My turn: Beer run all in a day’s work

I know that today’s Generation Me kids work hard for college essentials like iPhones and iPads — that parents and Lottery Scholarships don’t always cover — with such back-breaking labor as building fake-ID websites, selling over-priced jewelry (made by six-year-old Bangladeshis) at mall kiosks, selling plagiarized papers… By contrast, I had easy jobs: Wearing T-shirts […]

State OKs beer pong at bars

Sharna Johnson Beer pong tables can go back up in New Mexico bars, state officials said, so long as pride’s the only thing on the line. New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Director Gary Tomada said Monday his department has reviewed the game to see where it fits in with establishments licensed to serve alcohol. “It’s […]

Beer pong put on hold

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Sharna Johnson The question at hand is whether it’s skill or chance that gets the little white ball across the table and into the cup. If you ask beer pong players, they will tell you most definitely skill. But the state of New Mexico isn’t so sure. Thursday the Alcohol and Gaming Division said it […]

Monday morning briefing: Shameless self-promotion and the history of canned beer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Shameless self-promotion We asked and you answered. Saturday’s newspaper will feature former newsboys and newsgirls who once delivered our publication on foot, by bike and even from horseback. It’s a delightful feature packed with memories and odd stories you won’t want to miss. Question of the […]

Winter wine fest to feature chair auction

PNT Staff Reports The Winter Wine Fest is back and in the newly renovated Yam Theatre. The Portales MainStreet Program fundraiser is set to offer selections of both beer and wine, served by Pecos Flavors Winery from Roswell, according to a news release from MainStreet. The Winter Wine Fest is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Saturday […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hot days and root beer discussions

Good Thursday morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing.

Friday morning briefing: Jokes, cold beer and a cowboy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Video of the day Did you here the one about…hey, we’re just “Joking Around.” Question of the day The obvious one for a hot day — who has the coldest beer in your town? Join the chatter in the comment section below. You’re opinion […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Prayer, beer pong, Ditty Bops

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

Report: Beer, cocaine found in crashed car

By Sharna Johnson; Freedom New Mexico Police said cocaine and alcohol were found in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Portales man who was killed Sunday when he fled from police and crashed into a tree, according to a report released Wednesday. Miguel Gutierrez-Ornelas died at the scene. His passenger, 30-year-old Celio Salazar, is listed […]

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 […]

Blame should be placed with proper party

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist When tragedy comes along, it serves nobody well unless a valuable lesson is taught. If that’s the case, it’s tough to admit what’s become of the car crash that killed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed the morning of April 29 when he left a sports bar […]

Juanito’s applies for beer/wine license

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant is seeking to be the second restaurant in Portales which will be offering beer and wine under the new beer and wine license program approved by Portales voters in September. Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant owner Juan Garza was present to answer any questions city councilors had and […]

Every summer brings back memory

By Bob Huber Then came the summer of 1943, and my friend Smooth Heine and I put together a genuine automobile on a budget of $3.67 — our life’s savings. We named it Clarence. It was also the summer of our discontent, because we’d just begun to feel the first evil pangs of testosterone. We […]

First beer and wine license sought

By Tony Parra The first beer and wine license for the City of Portales needs only approval from the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Commission to be granted. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors held a public hearing in regards to the beer and wine license during Tuesday night’s city meeting. There was no opposition […]

Restaurants find license requirements strict

By Tony Parra Six months after Portales voters approved to have a beer and wine license option for restaurants, the city has yet to receive any applications. On Sept. 21, a beer and wine license option for restaurants passed by 36 votes — 374 for and 338 votes against. While the license is significantly less […]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed […]

Residents to decide on licenses today

By Tony Parra Portales voters will decide today if city restaurant owners can apply for beer and wine licenses from the state. If voters approve, restaurant owners could begin sending applications to the state’s alcohol and gaming division as early as Oct. 27. While the city already allows liquor licenses, the beer and wine license […]

License vote coming Tuesday

PNT Staff Portales citizens will have a choice on Tuesday as to whether or not more restaurants in the city will be allowed to serve a glass of beer or wine with a meal. If Portales voters approve the measure, the Alcohol and Gaming Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department can begin […]

Voters to choose fate on beer, wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents will weigh in on whether beer and wine will be flowing through many restaurants in Portales in the near future when they go to the polls on Sept. 21. If the vote is passed, the Alcohol and Gaming Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department can begin to […]

City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election […]