Wishes broadcast from locals

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Laverne Robbins waited for hours. Her feet hurt as TV cameras panned the crowd that lined Main Street in search of the perfect moment. Meanwhile, the 75-year-old waited. And then she got her chance. She told Grammy award-winning singer Amy Grant her wish. “My grandson’s wife died from blood clots. […]

Wishes sought from community

By Tony Garner The pilot of NBC’s new show “Three Wishes” features a young girl involved in an horrific accident, a sick teacher with a heartfelt wish for her students, and a boy who wants to thank the role model who stepped into his life after the devastating loss of his father. Scheduled to air […]

Hospital receives grant for scanner

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A full-body MRI scan of patients in Portales in time will be a 24-7 option at the Roosevelt General Hospital with the help of a $1.04 million grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman […]

NBC and Amy Grant want to grant wishes in Clovis

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers NBC and recording artist Amy Grant are looking to grant wishes in the Clovis area as part of “Three Wishes,” a new prime-time television series that will spotlight people or communities with inspiring stories. Senior Casting Producer Traci Green said Grant specifically asked NBC to do a casting call in […]

Fire department receives grant from Homeland Security program

PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department is in operation mainly to stop fires that endanger the lives and property of Portales residents. The department also attempts to educate people in an effort to stop potential fires, and has received more than $20,000 to support their efforts. The Portales Fire Department was one of two New […]

School works towards master plan

By Tony Parra Chris Rasmussen, an architect, is working on a master plan to help Portales Schools officials figure out the future and the school system’s need for space to accommodate for a growing school district. Rasmussen, who works with Greer-Stafford Architects of Albuquerque, said another big reason for the master plan is so that […]

Money earmarked for business facades

By Tony Parra City councilors on Tuesday approved to fund a program which would help downtown businesses in the development of facades. Councilors approved to give the Portales MainStreet Facade Improvement Program $5,000 during the city meeting. The program allows for business owners in the downtown area to apply for a grant of up to […]

ENMU Briefs

Swimming — Age 4 and up from 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. March 28-April 7 at the ENMU Natatorium with Devin McMaster, Red Cross certified lifeguard/instructor. The fee is $40. Parental consent is required. Internet navigating basics — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 29 at University Computer Center, Room 107. Class taught by Becky […]

City officials seek grant money

By Tony Parra Funding for the Portales Recreation Center was the focus of a Monday meeting with James Stoddard, director of the Hubbard Foundation. Johnny Ledbetter, director of the Portales Recreation Center, said last year recreation center officials applied for funding for a summer youth program grant and received $2,500 for the program. “It’s ($2,500) […]

Portales teenagers screen film at Clovis festival

By Tova Fruchtman Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s film “Walking Dead” […]

Portales schools receive grant to fight obesity

By Laurie Stone The Portales Municipal School District has been awarded a $398,044 three-year grant through the U. S. Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). According to a pair of press releases, U. S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and U. S. Representative Tom Udall announced that three New Mexico schools and two […]

Dora fire department receives grant

By Tony Parra The Dora Fire Department has received a $25,200 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and will use the money for rescue equipment for the department. Village of Dora clerk Becky Fraze said the money will be used to purchase rescue equipment such as the jaws of life and other cutting equipment. […]

Reputation of 007 needs our help

By Kevin Wilson I read one of the most disturbing news items of my life on Friday. It had nothing to do with terror alerts, racial profiling, or corner turning — you learn to adjust to those types of things. This is much different. This involves something fictional, but there are real consequences. Pierce Brosnan […]

Portales Fire Department receives grant money

PNT Staff In the wake of several fires blazing across New Mexico, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici last week commended the Portales fire department for successfully completing another round of Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding that will finance the purchase of two pieces of training equipment. Domenici, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations […]

May 30 Obituaries

Beatrice Davis-Grant, 84 Mrs. Beatrice Davis-Grant, 84, of Portales, died Friday, May 28, 2004, at her home in Portales. She was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Chihuahua, Mexico to Clementina and Heleman Judd. Mrs. Davis-Grant lived in Mexico until 1949. On Jan. 2, 1939 she was married to Jesse R. Davis. In 1972 they moved […]

Council wishing for more wells

By Tony Parra City councilors selected Smith Engineering Company from Roswell to provide construction services for Blackwater well improvement on Tuesday. The contract agreement calls for installing pumps into existing irrigation wells and installing water pipelines from the wells to the existing water mains, known as Black Water Well Field Improvements. It is a step […]

Teachers look towards grants with tight budgets

By Tony Parra Teachers and administrators are finding different ways to fund educational programs in the form of grants for schools which would otherwise dip into the Portales school budgets. Grants can consists of thumbing through paper after paper of applications, gathering information and providing documentation by teachers to the foundation which provide the funding […]

School board members approve budget

By Tony Parra Portales Schools Finance Director Murphy Quick had Portales school board members place their stamp of approvals on the 2004-05 fiscal budget for the Portales Municipal school district. All of the members, except for Inez Rodriguez, signed the budget at the end of the meeting. Rodriguez was unable to attend the meeting, and […]

Taxpayers keep airport up and running.

Mike Linn Airport officials have managed to keep the Portales Municipal Airport in tip-top shape thanks to grant money even after a subpar year in revenues. The airport pulled in almost $83,000 in revenues in 2003, between $40,000 and $50,000 less than reported in a year prior to 9/11, Airport Manager Ray Pallares said. The […]

Free gun locks can put the safety on

Darrell Maurina Area law enforcement agencies received free gun locks on Tuesday from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Local residents can pick up the safety locks at the Portales Police Department or the Roosevelt County Sherrif’s Office. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said he has about 800 safety locks that will fit almost any gun. […]