Postal service has proven efficiency

There are tough times ahead for the U.S. Postal Service — cuts of 120,000 jobs, and service cutbacks of up to three days per week. But one thing is increasing — fodder for anti-government rants online. More than one online discussion I’ve had somehow involved the phrase, “Government’s inefficient. Just look at the post office.” […]

Aggies slip past Greyhounds

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By Kevin Wilson Every possession matters in the Lone Star Conference. Saturday night, some celebrations mattered more than others. A late technical foul put Thomas Razor on the line for the go-ahead free throws, negating a go-ahead putback as Cameron snuck out of Greyhound Arena with a 71-69 Lone Star Conference crossover victory over Eastern […]

Residents pull together to support soldiers

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Argen Duncan For the sake of soldiers they had never met, Portales community members collected enough personal supplies to fill 94 boxes, plus about $1,300 to mail them. At the beginning of November, City Councilor and Portales Municipal Schools Purchasing Agent Dianne Parker collected supplies for her nephew, U.S. Army Sgt. Albert Castinado, and his […]

Portales schools back in session

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Jared Tucker Students in Portales schools were back in the classroom Tuesday, and several schools welcomed new teachers to their faculty to start the school year. Portales native Shawna Neece said her first day at Valencia Elementary was almost exactly what she expected. She said her third-grade class is a great, and she looks forward […]

ENMU rallies to salvage split

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Freedom New Mexico Senior right fielder Ethan Wagner, hitless for the day to that point, doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning Saturday and Eastern New Mexico University edged Central Oklahoma 8-7 to salvage a split of their Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. The Bronchos won the opener 10-7. Both […]

Their View: Jennings says tough times ahead

State Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, is not pleased with Gov. Bill Richardson’s veto of the state gross receipts tax on food. Here’s a snippet from a recent editorial he sent to newspapers around the state: “The already wobbly balance of income to expense in the state budget for the 2010-2011 budget year became more precarious […]

Plenty of work ahead on Ute water project

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By Kevin Wilson The Ute Water Project’s been approved. But there are plenty of details left to pour over. The dry facts: The Ute Water Project would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to the eight member entities of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. Those members are Clovis, Portales, Melrose, […]

Jan. 25, 2009 On the Shelves

The following books are available for checkout at the Portales Public Library: The Great Depression Ahead by Harry S. Dent, Jr. The first and last economic depression that you will experience in your lifetime is just ahead. The year 2009 will be the beginning of the next long-term winter season and the initial end of […]

Pool among local projects awaiting capital outlay money

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There was never a good time for the Hull Street Overpass to be closed. But there could have been a better time than right now, ahead of a legislative session where capital outlay may be hard to come by for replacement of the now demolished bridge. “There are always […]

USDA: County farmers ahead in production

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County farmers are leading the state with dramatic increases in sorghum, peanut, wheat and corn production.