Proof of humanity required, no contact necessary

by Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was […]

E-mail on Cannon, BRAC a hoax, officials say

By Mike Linn A group of e-mails that list military bases likely scheduled for retirement in the upcoming base realignment and closure (BRAC) process are nothing more than a hoax, officials say. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici said Tuesday that information regarding base closures won’t be available until after the BRAC Commission has […]

City, relative tries to rekindle Portales ties for soldier

By Tony Parra One American soldier in Iraq wanted to get back the hometown feeling, and Portales residents are putting together of package to rekindle the Portales hometown feeling for him. Sgt. Ernie Aguilar of the Medical Section of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion is currently in Iraq this Thanksgiving. Aguilar provides medical care and […]

Time isn’t always worth saving

By Jim Lee As anyone who knows me realizes, I am not the handiest fellow in the world. In the jungle of home repair and maintenance, my competence can be compared to that of a fairly intelligent orangutan with a broken wrist. In mathematics I’m still trying to master the concept of checkbooks and ATM […]

Teacher questions dismissal

By Tony Parra Portales school board members met Tuesday to discuss the budget and bid concerns, but those issues took a back seat to discussion of the termination of a long-time Portales school teacher. Kay Jilek, a teacher with Portales schools for 25 years, told the school board Monday she was given no reason for […]

ENMU presidential race runs its course

By Michelle Seeber Brett Trembly, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, recently was named student body president — but not until waves created by students opposing his election were smoothed out by the student body’s supreme court. Gary Musgrave, vice president of Student Affairs and Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University, said there […]

ENMU student body election final, but candidates still have issues

By Darrell Todd Maurina After confusion, accusations of impropriety and the disqualification of one candidate, Brett Trembly has been elected Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president. Trembly received 278 votes while the incumbent president, Bob Cornelius, received 217 votes. Fabian Guzman received 159 votes and said he was disqualified because of an e-mail sent […]

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers would like to offer a reward for information on the recent vandalism to several mail boxes in Roosevelt County. Several county residents have had their mail boxes damaged in the last several weeks and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crimes. If any one has information on this crime, please call […]

City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election […]

Eating undercooked meat is not rare

Jim Lee Why is undercooked steak called “rare” when it’s so commonplace? Isn’t “rare” supposed to indicate something unusual? There’s nothing unusual about undercooked steak. A lot of people like it that way, but I ain’t one of them, friends and neighbors. Some people like it downright raw in my estimation. Why don’t they just […]