Residents prepare to celebrate holiday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Labor Day signals the last vacation and three-day weekend of the summer for many residents.

Karen Banda said she and her family didn’t have any specific plans for the weekend other than to get together with her husband’s family.

“We usually just get together on holidays and cook out,” Banda said.

Daniel Fetterman will be traveling to Santa Rosa to participate in a softball tournament.

“It’s an annual tournament they have every Labor Day weekend,” Fetterman said.

“It’s a fun tournament,” Fetterman said. “We pretty much go up there to get out of Portales and hang out.”

While in Santa Rosa, Fetterman has plans to visit the Blue Hole and do some cliff diving and swimming.

The Portales Fire Department will be out in full force either today or Saturday, depending on the weather, for its annual “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, PFD Chief John Bridges said.

“It’s an effort to raise funds to support that process,” Bridges said.

The fire department has raised between $2,000 to $5,000 each year in the annual event. This year, the fire department opted to blitz the area in one day at several major intersections in town to raise the money. Anywhere from seven to 10 people will be out, depending on what is happening within the department, Bridges said.

“It’s a great cause,” Bridges said.

For those looking for a sense of adventure, there is a nature walk at 7 p.m. Saturday at Oasis State Park. Park Ranger Valerie Russ will lead participants through the park looking at native plants and animals. Russ will adjust the length of the walk according to the audience participation, she said.

“We are just looking at native plants and animals if any are out,” Russ said.

Area closings:

The following businesses and institutions will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day:

• Eastern New Mexico University

• Portales City Hall

• Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce

• Portales Police Department Business Office

• Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Business Office

• All area schools

• All local banks

• Roosevelt County Magistrate Court

• Community Services Center

• All state offices

• All federal offices

• Roosevelt County Courthouse