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 […]