City backs down from workforce housing proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales backed away from the table Tuesday where they had been studying the feasiblility of workforce housing. In a unanimous vote during their regular meeting Portales city councilors decided to withdraw from a program that would have built 150 units of workforce housing on city-owned land [...]

Little country church

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s just a little country church. But for those few left who grew up in the mostly vanished community of Inez, memories of Christmas gatherings and summers with “dinner-on-the-grounds” linger. The memories and the little church itself may now outlive the farm families who attended services there — the [...]

Hospital board addresses expansion

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A proposed Roosevelt General Hospital expansion project would include building a new emergency room and a wing of private rooms. Discussions during Tuesday’s hospital board meeting also included expanding its medical/surgical and intensive care units to be self-contained. Cooper Medical Building representatives spent Tuesday meeting with department heads to [...]

Cannon families await arrival

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers It could be today, tomorrow or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said Tuesday. [...]

Fences with holes won’t be effective

We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going to be built, [...]

Altrusa teams up with Habitat for Humanity

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Saturday was National Make a Difference Day. The Portales chapter of Altrusa International, some service members from Cannon Air Force Base, and the community came out to make a difference at a home being built with Habitat for Humanity. Altrusa members were working on landscaping for the front yard [...]

Star gazers look to Saturday at Oasis State Park

Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern Oasis State Park will be hosting a Star Party on Saturday. This event is one of several that are held during the summer and fall for viewing the skies above eastern New Mexico. According to Valerie Russ, Park Ranger at Oasis State Park, the fact that the park is located away [...]

Marginal Line a marginal success

By Bob Huber You’ve probably never heard of the World War II coastal fortifications on Long Island known as the Marginal Line, built to keep the European forces of evil in check. Frankly, I hadn’t either until recently when secret archives of that great project were opened to me. What happened was… Two patriots, Don [...]

Golfers raise money to build church in Africa

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to the generosity of Curry County golfers, a new church has been built in the far northwest region of the African nation of Kenya. Wes Grau, a Curry County rancher, said he worked together with Clovis car dealer Rick Cornelison and others to sponsor a “Cowboy Golf” tournament that raised money [...]