BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH [...]

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only farmers but people selling the products. But oil price decreases this winter may offer some relief. Starting about last January, prices for fertilizer started climbing until they doubled last year, said Ted Hairgrove, manager of DeBruce [...]

Jan. 18, 2008 Portales High School News

School closed Monday PHS will be closed Monday, January 19 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

Effects of Christmas still being felt

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist These days the Christmas season lasts well into January for some of us. Once upon a time, all I had to look forward to after Christmas was one day exchanging the shirts I’d received as gifts for shirts of the right size or color. Today I have those [...]

Jan. 3, 2009 ENMU basketball capsules

Men ENMU (3-9) vs. Cameron (5-4), 4 p.m. today, and vs. Southwestern Oklahoma (8-3), 8 p.m. Monday, in Lone Star Conference crossover games at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 On the Net: www.enmusports.com Notes: ENMU beat the Aggies 76-74 in overtime last January in Lawton, Okla. … The Aggies are 0-4 away from home, including [...]

A look back at the year’s top stories

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By Argen Duncan and Clarence Plank The past year brought achievements, tragedy and changes for Roosevelt County. Below, the Portales News-Tribune takes a look back over 2008. January • Cannon Air Force Base received a delivery of C-130s as part of its transition to a Special Operations Base. • A grass fire burned more than [...]

Christmas CD recorded in memory of grandmother

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer In memory of her grandmother, a young woman from Portales has recorded a CD of Spanish and English Christmas songs. Twenty-one-year-old Falan Duran said Connie Sisneros, her grandmother who died in January, loved music and held Christmas as a favorite holiday. “It was never about gifts for her; it [...]

Proving VA claims creating process bottleneck

By Tom Philpott In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors to its [...]

Boan/West Wedding

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Olivia Lorraine Boan and Casey B. West, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage January 26, 2008 in Fort Sumner. Judge Buddy Hall performed the outdoor ceremony at the groom’s parents house. The bride is the daughter of Katherine and Gary Riedel of Portales, and Andy Boan of Leesville, S.C. The bridegroom is the son [...]

Tornado blasts area in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the first of four stories reviewing the top news of 2007. This installment deals with January, February and March. The first three months of 2007 were dominated by newsmaking weather and homicide headlines that gripped Roosevelt County. Perhaps the story of the year for [...]