Woman finds happiness in cooking

PNT Staff Editor’s Note: It’s Their Job is a new feature of the Portales News-Tribune that will run every Tuesday and Friday. It will feature a local person and the job they do. To suggest a person or job for this feature call Casey Peacock at 356-4481, ext 35 or e-mail casey_peacock@link.freedom.com. Name: Pam Bernier […]

Memories of love not soon forgotten

By Joan Clayton: Columnist It was a perfect Sunday afternoon for a drive in the country. As we passed familiar farms, I couldn’t help but notice the changes in peoples’ lives. Some occupants were now gone. Some were left without their mates. Others had simply moved away, leaving an abandoned house. I wondered what stories […]

Meth series hits home

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A popular piece of advice for writers is to write about what you know. But writing about what you know can be extremely painful when you’ve been affected by the destructive demon of methamphetamine . Crank. Ice. Chalk. Tweek. Nose candy. There are many ways to label this man-made drug, […]

Nation’s drug policies must be reconsidered

Editorial We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching that same […]

Several girls compete with the boys at HPJR

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Sugar and spice and everything nice, as the saying goes, are what little girls are made of. But you can’t blame some of the young cowgirls at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals for having a little bit of ingested dirt as part of their composition. That’s especially true […]

Acosta meets, greets Portales youths

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer 17-year-old Ryan Acosta may be on the verge of fame and fortune with the Chicago Cubs, but Wednesday evening, he chose to spend time with some excited Portales Little Leaguers. The former Portales Ram was drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cubs […]

Focus on financial freedom

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Rogers resident Kerry Victor says he’s been successful in helping people get out of debt and manage money better and the course he teaches is back for its third run in Portales to prove it. Victor is bringing Financial Peace University, a 13-week money handling program, to Emmanuel Baptist […]

Economic recruiters being interviewed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Members of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board say the pieces of a economic development plan are falling in place quickly now and the re-launch of the organization could be complete in a few weeks. The biggest piece of the puzzle is an economic development recruiter, who they […]

Consumers crave convertibles

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Imagine feeling the wind blowing through your hair and feeling the openness and experiencing the beauty of Mother Nature as you travel the open road in a convertible. Portales couple Tom and Sharon Davis are the proud owners of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. Purchasing the car in Roswell […]

Council OKs growth grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City officials are hoping a $55,000 grant from the state’s Livability Innovation Fund will be the seed for a new way of approaching growth and zoning in Portales. The grant, which was approved by city council at its regular meeting Tuesday, will allow the city to undertake an effort […]

Portales senior runs track ‘Down Under’

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer When 17-year-old Tyler Anderson learned he was one of four New Mexico athletes to secure a trip to Australia as part of the Down Under Sports Program, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Anderson is going into his senior year at Portales High School and […]

Lane Hedeman competes in Clovis

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent All of the contestants for this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are from either New Mexico or Texas. But Lane Hedeman comes from such an interior portion of the Lone Star state that he might be considered an outsider to those based in either eastern New Mexico or […]

Health Department requests support

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from the New Mexico Department of Health were in town Tuesday to ask the Roosevelt County commissioners for their support in any future expansion of space and services for the Portales Public Health Department, according to Region 4 director Linda Monk. “We’re here for informational purposes only,” Monk said […]

Dawg Houze one step closer to opening

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer After sitting quietly on Second Street for well over a year, the building called the Dawg Houze will soon house Portales’ newest package store. But as co-owner Chad Heflin explains, it’s already been a battle to get to this point. “It’s hard to open a business,” Heflin said. “But […]

Report entertaining but unfair

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” is a hate-mongering show, and its viewers and advertisers believe Muslims are lazy, and Democrats are communist slime maggots whose views would embarrass Nazis. At least that’s the statement I would make if I were applying Bill O’Reilly’s journalistic standards to his own program. Stay […]

Lady Bird Johnson leaves behind ladylike legacy

Editorial We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied a strength […]

PHS still searching for boys soccer coach

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With less than a month before the start of school, Portales High School is no closer to finding a coach for the restarting of the Ram soccer team, but Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler promises that the sport will be restarted this fall. “We’re going to have (boys) soccer,” […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo begins today

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than 8, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

Automobile crash kills local man

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle accident east of Portales, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Isabel Ornelas, 51 lost control of his vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on N.M. 467 (Airbase Highway) between Milepost 2 and 3. The vehicle overturned, pinning the man underneath, according to Chief Deputy […]

Man to produce documentary on meth

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series dealing with the effects of methamphetamine addiction and its growing impact on local communities. Paul Hunton wants people who watch his video documentary to walk away disgusted. And if they don’t, “Then something is wrong with them.” Hunton, a 2006 […]