Alcohol sales upset city councilors

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Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor sales include bars as well as restaurants. “I think it would have really affected the outcome of how people voted,” said Councilor Dianne Parker, after being told of the development at a council meeting Tuesday. “That’s not saying it would change it one […]

My turn: Alcohol abuse a disease, not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote. “In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card […]

Voters should support Sunday alcohol sales

Portales restaurant owners should decide what’s best for their restaurants. Not the mayor. Not the city council. Not a preacher. Not anyone else. That seems pretty basic to freedom lovers: Run your business as you see fit. But the law doesn’t allow for that common-sense interpretation. So Portales is holding an election Tuesday to see […]

Low early voter turnout for alcohol sales issue

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Alisa Boswell PORTALES — Early voter turnout for the Dec. 13 special election on alcoholic sales in restaurants has been low, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. Martinez-Terry said as of Tuesday, 105 Portales residents have voted early. There are 6,007 registered voters in the city. “I’m not sure what this indicates,” Martinez-Terry said. […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in Portales and Roosevelt County. A petition drive started by local restaurants and aimed at legalizing Sunday sales of alcohol in Portales may not hold the promise of rough and tumble politics of the past. […]

Our people: I’m going to let it shine

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Clovis native Randy Gomez started the Beacon of Light Church after separating from the Lighthouse Mission in April of 2007. Gomez and his wife established a new name and location and adopted the Recovery Program. Gomez said he wanted to operate the Recovery Program in honor of his brother Anthony Gomez. He said his brother […]

Educators use Red Ribbon Week to teach youths about dangers of drugs, alcohol

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt County students are writing essays, trying out drunkenness-simulation goggles and listening to law enforcement officers as part of National Red Ribbon Week. The week focuses on encouraging students to avoid drugs. In Floyd, the schools also incorporated presentations on Internet safety and the role of alcohol and drugs in sexual assault. “We […]

Teen Court program focuses on alcohol prevention

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place to help children stay away from alcohol so they don’t head down that path. Teen Court programs in both cities focus on prevention. Even though April is alcohol awareness month, experts say […]

Don’t judge a party by its labeling

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Politics has the quality of being boring and divisive, all at once. But as Monday showed us twice, adding sex and alcohol, and suddenly it’s hilarious and depressing, all at once. • Last year, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard Act, an expansion of hate crime law to allow […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Area restaurants are gearing up for a busy Super Bowl Sunday, especially in Clovis where they will be allowed to serve alcohol. Applebee’s Bar and Grill bar manager Shellie Devou said customers have been asking if the restaurant’s big screen TV will be tuned to the Super Bowl. “We’re […]

Police say DWI lower this year

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County law enforcement officers say they see few incidents of DWI and other violations of alcohol-related laws New Year’s Eve. Detective David Meeks of the Portales Police Department said city police handled one DWI case this New Year’s Eve compared to two last year. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said reported […]

City councilors approve alcohol resolution

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer City councilors on Tuesday approved a resolution allowing the Portales MainStreet Organization to host a beer and nut festival on city property. MainStreet wants to host the event Oct. 25 — the date of Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming — on the site where the Farmers’ Market is held. […]

Airman promotes alcohol awareness

USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Tech. Sgt. Marisol Lozada, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron, speaks to students and counselors from Eastern New Mexico University during a health class on Sept. 17. Sgt. Lozada gave a presentation about alcohol issues. By Senior Airman Liliana Moreno: 27th SOW Public Affairs The overuse or abuse of […]

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The Plains Inn is the only one of five liquor license recipients to meet all legal stipulations to begin selling alcohol; breaking a 57-year dry spell.

Clovis approves Sunday alcohol sales

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Clovis voters have approved Sunday alcohol sales in bars and restaurants. Those sales would be limited to liquor by the glass — which opponents contended would increase alcohol-related incidents and send the message that it’s acceptable to drink and drive. More than 55 percent of the 5,264 votes cast Tuesday […]

Alcohol choice heading to Clovis ballot

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A local group’s petition will allow Clovis voters to decide in the March 4 municipal election if they want alcohol sales on Sundays in Clovis restaurants. While some city officials think Sunday alcohol sales would be good for the city, others say they will leave it to the voters […]

Nov. 13, 2007 It’s their job

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Name: Jonathan Baca Job: Server at Pizza Hut Time on the job: Seven months Background: Baca graduated from Portales High School in 2006. Before going to work at Pizza Hut, he painted cars. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Getting all my servers in line and getting them ready for the day, opening the […]

Mayor: City Commission supports Thomas

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners took no action Thursday following an executive session called to discuss the status of City Manager Joe Thomas. Mayor David Lansford did issue a written statement, which he said expressed the Commission’s full support for Thomas. “We are confident with (Thomas’) leadership and consider the circumstances […]

College implements safe ride program

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University has implemented a Safe Ride program in an attempt to curtail students from driving under the influence of alcohol. A student-run transportation program, the service is available 24 hours a day seven days a week to students, student body president Steven Frost said. There are […]

Star Wars best when watched in moderation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Black Friday was great for me. I’d been waiting for just this day to save a little bit of money on three particular DVDs that together comprise what I’ve always known as “The Trilogy.” I’ve never been an obsessed Star Wars fan, but I’m a big enough fan to feel […]