5/27 Obituaries

Funerals Today Donald Breech — 2 p.m. Friday at Portales Cemetery.

Former city commissioner joins state rodeo council

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Gloria Wicker of Clovis was recently appointed to the New Mexico Rodeo Council, according to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. A former city commissioner, Wicker currently serves on the board for the High Plains Rodeo Association. She said she applied for the position in April because she wanted to get involved [...]

Former pole-winders reminisce

By Sharna Johnson: PNT fact finder Unique in its annual tradition, the community of Portales has years of memories from Maypoles gone-by. Beautiful dresses, dream-like dancing to heart-scoring music and the uniting of classmates right before they cross into their adult lives and leap into the great unknown. These things are all part of the [...]

Cheese plant could have new neighbor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers A St. Louis-based company that uses cheese by-products to produce animal feed ingredients is planning to build a plant near Southwest Cheese Co., company officials said. Mesa Ingredient Corp. will build a permeate processing plant to convert liquid permeate into a lactose-rich powder for use in animal feeds, according to [...]

Commission joins mutual aid agreement

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners are in, making it all four government entities in Curry and Roosevelt County which are donating money for the lobbying efforts to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Commissioners approved to donate $50,000 fro the county’s general fund into the funding for the cost of the [...]

Signings nearly done for Zias

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball co-coaches Dustin Klafka and Dan Buzard are reshaping the Zias for the 2005-06 season. Klafka, who filled in as acting head coach last season with Buzard sidelined by a cancerous brain tumor, said most of the team’s recruits are in place for next year with eight [...]

Tradition goes on

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School girls danced wearing vibrant green, peach, pink and purple dressers as they wound streamers of the same color around two poles, carrying on a tradition which has lasted more than 75 years. The PHS boys in their tuxedos danced along with the females during the [...]

It’s still not time to think about a plan B

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock [...]

The wisdom and special jobs of grandpas

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds [...]

Learning to do nothing takes effort

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I miss my friends! When does school start again?” No these are not the words of my teenage daughter less than 24 hours after schools in Portales let out for the summer. These are words I have been biting my tongue over, trying to [...]