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 takes 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 […]

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 […]

Public service academy completely unnecessary

Editorial Move over, Air Force Academy. Make way, Annapolis. Watch out, West Point. If some in Congress get their way, there soon might be a National Public Service Academy, styled loosely (probably very loosely) on these older institutions, that will take America’s best and brightest and mold them into the federal uber-bureaucrats of the future. […]

Spokeswoman: Dairies work not to waste water

Following is an interview conducted with Sandra Tapia, an industry relations representative for Dairy Max, about environmental issues in the dairy industry. Q. What are some of the methods dairy farmers use to recycle water? A. Water is recycled three times: to cool milk, wash the facilities, and to water crops. Dairies have to recycle […]

Wildfire season at hand

Courtesy of the Cannon Fire Department Spring is almost here, and along with it comes a season of dry and windy conditions. These conditions pose a serious fire threat to all who live in the area. Alone, wildfires are very dangerous. Mixed with dry and windy conditions they can become deadly. The best advice about […]

Faith guides relationships

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Commitment to and faith in your partner and God are the common thread to a lasting and enduring marriage for two Portales couples. “I think you need to have a commitment,” said Janet Collins, who has been married to husband Steve for 34 years. “There are good times and […]

Broken resolution only another chance for success

Janet Taylor-Birkey Although it is not yet into the second month of a new year, many resolutions are already broken. And while that may not sound very optimistic, it can actually be a freeing mindset. Resolutions can be broken due to schedules, illness or responsibilities that take precedence. The key when making a resolution is […]

Organization key to reaching financial success

By Janet Taylor-Birkey It’s the time of year when people think about getting their finances in shape. According to Dave Ramsey, the average enlisted person will have $750,000 go through their hands in a 20- year career. It’s important to know what is going on with that money. When was the last time you looked […]

Local fighter inspired by Rocky

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Andrew Tapia was just 7 years old when the last Rocky movie hit theaters, but like many fighters, the story of the million-to-one shot helped inspire Tapia into the gym. Tapia, 23, a cousin of five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, trains under the tutelage of 83-year old Chuck Haas […]

Severe weather predicted for area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Snow shovels and bags of salt used to melt snow and ice were flying off the shelves at Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis Monday morning. According to store manager Ron Scorzafava, an entire pallet of snow melter sold out in 30 minutes. “It (salt) is going out like gangbusters,” […]