Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

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Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father. Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September. What’s the most […]

Late harvest still possible

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the middle of the growing season here, plants need plenty of water, and there’s still time to plant vegetables for a late harvest, according to local garden experts. “At this juncture, the thing to stay on top of is the water,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County extension agent. […]

Editorial: Cap-and-trade bill promises paltry returns

Democratic dissension, Republican opposition and growing public skepticism may derail Congress’ potentially economy-crippling carbon cap-and-trade bill, perhaps saving Americans billions of dollars. The bill’s author, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is opposed by centrist Democrats, who fear the Draconian regulations would severely harm their constituents. Congress members representing the steel industry and coal and nuclear power […]

Editorial: Mexican drug cartels strong, growing force

This week marks the anniversary of one of the saddest events in the history of our nation’s war on drugs. Twenty years ago, University of Texas pre-med student Mark Kilroy disappeared during a spring break jaunt into Matamoros; his remains and those of others were found a month later in a horrific scene of pagan […]

Military growing option for high school graduates

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The future is theirs but the clock is ticking. Just like high school students around the country, Roosevelt and Curry County high school seniors approaching graduation are looking at a variety of options — among those choices a career in the military. “It’s that time of year where folks […]

Business feature: Carpet cleaning, pest control combined into one business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer After five years in business, All American Carpet and Pest Control is looking to extend services to the growing city of Portales. Local resident Ryan Hightower is the owner of the carpet and pest control business. “The carpet cleaning business was a company that I bought,” Hightower said. “Then […]

Embracing our nation’s diversity good for society

Freedom New Mexico A new law enforcement agency is growing quietly in Texas. While it’s likely that few people see the motives behind this change as cause for alarm, it seems redundant, and therefore an unnecessary draw on tax funds that already are being fought over. The Attorney General’s office frequently gains a new department […]

Chili crop checked by available labor

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter said labor issues and crop prices have affected just how much chili he grows. Ledbetter, who has been growing chili for seven years, said he has six people helping with this year’s harvest of green chili, which he sells at the Farmers’ Markets in Clovis […]

Pioneers honor their heritage

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By Keely McDowell: Freedom New Mexico Area women shared part of a vanishing legacy through their stories about growing up in a less privileged time Friday at the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast in Clovis. “We worked from daylight to sunset and had to stay out of school for weeks at a time,” Lorraine Horton, 85, said. […]

Bike shop sees growing interest in two-wheel transportation

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer More people are showing an interest in bicycles as a primary form of transportation with gas approaching $4 a gallon, according to the owner of the local bike shop. Roger Rehder, owner of Bicycles Sales and Service, said the bicycle business is seasonal, usually running from March through September. […]

Police arrest man on warrants, seize 42 marijuana plants

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested one man and seized 42 marijuana plants growing at a Portales residence Saturday, according to a news release. Robert Hawkins, 37, of Portales was arrested on outstanding warrants from Curry County for aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, failure to appear and phone harassment after police received information he was staying […]

Spring Watering

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Willie Marler waters the lawn at her home on South Elgin in Portales Wednesday. Marler was trying to get the grass growing but to conserve water didn’t want to run a sprinkler in the wind.

Playoff beards growing superstition

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I may never be on “Meet the Press,” but that’s OK. I already have the most important thing in common with host Tim Russert. We’re Buffalo Sabres fans. Some years, that doesn’t mean a lot, and during the National Hockey League’s lost 2004-05 season, it meant even less. But it’s […]

Rapidly growing population not biggest problem

Editorial America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, more people […]

Senator praises local economy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman told members of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that eastern New Mexico has a lot going for it economically these days, but the lawmaker didn’t paint as rosy a picture for the economy nationally. “I think everyone is aware that the economy is […]

Peanut producers participate in field day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area peanut producers and researchers came together yesterday for the annual Peanut Field Day that was held at several locations, throughout Roosevelt and Curry counties. The group gathered together to hear presentations about various techniques and experiments being used to farm peanuts. According to Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

Officials tout benefits of organic farming

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In a small conference room at the Sunland Peanut plant in Portales on Friday, several area farmers viewed a variety of organic food items. They weren’t there to purchase them, but instead to learn how to make them and reap the rewards. Representatives from the New Mexico Organic Commodity […]

Recent rain helps farmers, not roads

Tony Parra April showers have brought about much needed rain to the eastern plains of New Mexico. But with it comes the good, the bad and the ugly. The good The rain has helped farmers who begin growing crops in April. Joe Whitehead, a district conservationist, said wheat is the crop growing in April. He […]