Time to put our differences aside

Stubborn Congressional liberals and my way or the highway tea party zealots are laying a heap of hurt on all of us. Hey, kids, it’s time to climb out of the sandbox. As this is being written the stock market is bouncing around like a deranged pogo stick. Business, the working stiff, retired folks. We […]

Their view: Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families

Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families Excerpts from a press release from Families USA on the potential impact to New Mexico if Medicaid cuts are approved. Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers.

Their view: Minimum wage laws harmful to all

Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University and libertarian columnist, is convinced that minimum wage laws hurt us all. Here’s a sampling from a recent column:

My turn: Hurt by protesters’ disregard

While recently easing through the short-cycled yellow of the new traffic light in Portales, I heard surround-sound caterwauling. Anticipating bull-horned patrolmen, instead I was up-close-and-personaled by about 15 sign-waving teenagers and adults. “Perhaps they are protesting the engineers who designed the signal,” I conjectured hopefully. Even though I shared their irritation, their “burn in hell” […]

Wrong words can hurt feelings

“I really wanted this shoe leather on my boots,” he grumbled. That ruffled my feathers. My husband could have said, “You really cooked this piece of ham well.” When I saw him sharpen a cutting knife and then attack that piece of ham like a chain saw, I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s hard for […]

Portales Past: May 19, 1950

May 19, 1950: A truck loaded with 2,400 gallons of ice cream mix and condensed milk overturned in Poker Flat, just west of Portales. The driver was not hurt. Walter Jentgen, manager of Price’s Creamery, said he didn’t know how much of the load was lost, but milk was running into the ditch.

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Police revealed few details at a Wednesday evening press conference, more than 30 hours after two men were injured in a fall down an elevator shaft at Hotel Clovis. Clovis police said they have ruled out criminal activity in the incident. The city’s Director of Building Safety Pete Wilt […]

Crash victims recovering

By Darin Fenger: Freedom Newspapers Two Yuma, Ariz., residents were recovering Saturday from serious injuries they suffered when their plane crashed Friday near Tucumcari. Kathryn Blohm and her brother-in-law, Gary Mayer, were hurt when their single-engine Beech crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Tucumcari, said Blohm’s boyfriend, Dick Rautenberg. Blohm is hospitalized […]

911 tornado call transcripts

The following conversations are samples of calls being taken simultaneously by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: If […]

Closure would hurt economy

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school administrators, business owners and city officials are holding their collective breath until September when the status of Cannon Air Force Base is crystal clear. While the city is not expected to feel the economic difficulties that Clovis anticipates if Cannon is closed as recommended by Department of […]