Businesses fighting pigeon problem

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Christina Calloway Since the great-tailed grackles took flight in January, businessmen and local residents still haven’t seen many signs of them returning. But the absence of those pests has made an avenue for another. Pigeons and doves have become more of an issue recently for local businesses and their customers, according to Portales Public Work […]

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some […]

Judge hedges on Obamacare court ruling

Freedom New Mexico A reminder that few things are as simple as they first seem: In January, when a federal judge in Pensacola declared President Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional, the judge became something of a shining knight of the right. Now his armor is looking a little tarnished. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, […]

State police: Driver inattention caused fatal wreck

Freedom New Mexico Speed and driver inattention were contributing factors in the fatal January wreck on U.S. 70, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Bryian Phillips, 29, of Clovis died from injuries sustained in the one-vehicle rollover crash, and four other people received injuries of varying severity. Glascock said state police had been consulting with […]

Hunter education courses offered

PNT staff report New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting three spring hunter education classes in January, February and March. This class is required by anyone under the age of 18 in order to obtain a hunting license in New Mexico. Successful completion of this class is recognized in all states requiring […]

My turn: Brooks delivers surprise of a lifetime

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Think back to January 1993. If you attended the “Yukon Jack” concert at the Clovis City Limits bar, then you got the shock of a lifetime when Garth Brooks appeared on stage. That surprise concert made national news, and the CBS News interview is this week’s video selection. In an interview that lasted almost six […]

Panel OKs 1.9 percent pay hike

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

Our people: Life in development

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Bio Name: Nathan McCreery Birthdate: January 28, 1948 Hometown: La Junta, Colo. Profession: Photographer Family: Wife Virginia of 38 years, a son and his wife, and their two children.

Feb. 8, 1976

Three building permits totaling $39,790 were applied for during the month of January in the City of Portales, the Portales News-Tribune reported.

TRICARE screenings essential to health

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance While January is a great time to plan for your health in 2010, you’ll never find a wrong time to get vital screening tests. Whether you’re a man or a woman, age 25 or 65, make sure to talk with your doctor about the screening tests listed below. These […]

Jan. 12 ENMU Briefs

Fitness classes available The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Distance Education and Outreach is offering numerous fitness classes to help people get in shape this spring. Yoga, zumba, aqua eerobics and aqua fitness are scheduled to begin the last week of January. Registration: Distance Education and Outreach office in the Education Building, Room 102.

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

Feb. 6 Honors

Diamond Sharp Award winners for the month of January were: • Airman 1st Class Ivy Jackson, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Airman 1st Class Andrew McClellan, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron • Staff Sgt. Crystal Fabian, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron. The airmen received their awards on Jan. 30 at the […]

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only farmers but people selling the products. But oil price decreases this winter may offer some relief. Starting about last January, prices for fertilizer started climbing until they doubled last year, said Ted Hairgrove, manager of DeBruce […]

Jan. 18, 2008 Portales High School News

School closed Monday PHS will be closed Monday, January 19 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

Effects of Christmas still being felt

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist These days the Christmas season lasts well into January for some of us. Once upon a time, all I had to look forward to after Christmas was one day exchanging the shirts I’d received as gifts for shirts of the right size or color. Today I have those […]

Jan. 3, 2009 ENMU basketball capsules

Men ENMU (3-9) vs. Cameron (5-4), 4 p.m. today, and vs. Southwestern Oklahoma (8-3), 8 p.m. Monday, in Lone Star Conference crossover games at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 On the Net: www.enmusports.com Notes: ENMU beat the Aggies 76-74 in overtime last January in Lawton, Okla. … The Aggies are 0-4 away from home, including […]

A look back at the year’s top stories

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By Argen Duncan and Clarence Plank The past year brought achievements, tragedy and changes for Roosevelt County. Below, the Portales News-Tribune takes a look back over 2008. January • Cannon Air Force Base received a delivery of C-130s as part of its transition to a Special Operations Base. • A grass fire burned more than […]

Christmas CD recorded in memory of grandmother

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer In memory of her grandmother, a young woman from Portales has recorded a CD of Spanish and English Christmas songs. Twenty-one-year-old Falan Duran said Connie Sisneros, her grandmother who died in January, loved music and held Christmas as a favorite holiday. “It was never about gifts for her; it […]

Proving VA claims creating process bottleneck

By Tom Philpott In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors to its […]