Taxpayer financing of elections an idea long past its prime

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be a good […]

If the shoe fits … don’t risk spanking

By Helena Rodriguez Last week, several people stood in line at a shoe store in San Francisco for five days, waiting for the latest edition of Michael Jordan designer shoes, which cost $295 a pair. Ridiculous, if you ask me. Even more ridiculous, is that these footwear-obsessed fans say they will not even think of […]

Cowboys buy diapers for lots of reasons

By Baxter Black It is not uncommon to see real cowboys in the communities where cattle are part of the economy. I don’t mean posing in the street like gunfighters in Tombstone, or passing out casino flyers on a corner in Las Vegas during rodeo week, but in the middle school parking lot picking up […]

Life deserves joy, excitement

By Joan Clayton I have never found a person who never had a problem. However, I have found many people who kept their joy even in the midst of adversity. I call them “heroes.” They are upbeat, optimistic, fun to be around and their attitude is contagious. When I think of “joy” an exceptional friend […]

Campaign against cancer

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Marilyn Carter won’t be on the floor of Greyhound Arena tonight when Portales’ Relay for Life gets under way. It’s the first time she’s missed since she was diagnosed with cancer. Carter’s spirit and drive will be there through the efforts of her daughter, Debbie Stenstrom, who has helped […]

Sports medicine clinic on its way

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer This April, injured area athletes could be on the mend at a full-service, state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic in downtown Portales owned by Dr. Joel Sievers. As part of the Portales downtown revitalization plan, Sievers recently received $65,000 direct economic development grant funds from the city. Sievers told city officials […]

2-22-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Cyndee Nelson Job: Cosmetologist, Reflections Hair Design Time on job: Five years Background: Experience in business and finance and has spent two years at CCC Cosmetology School. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Greeting clients, answering phones, helping with the daily salon activities; which include upkeep, and sanitation and that is important in […]

2-22-08 Local Briefs

Udall seeks students as interns Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is accepting applications from college students for the summer internship programs in his Capitol Hill and New Mexico district offices, according to a news release. To apply for an internship, candidates must send a cover letter and resume to: Adam.Fullerton@mail.house.gov or fax the materials to 202-226-1331 […]

Feb. 22, 1963

• “Tara Bulba” was playing at the Tower Theater and starred Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner. • “The Fastest Gun Alive” was playing at the Tower Theater and starred Glenn Ford.

Remembering the days of radio

In the olden days folks who lived in the boonies didn’t have many formal entertainment choices. We could see a movie in town on shopping day, usually Saturday. The local theater kept the same movie a couple of weeks, so except for the Saturday afternoon serials (that always ended with a cliffhanger to get us […]

Relayers ready to rock

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico The theme for the American Cancer Society’s 2008 Relay for Life in Portales is, “Relay like a Rockstar,” and starting Friday night, area residents will be able to do just that. Portales’ Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is joining with Texico’s FCCLA and Yucca Junior High’s FCCLA […]

Race, gender loom in politics

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor A professor of political science told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women this week that this year’s presidential election would be historic because it will gauge the country’s ability to deal with gender and race in a political campaign. Sue Strickler, professor of political science at Eastern New Mexico University […]

RCSO makes scrap metal theft arrest

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Portales men Friday in connection with the theft of scrap metal from a rural Roosevelt County residence, according to a RCSO press release. Sanford Long, 28, and Steven Long, 51, both of Portales were arrested at a scrap metal recycling center in Clovis after a […]

Spaghetti dinner planned

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will be having a Spaghetti Dinner from 5pm to 7:30pm. today at the Wesley Foundation South Avenue K and 14th Lane in Portales. Tickets are pre-sold and also available at the door. Price is $7 a ticket. All proceeds go to theatre students […]

Pursuit to land “Suit” complete

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” six men see something they want and find a way to get it. It’s a similar situation for Clovis Community College. Its cultural arts program wanted the show, and landed it for 7 p.m. Friday. Marshall Auditorium hosts the free show. […]

Cannon holds annual awards dinner

CAFB photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Fischer present the 3rd Special Operations Squadron with the award for Squadron of the Year. Cannon Air Force Base held its wing annual awards dinner Feb. 9 at The Landing.

Demolition, abatement set for housing

The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Feb. 28. Base personnel and their families are invited to the meetings that will begin at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. at […]

Protesters should thank troops for freedom

Anita Doberman The City Council in Berkeley California, often home to anti-war protests and activities, has recently decided that it no longer welcomes Marine recruiters. As reported by a CNN on Feb. 8, the city council approved a measure that urged recruiters to leave town, stressing that they were not welcome and offering its full […]

Top engineer credits team for success

Air Force recognition can be awarded as a unit or individual selection. But most people who win individual awards will credit their units for making them shine. This is the case for Lt. Col. Ivette O’Brien. O’Brien recently received the Air Force Field-Grade Base Bioenvironmental Engineer of the Year award for her work in fiscal […]

Tax rebate Q&A

If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, chances are you’ve heard about the economic stimulus law that Congress and the President have passed. Starting in May 2008, the U.S. Treasury will send out money to more than 130 million people. You may be wondering how the law will affect you. Who’s eligible? To receive […]