My turn: Choose campsite wisely

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Camping can be fun. Just research where you sleep before it rains. This advice comes from a tall slender woman we will call Teresa and her friend Joan from Tennessee. Teresa and Joan were both experienced campers. Their parents taught them the ins and outs of camping when they [...]

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, [...]

Dream Center being rebuilt

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PNT Staff Report The Portales Dream Center is in the process of being rebuilt after high winds blew the roof off last March. Victory Life Church and the Dream Center board decided it would be better to build another facility than to replace the roof. “We decided to build a new building and we’re still [...]

Quality of life important to residents

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Joe Ollie Castleman knew how to play along when Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales decided to spice up things during National Nursing Home Week. There was “Western Day” and “Gilligan’s Island Day” among others, and Castleman, 90, was a sport the whole way through. For entertainment in normal [...]

May 7, 1941

The Portales Daily News reported that at a recent city council meeting, councilors decided the city would begin hauling trash from back alleys of residential areas the following week. Jack Patton and James Kiker of the Clean-up, Fix-up, Paint-up Campaign had appealed for help in keeping Portales clean.

Hounds clinch playoff berth

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Clayton Young went to high school in Canyon, Texas. He considered playing for the hometown Buffaloes, but decided to go southwest to Portales. If the senior left fielder held grudges, Saturday was the time to do it. But that’s not the story for Young, who singled during a season-saving [...]

Committee reconsiders session webcasts

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A key Senate committee has decided to take a step toward webcasting from the chamber, in an about-face from a previous decision. The group on Thursday agreed that three cameras that had been taken down from the chamber should be reinstalled with the aim of webcasting — audio and [...]

Left not true to values it embraces

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I recently decided to check out “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, given that it is a popular left-of-center offering totally devoted to Barack Obama and virulently contemptuous of the American Right. Sure enough one segment featured a stream of clips and stills of various Right wing luminaries, [...]

Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, [...]

Christmas pageant lives on in memory

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One year it was decided by someone (who later refused to be identified) that during the annual Christmas pageant we ought to have a “real” manger scene — with live animals. Somebody’s dad built a nifty three-sided wooden creche, and some of the kids brought their 4-H animals. It was [...]