Nixing state income tax boosts opportunity

If the classic 1940 movie “Grapes of Wrath” were remade for 2012, the Joad family would be trekking, instead, from California to Oklahoma. Based on the 1939 novel by Californian John Steinbeck, the movie showed the Joads suffering through the 1930s Great Depression and Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, then striking out for the Golden State […]

Reader-submitted content: Salvation Army offers opportunity to give back to community

David Heflin During the Holiday Season, we encounter dozens of symbols that stir sentiments in our hearts: a Christmas tree, lights on the houses, Santa taking pictures with kids, a Nativity scene and so many more. Many symbols of the holiday season also communicate an opportunity to give back to those that are less fortunate […]

Their view: Cannon example of women in leading roles

Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris with the 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Office talks about the significance of Women’s Equality Day: The theme is never-changing, yet remains something to celebrate: Women’s rights. Women’s Equality Day is a Department of Defense governed observance, Aug. 26, celebrating one of the most “commonplace” rights for all American citizens […]

My turn: Tomato salad fast, healthy

Argen Duncan With farmers markets starting to sell home-grown tomatoes and basil, I had just the opportunity to try a healthy recipe with them. “Mozzarella and Tomato Salad” comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s cookbook “Fast and Fabulous.” My work schedule often makes getting to the Portales Farmers Market at 5 p.m. […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that they are done the way, “the old time ranch cowboys did.” “We got some awful good boys riding,” he said. It’s a lot different from a regular […]

Congressional republican candidates stump in Clovis

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre in Clovis sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing […]

Sweatpants rule ruins opportunity

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist “You know, Kevin, I bet you that column gets you in trouble quite a bit.” Those are the words of somebody we’ll call Really Awesome Reader, because A) he’s a reader who appreciates me sacrificing my pride for a good column and B) he’s probably reading right now and would […]

Business feature: Couple gets inside track on opportunity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The rattle and hum of dirt bikes is a constant at the Dixon Motocross track. What started a small practice track for the Dixon family has now grown into a full-fledged race track, luring motocross races from across New Mexico. The track is eight miles outside of Portales on […]

State tournament games to be Webcast

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico For KFCL, opportunity knocked. Now, the Clovis television station will be helping stream that opportunity to the world. The station is partnering with the New Mexico Activities Association and NMAA.tv to produce a live stream of every state basketball tournament game from The Pit in Albuquerque. That’s 38 games, […]

Hatcher named Tucumcari police chief

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has been named Tucumcari’s new police chief. “We’re real excited to have him,” Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland and the City Commission met Thursday evening in a closed session to discuss the position. Hatcher will replace Daniel Lopez who resigned Feb. […]

ENMU students quiz Wilson on politics, policies

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty got the opportunity to quiz U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., on her positions at a Q & A session sponsored by the student senate Monday. Wilson listed for the crowd of close to 100 that packed the Pecos Room at […]

12-2 Letter to the Editor

I have been traveling on U.S. 70 through Portales since 1999. I continue to enjoy the welcoming sign, particularly the “12,000 friendly people, except for 3 or 4 old grouches.” I’ve had the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the staff at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. And more recently, I had the […]

Kircher named county agent

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrick Kircher has been named to the position of Roosevelt County agriculture agent by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service officials. Kircher began in his new role on July 1. The job was previously held by Floyd McAlister, who retired in February after more than 22 years in […]

Portales senior runs track ‘Down Under’

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer When 17-year-old Tyler Anderson learned he was one of four New Mexico athletes to secure a trip to Australia as part of the Down Under Sports Program, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Anderson is going into his senior year at Portales High School and […]

Film boot camp provides students with practical experience

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School student Isiah Lucero had the opportunity to spend a week on the University of New Mexico campus attending the Film and Media Bootcamp. “I enjoyed it a lot. Everything was planned out really good,” Lucero said of the boot camp. Lucero, who will be a sophomore […]

Cannon airmen train in Guam

Freedom Newspapers Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Ag Expo considered success

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite the high winds and blowing dirt, exhibitors and officials are calling the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo a success. “I think it was very successful. I’m pleased with it,” said Sharon King, events manager. New to the Expo this year were the dairy seminars offered in English […]

Event puts spotlight on after-school programs

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The second annual Lights on After School celebration in Portales is being held Thursday at the Portales Recreation Center. The national event is being co-sponsored locally by the Youth Opportunity Center and the Portales Recreation Center. The national event was started in 2000 with over 1,000 communities and in […]