ENMU students share holiday plans

Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Thanksgiving is a time of the year where family and friends come together to give thanks. Eastern New Mexico Students might live and work in Portales, but some make the trek home to be with family. Senior Cody Evans, 23, of Roswell is a graphic design major. Evans said the […]

Fundraiser earns children chat with former NFL player

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer For students at Lindsey Middle School in Portales, a talk Friday with a former NFL player topped off a month-long fundraiser that netted $1,400 for a charity. The sixth-graders raised the money for A Journey for 9/11, the organization former New York Giants defensive end George Martin started to […]

Mission: Memorialize

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When Veterans Day rolls around Wednesday, an ample amount of monuments exist to remember those who have fallen in action. But Joe Luis Gonzales of Clovis, who was only 19 when he died on June 3, 1969, is not on the most prominent of these monuments — either locally or nationally. It’s not because Gonzales […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Animal flatulence data full of hot air

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist Food, clothing and shelter are the basic essentials of life. From the earliest caveman to modern soccer mom, from the Palestinian refugee to the Katrina victim, first on the list is always something to eat, something to wear, and someplace to live. Food is first on the list because it […]

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 -

Crew chiefs dedicate careers to aircraft

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff sergeants Chris Morrelli and Nolan Garrett stand in front of an MC-130W Combat Spear. The two are Dedicated Crew Chiefs for their aircraft, a title only a total eight NCOs at Cannon can claim. By Greg Allen: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Dedicated is an adjective most of us […]