Boring tax untapped revenue source

By Kevin Wilson I’m not what you’d call a 9-to-5 worker — maybe more like 4-to-1. It means a lot of late nights, whether I’m working or not. It also means near-midnight snack runs — like a few nights ago at the Wendy’s pick-up window, and the drive-through cashier apologized because the printer was broken […]

Portales restaurants trending smoke-free

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Restaurant smoking sections are diminishing throughout the country. Although neither the state nor Portales has any ban disallowing smoking yet, some local restaurant owners are getting a head start on the trend. In May the Wagon Wheel restaurant let customers take a poll on whether to keep or ban […]

Play smart to live, see the 5th of July

Don’t Drink and Drive! Airmen Against Drunk Driving is on call 24 hours a day for anyone who needs a safe ride home after a night of drinking. For a safe ride home, call 784-AADD (2233). Janet Taylor-Birkey The Fourth of July holiday brings with it a display of fun and freedom — often in […]

Local weather prognosticator says spring will be active

By Marlena Hartz Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising from a bonfire told him so. It blew eastward across the cloudy, morning sky, then trailed westward and disappeared. Crim, 70, has […]

Hospital bans tobacco

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property in attempt to promote a culture of health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials […]

Things airline attendants want to say to you

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Hidden in the dark minds of commercial flight crews are wisecracks they’d like to shout over the planes’ speakers but don’t, because these heroes of the skies prefer to play the game of “Things I’d love to say, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life driving a […]

Husband rescues

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man saved his wife from a fire which destroyed the interior of their house in the early morning hours Tuesday. Bill Machen, 62, and Faye Machen, 58, of Portales, escaped the fire which destroyed the interior of their house at 317 E. Kaywood. According to Portales Fire […]

Portales Fire Department receives grant money

PNT Staff In the wake of several fires blazing across New Mexico, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici last week commended the Portales fire department for successfully completing another round of Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding that will finance the purchase of two pieces of training equipment. Domenici, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations […]

Smokers put out your butts

Freedom Newspapers To puff or not to puff. That’s the question many smokers are faced with today during the Great American Smoke Out, a day designated to help smokers to kick the habit — if not for good — for at least a day. Since 1977, the American Cancer Society has staged the event on […]

Volunteers install smoke detectors

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Mike Linn A couple of Portales residents have volunteered to install over 100 smoke detectors in the residences of senior citizens, dedicating time and energy to a recent campaign spearheaded by officials at the Portales Fire Department. Carl Wilson, a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has installed about 84 detectors, and Mike […]