Include safety in your summertime fun plans

Master Sgt. Patrick Mehmert Good old summertime means fun at the lake, camping, and swimming. At Cannon, this often means spending a bit of time behind the wheel. There aren’t many lakes or mountains in our immediate area, so we often hit the wide-open New Mexico highways in search of family fun. Unfortunately, along the […]

Daytrip: Waterparks a source of summer fun

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Waterparks are a keen and cool way to spend a day’s vacation in the sizzling summer. There are three waterparks reachable for a day trip from Portales and Clovis: White’s City Resort in Carlsbad, Splash Amarillo and Texas Water Rampage in Lubbock. Splash Amarillo The shaded park includes many water slides, a lazy river, wave […]

Portales trio tests waters

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not a big field at the oldest New Mexico tennis tournament this weekend for the women’s open singles competition. Even so, the top of the draw is extremely good and it didn’t take long for three Portales entrants to find out. Thanks to the entry of Ella […]

Baca vows to protect lands

Freedom Newspapers The following is one of a series of profiles on state candidates who visit the Clovis-Portales area: Jim Baca is campaigning for the Democratic ticket position of State Commissioner of Public Lands against Ray Powell. The office is currently held by Patrick Lyons, R-Cuervo. Baca held the office from 1983 to 1986 and […]

New sports bar planned for Portales

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By Tony Parra “Going to the dog house” may not be so bad starting in late May or early June. That is when Chad Heflin, co-owner, wants to have The Dawg Houze package liquor store open. Heflin, partner in the business with Susan Hamilton Dick, is helping with the construction of the package liquor store […]

Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

Tops in Blue soars onto stage

By Kevin Wilson Marshall Auditorium will open its doors in two weeks for a free night of family entertainment, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. Tops in Blue, a show given worldwide by the Air Force, will perform in front of what is expected to be a packed house for a 7 p.m. Feb. 16 […]

Merricks open Ashley Furniture store in Portales

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By Tony Parra June Merrick said one customer entered the Ashley Furniture store this week and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” The furniture store has undergone a complete facelift and employees made the transition into the new store this week. Monday was the first day the locally-owned furniture […]

Effort under way to open conference committes to public

The Associated Press SANTA FE — An effort is under way to open up what goes on behind closed doors in legislative conference committees. “Other public bodies have done this, and they’re still able to get things done,” said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a measure to make conference committees meetings public. Conference committees, […]

Tax center to open

Courtesy of the 27th Fighter Wing Tax Office One of the most dreaded times of the year is once again upon us: tax season, however, completing and filing tax forms can be painless, simple, and free at the Cannon Tax Office, which will open Jan. 26 through April 17. The Tax Office is now located […]

Video stores, movies offer relief from holiday rush

By Helena Rodriguez Once Santa has made his deliveries, the chestnuts have been roasted on an open fire and the yuletide carols have been sung, that usually means it’s movie time. As people begin settling down from the holiday rush and realize they have time on their hands, many families will flock to the video […]

Commander's Action Line

Q:I’m a base employee with a concern about POV traffic inflow around 6 a.m. weekdays. It seems there are certain days when traffic inflow is backed up over the bridge and there’s only one inflow gate open. We spent so much to improve the gate but it doesn’t seem like we’re using it like we […]

Anniversary: Walker

PNT Staff Fletcher and Paula Walker of Arch will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 11, 2005 with a reception from 3-5 p.m. at 2010 W. Beech in Portales. The celebration is to be hosted by their children, Velma and Henry King, Bill and Gayle Walker, Karla and Jerry Partin, and Vernon and Teresa […]

Local News Briefs (Nov. 13)

AARP to meet Wednesday The Roosevelt County chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at Golden Acres. The meeting is open to the public. This will be an important business meeting, according to organizer Mercedes Agogino. A board meeting will precede the business meeting […]

Bitter Lakes Refuge offers variety of diversions

The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area their winter home. The wetlands provide a wintering habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, Ross and snow geese, and about 20 species of ducks. Where it is: The Bitterlakes National Wildlife […]

Downtown gallery hosts open house for sculptor

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By Tony Parra Art enthusiasts will have an opportunity to admire sculpture works from a man whose bronze sculptures have been purchased by people from around the world during an open house from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Curtis Ford, a sculptor, will travel to Portales and be at the Investments Out West […]

Factory Direct expansion to double store’s size

By Tony Parra Store representatives said customers will have a better idea of what their house will look like once more showrooms are added to the Factory Direct furniture store in Portales. June Merrick, co-owner of Factory Direct furniture, said she is hopeful for having expansion complete at the furniture store by Jan. 2. Merrick […]

New store brings unique gifts to Portales

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By Tony Parra Owners of a new downtown business want to bring a uniqueness to Portales in the form of gifts and collectibles. Tressie Stroud is the owner of the new business, NoWhereElse, which will be located at 214 S. Main Street next to Herb’s Barber Shop. The NoWhereElse store will have unique gifts such […]

New Orleans serves as clean slate for creating perfect city

Freedom Newspapers The flood waters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to […]

New restaurant scheduled to open on the square

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Shillings’ family is anxious to open the new Territorial Restaurant and family members are hoping to have it open approximately two to three weeks from Wednesday. Harold was wanting to open the restaurant earlier in the summer, but because of some plumbing and electrical issues the opening was delayed. […]