Cost of home heating on rise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The cost of heating your home will likely rise this year. But unless you’re using propane, eastern New Mexico residents may avoid the huge increases predicted in some parts of the country. According to PNM officials, the cost of natural gas is likely to be close to the same […]

Gas line breaks along U.S. 70

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A labyrinth of cable and telephone wires hampered work Wednesday on a broken natural gas line along U.S. 70, according to officials. Attempts to cork the gas leak on the PNM line on Kimberly Drive stretched into the evening. By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the gas leak had been sealed, according […]

Campus museums offer area’s history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern If you’re tired of driving, try visiting one or all of these Portales museums. There are several museums on the grounds of the Eastern New Mexico University campus, including the Roosevelt County Museum, Miles Mineral Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Roosevelt County Museum has its own building, […]

Local lady discovers ailments by looking into others eyes

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary on the porch, a copy of the Ten Commandments in the yard. The theme continues inside. And also with her words. “The human body is a miracle. … God, as the Bible says, […]

Government needs to focus on cleaner energy

By Jim Constantopoulos: Guest columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the Southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 […]

Local museum full of animals native to this region

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist We have all of this coming week to prepare for April Fools’ Day, which is Friday. I originally planned to set up a gag to honor this annual event, but I would never sink to such an act. What I want to bring up, though, is a new exhibit at […]

Dinosaur exhibit part of park’s fun

By Angela Peacock Editor’s Note: This is a weekly series about family-oriented activities within a day’s drive of Portales. Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest […]

PNM examines city gas lines

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Mike Linn In an effort to ensure safety, PNM Gas Company personnel spent Thursday probing gas lines throughout the city and found no new natural gas leaks. Officials with the company said they will also search today for any leaks in the 88 miles of natural gas pipeline in Portales. On Wednesday afternoon, city officials […]

Gas line ruptured; residents evacuated

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Mike Linn Portales city officials evacuated several homes in a city neighborhood and stopped traffic in a four-block area Wednesday after an underground natural gas pipeline ruptured. The rupture split sections of a road and leaked an unknown amount of gas in the air, according to officials. The leak occurred at about 3 p.m. near […]

Resource rules should affect all

We applaud New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman for co-authoring legislation that would grant American Indian tribes more flexibility in how they manage natural resource development on reservations and trust lands. Handled responsibly, increased development of natural resources will bring more prosperity to often impoverished reservations, enhance tribal self-reliance and reduce American dependence on energy imports. […]