ENMU receives grant

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University has finally received funding on a grant that will provide $613,800 in new science equipment. According to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office, the funding, which he secured last year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used to buy molecular and […]

Christmas festivities take place tonight

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales streets will once again light up as the annual lighted Christmas parade and downtown Christmas Jubilee celebration are set to take place, beginning at 6:30 p.m. today. Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, various events will be held throughout the evening, said Amie Franz, RCCC. A […]

Q&A: Domestic violence

Editors note: October is domestic violence month and the Domestic Violence Coalition of Roosevelt and Curry County is hoping to raise public awareness of the domestic violence problem in our community. In 2005 there were 26,940 domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in New Mexico. Forty nine percent of adult victims that seek help […]

Threading memories

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laura Merrick proudly and carefully displays the two 1860s vintage antique quilts that were made by her paternal grandmother, Martha Jane Land, and reflects on their importance. Completed through a struggle and made entirely by hand, Merrick says the quilts are a precious memento that has been handed down […]

New voting machines ready

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County voters will have the opportunity to try out the new federally-funded voting machines in the upcoming General Election Nov. 7. According to Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins, the machines have been provided to the county through the federal Help America Vote Act. The state legislature also passed […]

Folk healing still evident

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The art of Mexican folk healing is still evident in today’s culture, said Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, student affairs vice president at the University of New Mexico, during a seminar he presented Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University. Part of the Hispanic culture, curanderismo is a form of folk healing […]

Farm safety is no laughing matter

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched before thrusting the hose forward, letting loose a stream of water. Zig-zagging it from side to side, she watched in satisfaction as the orange glow gave way to smoke and the flames disappeared. “I was scared of (the […]

Factory farming necessity in modern world

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “We must stop the cruel confinement systems used in modern corporate factory health care!” “We must abolish the abusive practice of government-sponsored factory education systems where children are forced to sit still for hours a day!” “Evil corporate factory transportation companies that confine passengers in buses and airplanes in seats […]

Corn harvest hits high gear

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Corn harvest is in full swing in Roosevelt County but the city-dweller’s notion of a corn harvest involving picking the ears of corn or shelling the kernels doesn’t hold true here in dairy country. According to dairy specialists most of the corn grown in eastern New Mexico is used […]

Plans moving forward for February bond election

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales Municipal School District is moving forward with plans to hold a bond election in February. The plan is to keep the rate as close as possible to the current rate while extending the district’s bond payout period, according to Superintendent Randy Fowler. At Monday’s school board meeting, members […]

Final phase on N.M. 206 project begins later this month

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer After 10 months of starts and stops, the final phase of construction on N.M. 206 south of Portales will begin soon, according to state highway officials. The second phase of the project is scheduled to begin Aug. 21 and should take 15 workdays, weather permitting, according to state officials. […]

Local landmarks reflect pride

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Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense of pride: The National Mule Memorial is a unique monument in the small Texas town of Muleshoe. The High Plains town was organized in 1926 and […]

CAFB robot saves time in detecting bombs

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Tonya Garner: Freedom Writer Like a scene from a science fiction movie, a robot rolled into the Hilltop branch of the New Mexico Bank & Trust on Friday. The robot — the REMOTECH F6 Remote Control Transport, or RCT — was brought onto the bank robbery scene to determine if the suspicious package left behind […]

There’s good, then there’s larrupin’

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor One of the duties of an editor and columnist is to introduce readers to new and interesting words — words that work well but don’t necessarily get used by everyone. This week’s word is larrupin’. Some of you may know the word, but it’s surprising how many folks get […]

Rescuing the lost

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Four sacred, pricey and ornate vessels donated to St. Helen Catholic Church by a priest in the 1950s were thought missing for eight years, but have recently been found in a bank safety deposit box. The gold-plated vessels, which were made in Germany, include a ciborium, which is a […]

UNM professor gives insight on biofuel to ENMU students

By Tony Parra A biofuel energy researcher informed people on Thursday in the Science Building on the Eastern New Mexico University campus about how biofuel works and it’s potential to provide a more environmentally sound energy source. Plamen Atanassov, professor of chemical and nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico, explained how glucose/air enzymatic […]

Local Briefs (Nov. 18)

Jana Jae to fiddle at Wal-Mart Jana Jae and her blue fiddle, along with the band Hotwire are coming to Portales to perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Portales at 1604 E. Spruce St. Jae, a Hee Haw fiddle player, has toured in Japan, Australia and the Phillppines and is […]

Local family opens kids’ used clothing store

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Roach family life is all about kids, so it’s only natural that when Karen Roach opened her new business reselling kids’ stuff she would name it All About Kids. Roach, who grew up in Portales and graduated at Floyd High School, opened the new store two weeks ago and […]

Nov. 15 Local Briefs

Group to hold annual used book sale Thousands of used books will be available at bargain prices at the annual Friends of the Portales Public Library used book sale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the meeting room of the library at 218 South Avenue B. All proceeds from the sale, which is the group’s […]

Area clothing merchants see march of Halloween purchases

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two decades ago, it was E.T. Last year, it was Spiderman. This year — and almost every year, actually — it’s Darth Vader. Popular characters come and go as Halloween costumes, and local retailers counted on those sales yearly. With about two weeks left before the holiday, experience tells area […]