Seems early for election campaigns

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist “Hey, since you work for the newspaper, there’s a guy I know…”I hear this statement a lot, but I’m finding these guys they know are most often considering running for office. “He’s not running yet, but he’s considering it, and I wonder if you could give him some coverage.” I’m […]

Military update: Money lacking for disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members are closer to landing a 3.4 percent basic pay raise next January, which would be the 11th consecutive annual increase set higher than private sector wage growth. But in approving a $550.4 billion fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and $130 billion for wartime operations last week, […]

Editorial: Proposed laws threat to growth of Internet

Thousands of revenue-hungry, budget-poor taxing agencies are turning their appetites to the Internet, where new business models generate big bucks, much of it beyond tax collectors’ reach. A host of proposals in statehouses and Congress to tax and regulate the Internet threaten to unleash a multitude of unintended, unpleasant consequences. These government intrusions, ranging from […]

ENMU picnic commemorating 75 years

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Like almost every other part of the country, mid-1930s New Mexico was mired in the difficulties of the Great Depression. But it was a time of new beginnings, too, and Eastern New Mexico University will be celebrating its inception with a Founder’s Day Picnic on Sunday. Commemorating its 75th […]

Runners brave weather

Freedom New Mexico Rain did not dampen the participation at the Portales MainStreet Program’s 9th Annual Fun Run Saturday sponsored by Burger King. More than 80 runners and walkers participated in the 10K run and 5K run/walk on South Main Street, the largest turn out in the history of the event. “Runners like cool weather,” […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 65 years, a World War II veteran who lived in Portales has received a Bronze Star for his service. The award Herman H. Wallace, who worked at the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. for 37 years, received a Bronze Star from a Cannon Air Force Base delegation at […]

It’s their job: County road supervisor enjoys challenge of job

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County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years. Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business. What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction […]

RGH installs clearer signs

Roosevelt General Hospital recently unveiled a new addition and this one is right at the front of the building. The hospital and its adjacent clinic was adorned this week with blue-colored, white-trimmed identification over the front entrance of each in an effort to make it easier for visitors to walk into the right facility — […]

Senior olympics

Four Roosevelt County residents captured individual gold medals at the state Senior Olympics Summer Games held in Las Cruces at the end of May. Armando Payen, 59, was a winner in eight-ball billiards while Jim Brumfield, 74, was second in his age division at the 100-meter run. Tim Bienvenu, 55, meanwhile, was first in an […]

Library schedule

Monday • 11 a.m.: The Portales Puppeteers present their puppet shows. Tuesday • 10:30 a.m.: Art Masters (recommended for grades 2-6): This week we’ll learn more about pottery and see some samples of New Mexico pottery from museums around the state.