Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time [...]

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session [...]

Community honors citizen of the year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Lifelong Floyd resident, community servant, Christian and jack-of-all-trades Alvis Griffith has been named Floyd’s Citizen of the Year. The award was presented at Floyd’s 59th Annual Country Jamboree Saturday night. Griffith said he thanked his family and friends, as well the Floyd Lions Club. “I am greatly honored,” Griffith [...]

Being overly cautious mother’s job

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist A few days ago, my oldest daughter, who is eight years old, fell while playing on our living room and smacked her head on the carpeted floor. She was playing some sort of Barbie acrobat game with her sisters and hit the back of her head. Aside from yelling “ouch!” [...]

This good buddy won’t be tweeting

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist While I do whistle while I work, I haven’t begun to tweet. Evidently tweeting is a new form of communication being applied by a new online software technology called Twitter, being used mostly through cell phones and other mobile devices. The other day my wife saw something on a news [...]

Officials investigating cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the [...]

Committee eyes windmill collection

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A committee representing several community entities is looking into purchasing the massive Dalley collection of windmills to keep the eclectic local attraction together and in Portales. Bill and Alta Dalley recently contacted the Chamber of Commerce about passing the windmills on to the city for generations to enjoy long [...]

March 29, 2009 Wedding

Brumfield Valerie Siau of Portales and Rick Brumfield of Dora were joined in marriage Feb. 14, 2009, at Central Christian Church. The Rev. Dave McVey performed the double ring ceremony. The bridegroom is the son of John Brumfield of Dora. Maid of honor was Jan Kent. Bestman was Cliff Everage. Ushers were Jack Dendy and [...]

March 29, 2009 Engagements

Rector/Stansell Cathy and Leslie Rector of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jana LeAnne of Lubbock, to Tully Stansell of Lubbock, son of Terri and Tommy Stansell of Littlefield, Texas. The couple will exchange vows May 23, 2009, at American Wind Power Center in Lubbock. A reception will follow. The bride-elect [...]

March 29, 2009 Club notes

Altrusa International Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met last Monday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, with the Service Committee in charge of arrangements. President Vaunceil Turnbough presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. There were 33 members and seven [...]