Plant of the century

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This pair of Century plants in the Kirby Tally yard on Yucca Drive recently bloomed. The blooming occurs infrequently but when it does the stalks shoot up 10-14 feet in a short time. Tally says that they’ve had other Century plants bloom but this is the first time they’ve had two at one time. He […]

County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department […]

Music festival back at Oasis

PNT Staff Report The Oasis State Park staff is preparing for the third annual Old Tyme Music concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the playground area at Oasis State Park. The funds raised by the concert go directly to the Friends of Oasis and are used for improvements at the park. The […]

County hospital district reports profit

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District reported a profit of $346,690

Events Calendar May 30, 2008

SaturdayOld Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park MondayBoard of Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative meeting — noon, Mental Health Resources, 1005 S. Monroe, Tucumcari, Information, 483-5081Ram Basketball Camp — First day of four-day camp, 9 a.m. third through sixth grade, 1 p.m. seventh through ninth grade. TuesdayRoosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 […]

Religion Calendar May 30, 2008

Today20-mile Walk to Fight Hunger — 7 a.m. Clovis Wal-Mart to Portales Wal-Mart along U.S. Highway 70. Walk to raise awareness of New Mexico’s hunger problem and collect food and donations for Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and Portales Dream Center. Information: Roberto Mancusi, organizer, at 356-3106, and Rev. Jeff Symonds at First United […]

Children fly on wings of love

“Los ninos son como los pajaritos … tu ensenas volar … cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan!” A beautiful mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The children are like little birds. You […]

Talk of dialogue with dictators is just politics

Freedom New Mexico Can it be that elections tend to bring out whatever latent stupidity candidates and their supporters may harbor, or that they induce people to say stupid and simplistic things in the belief that voters respond only to the stupid and simplistic? What inspires such dire reflection at this moment is the increasingly […]

Humans are programmed for riding

Humans like to ride. They climb onto anything that can move and “go for a ride.” Even inveterate “hikers” catch a ride to the trailhead, the faster the better. It begins when we’re little, with tricycles, and really never ends. The milk cow was one of my favorite rides when I was young. While her […]

Feds open grassland for haying, grazing

Staff and Wire Reports The federal government is making it cheaper for ranchers to use about 209,000 acres of protected land in Curry County for grazing and haying this year. Federal Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said Tuesday that high crop prices and tight food supplies have increased the demand for farm land. The livestock industry […]

City, county face increasing fuel budgets

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT staff writer

Kids’ College offers interesting summer activities

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Slots are still open in all age groups for Eastern New Mexico University’s annual summer Kids’ College, which begins on Monday and runs each weekday through July 25. Kids’ College is held daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Technology Building at ENMU for children ages 6-12 […]

Local Brief May 29

PNT Staff Report Ram basketball camp planned The annual Ram basketball camp for boys and girls from third to sixth grade will begin Monday and run through Thursday at the Ram Athletic Center, according to coordinator Portales High School boys head coach Mark Gallegos. Participants can sign up the first day for the four-day camp. […]

Events Calendar May 29

Today Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Monday Board of Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative meeting — noon, Mental […]

Coby Carter not just fiddlin’ around

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A local fiddler is starting to make his name known and will play with some big boys this summer. Even more impressive, though, is that Coby Carter is only 12 years old. Coby recently took first-place in the 12-and-under division at the Bob Wills fiddle contest in Turkey, Texas, […]

KENW tower coming down this week

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor One of the taller landmarks on the High Plains and easily the tallest in Portales is coming down. The 300-foot tower at the old KENW-TV studios will be taken apart this week by Advanced Tower Services of Albuquerque. Work began Tuesday and depending on the weather, the tower could […]

School district seeks new Valencia principal

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A search is under way for a new elementary school principal in Portales. Valencia Elementary School Principal Todd Morris resigned from his position, effective June 30, to become principal of James Bickley Elementary School in Clovis. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said Morris gave him a written letter of […]

Floyd News May 28, 2008

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries Wednesday — Kim Lee Saturday — Waynell Nall Sunday — Nelson and Rose Rector Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m.• Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in […]

Local Brief May 28

Head Start accepting enrollment The Texas Migrant Council is accepting applications for enrollment in its summer program for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. There is no cost for services. To be eligible, children must be from migrant and seasonal farm worker families who meet income guidelines. The program emphasizes all areas of […]

Events Calendar May 28

Thursday Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Tuesday Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m. City of Portales reception […]