Commissioners look at closing Price Ranch Road

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Appointed a road viewing committee to recommend whether Price Ranch Road should be closed. The road near Melrose Bombing Range runs through private property and is believed little used. Closing the road would remove a security issue for the ranch it runs through and allow the […]

Zias look to replace career goals leader

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Clarence Plank Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Ray Nause said it will take a collective effort to replace all-time leading goal scorer Samantha Lawrence. Lawrence scored 37 goals in her four seasons at the school. “Obviously we have to replace the goals that she scored,” said Nause, in his third season at ENMU. […]

Hounds, Zias look for more progress

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams made their best showings ever in the Lone Star Conference meet last fall. Fourth-year coach Eric Boll is optimistic they can improve on it this season. The Greyhounds, picked for ninth, finished third in the LSC meet last fall and then stunned traditional conference power […]

Let’s look to tribes for economic recovery

Ruben Baca is executive director of New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he submitted to newspapers around the state:

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]

Hounds, ACU look to play tripleheader

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is in for a long day today at Abilene Christian — the teams will try to complete a four-game Lone Star Conference series with a tripleheader. The teams are scheduled to play 25 innings. Saturday’s game, postponed by rain, will start at […]

Monday morning briefing: A look at a local hero, parents night and a revolution.

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Video of the day At your service…it’s our local video of some of the folks who help make your day go a little better, safer or smoother. Check out a day in the life of a Clovis emergency dispatcher. Question of the day? Did your favorite […]

Look to new decade, keep past in mind

Freedom New Mexico The general reverence for New Year’s Day dates back to the most ancient of times. Counted among the gods of the Roman pantheon was Janus, the two-headed deity who inspired the modern name for the first month of the year. One of Janus’ faces supposedly looked back into the past to recall […]

Nov. 11, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported a new look in license plates. The new 1972 license plate would feature three letters and three numbers with red characters on a pale yellow reflective background.

U.S. too caught up in entitlement

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The time: Early June, 1870 The place: Raton Pass, the segment of the Santa Fe Trail that goes over the mountain from Colorado into New Mexico. The Scene: A group of covered wagons stopped at the bottom of the mountain on the Colorado side. The men are unhitching the teams […]

Council honors century mark with new flag

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer Portales officials took a major look at the city’s past while ushering in the future. A council meeting Tuesday marked the first in which members used laptops instead of paper to look over the evening’s agenda. But after regular business items were tended to, the council reconvened outside for […]

Desperate PBS looks or ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]

Passage of dresses becoming tradition for annual Maypole

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Portales High School 2009 Valedictorian Amanda Wood did not have to look far to find the perfect gown to wear for Maypole this year. The mint green dress was worn last year by another student. According to Maypole coordinator Marilyn Stratton, this is one of at least 22 dresses that […]

Belly dancing, affordable meals among booths at annual Woman’s Day

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Hey, ladies, grab a sip of organic coffee, take a look at the jewelry and brush up on the latest skin care, gardening and cooking tips. Portales Women’s Club is hosting its Fifth Annual Woman’s Day Out 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4 at the Eastern New Mexico […]

Failure impossible with God in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. In this life we have resistance. If we never resisted anything, life could be rather dull. If no problems existed on […]

Business feature: Man finds creative outlet through work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Take a look around, and you may see Seth Pritchett’s creativity and fine arts degree at work. Pritchett owns Bobo Signs. Moving on up: Pritchett bought Bobo Signs from Gaylon Bobo this January. He was employed with Bobo for three years while he was going to school at Eastern […]

County officials look to boost local economy

By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer One of two Roosevelt County Commissioners being sworn into office Monday has already set a hefty agenda. Republican David Sanders says his top priorities are fixing overcrowding at the county jail, attracting new business and getting the county to go green. “One of our major concerns is the jail […]

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 […]

Councilors look to simplify finances

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to consolidate the city’s bank accounts. Councilors authorized city officials to negotiate terms with First Community Bank. Other banks submitting proposals were Portales National Bank and Wells Fargo. Councilor Mike Miller, a member of the city’s finance committee, said the move would help […]

Livestock board omits horse tax

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Horse owners in eastern New Mexico can look forward to a tax break this year due to an oversight by the New Mexico Livestock Board. Because of an accounting error, there will be no livestock board tax on horses in New Mexico for 2008 — horse owners will only […]