Robinson tauting background in municipal judge run

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Oscar Robinson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Robinson will be running against Arla Hitson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Cannon’s Col. Posner transferring to Pentagon in March

By Andy Jackson After almost two years commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. John Posner is leaving March 6 for the Pentagon, officials said this week. Posner has been commanding the base since April 2004, according to Lt. James Nichols of Cannon Public Affairs. Col. Scott West of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany will take […]

New hours met with mixed reviews

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Center Director Johnny Ledbetter said it’s too early to tell what kind of effect the change of center hours will have on the membership, but some children would rather it go back the previous hours. The Portales Recreation Center has gone almost two months with new hours in […]

Honeymoon halted by hurricane

By Kevin Wilson After putting it off for nearly a year, Adrian and Kendra Lopez were looking forward to a honeymoon vacation they wouldn’t forget. They certainly got that, as the vacation’s final days in Cancun featured a visit from Hurricane Emily. The vacation started innocently enough months before, as the couple received a vacation […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]

6/5 Births, Engagements, Organizations

Births Wilbanks Jason and Lisa Wilbanks of Portales are the parents of a 6-pound 11-ounce girl born on May 17, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Emily Brooke Wilbanks has 2 sisters; Jacelyn, 5, and Lauryn, 2. Grandparents are John and Crystal Pritchett and Carol Banks of Portales, and Jim and Marie Wilbanks […]

Learning to do nothing takes effort

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I miss my friends! When does school start again?” No these are not the words of my teenage daughter less than 24 hours after schools in Portales let out for the summer. These are words I have been biting my tongue over, trying to […]

Don’t fear airplanes, fear airports

By Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago, I flew for the first time (on an airplane) since 9/11. I expected to enjoy myself about as much as a giraffe with strepthroat, but I looked forward to finding something to complain about. It all started with my deciding to attend a Kiwanis district conference. As […]

Ingle never imagined long senate career

Portales farmer Stuart Ingle receives countless phone calls, wears a jacket and tie for two months straight and addresses his co-workers through the lieutenant governor. It’s a process the state senator been doing for 20 years. Ingle, who was sworn into the Legislature in 1985, now represents Portales as the minority leader in the state […]