According to the Portales News-Tribune, a few days of sun and clear skies had put a brighter outlook on everything, according to most farmers and produce buyers in the area. The harvest had resumed and was beginning to pick up speed, and there was hope that most all crops except grain and cotton would be […]
By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Most of the time, those of us who write columns address fairly specific issues and have only a little space to call upon general principles. But it is such general principles that guide the thinking behind the comments on special topics. Even the most pragmatic among us, who […]
Freedom New Mexico It may seem ironic but it is somehow fitting: The most lasting contribution of one of the most intensely political dynastic families in American history will be an institution that transcends politics. It was started by a family member who never held or even ran for political office. The Special Olympics, officially […]
Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]
By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]
By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When most Dairy Fest fans walked up on Ryan White’s tent Saturday, they either laughed or stopped for a photograph with the sign: “Smells like poo…it grew.” White’s job at Dairy Fest is to teach people about manure, and its uses — fertilizer being high on the list. White […]
Kelly Fulfer is the pastor at Trinity Family Center at 601 South Avenue B. Kelly, his wife Elizabeth and their four children moved to Portales 3 1/2 years ago after previously serving seven-and-a-half years as a pastor in Bernalillo. Originally from Mountainair, Kelly met Elizabeth in her hometown of Truth Or Consequences. Because of the […]
By Baxter Black: Syndicated columnist Most farm kids learn to drive early. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.
The Portales Daily News hosted a cooking school that was one of the largest, most-attended schools of its kind held in Portales history. Products from the Portales area were used for most of the ingredients.
By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A warm spring night and huge turnout combined for one of the most successful Relay for Life fundraisers yet in Clovis. As of Saturday, the annual American Cancer Society event had raised $93,957 in donations. Last year, the event raised $89,600. Cancer society spokesperson Dorothy Nelson said 64 teams […]
By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist Most top executives draw pretty reasonable salaries, maybe up from $250K to several million per year. This isn’t unlike how professional baseball and football players are hired and compensated, especially the stars among them. Some people are sought out eagerly and promised exorbitant pay, including bonuses above the regular salary, […]
The Portales News-Tribune reported that the current winter was “one of the driest on record in Portales.” The article said the total moisture since the previous October was at a low of 0.31 inches, most of which fell in February.
By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Dixon motocross track has been gaining momentum in popularity, drawing racers and spectators from across New Mexico and west Texas. On one recent weekend, the track had more than 342 entries and 200 riders participating in the races. Owner Dustin Dixon said it was the most entries they have […]
By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist The BBC is following me around this week filming my most interesting life of snot, poop, screaming kids -
By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Assault and theft rates were up this year in Portales, but the crime rate is still lower than most communities, according to city police. At Thursday’s Portales City Council meeting, Police Chief Jim Gill and Capt. Lonnie Berry presented their department’s report for 2008. According to department records, there […]
By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]
By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico An initially quiet year was fraught with high profile criminal cases in the last quarter. Law enforcement scrambled to recapture eight escaped inmates and the prior year’s homicide rate doubled in the space of weeks. With the exception of a summertime rash of home invasions, things were relatively calm […]
Name: Tim Stanford Job: Technician for New Mexico Machinery Background: Stanford attended and graduated from high school in Mountainair before moving to Clovis. Stanford has a master certification from the Automotive Society of Excellence. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? I work on and build transmission engines for tractors, troubleshooting and […]
By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When I say Alvin was a cowboy, I mean in the most basic sense. With a horse and a rope, a box of matches and a cinch ring, a pocket knife and a piggin’ string, he could do the job. Dick ran cows on some pretty rough country in southern […]