Library book sale to benefit reading programs

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Argen Duncan With far more than 5,000 books, the long-running tradition of the Friends of Portales Public Library used book sale is returning this week. Library Director Denise Burnett said the annual sale was already established when she came on at the library 25 years ago. This year’s sale involves a variety of children’s and […]

Politicians extortionists at heart

It may have been Will Rogers or Mark Twain. I cannot now recall which of the two great American humorists it was who said all politicians are criminals. But it makes no difference because when something is true, its source is not the main issue. Fact is, politicians are extortionists at heart. Their forte is […]

Starship kicks off music festival

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis sound came out in full force Thursday night, as Starship took flight. From Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship to Starship to its current incarnation as Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas, the historic tunes of the group resonated throughout the Curry County Events Center Thursday, the opening night of the three-night Clovis Music […]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like […]

Leslie Pattison helped build Curry County

Leslie Pattison died in 1979. He was a gentle man, soft spoken, one of the kind who helped build, as did his brothers and father, Curry County. Leslie came to Curry County with his folks the year New Mexico was made a state. His father was Will H. Pattison. They came from Indiana. There were […]

Entrust your worries to God

Joan Clayton Of all the things you have ever worried about, tell me something good that came about as a result. What is worry? I define it as “rehearsing calamity” or meditating on the worse thing that can happen. It is to feel anxious and uneasy, to be disturbed, harassed or annoyed, to be troubled. […]

Weekly update — June 27

The recent Heritage Days sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce raised $1,030. Sharon King, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said $1,000 was used to pay expenses for the five gospel bands who performed. The remaining $30 left after expenses was put toward advertising, along with some money which came in from […]

My turn: Fishing full of animal dangers

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Fishing can be down right hairy at times, especially when birds get involved. My mom wanted to take me fishing one weekend. So to keep me occupied until we could go, she brought me a fishing pole that came with plastic hooks and fish to practice with. I spent […]

Playoff beard makes short return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more […]

Council discusses future of July 3rd fireworks display

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The annual July 3 fireworks display may end or change vendors because too few donations came in to cover last year’s display, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King has said. King spoke of the situation during her annual report at the regular Portales City Council meeting […]

Jan. 23, 1955

According to the Portales Tribune, after dropping a hard fought game to the Clovis Wildcats the Portales Rams came back to outclass the Dexter Demons 58-51.

Constituents were King’s top priority

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist As I grew up and came of age it seemed Bruce King had always been governor of New Mexico. With three different terms he was in the governor’s chair a long time. It seemed the man, who passed away Friday at 85, truly loved the job of governor and the […]

Business feature: Bar creates different path for Portales native

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PNT staff report Chad Heflin took a different path in life when it came to the family construction business. When the opportunity came to start a bar, Heflin jumped at the chance. “I just had the chance to get a liquor license was all it took,” Heflin said, “and then I learned from there.” Heflin […]

Fruitless hunting trip still a success

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Deer hunting came full circle for my brother and I last week but it’s remarkable just how much things have changed. The circle came when family members including my brother and I planned a deer hunting trip earlier this year to the same canyon where my dad first took my […]

Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

Felt good to watch the old guy win

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist It all came down to Monday Night football and I choked. This past week was the first time I was a real contender to win the weekly office football pool. After Sunday’s games I was tied with one other guy and we had picked on each side of the Green […]

Wizard Advisory Council hosts half marathon at Cannon

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer How does a 13.1-mile run at 7:30 a.m. sound to start your Saturday? More than 50 people ran the first 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Wizards Half Marathon at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday morning, with support from about 45 volunteers. The event raised a take-home total of […]

Swine flu confirmed at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU President Steven Gamble said the confirmation came Friday, and parents of the students — both of whom were from out of town — took them home. “If they can go home and recover there, we […]

Easy catches not always worth effort

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist Dave came by. I had seen him a week earlier at the horse sale. “Did you sell that horse you were on? What was his name?” “Dumbo,” he said. “Dumbest horse I’ve ever rode. “I got him from a forest ranger. She gave him to me as a gift. Apparently, […]

Custom Classic draws teams from far and near

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Teams came from as far away as Lubbock, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Oklahoma to join local teams to play in New Mexico’s largest slowpitch softball tournament. Playing nearly around the clock from Friday night through Sunday afternoon, the 26th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic is played on about a […]