Oct. 24, 1960

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a few days of sun and clear skies had put a brighter outlook on everything, according to most farmers and produce buyers in the area. The harvest had resumed and was beginning to pick up speed, and there was hope that most all crops except grain and cotton would be […]

Government only here to serve justice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Most of the time, those of us who write columns address fairly specific issues and have only a little space to call upon general principles. But it is such general principles that guide the thinking behind the comments on special topics. Even the most pragmatic among us, who […]

Politics won’t be Kennedy’s lasting legacy

Freedom New Mexico It may seem ironic but it is somehow fitting: The most lasting contribution of one of the most intensely political dynastic families in American history will be an institution that transcends politics. It was started by a family member who never held or even ran for political office. The Special Olympics, officially […]

Scaled-back health care bill most likely

Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]

GI Bill transfer full of questions

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Users of one of the most popular features of the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the option to transfer benefits to family members — will find a few quirks in how Congress designed the transfer provisions as they take effect in August. For example, spouses of active duty members who hope […]

Dairy Fest draws crowd of 9,000

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When most Dairy Fest fans walked up on Ryan White’s tent Saturday, they either laughed or stopped for a photograph with the sign: “Smells like poo…it grew.” White’s job at Dairy Fest is to teach people about manure, and its uses — fertilizer being high on the list. White […]

Meet the pastor: Pastor prefers small-town life

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Kelly Fulfer is the pastor at Trinity Family Center at 601 South Avenue B. Kelly, his wife Elizabeth and their four children moved to Portales 3 1/2 years ago after previously serving seven-and-a-half years as a pastor in Bernalillo. Originally from Mountainair, Kelly met Elizabeth in her hometown of Truth Or Consequences. Because of the […]

Some folks naturals behind wheel

By Baxter Black: Syndicated columnist Most farm kids learn to drive early. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.

May 19, 1942

The Portales Daily News hosted a cooking school that was one of the largest, most-attended schools of its kind held in Portales history. Products from the Portales area were used for most of the ingredients.

Officials: Clovis Relay for Life a success

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A warm spring night and huge turnout combined for one of the most successful Relay for Life fundraisers yet in Clovis. As of Saturday, the annual American Cancer Society event had raised $93,957 in donations. Last year, the event raised $89,600. Cancer society spokesperson Dorothy Nelson said 64 teams […]

Shame on those jealous of success

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist Most top executives draw pretty reasonable salaries, maybe up from $250K to several million per year. This isn’t unlike how professional baseball and football players are hired and compensated, especially the stars among them. Some people are sought out eagerly and promised exorbitant pay, including bonuses above the regular salary, […]

March 5, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the current winter was “one of the driest on record in Portales.” The article said the total moisture since the previous October was at a low of 0.31 inches, most of which fell in February.

Motocross takes off in Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Dixon motocross track has been gaining momentum in popularity, drawing racers and spectators from across New Mexico and west Texas. On one recent weekend, the track had more than 342 entries and 200 riders participating in the races. Owner Dustin Dixon said it was the most entries they have […]

Documentary on military life sheds light on community

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist The BBC is following me around this week filming my most interesting life of snot, poop, screaming kids -

Report shows assault, theft rates increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Assault and theft rates were up this year in Portales, but the crime rate is still lower than most communities, according to city police. At Thursday’s Portales City Council meeting, Police Chief Jim Gill and Capt. Lonnie Berry presented their department’s report for 2008. According to department records, there […]

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]

Year in review: Jail escape among most notable of crimes

By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico An initially quiet year was fraught with high profile criminal cases in the last quarter. Law enforcement scrambled to recapture eight escaped inmates and the prior year’s homicide rate doubled in the space of weeks. With the exception of a summertime rash of home invasions, things were relatively calm […]

It’s their job: Tim Stanford

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Name: Tim Stanford Job: Technician for New Mexico Machinery Background: Stanford attended and graduated from high school in Mountainair before moving to Clovis. Stanford has a master certification from the Automotive Society of Excellence. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? I work on and build transmission engines for tractors, troubleshooting and […]

Real cowboy doesn’t mess around

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When I say Alvin was a cowboy, I mean in the most basic sense. With a horse and a rope, a box of matches and a cinch ring, a pocket knife and a piggin’ string, he could do the job. Dick ran cows on some pretty rough country in southern […]

Obama’s call for change needs wisdom as well

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of President-elect Obama’s campaign was the vagueness of his promise of “change,” which turned out to have little content once you got past the soaring rhetoric, leaving people of all persuasions to use him as a mirror to their own aspirations and agendas. That very vagueness, however, may serve him […]