Nation’s drug policies must be reconsidered

Editorial We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching that same [...]

Snakes on the plains

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer It appears snake encounters by residents inside Portales city limits are on the rise. “We’re having more (calls) this year than in the past,” said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. During the year, the department does receive a few snake calls, but the number has been higher this year. [...]

Portales remembers fallen warriors

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A respectful silence fell over the crowd as members of the American Legion Post 31 raised the American flag to half mast in honor of those who have given the utmost sacrifice for the United States. The raising of the flag was a small part of the 61st Memorial [...]

Graduation prompts mixed emotions

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eighteen-year-old senior Isaiah Dawson has faced a few challenges on his path to graduation. In four years, he had attended five different high schools, three in Albuquerque, then Clovis and Portales, he said. “I’ve just been bouncing around,” Dawson said. Dawson, along with, 141 of his Portales High School [...]

Area seniors look forward to graduation

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The final countdown has begun as area seniors prepare for graduation ceremonies that are set to take place over the coming weekend. Originally not a believer of the old adage that time flies …, Elida senior Tanner Burrows has learned that it actually does as he prepares to graduate [...]

Board honors past members

PNT Staff Report Past Portales Municipal School Board members will be honored with a new plaque displayed in the board room. Michael Terry, principal at James Elementary, updated the board on the progress for the updated board member wall at Monday’s board meeting. Terry showed off the new plaque, created by Clyde Powell, which shows [...]

Mornings provide sense of peace

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer As children, my sister Becky, my aunt Paula and I competed to see who could rise the earliest. In college, the competition turned into who slept the latest. Now, I’m back to being an early bird. These are the cycles we go through in life. Of course I can’t [...]

A century to celebrate

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Red, white and blue decorations filled the pavilion as several generations of Roosevelt County families and community members gathered to celebrate 100 years of fairs in Roosevelt County Friday at the fairgrounds. “It’s an important part of our history,” said Tim Allison, event organizer and fairboard member .“The fairs [...]

Weed out the negativity in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My husband bought me a present … a weed eater. In fact he bought me three. He finally found one that I can start all by myself. Now I can “weed eat” any time I want to do so. He’s glad because he doesn’t have to crank up the [...]

Obituaries for April 20, 2006

Mary Lou Combs Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Portales Cemetery Mary Lou Combs, 66, of Lake Charles, La., died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at her residence. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Chickasha, Okla. She grew up in Portales and made her home here until 1992, when she moved to Cameron, La. She recently [...]