Bible gift for all generations

Bibles of older relatives have been passed down to me. My grandfather’s Bible is almost threadbare, but I cherish those tattered pages. “The Good Book,” as he called it, was the guiding force of his life. Early dawn found him in his favorite chair with the Bible opened across his lap. “This Book of Wisdom […]

McGee: Life in the not so fast lane

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Why is it that so many drivers break the law? I mean going faster than the speed limit? This came up as The Lady of the House and I rolled over that stretch of U.S. 84 between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner on Memorial Day. Our cruise control was set […]

Unpatriotic to renew Patriot Act

Freedom New Mexico W hen are Americans going to insist that their government start following the Constitution? Last Friday, Congress passed an extension of the misnamed USA Patriot Act, which severely breaches Americans’ Fourth Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” President […]

Fishing lessons need to be passed

A s I watched the end of my fishing pole start to dance instead of reacting quickly, I casually picked it up and reeled it in a few yards. I knew even before the pole started to wiggle it wasn’t a fish. It was a youngster’s line. I like to fish a lot and I’ve […]

Lawmaker briefs residents on legislative session

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Freedom New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Roch, a Republican from Texico, met with 50 Tucumcari residents on Sunday to answer questions about the 90-day legislative session, which ended on Saturday. Roch said the budget, which passed on a 35-34 vote in the house, was not popular. Roch voted against it. “The state is expecting $5.4 […]

Imaginations run wild too often

I was on the shuttle bus to pick up a rent car at the Denver Airport when we passed the giant rearing blue horse with glowing red eyes. On my bus were an oriental man and his child. They were tourists going skiing, so I deduced from their luggage. The boy exclaimed, “Daddy, what’s the […]

Breeding debate proves emotional

Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed in 111 […]

My turn: Wendel’s laws may not be passed

Unsuccessful proposed amendments to the Constitution have included forbidding religious leaders from holding public office (1876);

Safety city’s fireworks priority

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Safety is the priority this year, as fireworks vendors are set to sell the colorful explosives to area residents. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Inge said all fireworks stands have passed inspection. Some of the things Inge looks for during his inspections are: • Minimum age of the seller and […]

Portales past: June 30, 1910

June 30, 1910: Portales City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors. Violation carried a fine up to $100 and jail sentence up to 30 days.

My Turn: Uncle Nacho testament to biculturalism

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My uncle Ignacio passed away recently. Like many Hispanics with the same name, Ignacio was nicknamed “Nacho.” After moving to San Angelo, Texas, though, he suddenly became “Nash.” That was the name embroidered on his shirt. I laughed, but Uncle Nacho was serious. His co-workers called him Nash, and so […]

My turn: Comet didn’t cause panic

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If eastern New Mexico residents were concerned they would die when the earth passed through the tail of Halley’s comet 100 years ago this week, the mood was not reflected in the pages of the Roosevelt County Herald. The comet that appears once every 75 to 76 years was clearly visible in Portales’ skies, according […]

Laws, taxes siphoning people’s money

America Saves Week passed a couple of weeks ago. It was intended to raise awareness of the importance of putting a little money away for emergencies. The week went by with little notice, and it’s not surprising. Few people are saving money, and most say they aren’t able to. January’s personal savings rate was 3.3 […]

Senate passes protection bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The state Senate once again has passed a bill designed to protect government employees from retaliation for reporting official wrongdoing — something backers said Wednesday is long overdue in New Mexico. Sen. Sue Wilson-Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of Senate Bill 96, told fellow senators that had the bill been […]

United Way still taking donations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. United Way officials hope area residents continue to donate to help close the gap between current donations and the organization’s goal. Donations are at 76 percent of […]

Jan. 13, 1966

According to the Portales News-Tribune, six Portales plumbers passed tests Saturday for licenses under the Plumbing Administration Board. The tests were given in Albuquerque.

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Energy bill could raise utility rates

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Local electricity providers expect customer costs to go up if a proposed federal cap-and-trade climate legislation passes the U.S. Senate without changes. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which has a number of provisions to limit carbon emissions […]

6-9 ENMU Briefs

PNT staff Employee/Alumni Briefs Professor of Special Education Michael F. Shaughnessy has been asked to continue to serve on the Academic Advisory Board for Annual Editions: Educational Psychology. Eastern New Mexico University employee Sharon Cabeldue passed away Thursday. Cabeldue was the secretary for University Police for many years. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday […]

Counties await Richardson’s signature for capital outlay projects

Several area counties are waiting on the signature by Gov. Bill Richardson on Senate Bill 443, which passed with a 65-0 vote Saturday in the House. The bill will reauthorize and extend the time for several of the counties’ existing capital outlay projects, said Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros, D-Questa. In Curry County, the funds to […]