Worrying won’t help

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Worry has been defined as the interest gained on torment. That being true, guess where worry comes from? Certainly not from God. Whatever the situation, does worrying help? Does it give comfort? Does worry give peace? Does worrying give control of the situation? If you answered, “Yes,” to any of the […]

Daylight-saving golf

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PNT Staff Report Zach Smith from Dora takes advantage ot the extra daylight hours and brushes up on his golf swing at the Portales Country Club Tuesday evening.

Weather delays, cancels schools

Several area schools have announced Monday cancellations or delays because of the weather: • Portales Municipal Schools – Delayed two hours • Clovis Christian Schools – Classes canceled • Clovis Community College – Classes canceled • Clovis Municipal Schools – Classes canceled • Eastern New Mexico University – Classes start at 10am • Farwell ISD […]

Mornings provide sense of peace

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer As children, my sister Becky, my aunt Paula and I competed to see who could rise the earliest. In college, the competition turned into who slept the latest. Now, I’m back to being an early bird. These are the cycles we go through in life. Of course I can’t […]

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

Roosevelt County Literacy Council undergoes changes

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Providing a foundation for learning, the Roosevelt County Literacy Council has undergone some recent changes to provide more accessibility of its programs to Portales and surrounding communities. Restructuring and revitalizing the program is what new executive director Pete Martinez has been doing since taking the post a little over […]

Greeks pool talents

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By Casey Peacock:PNT Staff Writer Tucked away in various locations throughout town, organizations are preparing floats for Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming parade. Combining forces, the Chi Omega Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity are hard at work building their float at an undisclosed location. Chi Omega President Malia Rummell said the two organizations joined […]

Fuel spill causes evacuations

By Sharna Johnson:Freedom Newspapers About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and vehicular and train traffic curtailed Wednesday morning in Texico after a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled about 6,000 gallons of fuel, officials said. The tanker, carrying gasoline and diesel fuel, rolled over about 8 a.m. at U.S. 60 and State Street, […]

Market offers fresh fruits, veggies

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Farmers Market celebrates the peak of harvest with a grand opening today to introduce the season’s yield. There will be demonstrations, chili roasting, samples and recipes, according to Denny Wymore, manager. What: The Clovis Farmers Market grand opening Who: Farmers within a 60-mile radius of Clovis who have […]

Day trips: Canyon close to home

Making it to the Grand Canyon from Portales within a few hours isn’t a feasible task. However, if that is what you’re seeking and only have a day to devote to travel, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a closer option. According to their Web site, the Palo Duro Canyon is often compared to […]

Robinson tauting background in municipal judge run

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Oscar Robinson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Robinson will be running against Arla Hitson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Cannon’s Col. Posner transferring to Pentagon in March

By Andy Jackson After almost two years commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. John Posner is leaving March 6 for the Pentagon, officials said this week. Posner has been commanding the base since April 2004, according to Lt. James Nichols of Cannon Public Affairs. Col. Scott West of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany will take […]

New hours met with mixed reviews

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Center Director Johnny Ledbetter said it’s too early to tell what kind of effect the change of center hours will have on the membership, but some children would rather it go back the previous hours. The Portales Recreation Center has gone almost two months with new hours in […]

Honeymoon halted by hurricane

By Kevin Wilson After putting it off for nearly a year, Adrian and Kendra Lopez were looking forward to a honeymoon vacation they wouldn’t forget. They certainly got that, as the vacation’s final days in Cancun featured a visit from Hurricane Emily. The vacation started innocently enough months before, as the couple received a vacation […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]

6/5 Births, Engagements, Organizations

Births Wilbanks Jason and Lisa Wilbanks of Portales are the parents of a 6-pound 11-ounce girl born on May 17, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Emily Brooke Wilbanks has 2 sisters; Jacelyn, 5, and Lauryn, 2. Grandparents are John and Crystal Pritchett and Carol Banks of Portales, and Jim and Marie Wilbanks […]

Learning to do nothing takes effort

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I miss my friends! When does school start again?” No these are not the words of my teenage daughter less than 24 hours after schools in Portales let out for the summer. These are words I have been biting my tongue over, trying to […]

Don’t fear airplanes, fear airports

By Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago, I flew for the first time (on an airplane) since 9/11. I expected to enjoy myself about as much as a giraffe with strepthroat, but I looked forward to finding something to complain about. It all started with my deciding to attend a Kiwanis district conference. As […]

Ingle never imagined long senate career

Portales farmer Stuart Ingle receives countless phone calls, wears a jacket and tie for two months straight and addresses his co-workers through the lieutenant governor. It’s a process the state senator been doing for 20 years. Ingle, who was sworn into the Legislature in 1985, now represents Portales as the minority leader in the state […]