Free-market roads concept possible

Are you under the impression that free-market roads would be impossible, or at least impossibly complicated? Then I have good news for you. There are many possible ways for roads to be provided in a free society, even assuming unfettered technology wouldn’t make roads obsolete. Business owners could voluntarily join forces to provide roads and […]

Letters to the Editor — Our country facing severe problems

We have global warming staring us in the face, infrastructure that needs a trillion to update, millions unemployed, some long-term, students, the country’s future,  looking at a mountain of debt and what are a large number of congressmen, House and Senate, members looking at? Repealing The Affordable Health Care Act, 32 times, putting up road […]

Women’s health choices remain theirs, for now

— The Santa Fe New Mexican The notion of the little guy battling powerful institutions is one of the strongest myths Americans share — and anyone staying up late Tuesday night saw those forces in action on the floor of the Texas Legislature. With a firm majority determined to pass a law that, in effect, […]

What you can do about mental illness

Sitting on my desk is one of those book club cards I’m supposed to return if I do NOT want this month’s selected book. Two books, actually. Book clubs like to bundle books together. A pernicious practice. Anyway, one book they want me to buy this month evidently has to do with “What You Can […]

Fishing report — June 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle […]

Councilor: Park upkeep uneven

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Public Works Director John DeSha says the swings at Lindsey Park on West Ivy have been repaired since they were brought to his attention by the area’s city councilor. Antonio Salguero told DeSha last week at the Portales City Council meeting that the swings had been broken for […]

Fireworks update

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The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is still accepting donations for the Portales July Fourth Celebration, according to Executive Director Karl Terry. Live music, a fireworks display, and food vendors will be showcased for the celebration, which will take place on July 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University soccer field and practice football field. […]

Lesser prairie chicken decision delayed

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s judgment to extend its decision on whether to federally protect the lesser prairie chicken will play into the favor of local landowners. The USFWS was slated to make its decision on whether to list the grouse […]

Farmers market starts Monday for Portales

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By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce will soon be readily available thanks to the upcoming opening of farmers markets in Clovis and Portales. Margie Plummer manages the Portales Farmers Market and Clovis Farmers Market, and said this year’s produce offerings will start off small. “It’s just so early right now,” […]

Q&A — Theatre grad helps college hopefuls

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com Briana Pilon, 23, is an Upward Bound instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. Upward Bound is a program designed to help underprivileged students enroll and graduate from college. It is a federally funded program that has been at ENMU since 1966. Pilon is a Los Alamos native […]

My turn — Dig through archives shows pleasant past

A project I’m working on has me deeply buried in local newspaper clippings from the 1930s. It’s a nice place to be. Not necessarily the newspaper clippings — they’re yellowed and fragile and, frankly, a little musty — but the 1930s themselves. I know. I know. It was the Depression. It was the Dust Bowl. […]

Police blotter — June 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: • 11:54 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 900 block of East Canadian. • 12:04 p.m.: Subject removal, 42000 block of U.S. 70. • 12:06 p.m.: Welfare check, 800 block of North Avenue I. • 12:08 p.m.: Car fire, N.M. 206 and South Roosevelt Road 15. • 12:12 […]

Events calendar — June 27

Today Rock Stars — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Albuquerque Bio Park’s Zoo to You. Open to all ages. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. 44th Army Band of the New Mexico National […]

Fishing report — June 27

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River — Water flow below Eagle […]

New Zias coach plans to branch out

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s new women’s basketball coach Joshua Prock plans to head west in pursuit of players. Prock, who was hired the first week of June after five seasons at Division III Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas, said the program will be targeting players not […]

Band has unique legacy

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Orlando Guerrero says music is the way he chooses to serve his country. The native of El Paso, Texas, will be performing on flute Thursday as part of the 44th Army Band of the New Mexico National Guard as their tour stops on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus. […]

Records: Escapee had tried to flee before

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Stephen Phillips’ recent escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was not his first attempt. District Court documents show the 20-year-old had tried to escape in December while being transported to the jail from the hospital. “He’s been locked down quite a bit,” said the jail’s […]

My oasis? Somewhere with ice cream

I know I’m not the only one thinking it, if it’s this hot now, how bad will it be in July and August? I’m a coastal girl, a heat wave for us is two days of 80-degree weather. I took many trips to New York City in the summer as a child and I’d stay […]

Events calendar — June 26

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tiny Earth Shakers — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Down in the Dirt” will be featured. For children in preschool. Information: 356-3940. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598.   Thursday Rock Stars — 10:30 a.m., […]

Disability program not meant to replace work

— Albuquerque Journal The number of former workers receiving Social Security disability payments has increased dramatically over the past decade — by 55 percent nationally and almost 66 percent in New Mexico — as a program designed as a safety net for those people unable to work has morphed into a long-term unemployment insurance program. […]