Minimum wage puts state at economic disadvantage

By Walter Bradley Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average minimum wage […]

Hundreds walk for cancer cure in area’s annual Relay For Life

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By William Thompson Anna Winslow, a freshman at Portales High School, said she was walking in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Friday night because she loves her grandmother so much. “My grandmother has had cancer three times,” Wallace said, “I’m doing this for her.” Wallace was joined by hundreds of area residents as […]

Minimum wage bill features party-line split

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the economy. […]

Minimum wage bill has party-line split

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the economy. […]

War of wages: Some legislators proposing state minimum wage to combat with state’s poverty

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By Marlena Hartz Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side street. For every hour she spends there, she earns $5.75. That is 60 cents above the federal minimum wage level. The single mother of two teenagers said she can barely afford the apartment where she […]

Bicyclists raise awareness for disabilities

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By Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer The Journey of Hope bicycle tour made its annual stop in Portales on Monday on its way from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. “The Journey of Hope is a cross-country cycling event that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities,” said John James, Project Manager for the South […]

Wristbands create color-coded confusion

By Kevin Wilson I was at a Social Security information seminar today, courtesy of the American Association of Retired Persons. I figured I’d come out with some information about the AARP’s stance, but I also came out with a fashion statement. On my wrist as I type this is a red wristband that says, “I […]

James students jump to help victims

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By Tony Parra James Elementary students said they were jumping for joy and for a good cause during the Jumpathon to raise money for tsunami victims in southeast Asia. Students set up in teams of four and filled the James Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday afternoon to jump rope in support of tsunami victims. Students and […]

PHS junior preparing for national track meet in Hawaii

By Dave Wagner Track season may be a long ways off for most athletes, but not for Portales High’s Amador Lujan. The junior was recently selected to participate in a national track & field meet at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, sponsored by TourneySport USA, in the 200-meter dash. The event is scheduled for […]

Heightened threat sparks search

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — America’s top law enforcement officials urged the public Wednesday to help the FBI track down seven suspected al-Qaida operatives and avert an attack on U.S. soil that a stream of credible intelligence indicates could occur in the summer. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the “disturbing” intelligence, collected for months, augments […]

Funding spark

By Tony Parra With a little over a month left before July 4, Roosevelt County Chamber Commerce officials are hoping to get a big funding boost or they may not be able to conduct fireworks’ displays in the future. Chamber Manager Pat Willis said the goal is to raise around $10,000 for this year’s fireworks […]

Relay for Life set for weekend

Kay Prater is a statistical rarity: A survivor of two different types of cancer. That’s one reason why she is serving as one of two co-chairs for the 2004 Relay for Life, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and run until 10 a.m. Saturday at Ned Houk Park. “I have a very strong family […]