Council votes to move forward with grant application

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council sped through its business Tuesday, finishing in 30 minutes. Councilors quickly approved most agenda items and tabled two business items. Among the items approved was a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that will allow the city to receive funding from the New Mexico [...]

MainStreet seeks city council’s permission for Beer and Nut festival

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council is considering approval of a resolution that will allow a downtown Beer and Nut festival. The topic was discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and will come back at the Oct. 7 meeting. The MainStreet Program requested permission to use the Farmers Market property at [...]

Financial rescue plan must not allow undue risk

Freedom Communications Last week the financial industry was exposed as much more vulnerable to what might have seemed like ephemeral economic developments than almost anybody — including most in the industry — imagined. The supposedly wise people of Washington are huddling to come up with a plan to “stabilize” the markets that will undoubtedly cost [...]

Editorial: FISA creates loopholes that allow for abuse

The Senate passed Wednesday the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 as a “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, although it was by and large a victory for the Bush administration. President Bush signed it into law on Thursday. Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, including Sen. Barack Obama, who has been criticized [...]

Greyhound hoops squad set to begin

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University basketball teams are scheduled to begin practice at 7 p.m. today, the earliest starting time possible, at Greyhound Arena. Shawn Scanlan begins his sixth season as the men’s head coach while women’s coach Dan Buzard, who sat out last year with a cancerous brain tumor, returns for what will [...]

Every election has its importance

By Jim Lee Those of us in this community who have remained reasonably close to consciousness realize an election will take place in November. But how many of us know about the one this Tuesday? Registered Portales citizens need to vote on this week’s alcohol issue. When I did my informal poll, I discovered that [...]

House OKs bill that qualifies more students for scholarship

David Arkin A local lawmaker’s proposal to change a portion of the Lottery Scholarship cleared a big hurdle on Thursday. On Thursday, the House gave the OK to a bill sponsored by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, that would allow students who graduate from high school to sit out a year before going to college and [...]