Census shows increases in Portales

Kevin Wilson Local leaders expressed optimism Tuesday, as growth at Cannon Air Force Base and Eastern New Mexico University helped fuel double-digit percentage growth between the 2000 U.S. Census numbers and the 2010 numbers. The Portales population jumped 10.3 percent from 11,131 to 12,280, according to figures available at census.gov. “It was a little above […]

March 11 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Tony Portales senior Gabby Garcia looks up to see Socorro’s senior Jaden Jones closing in during Friday’s Class 3A state basketball tournament game in Portales. The Lady Rams beat Socorro 48-22 to advance to the state quarterfinals. Fab 5 Top area performances during the week of Fed. 26-March 5: • Texico sophomore Shaylee […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

March 4 — Local sports briefing

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Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Curry County Cats receiver Adam Garcia gets past Las Cruces defensive back Felton Nichols in the first quarter of last week’s New Mexico Premier League game at Leon Williams Stadium in Clovis. Fab 5 Top area performances from the week of Feb. 21-27 • Clovis senior Lathan Lieb scored 33 points […]

Feb. 25 — Fishing report

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Feb. 25 —

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Portales sophomore Hannah Cissell makes a pass during Friday’s night game against Ruidoso at the Portales Athletic Center. The Lady Rams clinched the District 4-3A regular-season title with a 37-28 win over the visiting Warriors. Fab Five Top area team and individual performances last week: • Clovis senior Ashlee Pierson had […]

Feb. 18 — Local sports briefing

Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Portales forward Gabby Garcia goes around Texico’s Delanie Crist during the third quarter a non-district matchup at Texico. Defending Class 2A champion Texico beat the Class 3A Lady Rams 37-26. The Fab 5 Top area performances for the week Feb. 7-12 • Clovis sophomore Nikki Cordova scored 11 of her career-best […]

Schools respond to proposed evolution teachings

Argen Duncan Local school administrators aren’t taking a strong stance on a bill that would allow the teaching of controversial topics such as intelligent design in public schools. State Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Albuquerque, has introduced a bill that would prevent the state from prohibiting teachers who are presenting a controversial scientific topic “from informing students […]

Monday morning briefing: Local snow records, a voice for teens and the British invasion

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing Remembering Jay Jay the newest giraffe addition to Hillcrest Zoo, sadly, passed on Saturday. Click on the video of the day if you want to remember his arrival. Local weather facts The heaviest snowfall recorded in Clovis’ history was November 1911 when 22.5 inches fell. For […]

Portales past: Feb. 10, 1941

Feb. 10, 1941: Portales Daily News: The approval of a section of land south of Portales as the location for a municipal airport was made by a CAA inspector last week. Frank Craddock of the chamber of commerce was making an effort to arouse local interest to the point where negotiation for acquiring the property […]

My turn: Local bands have variety of sounds

Last weekend, I went to watch the local band Something Blue perform. They played a variety of classic oldies, modern day hits and their own songs. Their lyrics are well written and their music has a milder Jason Mraz sound to it. The band will now be performing Thursday nights at the Dawg Houze and […]

Fishing report — Feb. 1

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Jan. 28 — Local sports briefing

Freedom New Mexico Clovis senior Ashlee Pierson drives around a pair of Rio Rancho defenders in the first quarter of a game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium in Clovis. Clovis defeated Rio Rancho 57-24. The Fab 5 Top area performances from the week of Jan. 17-22: • Freshmen Madison Silveira (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) and […]

Local artist’s works on display at Runnels Gallery

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Argen Duncan The “Snow on the Window Pane” art exhibit portrays somber undertones with characters trying to be positive in bad situations, said the man who created the works. Andrew Jonathan Merritt of Clovis, who says he’s not an artist but is aspiring to live up to the title, has about a dozen pieces on […]

My turn: Concert to feature local talent

Alisa Boswell I hope the rest of the local residents had as successful a Christmas as I did and were surrounded by many family and friends. It made my year to be able to have my immediate family all together in one place for the first time in a while. We had a wonderful time […]

Year in review: Transportation industry expanded in Portales

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PNT Staff Reports In 2010, growth in the local trucking business promised about 100 new jobs for the Portales area, on top of other advances in the local business scene. In February, Greatwide Logistics Inc. began to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America. The company hired dozens […]

Local businesses enhance public spirit

Clyde Davis The compliments must go out to local businesses which, not only during the holiday, but in other times of the year, do what they can to spread and enhance public spirit. I have lived in enough places to know that, not only Clovis, but every town, has its detractors, and that many or […]

New plans for old hotel

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Argen Duncan The Portales Inn is getting a facelift, a new name and a presidential atmosphere, the new owners say. Maxwell Group LLC, a consortium of professionals, has purchased the inn, vacant for 12 years, with plans to remodel it into an exclusive hotel with restaurants and space for events, said managing member Bob Morrow. […]

Residents sought for focus groups

PNT staff report The new Portales Quality of Life Committee is looking for community residents to participate in focus groups, according to a news release from the Regional Growth Planning Office. Multiple focus groups are set to meet at the end of January at various times of the day for no more than two hours, […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships and snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Free money The state Higher Education Department is seeking applications for the No Child Left Behind Title II Improving Teacher Quality grants. The program aims to help shape state and local activities to improve teacher quality and to increase the number of highly qualified […]