Their view: Minimum wage laws harmful to all

Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University and libertarian columnist, is convinced that minimum wage laws hurt us all. Here’s a sampling from a recent column:

Masons honor emergency responders

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Argen Duncan Members of the Portales Masonic Lodge thanked local emergency services personnel and recognized long-standing Masons at a dinner Monday night at the lodge. The Masons invited Portales and Roosevelt County firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers. The evening also included presentations about different branches and charitable projects of the Free Masons. […]

New Mexico’s economic freedom needs boost

Freedom New Mexico Are you someone who values freedom above all else, including health, safety and welfare? If so, New Mexico has a ways to go to reach the top tier of states. A new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the first comprehensive ranking of “economic and personal freedom in […]

PHS choir is runner-up in state competition

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A state-wide choir competition had never been held in New Mexico until this year. Portales High School’s choir took advantage of the chance to compete and came away as the runner-up in Class 3A.

High Plains Junior Rodeo closes

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent CLOVIS — Figuring out the overall champ for the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association season can be quite a chore — even after all the competition is over. That was especially true for the boys in Saturday’s short-go of the 13-15 calf roping at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. The […]

Lady Rams take second at state

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent FARMINGTON — Portales’ softball team had been having its merry way against opposing pitching in its first three games of the state tournament as the Rams advanced all the way to the title game for the first time in school history. All that hitting, running, sliding and, most importantly, scoring […]

Bicycling for Buzard

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer When Andy Mason heard that former Eastern New Mexico University Zia head coach Dan Buzard required additional surgery to combat a brain tumor, he felt compelled to do something. So Mason solicited the help of ENMU senior Whitney Hobson and together, they hatched a plan. “I got an e-mail […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Jamboree off and running

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By Tony Parra FLOYD — There was a thumping and sounds of guitars and vocals echoing from an old high school basketball gym in Floyd on Thursday night. A Floyd tradition, the 55th Annual Floyd Country Jamboree, kicked off a four-day run on Thursday. Country music vocalists sang selections from Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and […]

Sign theft a concern for Portales

By Laurie Stone With 11 days remaining until Election Day, political rallies and public demonstrations are intensifying as supporters voice their choice for candidacy. A concern across the nation, and Portales, is the destruction of political signs placed in yards and on the homes of political supporters. Although both the Republican and Democratic parties are […]