Gas line repairs completed

PNT staff report Repairs to a ruptured natural gas line in Portales were completed as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a New Mexico Gas Company official. The pipe was broken at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Boston Avenue, which led Portales police to evacuate four homes and a daycare center as a precautionary measure. Monica [...]

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s insurance. “When [...]

My turn: Creativity has no boundaries

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What do you get when you combine a Volkswagen Golf, a pipe-bender, a welder, and several people with too much time on their hands? This week’s video. I’ve never seen anyone go through such great lengths to modify a vehicle the way these people did. They took a VW Golf and strategically installed two large [...]

Star athletes don’t belong on pedestal

Freedom New Mexico Just a few months after everybody was celebrating swimmer Michael Phelps for his Olympic feats, the world is abuzz over a photo of Phelps apparently inhaling from a water pipe that’s commonly used for marijuana. Among the many debates are how this incident affects his status as a role model, and what [...]

Barefoot Reader

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This Eastern New Mexico University student, with his shoes off pipe in hand, was intently reading on the lawn outside Eddy Hall Wednesday. Whether or not he was absorbed in reading “Tom Sawyer” is up for speculation. Classes started last week at ENMU.

Valve upgrades not in place soon enough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales has spent a little over a year working to avoid the water problems caused in February 2006 when a 24-inch water main failed. The upgrades were still a couple months off when another big line burst Sunday. Installing a series of valves that would enable [...]

Chipped pipe may have been to blame

By Tony Parra Debi Lee, Portales city manager, informed city councilors that water department officials believe the failure of the water pipe which caused a water outage on Feb. 18 was because it was chipped when the pipe was placed in 1992. Lee said that over time the chip turned into a crack and it [...]

City breaks down water crisis at council meeting

By Tony Parra The talk on Tuesday evening during the Portales City Council meeting was remaining concerns of the lack of water valves and a way of allowing water to flow without having to shut water down to the entire city of Portales. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors talked about what concerns arose [...]

Business owner insists on doing things right the first time

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: The News-Tribune is doing this story as part of a weekly series on local business owners that have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Businessman Gary Lowman has been serving his community for the past five years by repairing and installing brakes, shocks, struts and mufflers [...]

Profanity, plumbing a natural pair

By Jim Lee I know of three situations that call for automatic cussing: (1) snagging my nose in a band saw, (2) dropping a bowling ball on my left foot, and (3) installing a new kitchen faucet. On a scale of enjoyment, these activities rate somewhere between watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island and getting a [...]