Council approves preliminary budget

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At a regular meeting of the Portales City Council Tuesday night, a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2009-10 was approved unanimously. The final budget, which will be preceded by a public meeting, won’t need to be passed until July. The projected revenue for the city is expected to be […]

Business owners want parking space back

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has decided to look into options for changing parking on Second Street at the County Courthouse in response to complaints from business owners across the street. Tuesday the owners asked for the return of parking spaces that courthouse parking lot remodeling had shifted to other […]

Nobody hurt in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A fire of unknown cause destroyed an abandoned house on Roosevelt Road 6 on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols said there is nothing to suggest the fire was tied to previous fires. This is the second abandoned house to burn […]

Maybe duct tape will get point across

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I may have a new use for duct tape. That hardly seems like a discovery worthy of mentioning at all, let alone in a record that will stand forever in print — one also assumes the standard exists for online records, but I just saw “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” […]

Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

New ENMU coach signs St. Mike’s star

Freedom New Mexico Andrew Helton didn’t take long to land his first in-state hoops star for Eastern New Mexico University. Jordan Romero, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard from St. Michael’s, signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Greyhounds, who introduced Helton as their new coach April 28. Romero was a five-year varsity member […]

Greyhounds earn all-south baseball honors

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — New Mexico University junior outfielder Jereme Johnson and senior pitcher/first baseman Seth Clabaugh have been selected to the Second Team American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-South Central Region Team. A Roswell High grad, Johnson led the Hounds in batting (.472), slugging (.656), on base percentage (.553), triples (4), and was second […]

Council denies zone change for BBQ business

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales City Council members on Monday voted unanimously not to allow J4 Bar-B-Que to serve “to-go” orders from a house at 1309 E. Amazon Street. About 75 spectators attended the meeting. The three principal operators of J4, Glenn Johnson, Bill Graham and Jerry Faber, all spoke at the meeting […]

ENMU briefs

Music building renovation ramping up Eastern New Mexico University may be on a break from classes, but renovation work at the Music Building will be ramped up. This week, utilities to some campus buildings will be turned off periodically as a result. Among the effected areas will be the water cutoffs to the faculty lounge […]

It’s their job: Office manager works her way up

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Deanna Banister is office manager at the Office Center Inc. She is originally from Clovis, but she has lived in Portales for 15 years. She is married and has two children. How long have you been at this job? I have been with the business almost 12 years. Why did you choose this job? My […]

Joint powers agreement, budget top city agenda

PNT staff report The city of Portales is expected to renew a Joint Powers Agreement with Portales Municipal Schools — part of a general agreement to share athletic facilities — at today’s Portales City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Portales High School baseball and softball fields, as […]

ENMU names new athletic director

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A former Adams State College athletic director and sporting goods salesman has become the new Eastern New Mexico University athletic director. ENMU President Steven Gamble announced Monday that Jeff Geiser of Alamosa, Colo., had been selected to replace Mike Maguire, who is to teach physical education and raise funds […]

New dairy facility opening in Portales

PNT Staff Report Automated Dairy Systems Inc. of Jerome, Idaho is opening their first southwestern facility in Portales. The announcement was made Friday by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation. ADS designs, installs and services several leading brands of automated milking parlor systems for large western dairies, and provides specialized milking system and animal hygiene […]

Children’s home deserve thanks

I would like to thank the Christian Children’s Home for allowing the Portales junior league teams to practice on their baseball field. This has always been a challenging league due to our city’slack of facilities to accommodate these young men, but thankfully the Children’s Home has come to our rescue. I would also like to […]

Identity theft modern day nightmare

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist My dear wife hollered at me from her position in front of the computer in our home office one morning last week as I was getting ready for work: “Did you buy something on EBay?” “Don’t reply, they’re just phishing,” I hollered back. “I don’t think it has anything to […]

Editorial: Government flex of power will knock us down

It is becoming apparent that the ambition of the Obama administration to increase government control over what had been previously private business institutions is breathtaking in scope and virtually unlimited. The most recent evidence comes from news that the administration, as a Wall Street Journal news article put it, wants to “change compensation practices across […]

Sports nutrition featured

Information on making half-doll tassels and sports nutrition will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Author, designer and teacher Helen Gibb will show how to make half-doll tassels with ribbon flowers. This technique originated in Germany at the turn of the century and is further enhanced […]

Anniversaries

Chambers Charles and Evelyn Chambers of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Portales, 200 S. Ave., C. The celebration will be hosted by their son, Craig Chambers, and their daughter, Tonya Linton. The couple was married May 31, 1959, […]

Air Force confirms Cannon Predator drone crash

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is confirming an MQ-1 Predator drone assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed earlier this month in eastern Afghanistan. The Cannon unmanned aircraft crashed May 7, according to the Air Force, which also confirmed it was the second drone in the last two weeks to crash in Afghanistan. Other […]