Editorial: Emissions cap will cost more than offer help

The Environmental Protection Agency soon will determine whether greenhouse gases endanger humanity and, if so, begin regulating their emission. We suspect it’s a foregone conclusion. President Barack Obama, in last week’s address to Congress, reiterated his campaign promise to impose greenhouse gas regulations that effectively would shut down coal-powered energy plants, conceding that “electricity rates […]

Editorial: DEA should cease medical marijuana raids

During the presidential campaign President Obama was asked several times what his attitude would be toward federal Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana patients and medicine providers. Many believe these raids are calculated to undermine the laws of the 13 states that allow patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana medicinally. On every […]

Embracing our nation’s diversity good for society

Freedom New Mexico A new law enforcement agency is growing quietly in Texas. While it’s likely that few people see the motives behind this change as cause for alarm, it seems redundant, and therefore an unnecessary draw on tax funds that already are being fought over. The Attorney General’s office frequently gains a new department […]

FSA county committee nominations beginning

PNT Staff Report Farmer and rancher candidate nominations begin today for local Farm Service Agency county committees, according to a news release. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1, and elections take place this fall. “I encourage all producers to participate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” […]

Recent election may change Iran’s politics

Freedom New Mexico The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicates that while there is still no solid evidence that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, the possibility is still “a matter of serious concern.” The reason is Iran is still playing cat-and-mouse with the IAEA in ways that cannot help but arouse […]

County may be missing funds

By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ STAFF WRITERS Curry County officials are reviewing financial records and have notified state police they may be missing funds. State Police Sgt. E.J. Fouratt said the agency is waiting for county officials to complete their review before beginning an investigation. “We’ve looked at a couple of things, but […]

Insurance agency changes hands

BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With the retirement of Don Hammons, Danny Paxton has taken the reins and ownership of the insurance agency located on South Avenue D. Residing in Dallas, Paxton who has family in the area, came home for a visit. In a conversation with his mom, she suggested that he sell […]

Feb. 28, 1960

Cecil Cook has purchased the Morgan Insurance Agency from Mrs. Mary Morgan and Jay Morgan and will take over the business on March 1. Mr. Cook has been in the insurance business in Clovis and Portales for the past four years. He will change the name of the firm to Cecil Cook Insurance Agency and […]

People shouldn’t depend on federal assistance

Editorial It’s a good thing that, in defiance of most of the predictions and of all the alarmists who tried to link nasty hurricanes to global warming, we had a relatively mild hurricane season this year. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been called upon to deal with a disaster this year, it might […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had known […]

Line between military, intelligence blurred president’s surveillance

Freedom Newspaper It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

Oct. 27 Local Briefs

Class of 1966 reunion meeting set There will be a meeting to organize the reunion for the Portales High School class of 1966 at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. Anyone from the class is welcome to attend. For more information contact Sue Gray at 760-1984. Documentary wins Emmy A 30-minute documentary […]

Portales and Clovis Farm Service Agency offices could merge

By Marlena Hartz A federal initiative to modernize the Farm Service Agency could lead to a merger of the Portales and Clovis offices. The agencies serve as federal program liaisons for thousands of local ranchers and farmers. According to an FSA press release, the consolidation is a result of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns initiative to […]

Hunton lives goal through insurance agency

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series on local business owners who have been with their business for at least five years. With an aim to be a responsible business owner, David Hunton of Hunton Insurance has built a relationship with people in his 25 years as […]

Roswell to take over Big Brothers/Big Sisters branch

By Ryan Lengerich The Big Brother Big Sister program of Curry and Roosevelt counties has become a branch of the agency based in Roswell, an organization’s official said. Jill Dennis, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pecos Valley, said she hopes to have a program coordinator in Clovis by the middle of June. […]

YOU program to shut down

By Mike Linn For the first time in more than 30 years, the local Youth Opportunities Unlimited organization will cease to service the youth of Clovis and Portales. The non-profit agency did not receive enough money from the state’s Children Youth and Families Department to sustain a full-time staff in the upcoming years, said Dawn […]

Big brothers, big sisters program stalled while agencies discuss merger

Ryan Lengerich A two-hour meeting on Tuesday between the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters agency and the Roswell-based agency about a possible merger ended with only an agreement for further discussion. Meanwhile, Rebecca Fain, director of agency development for the southwest region, said the recently closed Clovis-based agency, which serves Roosevelt and Curry County, […]

Area Big Brothers, Big Sisters officials to discuss merger

Ryan Lengerich Local Big Brothers and Big Sisters officials are hoping a meeting on Tuesday with the Roswell agency will ease tensions between the two entities and get the Clovis agency back up and running. The Clovis-based agency serving Curry and Roosevelt counties had its office shut down on March 1 when Clovis officials declined […]

Big Brother, Big Sister program closes Clovis office

Ryan Lengerich Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties has lost its central office in Clovis. The result of an organizational restructuring leaves four staff members and dozens of children at least temporarily in limbo. The Clovis-based agency may face a merger with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pecos Valley in […]

Letter to the Editor

As we read the article on the front page of last Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune concerning the removal of unused vehicles from private property, we were saddened and somewhat frightened to think that in a free country a government agency could and would seize personal property and remove it from private property. Even worse is the […]