We hold power in our government

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I read a lot of stuff, including editorials and commentaries in scientific journals. Each time there’s a new administration, many of these publications rev up their lobbying for support from the government for favorite projects. So now, Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is […]

DOD, VA leading record revolution

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Dr. Ross Fletcher, chief of staff of the VA Medical Center in Washington D.C., asked a recent patient, a war veteran, how many times he had been exposed to the blast of an improvised explosive device.

New leadership could cause rift for businesses

Freedom New Mexico “Change” is all the rage these days in Washington. While relative newcomer President-elect Barack Obama popularized the idea, it may be an old-hand who demonstrates it most forcefully. California Rep. Henry Waxman reportedly surprised even many insiders when he was elected by secret ballot of Democrats to head the powerful energy and […]

Miners snap Zias’ winning streak

Freedom New Mexico EL PASO, Texas — Texas-El Paso scored the first eight points and never looked back Monday night, overwhelming Eastern New Mexico University 87-44 in women’s basketball. The Division I Miners (4-3) proved too tough on the defensive end for the Zias (5-2), who had scored 91 or more points four times this […]

Recreation center offers activities for youth


Basketball It is little league basketball season. Both boys and girls have three leagues. Pee Wee is for first- and second-graders, playing on an 8-foot goal at Valencia school. Junior league is for third- and fourth-graders playing on a 10-foot goal at Portales Junior High School. Senior League is for fifth- and sixth-graders playing on […]

Dec. 1 Events Calendar

Saturday Christmas Toy Drive — 10 a.m. -8 p.m. Wal-Mart. Accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive: Operation Santa Cop. Winter Wine Fest — 7 -10 p.m. The Ice House, 208 N. Ave. A. Tickets $25, available in advance at Memorial Building, Doerr & Knudson Law Office, Woody’s Jewelry and City […]

Dec. 1 ENMU Briefs

Annual holiday concert planned for Friday Eastern New Mexico University will hold its annual holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m Friday at the University Theater Center on the main stage. Various holiday pieces will be performed under the direction of Dr. Jason Paulk. Tickets are $5; free admission for ages under 18 or […]

It’s their job: Nancy Vargas


Name: Nancy Vargas Job: Manager at Security Finance Background: Vargas grew up in the Portales area and attended school in Dora. Time on job: Two years What does your job entail? We are a loan company, so I approve loans and close out new loans. We also do taxes. What is a typical day like […]

Dec. 1 Empty Stocking profile

Today’s focus: Ms. C Household members: 6 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. C” is a single mother. She is raising her own kids and also her niece and nephew. Her holiday hopes: She wants her children to have a great Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 6 and 7. Boys pant sizes 6 and 7. […]

Wine Fest slated for Saturday

PNT staff Eat, drink and be merry — and raise money for a good cause. That’s the message from promoters of the Portales MainStreet Winter Wine Fest. The admission price of $25 includes a wine glass, samples of all wines offered, one full glass of wine and gourmet food all evening, said City of Portales […]