America’s freedoms compromised too often

In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners that detail […]

Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the […]

Commentary: Wing brings good fight in first full ORE

By Lt Col Mark Brown: 27th SOW Inspector General If you were on Cannon Air Force Base during the recent Operational Readiness Exercise, you know the base had a different look and sound: a tent city popped up, followed by blaring sirens; security forces patrolled in full “battle rattle” and chemical defense gear as simulated […]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]

In full bloom

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Business is blooming for area florists even with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year. Shops in Clovis and Portales plan Sunday delivery while others see themselves being out of flowers by that time or done with all orders. Either way, sales have been high for flower shops in […]

2-3 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 15 Whistle blowers A measure before the full Senate aims to protect public employees who report illegal and unethical conduct. “The right to come forward with important information regarding unethical or illegal conduct is vital to restoring public faith in government,” said Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of SB […]

Officials: Less holiday trash collected this year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Texas tour full of memories, friends

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I made the trip to Texas this fall and was able to revisit a couple of monumental memories, just to see if they were real. When I was going to veterinary school in Colorado I worked summers in the feedlots managed by Diamond A Cattle Co. The second year I […]

Letter to the Editor: Students deserve full attention

Students deserve full attention I attended the annual Lindsey Middle School Concert on Tuesday evening and would like to commend the teachers and their students for their hard work and wonderful program. I wish the audience’s behavior extended the courtesy to the students that they deserved. During the 35-minute concert, not 30 seconds went by […]

Getting to know: Volunteering keeps widow’s schedule full

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Mickey Zachry a volunteer at the Portales Senior Center has been busy helping the people she has come to know as her family. Zachry came to Portales when she moved with her husband from Denton, Texas, in 1969. “My husband was teaching in Denton,” Zachry said. “He got a job up here with Eastern New […]

Business feature: Gas station offers full service experience

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PNT staff It might be cold outside, but Doyle Onstott braves the elements in order to serve his customers. Onstott has been running South Sea Full Service Station for 24 years. C&S Inc. owns the station and provides supplies to Onstott, who manages the business. Onstott got into the business by accident. His uncle and […]

Operation Santa Cop toy drive in full swing

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An electric toy guitar … a couple of Barbie dolls … Play Dough. That and more came out of black trash bags as Portales Police Department staff unloaded Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive donations from the Portales High School National Honor Society. The group presented officers […]

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 […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]

GI Bill transfer full of questions

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]

Portales, Clovis high school reunions bring grads back

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Fall is traditionally the homecoming season for schools and their alumni, but summer has more than its fair share of happy returns as well. Reunions are in full swing for Clovis and Portales as former classmates get together to catch up and reminisce about the old days. This weekend, […]

Chestnut’s value gone unnoticed

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a new book out on Horse lameness. The author is my good friend and a fine equine veterinarian, meaning: 1) He can tell a $50 horse from a $5,000 horse over the phone; 2) He has never picked up a shoeing hammer; 3) He drives a silver Porche […]

Life is full of God’s blessings

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist

Southwest Cheese expanding

Freedom New Mexico A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by one-third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of […]

Pastor follows calling

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David Bennett has been a pastor for the Church of Christ (3rd and Kilgore) for eight and half years. Why did you choose to be a pastor? From the time I was twelve years old it is all I ever wanted to do. It probably had to do with my upbringing. It also had to […]