U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other senators […]

Cyclists ride again for charity

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer For a second time this summer, a group of bicyclists passed through Portales in a coast-to-coast adventure to raise money for charity. But don’t get the idea there are cyclists all over the United States doing this. Tatiana Cooke, 19, of Bike & Build told a different story Wednesday […]

Commissioners approve county manager pay raise

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Commissioners have given the county manager a 4 percent pay raise, citing her performance and experience as the reasons. The commission voted unanimously, with Commissioner Jake Lopez absent, for Charlene Hardin’s pay increase after a closed session at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. “She deserved […]

Council will raise centennial flag following meeting

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council is meeting two hours earlier than usual Tuesday because of the Portales Centennial Street Fair. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Afterward, council members will relocate to the street fair for a raising of the Portales Centennial flag and a reading of the city’s first ordinance from 100 […]

Area bands will perform benefit concert

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A benefit concert Saturday to raise money for children’s homes in Portales will feature three local bands. The concert will be held at Eastern New Mexico University in the Campus Union Building ballroom. The band TUFTU takes the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Pre-Ordained, Thousand Year Reign and […]

Community combines to raise funds for Lovato family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The community of Portales is rallying to raise money for the family of a popular singer killed recently in a car wreck. One day of fundraising at the Sonic Drive-In netted $4,100 for the family of Kacee Lovato. Now a concert is being planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday at […]

Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

Salvation Army, ministerial alliance partner

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Salvation Army is partnering with the Portales Ministerial Alliance to raise funds this holiday season. Volunteers under the direction of the ministerial alliance will ring bells and “collect funds to be used for benevolence in this county,” said Dave McVey, president of the ministerial alliance and pastor of […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Riders raise funds

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections A woman and her husband traveling 6,000 miles by motorcycle to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will be in Clovis Friday to receive a donation from the Elks Lodge, according to Elks Chairman Tom Pacholke. Pacholke said the Clovis Elks Lodge will present Debbie Argel Bastian with […]

Military pay increase will exceed private sector’s

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a 10th consecutive […]

Raises highlight Portales school budget

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board will send its tentative budget to Santa Fe today. The board voted Monday to submit a $38,669,128 overall budget, including $22,898,455 in operating funds. The budget is about $1.2 million more than last year, said Carol Kriegshauser, director of finance. The budget includes a 3 […]

Local Briefs March 19, 2008

Former NFL player at PHS A retired New York Giant will walk through Portales to help raise money for seriously ill Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers. On “a Journey for 9/11” George Martin, a defensive star and co-captain in Super Bowl XXI (1986), is on a 3,500-plus mile trek to raise money for the […]

November 18, 1993

• Local restaurant teamed up with the United Way to raise funds for the final portion of the United Way fundraising drive. A portion of the profits from soda sales during the day would be donated to United Way. The 1993 fund drive was at 80 percent with two days left to go to raise […]

October 3, 1989

• Staff and clients from the Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services for the Handicapped dribbled basketballs from Clovis to Portales to raise money. The second annual walk raised the group $400 which would be used to fund a trip to Phoenix, AZ to watch the a Phoenix Suns basketball game. • The Seeking Excellence in […]

Panel approves military pay raise

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections An endorsement from a Senate panel Tuesday could mean a 3.5 percent pay raise for military members and civilian Department of Defense employees. The pay raise exceeds the 3 percent recommended by President Bush. “It’s a very good pay raise considering the circumstances and what’s happening right now,” military spouse […]

Senate endorses raise for military

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An endorsement from a Senate panel Tuesday could mean a 3.5 percent pay raise for military members and civilian Department of Defense employees. The pay raise exceeds the 3 percent recommended by President Bush. “It’s a very good pay raise considering the circumstances and what’s happening right now,” military spouse […]

Bicycling bunch befriends city during benefit

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers After a 90-plus mile ride on bicycles in the sweltering sun, members of the Journey of Hope made their way to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square on Monday afternoon for a friendship visit with area citizens who have disabilities. Journey of Hope is a 4,000-mile, 64-day cross-country trip that involves […]

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

ENMU employees to get 5.5 percent raise

By William P. Thompson, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University employees and faculty will earn at least 5.5 percent more for the 2006-2007 school year. The board of regents approved adding at least 1 percent to a state-funded 4.5 percent pay raise for ENMU faculty and made the 5.5 percent total raise effective for […]