March 6, 1955

“Broken Lance,” starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark and Katy Jurado was showing with the new “CinemaScope” at the Tower Theatre.

Portales city council wary of water authority bill

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales city officials are concerned about a legislative bill that would establish a new water authority for eastern New Mexico and give it the right to set sewer rates. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his doubts about House Bill […]

March 5, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the current winter was “one of the driest on record in Portales.” The article said the total moisture since the previous October was at a low of 0.31 inches, most of which fell in February.

March 4, 2009 Lone Star Conference Basketball Standings

Standings (Regular season final) All times Mountain Men South Division Div. All W-L W-L Midwestern State 10-2 21-6 Angelo State 8-4 20-7 Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-4 18-9 Tarleton State 6-6 18-9 West Texas A&M 6-6 16-11 Abilene Christian 4-8 10-16 Eastern New Mexico 0-12 4-23 North Division Div. All W-L W-L Central Oklahoma 10-2 23-4 Southwestern […]

Film industry wins fight to keep incentives

By Robert Not: The New Mexican The sponsor of a legislative effort to kill the state’s popular film-production incentives said Tuesday his bill is dead. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, acknowledged defeat after film industry supporters passionately argued that the movie business is their economic life blood. HB725 would repeal the 25 percent tax credit and […]

Death penalty repeal heads to Judiciary panel

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The bill that would abolish capital punishment in New Mexico cleared another hurdle Tuesday when it got a do-pass recommendation on a 5-2 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albquerque, now goes to Senate Judiciary, which is considered the […]

New Zealand IT firm opens first U.S. branch in Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A New Zealand-based information technology company that provides technical support for factory automated systems is moving to Portales. Tamaki Control specializes in automated systems such as milk pasteurization and monitoring and powder handling and packing for food processing factories. The company was working on Southwest Cheese plant’s automated systems […]

Photo contest open

PNT Staff Salmon Ruins Museum and Research Library in Bloomfield is taking entries for its Sixth Annual Salmon Ruins Heritage Preservation Month Architectural Photo Contest. Digital and film photos of historic or prehistoric architecture are eligible. There is no entry fee, and the grand prize is a hand-carved double Hopi Katsina worth $250. Entries must […]

Creative Memories works with Make-A-Wish

PNT Staff Creative Memories scrapbooking business is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. The business is now selling exclusive “Wishes and Dreams” products and is to donate up to $2 to the foundation for each item in the line sold. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditons. Information: www.creativememories.com […]

March 4, 2009 Floyd news

Local events Thursday • End of nine-week grading period. • Potluck dinner — 6 p.m., Senior Citizens Center. Games will follow. Friday • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — parent conference day. Monday • 7 p.m to 9 p.m. — regular school board meeting. Tuesday • 1 p.m. — honor roll assembly Birthdays Sunday — […]

Fallon debut historical, not funny

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Monday’s always a great TV day for me, with “24” in primetime and often a new “Daily Show” late. This week, however, I was most excited for what was in between. Monday marked the debut of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” an experience I both feared and anticipated. I’ve never […]

Review board to disappoint veterans

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Complaints from veterans and from a high-profile commission that the services routinely were “low-balling” disability ratings for military members found medically unfit spurred Congress last year to take action. Among other things it ordered the Department of Defense to create a special board to review disability ratings of 20 percent […]

Editorial: Emissions cap will cost more than offer help

The Environmental Protection Agency soon will determine whether greenhouse gases endanger humanity and, if so, begin regulating their emission. We suspect it’s a foregone conclusion. President Barack Obama, in last week’s address to Congress, reiterated his campaign promise to impose greenhouse gas regulations that effectively would shut down coal-powered energy plants, conceding that “electricity rates […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Bill protects ‘controversial science’ teaching

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure pending in the Senate Education Committee would

March 4, 2009 Legislative tidbits

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Grass fire burns 300 acres of pastureland in Melrose

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire about five miles northwest of Melrose consumed about 300 acres of pastureland Tuesday evening, according to fire officials. The fire started about 7 p.m. between Curry roads 14 and 15 about a mile and a half west of New Mexico 268, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Firefighters […]

Graffiti nuisance to community

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Graffiti is an occasional problem for Portales police. But finding even one building spray painted can have some business owners seeing red. Vickie Banister, property manager for Desert Bloom Realty, said she dealt with one incident of graffiti about a month ago and two last summer on the properties […]

Unpaid lunch bills mounting

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

ENMU re-examines police procedures

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University is changing police procedures after officers’ slow response to a recent verbal altercation between a student and an instructor. Campus police took 20 to 30 minutes to arrive after being called about the incident Feb. 12, according to police records and witness accounts. The time […]