Soap box derby set

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Back in 1960, 14-year-old speedster Larry Erwin fastened his Soap Box Derby car together with Elmer’s glue — and earned a trip to the national finals at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Although his victory was in his hometown of Owensboro, Ky. — where he said his car is on […]

5/19 Obituaries

Mary Aragon, 75 Services: 6 p.m. Friday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Mrs. Mary Stella Zamora Aragon, 75, of Portales, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on March 11, 1930, in Roy, to Benito and Valentina Zamora. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, […]

Chamber manager leaving Monday

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Over her three years with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, Pat Willis wore many hats as manager, and even got the chance to be a nun and a bed and breakfast operator on the side. Citing a “lifestyle change,” Willis will be leaving those opportunities to work in […]

Tucumcari wants lower burden for pipeline project

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Now that Tucumcari has reduced its projected water needs by two-thirds, it wants to see its costs related to the Ute Pipeline Project reduced accordingly. Tucumcari currently is scheduled to pay one-fourth of the costs of a proposed project that would pipe water from the Ute Reservoir near […]

Legislators making effort to delay BRAC process

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s senators co-sponsored a bill Wednesday intended to stop the Base Realignment and Closure process in its tracks. But before it can be enacted, one of BRAC’s biggest supporters — President Bush — would have to sign it. The “postponement of 2005 round of defense base closure and realignment […]

City promotes letter campaign to keep Cannon

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer In these days of fast e-mails which are only a click away, Kim Huffman said that nobody ever throws away hand-written letters. According to Huffman, the community development director and executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, a letter-writing campaign that is being launched by the City […]

School looks to its future

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico legislators took a look at what could be the future of public education when they took a tour on Wednesday of facilities which will be used for the online courses at Portales High School. Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) and the senate majority leader, Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs) […]

Commission looks at tax increases

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Commissioners are looking at increases in taxes to help pay for increasing expenditures for the services provided by the county. Commissioners approved the intent to implement a 1/16 tax increment increase to the gross receipt tax to help balance the budget. The 1/16 gross receipt tax would mean an additional […]

Air Force officials praise ‘bold’ plans iwth BRAC

Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to […]

First beer and wine license sought

By Tony Parra The first beer and wine license for the City of Portales needs only approval from the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Commission to be granted. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors held a public hearing in regards to the beer and wine license during Tuesday night’s city meeting. There was no opposition […]

Major crimes force to be created

By David Irvin It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcment officials in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a major crime unit comprised of eight law enforcement officers from multiple […]

Shop steps back celebration

By Leslie Radford The owner of Joe’s Boot Shop said after 24 years the western wear store is hanging its hat on the entertainment side of its annual July Fourth festivities. Joe Rhodes said the Mabry Street business will continue with its tent and warehouse sale, but there will not be the usual entertainment lineup […]

Rams, Tigers bow out at state

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent By Eric Butler PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Elida may well come down this road again. And so might the Tigers’ opponent on Tuesday, in the semifinal round of the Class 1A baseball team. Two very young squads faced off at St. Pius high school in Albuquerque for the right to […]

May 18 Obituaries

Lita Faye Marlow Ashbrook, 76 Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Lita Faye Marlow Ashbrook, 76, of Portales, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born on Dec. 18, 1928, in Portales to Alma (Traylor) and J. D. Marlow. She graduated […]

May 18 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The moisture on Saturday night and Sunday morning was really a blessing to all. There was about half an inch over the area, some a little over and no complaints about that. Farming There is some cotton up in the Garrison area on Hershell and Weldon’s places and it is all planted […]

May 18 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The Dora and Rogers areas were thankful for the half inch or so of moisture over the weekend. It sure was a blessing instead of dust and breezy weather. I don’t know if our dry land farmers will have enough to plant some on or they will need to wait. The wheat […]

May 18 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Shelly Buzard Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7. • Last day of school is Friday. School will dismiss at noon. Heritage Days The Roosevelt County Heritage Days Festival is coming up in June. An […]

May 18 Letters to the Editor

We should have braced ourselves for BRAC Everyone on the Committee of Fifty and on the local commissions just didn’t believe Cannon Air Force Base would be on the closure list. Yet here it is — Cannon is the only base in New Mexico to make the closure list. Kirtland will gain personnel and both […]

Non-existent words can be confusing

By Kevin Wilson The question was pretty simple: What’s your favorite word that isn’t in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster recently posed that question, and was pretty surprised to receive more than 3,000 answers. I’d be surprised too, since they were really asking for something that isn’t supposed to exist. Apparently, the responses indicated there were a […]

Peanuts, gluten-free flours new topics

By Sheryl Borden: PNT columnist Information on harvesting, peanuts, and using gluten-free flours for baking will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain).”Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Gayle Stephenson will discuss harvesting, […]