Their view: Cruises still popular among Americans

AAA travel experts offer five cruise safety tips:

Businesses to offer incentives

Christina Calloway Before Portales’ major renovations of Highway 70 begins in March, local businesses are trying to get ahead of the game so that they can increase business during construction. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce hosted business owners Thursday at the YAM theater and announced they are sponsoring Passport to Portales, a creative program […]

Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have in their cars during the winter time, according to auto mechanic and New Mexico Department of Transportation officials. “Have a blanket and water and snacks in your trunk in case you get stuck or in case you get somewhere where […]

Businesses offer entertainment venues for Fifth Friday events

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Alisa Boswell City officials and residents’ ambitions to make downtown Portales “alive after five” begins Friday night with the MainStreet Program’s first Fifth Fridays event. The MainStreet Program Manager Sandy Van Der Veen and local business owners involve all said they anticipate a good turnout for the first event, but they believe the number of […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]

My turn: Paperbacks offer new take on bible

If Sunday isn’t the best day to discuss my religious library, let she who has the worst arm cast the first stone. Thanks to my cousins, Chef Juandel and The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, and me repeatedly joining the Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) — and faithfully completing the introductory requirements before canceling and re-joining — […]

Ticket feature: DairyFest to offer entertainment, education

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Freedom New Mexico DairyFest will offer five hours of fun, entertainment, education and live music at the Curry County Events Center on Saturday. United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from […]

In search of ponies: Critters offer children endless amusement

Sharna Johnson “Hello, do you sell feeder ants?” I asked the lady who answered at the pet store. “Put it back where you found it,” the voice on the other end of the line responded. “Excuse me? What do you mean?” “The horned toad. Take it back where you found it, you can’t keep it,” […]

My turn: Fatherhood fading

Two great books at opposite ends of the literature spectrum offer provoking thoughts on fatherhood, “Big Russ & Me,” a 2004 New York Times Best Seller by my favorite TV journalist, the late Tim Russert of “Meet the Press,” and “Enrique’s Journey,” a 2008 novel based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning Los Angeles Times series by […]

Reader-submitted content: RGH offer students experience

Amber Hamilton Students from throughout New Mexico and West Texas have been gleaning clinical hours and vital direct patient care experience in several Roosevelt General Hospital departments and at the RGH Physicians Clinic this semester. Nursing, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, pharmacy and the emergency department have provided a teaching environment to allow students to develop […]

Firefighting should be privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

My Turn: Websites offer fishing tips

Clarence Plank The ever vigilant and alert outdoor columnist has been searching the Internet looking for websites to help beginners and experienced anglers when it comes to fishing. I found one site — www.flyfishingforbeginners.com — that offers valuable advice for beginners who want to learn how to fly fish and even gives refreshers for expert […]

Websites offer fishing tips

Clarence Plank Those who fish need to know what they’re doing. Wendel Sloan, director of communications at Eastern New Mexico University, told me about a website — www.takemefishing.org — that covers many different details about fishing and boating. It has a list of places by state where you can go fishing and get a fishing […]

Family history repeats itself

By Karl Terry: Local columnist She said she heard it crack when she went down. All I heard was a shriek of pain as she grabbed for my arm on her way down. With a day off recently, I had been catching up on yard work and my better half followed me out to the […]

Local businesses offer recycling services

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Where do you go if you want to recycle metal, cardboard or that old personal computer? Not too far if you live in Portales or Clovis. Ed’s Recycling Center, Inc., in Clovis recycles almost any kind of metal. Mike Lingnau and his dad, Ed Lingau, have owned the business […]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi

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Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common as french fries and golden arches. Beginning Jan. 1, all McDonald’s locations will offer free Internet access for customers. Internet service isn’t new at restaurants and coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. […]

Workforce ready

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area community colleges are offering programs designed to help students earn state certification allowing them to enter the workforce with more opportunities. For many, a traditional four-year college education such as programs offered at Eastern New Mexico University is just not an option. While ENMU has adjusted to offer […]

Animated films more interesting

By Karl Terry: Local columnist In the days of the double-feature movie, I was a big fan of the cartoons in between. Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn were what I measured good comedy against. After I grew up, I discovered the Looney Tunes gang still had a lot to offer for adults in […]

Religion feature: Churches offer trick-or-treat alternatives

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico With October comes the guessing game of who’s going to dress up as what for Halloween. Churches in Portales and Clovis take the opportunity to provide families with a fun, safe place for children to wear those costumes. Lola McVey with Central Christian Church in Portales said their fall […]

Business feature: Duo teams up to offer horse training

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A farmer and horse trainer are teaming up to offer a nearby option to have horses trained. Neighbors Rocky Garcia and Butch Russell, who met years ago, have started Midway Training Stable on Garcia’s farm. “It’s harder training cut horses than anything else, but I like to train them,” […]