Federal budget no longer on cruise control

By Jeff Bingaman: Guest Columnist For most Americans, the subject of the federal budget is about as interesting as diagramming sentences in a high school English class. For New Mexicans, however, the federal budget is of vital importance. Here’s why: In the current fiscal year, direct federal expenditures made in our state will total about [...]

Christmas delivered throughout city

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By Kevin Wilson Mike Parkey genuinely feels two emotions when he’s in a Santa Claus outfit for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. He’s delighted to see the look on the eyes of children he brings gifts to, and he’s relieved that he still needs a pillow under the coat to give an accurate portrayal of Santa. [...]

Not all blue-light specials are good

By Bob Huber Here at Christmas Central where credit cards grow on trees, I’m recalling the time I draped yuletide lights on a pine shrub in our front yard. After the holidays I chopped down that bush in a fit of hay fever, so the next year I had to improvise a new display to [...]

Stanfield to perform next Saturday in Farwell

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Jana Stanfield will bring her music with meaning to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico residents at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 in Farwell, Texas, according to concert coordinators and sponsors. Stanfield, an Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis High School graduate, will be singing [...]

Governor making stop in Portales

Freedom Newspapers Governor Bill Richardson will hold town hall meetings in Clovis and Portales today. He will be in Clovis at 2:30 p.m. in the Bert Cabiness City Government Center (City Hall), 321 Connelly St., said Richardson spokeswoman Marsha Catron. Afterwards, Richardson will be in Portales at 4 p.m. in the Portales City Hall, 100 [...]

ENMU considers changing dorm to all-male residence

Tony Parra The days of women and men living in Lincoln Hall together may be over. Eastern New Mexico University is considering changing Lincoln Hall from a co-ed dormitory to all male. The move could be made because of the increase of male residents and not enough space to accommodate them according to Housing Director [...]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree to kick off holiday season

By Helena Rodriguez It will begin to look and sound a lot like Christmas in Portales this evening with the official lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. at Portales City Hall. The 16th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree lights up just as Portales school children get out of school today for Thanksgiving break. [...]

Female deputy not count’y first after all

PNT Staff Oops. Female deputies are rare in the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office, but Natalie Broglie will not be the first in the department’s 100-year history as the Portales News-Tribune reported on Thursday. Bekki Hall, executive secretary for the sheriff’s office, said she had researched the issue and found no documentation supporting another female deputy [...]

Personalities Plus — Pat Willis

By Loretta Kos Pat Willis is manager of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. She likes dogs, ice cream and “topping that little hill on the Lovington highway.” Name: Pat Willis Job: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Age: 54, July 22, 1948 Hometown: Ballinger, Texas Family: Jack, 55, husband, was a teacher at Portales [...]

Richardson to visit area

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to tour 11 communities — including Clovis and Portales today — during a three-day swing through southeast New Mexico, according to a news release from his office. Richardson will discuss the recent legislative session, and talk about upcoming initiatives, including the education-reform election in September [...]