Experts advise gardening caution

Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to get in a hurry and advised those itching to get outside to put their energy into preparatory work, until […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students poured onto the empty lawn Friday afternoon where Lincoln Hall once stood for the groundbreaking of the new freshman dormitory. One of the features of the event was the unveiling of the new dorm’s name, which honor New Mexico counties. Guadalupe was chosen over De Baca, […]

My turn: Christmas displays all right with me

The Portales News-Tribune (online and printed) ran numerous comments about the Nativity scene on the Portales courthouse lawn. Some think that it violates separation of church and state. Others believe it represents Christian principles they say the country was founded on. (I’ve never grasped the difference between these principles and just being a good person. […]

Robinson wins only contested council seat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Oscar Robinson, a retiree, school bus driver and lawn care business owner, won the only contested city council race in Portales Tuesday. Robinson received about 62 percent (209) of the votes in Ward B. His opponent, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. engineer Antonio Sanchez Jr. had approximately 38 percent […]

Jan 2, 1951

There would be no more parking on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn, according to a decision by the new county commissioners in their first meeting of the year. The commissioners said they noticed bare ground around the courthouse, and declared that no more public meetings could be held on the lawn.

Wrestling reenactments kept boys busy

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor My grandmother thought we were going to kill each other. Some days we might have been close to it as we imitated our favorite TV wrestlers every Saturday. Growing up in eastern New Mexico, one of my brother and I’s favorite Saturday TV shows was Championship Wrestling. We never […]

Spring Greening: Experts say with a little work now you can have a lush green lawn this summer

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By Sharna Johnson Recent warm weather may have local residents inspired to begin sprucing up outside. Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said it’s still a little early to begin gardening, but it’s a great time to start preparing for a luscious, green lawn. Before hooking up the hoses and arranging the sprinklers, a little […]

Prepaid funerals have advantages, disadvantages

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid funerals earmark funds for funeral expenses, and, unlike cash, aren’t counted as an asset, a major benefit to seniors who want to […]

9-15 Local Briefs

Udall aide to hold office hours A staff member of U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours in Portales next week. Peter Wells will be available to meet with area residents at Portales City Hall from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Anyone wishing to make an appointment may call 763-7616. Anyone […]

Technology works with the right neighbors

By Jim Lee My abilities in matters of any practical importance have been called into question on more than one occasion. This has recently happened again. Yet I still fail to understand why people doubt my abilities, particularly my amazing versatility and creativity. Why does everyone focus on the negative? OK, a few things have […]

Lawn space donated for memorial

By Tony Parra County commissioners donated lawn space on the Roosevelt County Courthouse grounds and $1,500 on Tuesday to go for a memorial of the victims of homicides in Roosevelt County. Lori Adams, victim advocate for the district attorney’s office in Roosevelt County, requested from the commissioners lawn space for a victim’s memorial. Adams said […]

March 8 Obituaries

Odetta Smith Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis. Mrs. Odetta Smith, 89, of Auburn, Calif., died Friday, March 4, 2005, at Hill Top Manor Rest Home in Auburn, Calif. She was born on May 29, 1915, in Bristow, Okla., to John and Carrie Taylor.  She married Homer Smith on Aug. […]

Angering rain gods a bad idea

By Bob Huber Last month folks in this neck of the republic glared at bleak and shadowy clouds and muttered, “All right, enough is enough!” They were, of course, referring to the soggy conclusion of the drought hereabouts and the beginning of what frontier historians would someday cite as “The Year When Everyone Had to […]

Lawn mower fixed against all odds

By Jim Lee Not too long ago, when I decided to spend a pleasant weekend afternoon in my ancient, crippled recliner, I noticed something disturbing through the front window. Saundra had taken the lawn mower from the garage and was wheeling it into view. I could pretend not to see her, but she would know […]

It’s time to get into the swing of spring

By Jim Lee This month is about ready to bite the dust after some much-needed April showers, and winter has probably gone to sleep for a few months. All things considered, this is a great time of year. I have always enjoyed spring. Once we get into the swing of the season, we should really […]

Obits 7/9

Monell Thomas, 78 Mr. Monell Gordon Thomas, 78, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003. He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Tucumcari, to Eura E. and Viola H. Thomas. He attended grade school in Forrest before moving to Portales where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served as a […]