fence, but mostly I just wanted my parents to build a picket fence around […]

My turn: Mom’s pasta salad good summer dish

Argen Duncan When I was growing up, my mom started making a pasta salad that’s still one of my favorites. (In fact, she made it last time she came to visit.) It’s cold, so it’s good for summer, and it has a nice variety of colors and flavors and a general light tanginess. It’s healthy, […]

Pumpkins family tradition

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Argen Duncan What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkins? Area residents not only cook with the traditional fall food, but some grow it as well. Portales Farmers Market Manager Margie Plummer and her family have been growing pumpkins in their garden for about 20 years, she said. She sells the fruit at the farmers market and […]

Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It […]

Money needed to keep border open, secure

Freedom New Mexico Drug battles in Mexico have been growing increasingly violent, and increasingly close to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley residents. Shootouts in Matamoros, Reynosa and other border towns are now being reported daily. It’s proper, then, for our border senators to try to secure more funding to improve our nation’s border crossings. Both senators […]

Government taxation growing at alarming rate

Howard Rich is chairman of Americans for Limited Government. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he distributed to newspapers around the country:

ENMU poised to reach enrollment milestone

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Eastern New Mexico University is heading toward topping 5,000 in enrollment for the first time, and is growing in several segments of its student population as well, university officials have said. The numbers won’t be finalized until the completion of the university’s fall census Sept. 3, but estimates and preliminary numbers indicate the growth. ENMU […]

City cracking down on overgrown weeds

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Jared Tucker The weed problem in Portales is growing out of control, according to police and residents. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 87 notices were given out to property owners in July who were in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance. Of those notices, Berry said, 61 complied and cleaned up their property, […]

My turn: Summer tales still haunt me

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Growing up, summer was a time of fun in the sun, during a time in which we didn’t worry about getting over-tanned or catching too much UV rays. But it was also a chilly time of evenings spent hovering under the covers, afraid of the electrifying thunderstorms that shook those summer nights. And during the […]

Most crops escape major hail damage

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Argen Duncan Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive rain have caused problems in several places. Tom Dannelley of Eastern Plains Insurance Corp. said he’d received about 10 claims for hail damage to crops in Roosevelt County, which is about normal. “There have been some scattered around, […]

Today’s youngsters robbed of hard lessons

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist In some ways, I have it worse than my parents did. Not growing up, of course. Growing up, I had it better than my parents. Mom and Dad often reminded me of this. But I think that as a parent today, I have it worse than my parents did because […]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions of higher learning. Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are offering programs and services designed to appeal and retain their growing Hispanic student population. A recent national survey of 176 institutions noted 55 […]

Base official: Affordable housing needed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base keeps growing. But Cannon officials have concerns about whether affordable housing can keep up. Personnel from the base met with community members and elected officials Tuesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Library to talk about the population increase for Cannon — at least 1,500 over the […]