Time is gift from God

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Each day is a gift from God, just waiting to be opened. How I use that gift is up to me. I cannot put it in the bank. I cannot use it tomorrow. I must use my gift now or it will be forever lost. I must use wisdom. Since time […]

People must reach past stars

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We were not told, we were ordered, to pack light this year. And so I did an amazing act, which was nothing short of a miracle, making all my stuff fit into one huge bag. My daughter, Laura, and I recently went once again to a church youth conference, Steubenville […]

Politicians using smoke screen against public

Editorial If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping terrorists out […]

DA works to abolish truancy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office is spearheading the Abolish Chronic Truancy program in an effort to curtail truancy in both Roosevelt and Curry counties. “It definitely is a significant problem in both counties and we are taking steps to prevent it,” said Ninth Judicial Assistant District Attorney Ben […]

Vaughan pipeline delivers water for first time

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — With a hay ride and buckets, the Interstate Stream Commission celebrated the first water delivered through the Vaughan Pipeline on Wednesday. The pipeline, named for the third-generation Fort Sumner family that sold water rights for the project, is the first project completed through the ISC’s Strategic Water […]

Insurance agency changes hands

BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With the retirement of Don Hammons, Danny Paxton has taken the reins and ownership of the insurance agency located on South Avenue D. Residing in Dallas, Paxton who has family in the area, came home for a visit. In a conversation with his mom, she suggested that he sell […]

Roosevelt boys lose to Las Vegas

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County 10-and-11 year-old Little League All-Stars state tournament run ended Tuesday afternoon after losing 4-3 to the Las Vegas All-Stars. “They’re real disappointed,” Roosevelt County head coach Sammy Villanueva said of his team. “It’s one of those games that you feel you should have won with the […]

Roosevelt County Electric Coop to hike rates

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Rising costs for oil and gas as well as wood and steel are forcing Roosevelt County Electric Coop to raise rates for their more than 6,000 customers for the first time in more than 22 years. In a letter mailed to all members earlier this month, the Coop announced […]

Determination leads to development

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With determination and money from his own pocket, Elton Parkinson set out in 1979 to establish and build a fire department for the Milnesand community. “We were so far down here we were kind of unprotected,” Parkinson said of the decision to start the department. Since the inception of the […]

August 5, 1960

• Members of the Church of Christ were getting set to move into their new building on 18th Street. • The city police issued 714 tickets for overparking during July, which resulted in the department collecting $270 in fines. • College Bakery advertised one dozen donuts for 48 cents.

August 3, 1960

• T.R. Allen, owner of College Cleaners, reported that he had sold his operation to Olen Rothenm operator of Deluxe Cleaners. • The city council was awaiting the arrival of a new D-6 Caterpillar steel wheel tractor that would be used in service with city crews. • Summer suits were on sale for $42.50 at […]

August 2, 1960

• A Horned Toad, picked up by L. L. Binkley in Ruidoso gave birth to 20 toads at his home in Portales. • The Portales branch of the American Association of University Women reported that they raised $53 with their concession stand during the Portales Days celebration. • A six bottle carton of Coca-Cola was […]

August 1, 1960

• A group representing the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce met with Gov. John Burroughs in an effort to designate Taylor’s Grove as a state park. • A three pound carton of Mrs. Tuckers shortening was on sale for 55 cents at Franks University Food Market.

July 31, 1960

• A cotton crop at Elida was destroyed by a fast moving storm that hit the area. The hail, beating down hard and quick, beat the bolls from the crop. The storm also dumped one and one-half inches of rain on the crop. The storm virtually destroyed any chances of harvesting the cotton. • Tall […]

July 29, 1960

• Ninety-five applicants applied for the position of Academic Dean at Eastern New Mexico University. Of those 95 applicants, the field had been narrowed down to three. • City Police caught nine speeders on North Main Avenue just before it left the city limits. The road had been the scene of an accident that had […]

July 27, 1960

• Vic Stockard and Vernon Gibson were re-elected to serve on the Portales Valley Sweet Potato Association board of directors during the annual grower’s meeting. During the meeting, it was reported that 920 acres of sweet potatoes had been planted in Roosevelt County. • Slater Bros. Home and Auto Supply advertised 3-T Nylon all weather […]

July 26,1960

• Portales farmer Bob White received a shock while working in one of his fields. While driving in his tractor, the front end suddenly fell several feet down. It was discovered that the tractor feel into an old well located in the field that was there long before White began farming the field. • A […]

July 25, 1960

• Murray E. Morgan of the state land committee placed four tracts of state owned land in Roosevelt County on the list for the August 16 bidding for oil and gas leases. All the tracts at that time carried a minimum annual rental of 25 cents per acre. • Members of the Portales High School […]

Steps to stop nepotism good start

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers With potential voters You-Tubing questions for debating Democrats on Monday and Dick Cheney’s short-lived presidency on Saturday, it’s possible you missed an example of good government by the House of Representatives. On a voice vote Monday, the House passed the Campaign Expenditure Transparency Act. The measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Adam […]

Treatment of media setting China back

Editorial Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only to bolster […]