Lawmakers disagree on distributing dairy money

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Lawmakers in Congress from eastern and western states disagreed Thursday on how to distribute $350 million in federal money designated to help dairy farmers. Under an agreement set Wednesday, $60 million would go to buy surplus dairy products, but there were no details on how to dole out the […]

May 19, 1942

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.

Quilt show set for weekend

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Anyone who enjoys quilts will likely find something of interest at the third annual High Plains Quilt Festival. Organizers say nearly 200 quilts will be on display Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Building. Classes and seminars will be offered, and several vendors will offer fabric and other quilt-related […]

Local Brief Oct. 7

PNT Staff Report The third annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at the Memorial Building. Organizers say they expect about 200 entries. In addition to quilts, vendors will display products, and seminars and demonstrations will be offered. Amy Armenta, local quilter and artist, will teach the double […]

Creative Living features gift ideas

Information on gift making and products from the beehive will be the featured topics on “Creative Living”

It’s all about the right taste

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer When it comes to developing new products, local peanut and candy manufacturers rely on outside help. Sunland Peanuts was honored by Better Homes and Gardens last year with a top ranking for its natural creamy Valencia peanut butter, but Sunland also produces multiple flavors of the peanut product. “We […]

Going green

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With rising energy costs, Americans are taking a harder look lately at alternative energy and ways to save on their energy bill. Agriculture producers are included in that mix. Agriculture experts say that not only are producers looking for ways to save on costs, they’re also on the lookout […]

Recycling does more than reduce waste

By the 27th Special Operations Environmental Flight Our Nation recognizes Nov. 15, 2007, as America Recycles Day. Each of us can help protect the environment by following the three “Rs” (reduce, reuse and recycle) in their daily processes. How do the three “Rs” improve our quality of life? They reduce greenhouse gases, create jobs, make […]

Festival fun

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laughter, and the smell of Navajo tacos and frying potatoes, filled the air during the annual Peanut Valley Festival being held on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. On the front lawn, students from Mesalands Community College’s farrier science program and blacksmith team were hard at work forging and […]

Court’s pricing decision shows good judgement

Editorial It might not sit well with Wal-Mart, Costco and some Internet retailers. But the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reverse a 1911 precedent and allow what is called minimum retail pricing or vertical pricing — or at least not to conclude automatically that such schemes violate antitrust laws — was a welcome sign […]

DairyFest celebrates industry

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Angelica Martinez aimed her lasso carefully before throwing it this time. The 6-year-old’s family cheered as she finally caught the elusive plastic calf. The United Dairy Women held their second annual DairyFest Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. About 50 booths lined the center’s parking lot offering games and information […]

Bigger isn’t necessarily better

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so much […]

Six degrees of separation bad for shopping

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Kevin Bacon got me stirred up the other night about a problem I’ve known about for quite some time but still haven’t found an answer to — our society’s addiction to trying every flavor. Bacon, an actor who can be connected with any other actor through “six degrees of […]

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 […]

America Recycles Day aims to reduce waste

America Recycles Day has been celebrated since 1997 to encourage recycling and preserve resources. Jake Madril Wednesday is America Recycles Day – a day set aside to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. First celebrated in 1997, the number of participants has grown each year as communities and individuals renew their commitment to […]

Slot car racing, beef stir-fry top this week’s topics

Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on slot car racing, lean beef stir fry recipes, and using bias tape and appliqués to make dimensional villages will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University […]

Peanut growers get lessons

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer In the midst of concrete and asphalt in the city of Portales there is the essence of nature and eastern New Mexico agriculture — a peanut field. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service has a demonstration plot off of the Floyd highway, just east of La Casa […]

General Motors’ decision necessary and healthy

Freedom Newspapers O ne of the common responses to news that General Motors is slashing its work force by 25,000 — bringing it down to about 125,000 blue-collar and white-collar workers — is that GM is a victim of foreign competition. Published reports suggest that Toyota, whose market share is growing rapidly even as GM’s […]

Groups vocal against smokeless tobacco sponsorship

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A woman on horseback whipped around the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena on Friday night, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. flag she held flapping almost regally in the wind. As a sponsor of the Pioneer Days Rodeo, the company is entitled to the display, said Dewey Pierce, captain of the […]

Meth Watch program started

By Ryan Lengerich CLOVIS — District Attorney Matt Chandler has teamed up with law enforcement officials and area retailers to curb sales of products commonly used to manufacture methamphetamines. On Thursday, Chandler announced the kickoff to Meth Watch, a program alerting store retailers to consumers purchasing or stealing suspicious amounts of products used in the […]