My turn: Spent after holiday

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Do people actually celebrate Presidents Day? Or do they just take advantage of the weekend sales and that extra day off to take a family trip or just sleep in? I saw all these holiday-related articles about the history of Presidents Day online and I didn’t even bother to read them beyond the headline. So [...]

Residents to take advantage of tax-free weekend

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Jared Tucker New Mexico’s Tax Free Weekend Aug. 6-8 is very popular among consumers like Portales resident Monica Delgado. Delgado says this will be the second consecutive year she’s taken advantage of the holiday, and said last year she saved a bundle of cash when her youngest of two children started school. “I would guess [...]

Shoppers hit stores after holiday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Business was brisk the day after Christmas for many local stores with shoppers making exchanges and taking advantage of special sales. Joe’s Boot Shop owner Joe Rhodes said business was busy Saturday from the time he opened the front door. “People have done a lot of exchanges,” Rhodes said. [...]

Ethics issues surface for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., appears to have gained an unfair advantage in competing for TRICARE’s North Region support contract, valued at $16.7 billion, by hiring a former chief of staff at TRICARE headquarters to help the company draft its winning proposal. The Government Accountability Office, auditing arm [...]

Retailers report steady sales

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico It looks like customers from across the region are taking advantage of New Mexico’s tax-free holiday, keeping local retailers busy Saturday. Stores in Clovis and Portales reported brisk business. Bealls Department Store in Portales saw a steady stream of shoppers. Portales resident Karla Lee bought shoes and school supplies [...]

Labor of love

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer For the fifth year, a Portales couple used the Labor Day holiday to expand its friends and family. More than 20 people took advantage of the cool temperature for a Labor Day barbecue at Rotary Park, organized by Joe and Dia Kelting. “This is a family event,” Joe Kelting [...]

City pool undergoing renovations

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Parents of young children hoping to escape the heat of the summer will have to wait until next summer to be able to take advantage of an all new baby pool at Portales’ city pool. The complete redesign of the baby pool began about a month ago, and is [...]

Spring rains too little, too late for dryland wheat

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico l Spring rainfall too little, too lateMost area farmers will be unable to take advantage of this year’s record wheat prices as their dryland crops withered away this winter and spring from lack of moisture. Most dryland farmers had to abandon their dryland wheat crop and collected crop insurance [...]

ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo begins tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ENMU rodeo head coach David Browder expects a good performance by his Greyhounds and Zias this weekend. “You always want to come in with high expectations, and I think we have just as good of shot as anyone at winning our home town rodeo,” Browder said. The Eastern New [...]

Late rally can’t save Rams

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By Kevin Wilson Portales beat Roswell at its own game, but only for about four minutes. Otherwise, visiting Roswell was in control most of the night en route a 68-57 win Thursday night at Ram Gym. Roswell (11-3) won its sixth-straight, leading by as much as 19 points early in the fourth. Portales guard Chris [...]