My turn: Plenty of events set for weekend

Local residents with children told me the Portales and Clovis community egg hunts were a great source of family fun last weekend. I enjoyed spending Easter in Texas, getting quality egg-hunting time with my niece and nephew. While on this trip, I acquired a green plastic egg, which lights up and spins and has been [...]

City seeking input with online quality of life survey

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Alisa Boswell A new Quality of Life Survey on the city’s website, asking Portales citizens to respond questions about activities and entertainment in Portales. Chris Taylor, Quality of Life Committee member, said the board was started last fall with the intention of coming up with ways to improve life in Portales. “As we all started [...]

My turn: Courage greater quality

“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” has been in the news because of the “n” word. One publisher has even substituted “slave.” In east Texas, I was a pale version of Huck. I swung from grapevines into murky ponds, rode broken mowers down their embankments, fished with cane poles and grasshoppers, rode cheap floats down flooding creeks, [...]

Local dairymen waiting for ruling on environmental regulations

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of [...]

Press release: Quality of Life focus groups volunteers needed

PORTALES, NM December 16, 2010 – The New Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January to address the perceived Quality of Life in Portales. The committee is looking for community residents to volunteer to participate. Multiple groups are scheduled at various times of the day, and each [...]

GI Bill attracting quality recruits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military recruiting commands report “some all-time highs” in the quality of recruits who enlisted in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Acknowledging that the dismal job market is a factor, and that the Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming a great tool to draw volunteers, the Army, Navy, Air Force [...]

‘Quality of life’ benefit falls short

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Disabled veterans were thrilled in 2007 when the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission asked Congress to enact an immediate “quality of life” increase to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The special increase, said VDBC commissioners, should be across the board, benefiting all veterans with service-connected health conditions, and [...]

Their view: Candidate hopes to improve quality of life

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. Nancy Gentry is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Commission District 4. She’s running against Scott Burton and David Craig. Here’s what Gentry had to say when we asked about her qualifications for the job:

Don’t judge a party by its labeling

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Politics has the quality of being boring and divisive, all at once. But as Monday showed us twice, adding sex and alcohol, and suddenly it’s hilarious and depressing, all at once. • Last year, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard Act, an expansion of hate crime law to allow [...]

Quality of life important to residents

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Joe Ollie Castleman knew how to play along when Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales decided to spice up things during National Nursing Home Week. There was “Western Day” and “Gilligan’s Island Day” among others, and Castleman, 90, was a sport the whole way through. For entertainment in normal [...]