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 […]

Round of golf offers more fun than expected

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs I had a lot of fun, but man, do I hate golf. At least that’s how I thought I would feel after golfing 18 holes at the Whispering Winds Golf Course here. I had no intention of golfing this past Saturday, as my […]

Dec. 27, 2007 Local Briefs

‘Guns and Hoses’ blood drive set United Blood Services will hold a “Guns and Hoses” blood drive sponsored jointly by the Portales Police Department and the Portales Fire Department from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Portales Fire Department, 301 S. Ave. C in the donor bus. Donors must be in good health, […]

New guidelines for ID card now in effect for everyone

Janet Taylor-Birkey At least one document must have a photo Effective immediately, all personnel being issued common access cards and other identification cards, including for dependents, retirees and Reservists, must present two forms of identification. At least one of the two IDs must have a photograph, according to new guidelines from the Department of Defense […]

Bad things can happen to good people

Have a fire safety plan – avoid becoming a statistic. Bruce Ford Fire safety plans can keep you from becoming a statistic It’s human nature to think bad things only happen to “the other guy,” but the fact is that bad things can happen to good people. Everyone thinks they’ll never have a fire, but […]

Santa gets help from naughty editor

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’ve never had the chance to do it here in Portales, but each Christmas season I set aside one column to help Santa Claus with a few ideas for some of our favorite public figures. Being so close to the news and the newsmakers, I think I can maybe lend […]

Bitter Lakes Refuge offers variety of diversions

The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area their winter home. The wetlands provide a wintering habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, Ross and snow geese, and about 20 species of ducks. Where it is: The Bitterlakes National Wildlife […]

Teachers want higher goals for first-graders

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales teachers are aiming for higher reading-level goals for elementary students who have trouble reading in the Reading Recovery Program, which is going into its seventh year. The goal of the Portales teachers in the Reading Recovery Program is to have a higher number of Steiner Elementary students go from […]

At least some good news from Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers I f you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle […]

Resolutions easy to keep with open options

By Helena Rodriguez Another Christmas has come and gone, Now I’m already starting to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I need something to fill this space in between Christmas and the new year. Many of you probably wouldn’t have even thought about New Year’s resolutions until next week, but, (you can thank […]