California battles to keep film projects

By Robert Nott: The New Mexican

Credit unions angry over bailout tax

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Federal credit unions, including those serving millions of military patrons, are fighting to keep off their books nearly $5 billion in charges that regulators have assessed to bail out their largest “corporate” credit union. The U.S. Central Federal Credit Union was in danger of insolvency due to losses on mortgage-backed […]

Trying to keep my head above water

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist I’d make the Mafia more efficient. It’s probably not good to say such things when everybody’s looking to save a few pennies. But it’s true. If the Mafia decided to take me for a swim, they wouldn’t need a bag to put me in. Or rocks for the […]

It’s their job: Justin Johnson, Fitness and More Gym owner

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Name: Justin Johnson Job: Owner of Fitness and More Gym Time: Ten months Background: Johnson moved from Raton to Portales to study accounting and business administration at ENMU. He plans to graduate this December. What does your job entail? I usually just try to keep the day-to-day operations going. I keep track of the bookkeeping […]

Memories keep Kids in the picture

By Kevin Wilson It just took five words. It killed a conversation, showed our differences and outlined our dependence on the superficial. But a few months ago, those five words started a conversation, showed our similarities and outlined our dependence on the superficial. “I don’t have a television,” she said, starting the conversation, “so I […]

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac solid for now

Freedom New Mexico

Gap widening between active and retired pay

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

58th Jamboree gets picking Thursday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Not even a tornado could keep people away from the annual Floyd Country Jamboree last year, but attendance was noticeably down in 2007 when twisters struck Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties on March 23. Last year’s jamboree ran from March 21-25, with the tornadoes striking on the Friday night […]

God has plan for everyone, including you

By Joan Clayton Have you ever wondered if God really is in control of your life and if he knows every detail? Have you gone down a dark trail of pain and asked, “Why me?” If you have, you are not alone. Many of the biblical giants (“heroes of faith”) had the same feelings. Think […]

Online security essential

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on preventing identity theft, recipes from Virginia, and ways to declutter your vehicle will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Richard Bradfute is the chief information officer at Portales National Bank, and he’ll talk about identity theft, fraud alert, […]

Candles make good holiday gifts

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on wallcovering designs and making rubbings will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Anne Martin is the spokesperson for The Wallcoverings Association in New York City, and she’s going to show three new design trends in wallpaper: patterns, […]

Group expresses displeasure over zoning proposal

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A group of predominantly county residents within a possible extraterritorial zone being studied told city of Portales and Roosevelt County officials in no uncertain terms they weren’t interested in the idea. An ad-hoc group has been studying the idea of extraterritorial zoning for the last few months and Thursday […]

Floyd High gridders teach lesson for all: Just keep playing

Editorial Coach Rafael Roybal was not oozing confidence when his Floyd High School football team traveled to Roswell to play two-time defending state-champion Gateway Christian on Saturday. When the teams played in September at Floyd, Gateway Christian won 62-0. Roybal knew his team had improved since then, rebounding to record its first winning season in […]

Safe home heating not difficult task

By Kevin WIlson: Freedom New Mexico With evening temperatures in the low 40s this week, eastern New Mexico residents are pulling out extra blankets and mugs for hot chocolate and cider. They’ll also be looking for ways to heat their residences. A few small steps can make a home warm, safe and efficient. Andy Cox […]

State official frets over possibility of rabies

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two recent encounters between skunks and dogs in Roosevelt County have a state official concerned about the possible spread of rabies. Both skunks involved in fights with dogs were tested. The results on one skunk were inconclusive and the other was negative, according to Carol Morgan, a nurse with […]

Officials: Repaving of N.M. 206 not likely until spring

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor New Mexico Department of Transportation officials say they’re getting closer to determining the cause for failure of new pavement on N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora. A permanent fix isn’t likely until spring, however. “Our lab has done quite a bit of testing and it looks like there’s a […]

Acosta meets, greets Portales youths

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer 17-year-old Ryan Acosta may be on the verge of fame and fortune with the Chicago Cubs, but Wednesday evening, he chose to spend time with some excited Portales Little Leaguers. The former Portales Ram was drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cubs […]

City gets tough on trash

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Tonie Watson says she tries hard to be a good neighbor and keep her property clean but others are making a mess at her expense. With Portales city councilors set to finalize a new ordinance pertaining to solid waste and weeds at its July 17 meeting, city officials are […]

Adulthood requires restraint

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Opposites attract. This is true in many areas of my life and especially in my marriage, where my husband and I have different personalities. I am the more exuberant type, and he is the more coherent one. I am more fun — he may say impulsive — and he is more […]

Don’t stop when walking through the fire

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Life has a way of dealing some pretty hard blows. In the midst of a crisis, it is hard to make decisions, even to be rational. Many times, troubles pile upon troubles, blinding our thinking process. Yet “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Somewhere, sometime, someone […]