12-20 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: Ms. D Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is unable to provide for all of her grandchildren and their mother is in jail. She has no other help. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have a wonderful holiday. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 12 regular. Boys shirts sizes 14 […]

Harris appointed to board of regents

PNT staff Clovis banker Randy Harris is the newest member of the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. Harris was appointed Thursday by Gov. Bill Richardson, filling the seat held by Alva Carter, who died in a tragic car accident last month. Richardson also re-appointed Clovis engineer Chad Lydick to the board. Lydick was […]

Overseas service members send overseas holiday greetings

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Though her friends have seen or heard Master Sgt. David Kline greet his mother on the radio and television, Bess Kline hasn’t seen or heard from her son in the almost four months since he was sent to Iraq. So in the last few days Kline has been scanning […]

Elida rancher has multiple successes as angus breeder

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Blow-drying cattle hair is proving a productive use of time for one Elida rancher. To stimulate hair growth in his registered Angus show cattle, Greg Smith or one of his few employees rinse and blow dry the animals daily. The result: Other than some really good-looking if not well-coiffed […]

Student participation in risk survey falls

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sex, drinking and abuse of marijuana and pain killers may be on the rise among Roosevelt County high school students. But school officials say they can’t really tell based on results of a new state survey. The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey has ninth- through 12th-graders anonymously […]

It’s their job: Raenell Walker

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Name: Raenell Walker Job: Customer service representative at Kenny Reed Insurance Background: Walker was raised and graduated in Portales, after which she studied business at Eastern New Mexico University. Time on job: Five years What does your job entail? When customers come in and are looking for a quote, I input and use their information […]

Xcel seeks to increase rates

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy wants to raise electric rates 5.1 percent in New Mexico, a move the utility says would increase the average customer’s bill about $9 a month. Xcel filed its rate request Thursday with the state Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said if approved, the increase would […]

Lights of delight in my heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist “No! We’re not having lights on that tree! What a waste of money. Besides that it would run up the electricity bill. We’re not doing it.” We have lived in the same house on the same corner for 45 years. How well I remember that little cedar tree we […]

Gun carriers don’t always pose threat

Freedom New Mexico Gay, bisexual and transgendered students gathered with other supporters earlier this month to celebrate diversity on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus. At the “Safety is a Human Right” rally, many of the speakers complained of harassment and threats against gay students at UCCS. According to a report in The […]

Budget prey to wasteful spending

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year. Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good […]

Dec. 19 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” recently lost her home. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 4T. Boys shirts sizes 4T. Boys shoe sizes 12. Girls pants sizes 16, 8, and 6. Girls shirts sizes 14-16, 8, and […]

Zias rope Cowgirls

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico It won’t be a long break, but sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team are ready for a little time off. The Zias completed the early portion of their schedule Wednesday night with a 79-64 victory over New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Arena, […]

Business feature: Hairdresser stays a cut above

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Judy Hallford, a hairdresser in Portales, recently observed the 30th anniversary of her business. Hallford grew up in Floyd and graduated from beauty school in Portales in 1970, before opening “Judy’s Swirl and Curl” in Portales in 1978. On becoming a hair dresser: I did people’s hair off and […]

Dec. 18 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. W Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is a single mother. She is buying her first home and has a limited income. She won’t be able to afford any presents for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 8. […]

Zias hope to string two wins together hosting Highlands

Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico There’s nothing like a win to get a team feeling better about itself. Eastern New Mexico University’s women snapped a four-game slide with a 58-52 Lone Star Conference crossover win on Sunday at Ada, Okla., and now will try to build on it in a 6 p.m. contest against New […]

Jan. 10, 1962

T. R. Allen and his wife, Marie, resumed ownership of the College Cleaners at 1015 W. Second St. after leaving 18 months earlier.

Jan. 9, 1948

A local Phillips 66 station ran an ad in the Portales Daily News calling all “Democrats and Republicans (or if you’re going to vote for Henry Wallace)” to drive on safe tires by bringing in the ad and receiving $4.10 off a new Lee 6:00×16 tire.

Jan. 8, 1951

The Portales Daily News reported that the local Junior Chamber of Commerce adopted a proposal to lower the voting age in New Mexico to 18, on the grounds that “persons old enough to be inducted into the armed forces should be given a voice in their government.”

Jan. 7, 1977

The Portales News-Tribune reported that locals were reacting to prices of coffee when it jumped from 60 cents a pound to one dollar, but were not as reactionary as they were to the sugar prices two years earlier.

Jan. 6, 1957

“Written on the Wind,” starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone, was playing at the Tower Theatre.