Year in review: Portales proves its resiliency

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Freedom New Mexico The year 2009 may well be remembered as one of change for Portales and Roosevelt County. Portales’ only movie theater closed, and the city got a new manager. Also, area residents weathered a slew of spring fires and its share of H1N1 flu cases, plus low milk prices slammed the local dairy […]

11-8 Community calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited.

Getting to know: Pastor seeks to change perception of church

Pastor seeks to change perception of church Brian Townsend, 40, moved to Portales eight years ago to become the pastor at the Baptist Student Union, located just across the street from Eastern New Mexico University. Townsend is married to Cherie and the couple has four children: Christian, 17, Brennan, 12, Cara, 10, and Bryce, 6. […]

Climate change proposals based on faulty research

It’s likely a sign of desperation that national security is increasingly invoked as an excuse for waging war on global warming. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says global warming will create “climate refugees” and bring international conflicts. The American military, the reasoning goes, will have to intervene in massive humanitarian efforts or with force. This echoes […]

Pledge protest moot point

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Any protest of a proposed state rule change allowing public school students to choose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is pointless because legal precedence permitting such a option has existed for decades, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education president said at the […]

Community calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

New commander: Base plans won’t change

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The new commander of Cannon Air Force Base says plans won’t change under his new command, but the mission will grow. Col. Stephen A. Clark said the mission would include more people, deployments and weapons. He intends to give airmen the leadership and training they need to do their […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

Ban against speaking out not far off

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist In a series of articles on climate change, the villain is gradually being identified as — you should have guessed it — freedom of thought. Jon Gertner of The New York Times Magazine wrote recently that “What makes CRED’s work (the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions) especially relevant … […]

Council OKs public hearing on zoning change

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council is set to consider a request that would allow a barbecue restaurant to open in a residential area near Portales High School. At their meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to schedule a public hearing on a request to change the zoning at 1309 E. Amazon St. […]