Soldiers’ humbleness lesson to be learned

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist This year-end marks a political changing of the guard. It was a year of mixed blessings. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, the results of “No Child Left Behind” accountable education are encouraging, the prescription drug benefits program is a big success, we mark the fifth year post 9/11 […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

ENMU receives broadcast grant

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University has been awarded a $629,898 grant from the USDA to bring digital broadcasting to the rural areas of eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The grant will be used to construct digital and high definition television transmitters in Artesia, Fort Sumner, Ruidoso […]

Valencia Elementary will have new fence

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board approved a bid to construct a fence around part of Valencia Elementary to protect fourth- and fifth-graders at school. Western Builders of Amarillo was awarded the contract for $19,880 Thursday during a school board special session. T.N.T. Fence of Savoy, Texas, submitted a bid of […]

Southwest Cheese to get grant for new employees

Southwest Cheese will receive $294,665 from a state job-training initiative to train 73 new employees, said a state economic development department press release. The cheese company was previously awarded $718,456 for 79 employees by the Job Training Incentive Program in March 2005. The company has hired 88 employees to date, state officials said. Scheduled to […]

City officials seek grant money

By Tony Parra Funding for the Portales Recreation Center was the focus of a Monday meeting with James Stoddard, director of the Hubbard Foundation. Johnny Ledbetter, director of the Portales Recreation Center, said last year recreation center officials applied for funding for a summer youth program grant and received $2,500 for the program. “It’s ($2,500) […]

Teachers look towards grants with tight budgets

By Tony Parra Teachers and administrators are finding different ways to fund educational programs in the form of grants for schools which would otherwise dip into the Portales school budgets. Grants can consists of thumbing through paper after paper of applications, gathering information and providing documentation by teachers to the foundation which provide the funding […]

Obits Feb. 22

Joe R. Marez, 72 Joe R. Marez died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003. He was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Encino. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 16 and fought in the Korean War. He was wounded in the Battle of Chipyong-Ni and was given the Purple Heart and the Silver Star, family members […]

Fire chief receives new toys

Mike Linn It’s not even Christmas yet and Portales Fire Chief Steve Beaty is already looking for a place to put all his gifts, which include a brand new fire truck among other items. Beaty told the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting he has recently been awarded roughly $250,000 from grants to purchase an […]