Service groups dishing out fellowship

My father was a Rotarian and my husband is in Kiwanis, so I’m all about service clubs, especially when it involves food and fellowship. Both organizations will be hosting fundraisers soon, and we’re all invited for tasty vittles, good visiting and the opportunity to support worthwhile causes. The Kiwanis Club will be dishing up its […]

Religious groups realizing pitfall of Obamacare

Thomas Jefferson said: “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” The third president wasn’t Catholic and, arguably, probably not Christian. But he understood that for the government to compel people to pay for something they find morally repugnant is “sinful […]

Environmental lobby groups live outside reality

Baxter Black Three giant lobby groups from an alternative time-warp are engaged in a furious hissy fit whose purpose is raising money to pay lawyers. “Send Money so we can Litigate, Pay company Executives, and Solicit more Funds!” “Animals are overrunning government property,” they exclaimed, “… and endangering the environment! These are domestic animals that […]

Dumpsters potential fuel source

At a time when self-righteous environmental groups are trying to block solar power, and self-described green politicians are preventing “Not in my Backyard” wind power, our much maligned real power utilities continue to search for greener fuel options. It is not unusual that the bluster of the often government-subsidized non-profit ANTI’s impede progress through frivolous […]

Dumpsters potential fuel source

At a time when self-righteous environmental groups are trying to block solar power, and self-described green politicians are preventing “Not in my Backyard” wind power, our much maligned real power utilities continue to search for greener fuel options. It is not unusual that the bluster of the often government-subsidized non-profit ANTI’s impede progress through frivolous […]

My turn: Facebook groups to ‘Like’

Facebook users are constantly asked to join such groups as, “Press ‘Like’ if you think that Obama is the Antichrist,” or “Press ‘Like’ if you think that ‘333 X 2’ should not be taught in public school higher math classes.” Here are some local Facebook groups that I’m inviting you to join. • “Press ‘Like’ […]

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]

Breeding debate proves emotional

Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed in 111 […]

Press release: Quality of Life focus groups volunteers needed

PORTALES, NM December 16, 2010 – The New Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January to address the perceived Quality of Life in Portales. The committee is looking for community residents to volunteer to participate. Multiple groups are scheduled at various times of the day, and each […]

Residents sought for focus groups

PNT staff report The new Portales Quality of Life Committee is looking for community residents to participate in focus groups, according to a news release from the Regional Growth Planning Office. Multiple focus groups are set to meet at the end of January at various times of the day for no more than two hours, […]

Xcel awards CCC $4,000 grant

The Xcel Energy Foundation this week provided a $4,000 grant to Clovis Community Colleges, according to a press release from Xcel Energy. The $36,000 in grants made to nine nonprofit groups were made through the Arts & Culture focus area of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which grants money to nonprofit groups working in towns and […]

Social media seminar set

Freedom New Mexico A free Comcast Corporation seminar Dec. 15 is designed to help non-profit organizations in maximizing the benefits of social media. Scheduled for 9 a.m. at Eastern New Mexico University, the seminar will teach local nonprofit groups in effectively using social media to “improve the success of events, creating brand perception, increasing donations […]

Clovis, Portales groups to honor veterans

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Alisa Boswell Several events are happening in Clovis and Portales this week to honor veterans. Today at Eastern New Mexico University, students and faculty will be donating supplies, letters and thank you cards with care packages being sent to servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Nikki Howard of Academic Affairs, the university has been […]

Local groups host Halloween, fall harvest events

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Alisa Boswell ‘Tis the season for candy, costumes, and fun. Several Halloween, Harvest and fall events are happening in the Clovis/Portales area this week to celebrate the holidays. Pre-schoolers dressed in their costumes Thursday morning for story time at Clovis-Carver Library. Crissie Carter, a library staff member, read the children stories with Halloween and fall […]

Bipartisanship comes at cost to taxpayers

Freedom New Mexico After his State of the Union address, we expected environmental groups to protest President Barack Obama’s declaration to advance nuclear power. We’re pleased the outrage already spans the political spectrum, with many stops in between. Add us to the complainers. The new federal budget proposes to triple loan guarantees for new nuclear […]

Groups encouraging pet adoption

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Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Caprock Veterinary Clinic and the Portales Senior Center are teaming up Friday to make a dog’s holiday wish come true by finding a new home and a loving family. “It was partially my idea based on we see so many stray dogs and cats and so many are being killed,” […]

Getting to know: Retired teacher spends time volunteering

Isabel Zupanciz is a former Portales Municipal Schools employee who worked most of her 31 years in the system as a first-grade teacher and an elementary school counselor. Since retiring in 2002, Zupanciz has stayed busy volunteering for an array of local groups — including Habitat For Humanity, Parents Reaching Out, Ready To Learn, Meals […]

May 24, 1947

May 24 was set as Poppy Day in Portales and throughout the U.S. The public was asked to wear a memorial poppy in honor of those who died in the two world wars. The Auxiliary and Campfire groups of Portales distributed the handmade, crepe paper flowers created by veterans of the wars.

Area music groups to present ‘Messiah’

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer For the first time in about 20 years, Portales is hosting a performance of Handel’s acclaimed choral piece “Messiah.” Eastern New Mexico University’s Chamber Singers and University Singers, Portales High School choir students, Clovis High School choir students, High Plains Chorale and the Kingswood United Methodist Church choir are […]

Kids’ College offers interesting summer activities

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Slots are still open in all age groups for Eastern New Mexico University’s annual summer Kids’ College, which begins on Monday and runs each weekday through July 25. Kids’ College is held daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Technology Building at ENMU for children ages 6-12 […]