La Casa celebrating 30th anniversary

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Numerous activities are planned for La Casa Family Health Center’s fourth annual Health Care Center Celebration held this year in conjunction with its 30th anniversary in Portales. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center. The center is hosting the event during […]

Houses among featured items at ENMU auction

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Going once, going twice, sold! Several unused items from various Eastern New Mexico University departments will be auctioned off in a “giant garage-sale” Aug. 12, including vehicles, classroom items, houses and even an actual garage. The auction will be at 9 a.m. in the ENMU parking lot at the […]

Distributing retroactive pay complicated matter

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columist The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have worked out a plan for sharing the cost and the task of delivering about $500 million in back pay to more than 100,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities. The retroactive payments are owed to nearly half of all recipients of Combat-Related Special […]

Bauer on right track concerning society

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers The late Peter “Lord” Bauer devoted much of his life to championing the political economy of classical liberalism for developing societies. This is what would bring them out of their wretched states, not a bunch of foreign aid and intervention by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the […]

U.S. should think before instituting democracy in Cuba

Editorial The news that Fidel Castro was having unspecified intestinal surgery that caused him to hand over formal power to his brother Raul (who is 75) was so fraught with hope that Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana turned out for a massive street party. That even a rumor of the 79-year-old dictator’s imminent demise would […]

Dairy owners die in Texas crash

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A group of friends gathered Monday evening to mourn the loss of a prominent Portales couple who died Monday in a car accident in West Texas, according to Texas officials. Douglas and Deborah Idsinga, both 49, were traveling eastbound on U.S. 84, west of Sudan, Texas, when they lost […]

Clovis resident killed in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died Friday from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release […]

AYP shortfall doesn’t mean state control

By Paula Cronic : PNT Staff Writer As schools in Portales and New Mexico plow toward serious consequences for failing to meet federal academic standards, at least one appears less realistic. The state has neither the resources nor the will to assume management of public schools that repeatedly fail the No Child Left Behind standards […]

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. […]

Melrose Fruit Market changes ownership

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The Melrose Fruit Market was ripe for the picking once the long-time owners opted for retirement. The quaint country store, located on U.S. 60/84 in Melrose, was owned and operated by Delo and Ruby Stephenson for the past 40 years. Due to their advancing age and Delo Stephenson’s deteriorating health, […]