5K run could be near-death experience

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Kevin Wilson, 31, of Clovis, N.M., died Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the streets of Portales. He was born May 15, 1978, in Townsend, Mont. He was a writer, photographer, columnist and expert in mediocrity. There … so in case my fears come true on Saturday, my coworkers at […]

At least I helped with chumming

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Some people suffer from motion sickness. I’m one of them. Horseback is about the only movement my body can tolerate without nausea. I’ve thrown up in airplanes, cars, trucks, buses, boats — even in water when the only flotation device was my body. I’ve read that about half our […]

PRMC changes visitation policy

Plains Regional Medical Center announced a new visitation policy Friday, citing efforts to help stop the spread of flu. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and all visitors will be limited to two per patient at any one time. Here are some exceptions to the age requirement for visitors age 14 or under: […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Freedom New Mexico The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Saturday. Richard and Geri Gomez of the mission said as children, their families didn’t have the money for summer vacations. […]

Power outage in Portales

After wind knocked down a transmission line serving parts of Portales on Monday, 3,136 customers were without power for as long as almost 2 1/2 hours, Xcel Energy spokesmen said. Spokesman Troy Foos said the power went off in stages, but the longest time before it was restored was two hours and 20 minutes. Spokesman […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes in the aftermath of the worst tornado to hit the area in at least 43 years. The March 23, 2007, tornado killed two elderly residents, affected about 500 homes […]

Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Square renovations making headway

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Renovations at the Roosevelt County courthouse square should make this busy section of downtown Portales at least a little more pedestrian friendly. That’s the goal of city and county officials, who have joined forces and funds to complete the project. Crews spent much of last week tearing up the […]

Bike patrol aims to save on fuel costs

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Some Portales police officers are taking to the streets on two wheels this summer. Outfitted in bright yellow shirts along with shorts, the bike patrol officers mostly will patrol parks and business areas, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department. The program was revived this year […]

Learning early, learning well

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Best-selling author Robert Fulghum says all we really need to know, we learn in kindergarten. With that said, 235 L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center students will graduate from kindergarten during 12 different ceremonies on Wednesday, Thursday and today. It marked a milestone in what is sure to be a […]