Family describes victim as loner

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when he was 11, or it might have been something else.

Beets, like taxpayers, deserve fair shake

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist I felt a twinge of sadness when I heard that the SEAM (Social Engineers And Manipulators) had declared “Beetless Tuesday”

Hospital board briefed on swine flu preparations

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board heard about receiving medicine to treat the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu and Influenza A, during their regular meeting on Wednesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said state health officials told him they’re sending a supply of medicine to treat people who […]

Portales youth speak up

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer About 60 Portales-area high school and college students made their voices heard over the last six months, culminating in a town-hall style event Wednesday at Portales’ Memorial Building. The event is called Tomorrow’s Leaders — but event facilitator Nicole Wilkening thinks that title is a bit misleading. “They are […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, and freshman Rep. Dennis Roch has heard, “that I have no idea how far behind I am already.” Or is he ahead of the curve? Roch, a Tucumcari Republican who was elected to fill the House seat left vacant by Brian K. Moore, […]

Inner peace comes from faith in God

By Joan Clayton I heard a story about an artist who wanted to create a painting that depicted “perfect peace.” If I were to think about painting a picture of perfect peace, I would probably think of a man in a boat fishing on a placid lake with not one ripple on the water. Yet […]

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general […]

Dispatch flooded with calls during storm

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Couples danced at a local senior citizens center. Other residents were working, driving through town, eating dinner, bowling, just relaxing. Under cover of darkness, it approached from the south. Some heard the sirens, some saw the warnings, some didn’t. But what no one knew was that Clovis was about […]

Talk of extraterritorial zoning dominates meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Roosevelt County Commissioners heard a report from Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. on extraterritorial zoning. Ortega said growth in outlying areas and conflicts like odors and insect control prompted him to begin exploring the process. Ortega said a preliminary meeting to learn how extraterritorial zoning might benefit citizens included […]

Sharing superstitions

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Made famous by movies, dreaded by the superstitious, passing unnoticed by others, Friday the 13th only comes around a few times a year. The Portales News-Tribune asked residents if they had any stories or superstitions to share. Destini Trujillo, a pre-med student who works at Roosevelt General Hospital, had […]