Business briefs — Feb. 9

Chamber holding ribbon cutting The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will be having a ribbon cutting Saturday for the grand opening of Laser Cosmetics’ new Portales location. The new location is at 117 S. Main on the square and the event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony being […]

Celebrate centennial by exploring state

Sitting at this particular computer, I am faced with a map of the northern New Mexico Mountains; the southwestern point is Albuquerque, and the northern border is about ten miles over the Colorado state line. As the map is topographical, it provides a great opportunity for placing oneself into the experience, with an imaginary journey […]

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 […]

Municipal races building steam

By Kevin Wilson Tuesday will be a busy day at city and town halls across eastern New Mexico, with candidates having an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. window to file for office. The following is a list of items that will be on Clovis’ March 6 ballot, including candidates who have announced their intentions to run so […]

My turn: Don’t need snow for sled

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I have been looking at lots of ads for the upcoming holiday. I have been amazed at the amounts and types of toys that are offered. I do not remember having things like that when I was a kid. I also think that the best toys were the ones we made. I had always wanted […]

Child Sense: When an older sibling is at camp

Priscilla J. Dunstan Parents often underestimate the anxiety and loneliness a younger sibling has when an older sibling goes off to camp. Young children don’t have a concrete understanding of time, and their immaturity makes it hard for them to believe their sibling’s absence is temporary. Keep them busy, do something special, and use this […]

Hamburgers childhood treat

Having lunch with a couple of guys that are older fogies than myself I couldn’t win, so I just listened. The talk turned to hamburgers and how cheap we used to buy them growing up. When they got down to a quarter burger I knew I couldn’t beat that myself. I can maybe remember a […]

Shoutouts — June 19

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Fatherhood worth effort This is for those men who are undecided about starting a family. I married later in life and never thought about having kids; wanted to wait until I was in better shape, had more money, traveled more: The typical wall men put up. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] My wife made it clear that […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

McGee: That new-fangled 21st century work ethic

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Did we waste our time back in the 20th century having a work ethic? You know, being on time for a job, finishing a job, stuff like that. It seems there’s a new way of doing things here in the 21st century. This came to mind when I ran […]

My turn: Make vacations unforgettable

Some prefer mountain vacations, but having spent much of the ‘70s in high places at Jimmy Buffett concerts, I now try to stay more sea-level-headed. A frequent getaway is the Texas coast (where I’ll be Saturday). I love getting up at the crack of 10 a.m. and strolling the beaches — fighting seagulls for the […]

My turn: No love for liberals

When David Stevens, my esteemed fellow Astros fan and Freedom New Mexico editor, asked me to write a weekly column, I was reticent. I did not want my personal views associated with my job. More importantly, having only moved to Portales from Dallas in 1982, I know Roosevelt County liberals are not interested in the […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]

Woman right to act on suspicions

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist A reader sent me a few emails asking for advice for a problem she was having with her fianc

April 2, 1978

Eastern New Mexico University was awarded a $8,920 interest-free loan for the purchase of a van to transport students having trouble with rising fuel prices

Scouts host blood drive

PNT Staff The Girl Scout troops of Portales are having a “Scouting for Donors” blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave. C, in Portales. Donors must be 16 yrs old (with a signed parental consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have picture identification. […]

Small businesses finding ways to survive

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By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten operating hours, Twin Cronnie Drive-In Owner Clint Harden is optimistic about the local economy because of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. While the recession has hit small businesses hard nationally, some Clovis and […]

Jambree club auditions upcoming

PNT staff Auditions for the Floyd Lions Club Jamboree are set for 2 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Old Gym of the Floyd School. Musicians should have two traditional country-western or gospel songs for the audition. Knowing the key and having extra copies of words and chords is recommended. Special acts and comedy routines may […]

Baloney, styrofoam good middle ground

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist We were having friends over for a barbecue last August. As we planned the menu, my wife said, “Oh, Mike’s daughter is a vegetarian! We’ll need to make her a separate meal.” “Just make her a turkey sandwich,” I suggested. “No, I’m serious, she said. “We’ve got to make her […]

Wounded gain lifelong advocates

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist About 120 service members and veterans who have suffered traumatic combat wounds requiring lifelong care have begun to see the benefits of having a Federal Recovery Coordinator assigned to help them. These “FRCs” are still few in number.