My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

ENMU parts ways with football coach Ribaudo

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Dave Wagner Mark Ribaudo’s 15-year run at Eastern New Mexico University is over. The school said in a release on Tuesday that it had “requested and received” Ribaudo’s resignation after seven seasons as ENMU’s head football coach. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said the school would like to have a coach in place by Dec. 1, […]

My turn: Home repair never easy

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I am not really afraid of home repair projects, but I do respect them. Everything from a small plumbing job, to trying to fix the car. It seems that every time I realize there is something to be repaired, it is a weekend or in the evening. The first part […]

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

Expect frozen Turkey day in some parts of state

Staff and wire reports Northern parts of the state saw a few inches of snow Monday, but the real cold will blow in with the Thanksgiving turkey. Temperatures will dive well below normal later in the week, said Ken Wedelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, with some areas in New Mexico […]

My Turn: Watermelon not for me

Watermelon seems to be one of the best-loved parts of American summers. Which is why it seems odd that I’ve never cared for watermelon. I’ve met few people with a similar opinion. Nonetheless, I have good memories of the summer fruit. When I was a kid, Dad saved seeds from a watermelon he found particularly […]

Fall colors

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Sharna Johnson In other parts of the country, the first sign of changing seasons is often the changing color of the leaves, but in eastern New Mexico, one of the first signs is the changing of the hats. As the temperature drops in the fall months, cowboys traditionally don black, felt hats, putting away their […]

Portales Past: May 5, 1945

May 5, 1945: White Auto Store held its grand opening at 115 SW State St. in Portales. J.B. Morrow was owner/manager of the auto parts and home appliance store.

It’s their job: Job combines love of cars, people

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By Karl Terry: FNM Correspondent Patrick Johnson is a parts man at Carquest Auto Parts at C&S Inc. in Portales. Background: Johnson was born and raised in Portales and graduated from Portales High School. He lived in Lubbock for nine years and was a technician working on pools and spas. He returned to Portales in […]

Business feature: Auto parts store joins community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer O’Reilly Auto Parts is a new addition to the Portales community. O’Reilly opened April 10. Store Manager Jack Maloney has been with O’Reilly for six months, but he has worked in automotive parts for more than five years. The store has auto parts for any make or model. They […]

April 18, 1981

A rain that brought a third of an inch of moisture to Portales and more in other parts of the county did not come in time to save the area wheat and rangeland from damages from the dry winter and spring filled with devastating wind storms. The News-Tribune reported that Elida was the only area […]

Richardson to visit Clovis, Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be in parts of eastern New Mexico Thursday to highlight his legislative priorities and unveil his public safety and education agendas. Richardson will be in Clovis 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Jackson Family Center and in Tucumcari 11:30 a.m. at the high school auditorium.

Business to offer variety of repair services, sell boats

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By Casey Peacock Jump River Repair will provide a variety of services when it officially opens next month. Housed at 100 S. Chicago, the business will offer equipment repairs, welding and fabrication, and sell boats, construction equipment and parts, according to owner Eddie Hiner. Hiner will be joined by son-in-law Jon Nagel, who is relocating […]

Iraq is the frontline of terrorism but win is far from certainty

Editorial “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history will […]

Perks of living in P-Ville: Batteries included

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist I managed to get to the garage without tripping over the cat or forgetting where I was going. This time I remembered to open the garage door before putting the vehicle in motion and got into the car without banging my head. Things were really going my way that morning […]

Pool tables good for those who want danger

By Bob Huber Looking for adventure? Like to live on the edge? Want to be the first on your block to wake up in the middle of a nightmare screaming, “Eeaauugh! Eeaauugh!” You can have all that and more if, like me, you rid your living room of furniture, give everything to your daughters, and […]

Heavy rains pound Portales area

Freedom Newspapers Parts of Roosevelt County received up to 4 inches of rain Tuesday night, weather officials estimated, closing roads and leaving drivers with near zero visiblity at times. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said no injuries were reported. But officials said parts of State Highways 88 and 206 south of Portales were closed and […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]