Housing proposal questions crop up

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Opinions on the idea of an affordable housing project in Portales appear to be mixed among builders and real estate professionals with some saluting the idea and others favoring a free-market approach. Led by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., city of Portales officials have been studying an affordable housing project […]

April 29, 1980

• Oasis State Park was growing with the addition of an enlarged artificial pond, shelters and additional trees that were being planted. • A 10 pound bag of potatoes were on sale at Thriftway for $.79 a bag. • The Portales Jaycees were collecting donations for an upcoming flea market they were sponsoring. Proceeds from the […]

April 4, 1965

Joe Thompson was awarded the “Most Courteous Employee in Portales” award for the month of March. Thompson has been employed at the Slater Bros. for 17 years and was “surprised by the award,” he said. Pet of Carnation milk in the tall cans was on sale at Grady’s Food Market for 8 cans for $1.00.

Satellite radio companies should be allowed to merge

Editorial Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million subscribers, and […]

Government need not intervene after Dow crash

Freedom Newspapers Well, Tuesday was certainly a dramatic day on the stock market, wasn’t it? When the Dow industrials fall 416 points in a single day — even though 3.3 percent is not all that precipitous a decline — people tend to notice and ask questions. Does it signal the end of the Bush tax-cut […]

Government poses danger to free market

Editorial You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he claimed to […]

Stock markets remain strong for third day

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Local agents are suggesting investors stand pat and enjoy the ride after the Dow Jones Industrial average closed Thursday at a record high for a third straight day. Dean Turvaville of Edward Jones Investments in Clovis said the Dow’s gains are the rewards for investors who put faith in high-quality […]

Portales feed mill changes hands

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Garvey Processing’s feed mill operation in Portales was sold Aug. 1 to a California company that specializes in dairy feed plants. J.D. Heiskell & Co., headquartered in Tulare, Calif., announced its acquisition of the Portales operation late this week in a news release. The purchase was made from Garvey’s […]

Market offers fresh fruits, veggies

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Farmers Market celebrates the peak of harvest with a grand opening today to introduce the season’s yield. There will be demonstrations, chili roasting, samples and recipes, according to Denny Wymore, manager. What: The Clovis Farmers Market grand opening Who: Farmers within a 60-mile radius of Clovis who have […]

Feds shouldn’t regulate oil fields

Editorial It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP problem and […]

Melrose Fruit Market changes ownership

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The Melrose Fruit Market was ripe for the picking once the long-time owners opted for retirement. The quaint country store, located on U.S. 60/84 in Melrose, was owned and operated by Delo and Ruby Stephenson for the past 40 years. Due to their advancing age and Delo Stephenson’s deteriorating health, […]

Market offers fresh products

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Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Corn, watermelon and tomatoes are just a few of the many fresh fruits and vegetables sought out by Portales residents who gathered at the farmers market on Monday. According to Margie Plummer, manager for the Portales Farmers Market, the market is an age old tradition which has come alive the last […]

Home sales on the rebound

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The area housing market has experienced a major revitalization in the last three months, according to area real estate agents. The spirited sales come on the heels of a prolonged period of plunging sales after the Pentagon announced a year ago today Cannon Air Force Base was being targeted for […]

SEC should exempt small businesses from Sarbanes-Oxley law

Editorial: Freedom Newspapers An advisory panel to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally recommended that thousands of smaller publicly traded companies be exempted from the strict accounting and reporting requirements imposed by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley law, passed in the wake of the collapse of Enron. “The benefits that are derived by investors are […]

General Motors’ cuts may restore competition

Freedom Newspapers The United Auto Workers’ top two officials held a news conference recently blasting General Motors’ decision to slash 30,000 jobs and close nine manufacturing plants in North America. “(The) action by General Motors is not only extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate, it is devastating to many thousands of workers, their families and communities,” […]

Some dairy owners want aid program scrapped

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some local dairy owners would rather the government do away with a program set up to help dairies. They believe it’s hurting the dairy industry and milk market and they’re actively lobbying against the program. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, indefinitely […]

Sept. 4 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming events • There will be no school Monday for Labor Day. Football • Saturday: Floyd junior high and varsity vs. Magdalena at Floyd, 12:30 p.m. Volleyball • Tuesday: Junior high, junior varsity and varsity vs. San Jon at San Jon, 4:30 p.m. • Thursday: Junior high, junior varsity and varsity vs. […]

Roosevelt County Fair Schedule

Roosevelt County Fair Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday (Entry Day) 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Booth setup, Home Arts Building. Noon-6 p.m.: Horticulture, 4-H Educational/Open/Junior Open entries, Youth Building. Noon-6 p.m.: Baking entries and Home Arts entries, Home Arts Building. Noon-6 p.m: Photography/Fine Arts entries (Pavilion). 7 p.m.: Judge booths, baking, food preservation, delicacies. Tuesday 9 a.m.: Judging […]

Weekend fair in Santa Fe displays American Indian art, literature

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Day Trips suggests options for family outings that can be completed in a day from the Clovis-Portales area. The opinions expressed in the reviews are strictly those of the writer. In the 1920s, Santa Fe residents first held an Indian art fair at the Santa Fe Armory. […]

6/19 Ag Digest

Farming course offered in Taos Courses in organic farming, photovoltaic and solar hot water design and installation will be held Tuesday through Friday in Taos. Preregistration is required for the courses, which are part of the “Solar Summer Intensive” series. Evening sessions will cover rainwater harvesting, green building, long range land use planning and architects, […]