Pay for schools now, or jails later

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just exactly what is the trade-off between crime and education? How do the two interconnect? What happens if we spend more on one and less on the other? In our combined Saturday issue, Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico reporter Marlena Hartz did a good job in asking the question […]

Your state legislators on the lighter side

Q. What’s your favorite political joke? Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton: Where does the word politic come from? Latin for poly, meaning many; and tic, meaning blood-sucking parasite. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa: President George Bush was at a news conference, he was talking about Iraq, Washington and the economy. A reporter asks him ‘Did […]

New youth fitness director has BIG plans for Youth Center

Janet Taylor-Birkey “Mr. Lionel! Over here, Mr. Lionel!” These are the screams heard entering the gym at the Cannon Youth Center — especially when children are trying to persuade Mr. Lionel Alston, new Youth Fitness Director at the Youth Center, to play dodgeball with them. Having always been involved in sports, Mr. Alston brings his […]

Stanfield to perform annual concert Saturday

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Those who have watched her show have enjoyed it and are looking forward to her concert again this year on Saturday at the Portales High School Auditorium. Jana Stanfield, a motivational speaker/singer, will be performing in the 4th annual Jana Stanfield Concert that will take place on Saturday with proceeds […]

Motorcycle safety instructor shares tips

Master Sgt. Glen Pugh “There are two kinds of motorcycle riders; those that have been involved in an accident and those that will.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? I know I have. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor for the past four years, I personally believe that statement is not totally accurate. That’s […]

Services lists five steps to quality child care

27th Services Squadron Quality child care can make a big difference in the future of your child. Choosing quality care, gives children a head start on a strong mind, body, and spirit and a better chance to become a more productive adult. Here are some general points about choosing quality care. 1. Look — Does […]

Car versus train, no injuries

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle attempting to cross the railroad tracks just west of St. Vrain was struck by a train shortly before 7:55 a.m. Thursday, according to railroad officials. No one was injured. “There was a car that tried to beat the train, and obviously he didn’t make it through the crossing,” said Lena Kent, […]

Shootings resonate with officers

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By David Irvin Three Clovis police officers involved in shooting a murder suspect this week will probably be back at work this weekend or by Monday at the latest, Chief Bill Carey said. Officials said Officers Roger Dial and Mike Harmer and Agent Robbie Telles all discharged their weapons when Jerry Fuller approached them in […]

Couple honored by AARP

By Tova Fruchtman It all started with a prescription drug forum in Portales. As liaison to the state office for the non-profit organization AARP, George Lees attended the planning meeting. That is where he first saw Millie Goslin. Through the meetings and the planning a relationship evolved that soon turned to love. “There was sort […]

Readers give pros and cons of Portales life

Recent Project: Reader Reaction questions asked about pros and cons of living in Portales — and for something on the light side. Some responses: What do you like about Portales? “I love the friendliness of the people and the size of Portales. I love walking into a restaurant and having people come up and say […]

Student senators elected, ready for issues

Tony Parra The votes are tallied and the Eastern New Mexico University students selected 23 members for the student government to serve the 2003-2004 year. There was a tie in one of the senate positions between Thomas Wortman and Lia Romero in the College of Education Department. There will be a voting session today between […]

Third party may have been involved with alleged embezzlement

By Mike Linn Special agents are exploring the possibility that a third person was involved in a scheme to steal funds meant for low-income Portales residents. On Friday, two employees of the Portales Income Support Division were arrested attempting to withdraw money from a fraudulent account at an ATM machine on Eastern New Mexico University’s […]