Portales police investigating robbery

PNT Staff Report Portales police said less than $300 was taken in an armed robbery Tuesday at KC Express at 601 W. Second St. A man entered the store around 5 p.m., according to Chief Deputy of Police Lonnie Berry. The robber held a handgun, demanded money and a clerk gave him cash from the […]

Peanut prices up

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Retail costs for peanut products from this area are going up this year, due to processors paying more for the nuts. Sunland Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer said the company’s contracts with farmers for Valencia peanuts set the price about $50 higher per ton than last year, one of the […]

Friday morning briefing: Pet video, swim lessons amd Smoke on the Water

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day See what’s hot in summer reading at the Portales Public Library. Jump in The Portales City Pool is offering swim lessons. Lifeguard training is also available. Lessons are available at different levels of ability, and adults can take water aerobics or […]

My turn: Surnames have power to mislead

While texting a buddy about a tee time during a recent commencement, a graduate named “Goff” walked across the stage. The coincidence made me wonder if people’s surnames might play a role in their future. Could petite “Marshall” become Jal’s first female sheriff? Does lanky “Rush” have a shot at pro football? Might theater major […]

Vietnam veterans owed an apology

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Memorial Day weekend, my thoughts will go back to a friend from college — Clovis May. He was a mild-mannered, hard working, good cowboy from a ranching family in Deming, New Mexico. I don’t recall exactly what his major was, but probably range management or ag business. He was […]

Memorial Day is to honor those I am thankful for

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Memories flood my soul as I visit the graves of loved ones who have gone on before me. As far back as I can remember, thoughts of my grandfather remind me of his love for Jesus. My grandmother’s singing as she churned butter in the big crock with a dasher […]

Their view: Candidates campaign for lieutenant governor

New Mexico has five Democratic candidates running for lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s primary. Three Republicans are seeking the post. We recently invited all to write a 300-word response to the question: How will you make New Mexicans’ lives better as lieutenant governor? Republican responses were published in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Brian Colon, Lawrence Rael and […]

Crimes of hate hard to prove

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Everyone who is awake discriminates — it is what people do with their minds. The kind of discrimination that’s objectionable is when people use irrelevant attributes of others to classify them — like their race when hiring them for jobs where race is irrelevant. The race of a […]

Reform advocates score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Base growth touted during military media day

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Cannon Air Force Base received its first CV-22 Osprey last week and picked up a second Wednesday. That is one example of growth that has defined Cannon since it was switched from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command Oct. 1, 2007. The base showcased its mission, aircraft, growth and construction Wednesday for […]