Portales kicks off tax-free weekend

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer For the first time in the state’s history, New Mexico shoppers and merchants are doing something that Texans have been able to do for years. Signed into law this past legislative session by Governor Richardson, New Mexicans are getting their first taste of a tax free holiday in the state. […]

ACLU helps in case of street preacher

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance bond. In […]

Governor visits town to promote tax-free holiday

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson said one of the purposes of this weekend’s state tax-free holiday is to keep New Mexico shoppers from driving to Lubbock or Amarillo to do their back-to-school shopping. Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, sponsored the bill that eliminates taxes on items such as clothing and school supplies. “It’s […]

Tax-free weekend coming

Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer For the first time in the state’s history, New Mexico shoppers will get a break on state and local taxes Friday through Sunday during the state’s first “Back to School” gross receipts tax holiday. The bill passed successfully during the 2005 legislative session. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales introduced the […]

6/23 Ticket calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp meeting — Through Saturday. Begins with fellowship at 5 p.m.followed by free supper, sermon and music. Information: 762-3237. Badlands Rally Kick Start Party — 7 p.m. Elks Lodge on Sycamore. Free and open to public. All you can eat hamburgers and hotdogs for $6. Information: 769-1000. Badlands […]

BRAC Briefs

Amarillo Chamber to visit Clovis Representatives of the city of Amarillo, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and the Amarillo Economic Development Council will visit Clovis on Thursday, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. The representatives will host a press conference at 4 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex, and […]

Juneteenth celebration success despite heat

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers With temperatures in the upper 90s, many area neighborhood children were keeping cool at the swimming pool at Potter’s Park as part of the festivities for the Juneteenth Extravaganza in Clovis on Saturday. Juneteenth, normally celebrated on June 19 and known as the day slaves were set free in America, […]

Jackson case reminds us of how we define freedom

By Tibor Machan: PNT columnist Before making observations connected to Michael Jackson’s courtroom triumph, let me remind everyone that in Spain, today, in the 21st century, if a 19-year-old guy has sex with a consenting 13-year-old girl, it’s all legal. Is Spain some Neanderthal country? What’s going on here? Many kids who commit crimes in […]

6/16 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Monster Truck Show — Gates open at 6 p.m. Meet and Greet from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Curry County Fairgrounds. Clovis Juneteenth Extravaganza — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park. Various activities including gospel music, Miss Juneteenth Pageant, […]

Honoring past, moving on to future

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers For more than 10 years, Clovis has been celebrating Juneteenth, an event that began in Texas to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, according to Candice Tyler, an event coordinator for Clovis’ Juneteenth celebration. “It’s important […]

Free Lunch Menus

Monday: Chicken strips, roll, mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh fruit and milk Tuesday: Hot dog w/ or w/out chili, fries, fresh fruit, frozen fruit bar and milk Wednesday: Beef tacos, lett/tom, salsa, fresh fruit, pinto beans and milk Thursday: Turkey/cheese hoagie, chips, pickle spear, fresh fruit and milk Friday: Pizza, veggie sticks w/dip, fresh fruit, jello […]

Free concert at skate park

There will be a free heavy rock concert 4 p.m. Sunday at the skate park at Rotary Park. There will be three bands — Citagen from Carlsbad, NSA from Ohio and an unnamed band from Portales. For information, contact Patrick Dallas at 703-2016.

Game commission hosts free fishing day at Oasis State Park

PNT Staff Saturday allows New Mexicans a day to fish without a license or habitat stamp. The New Mexico Game Commission has announced Saturday is a day of free fishing. All anglers, residents and non-residents can fish public waters with no license or habitat stamp required. “It lets the people themselves know what they’re missing […]

VFW honors local veterans

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Frank Pena said that when he returned from the Vietnam War in 1970, he had an extensive network of family and friends that supported him and showed him appreciation. Others weren’t as lucky as Pena, and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is taking this week to show […]

Program provides gun locks

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents in Roosevelt County have free at their disposal gun locks to help protect children from accidental shootings. The Project Safe van made a stop in Portales on Thursday and gave away 800 gunlocks to law enforcement officials — 500 to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and 300 to […]

Free legal help offered by state organization

By Tony Parra Law Access New Mexico representatives are creating a push into Roosevelt County to try to help residents with low income receive free legal advice. Kathleen Brockel, Executive Director of Law Access New Mexico, said the purpose of the trip to Portales is to create awareness to low-income residents in Roosevelt County of […]

Rams reach title game

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Daniel Aranda has been battling the flu, but you would never know it by his performance on the basketball court Friday. Aranda scored 12 points, including 10 in the final quarter, to lead Portales to a 47-36 win over Pojoaque in the state tournament. Portales advances to meet the winner […]

Higgs likes to help people communicate

Your name: Felicia Higgs Your job: I provide speech and language services for students in grades 9-12 Your age (and Birth Date): I am 27 years old. My birthdate is December 24, 1977. Your hometown: Gladewater, Texas Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist Your family: My husband, a 7-year old son, and twins on the way! Your Hobbies […]

Public broadcasting helps democracy, rather than hamper it

By Kirby Rowan: Guest columnist I listen to National Public Radio almost every afternoon, and find it an intelligent, informative alternative to the typical fare on afternoon radio. The same goes for public television. Both provide lots of public policy discussion/debate, funded in part by taxes. Some of my friends who love Rush Limbaugh complain […]

Groups combine efforts for free meal

By Tony Parra Having Roosevelt County together as one big family is the goal of organizers for the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Building on Thanksgiving Day. Organizers put together the free Thanksgiving feast with the help of the community through donations. Elvia Garcia of St. […]