My turn: Meals on Wheels director retiring

Around 11 a.m. every weekday, rain or shine, three or four volunteers enter the kitchen doors at Heartland Continuing Care, and emerge moments later carrying stacks of insulated trays, coolers of milk and juice, and notebooks directing them on a treasure hunt throughout Portales. The treasures in this case are the local recipients of Meals […]

Impeachment process should be used more

E ssential to liberty is the separation of powers among the three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. As America’s founders established it, too much power exercised by one branch is supposed to be checked by the other two branches. That balance of powers has been brought up in the Republican […]

Weather information good to have

Thank the powers that control cable TV for the weather channel. No, I am serious. Because of those powers, whoever they may be, we know how to plan our post Thanksgiving weekend. As I type this, it is a chilly 33 degrees outside and I have been dreading the concept of hanging the lights tomorrow. […]

Give people power to govern selves

Tibor Machan I have been writing in favor of gridlocks for some time, at least as a second-best option to the one where the government is in the hands of an administration committed to limited powers. I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome last week that sent Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, among others, back to […]

Volunteer profile: Fayrene Powers

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Name: Fayrene Powers Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Chairwoman of Meals on Wheels Why she does it: “I grew up in Floyd,” Powers said. “We were farmers, and we learned to help others. As a Christian, I have the responsibility to help make the world a better place by doing whatever I can. I’ve done […]

Ute project could start as early as 2011

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Construction on the Ute Water Project is projected to begin as early as next year with completion slated by 2019, according to the Eastern New Mexico Water Rural Authority. During a presentation to the Curry County Commission, officials laid out a timeline for the Ute Water Project and set […]

It’s their job: Teacher says children most enjoyable part of job

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Caron Powers is a second-grade teacher at James Elementary School. Background: Powers grew up in Carlsbad and came to Portales to attend college at Eastern New Mexico University. After college she commuted from Portales to Morton, Texas, where she taught for one year before being hired at the Portales Municipal Schools system. She is married […]

Portales historian honored

By Ruth Burns: FNM correspondent Rose Powers White has been chosen to be honored by a Historic Marker for her tireless dedication to preserving the history of the early days on the plains of Eastern New Mexico. Rosalie Pierce Powers was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1894 to Neville and Stephen Powers. She […]

Late local historian honored

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative is set to honor Rose Powers White, historian of the Portales area’s early days of settlement, with a historic roadside marker. A dedication and reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 30 at the Portales Public Library. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will speak. Ruth […]

Joint powers agreement, budget top city agenda

PNT staff report The city of Portales is expected to renew a Joint Powers Agreement with Portales Municipal Schools — part of a general agreement to share athletic facilities — at today’s Portales City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Portales High School baseball and softball fields, as […]

Editorial: Holidays takes root in trimph over powers

Easter and Passover, signal celebrations in Christianity and Judaism, are linked through the calendar and through long tradition. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that they show other kinships, including some that might be surprising to some who are merely passive believers. The most striking similarity is that both holidays represent liberation from and triumph […]

Super powers won’t make me hero

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist I’m not a conventional superhero. I battled my adversary verbally. My adversary, a very cute girl, asked me something I’ve always dreamed a very cute girl would ask me: “If you could be a superhero, which one and why?” Keep in mind, I got asked this question as […]

President should work inside bounds of Constitution

One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and other legislation and nominating […]

Portales golf has state title in mind

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales senior golfer Jefferson Powers didn’t hesitate when asked how the Rams would do this season. “We’re going to win state,” Powers said. The Ram golfers nearly hit that mark last year, claiming runner-up status to Socorro. According to Portales boys coach Patrick Crowley, the Rams course management cost […]

Raid on Congressman’s office questionable but not unconstitutional

Editorial A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit overwrought. […]

Bush’s use of signing statements presidential powers cop-out

Editorial It has long been viewed as an anomaly, even a curiosity, that President Bush, who has been more jealous of the powers and prerogatives of the presidency than any recent inhabitant of that office, has not used his power to veto a single law passed by Congress. Recent surveys of his use of what […]

Celebrating Law Day

Courtesy Cannon Legal Office Congress has declared Monday as “Law Day,” a day for all Americans to celebrate the practice of law and justice. In 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed Law Day to strengthen the heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. In 1961 a joint resolution of Congress designated the first day […]

Timeripper: Preventer of social errors

By Kevin Wilson I ask a lot of questions to people around the city — it goes with the territory. But every once in a while, I get a question thrown back at me. A few weeks ago, I was more than prepared to answer. The question is one we ask our Personality Plus subjects […]

Officials reassure residents

Mike Linn New Mexico health officials told a group of Portales senior citizens about the symptoms and dangers of West Nile Virus, then tried to persuade the group that they had nothing to worry about. Nelson Powers, an entomologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, gave a 45-minute presentation about the mosquito-transmitted virus Tuesday […]

Golden Acres celebrating 25 years

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Mike Linn Four ladies enthusiastically eyed their dominoes on Monday afternoon at the Golden Acres community room. A fly swatter, or “a weapon,” rested at the table on which they play. Behind them were two walkers Golden Acres resident Thelma Chambers jokingly referred to as “our Cadillacs.” The reality of their gaming oasis was merely […]