Immigration laws do little to deter illegal immigrants

Editorial We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, including identity […]

North Korea no reason to panic

Editorial We should know a great deal more in a few days and weeks about the underground blast in North Korea that is widely viewed as a test of a nuclear weapon. Supposed experts are still pondering the evidence of what seems to have been, from an initial analysis of the seismic data, a low-grade […]

Feds shouldn’t regulate oil fields

Editorial It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP problem and […]

Meth still problem in Curry County

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related use […]

Equipment failure caused ammonia leak at local plant

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer DairiConcepts plant officials said equipment malfunctioning caused the June 6 ammonia leak that forced the plant’s evacuation and sent two employees to a local hospital where they were treated and released. “We’ve identified the root cause of the problem,” Ed Steven, DairiConcepts’ site manager, said in a press release. […]

Constantly sending out prayers, a way of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist I believe one of the most important things we can do in life is to pray for others. … “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). I learned this in many years of working with children. The results were astounding. Before I closed my […]

Bill coming due soon on public pension crisis

Editorial When it comes to the mounting nationwide pension crisis, it’s best to follow the advice, “At first, do no harm.” Nationwide, unfunded public and private pension liabilities are at an unfathomable $800 billion. That’s the amount of benefits owed, beyond the funds available to pay them. USA Today reported last month that “taxpayers will […]

Darren Hooker runs for county sheriff

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Editor’s note: Darren Hooker is seeking the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Sheriff in the June 6 primary. He is running against Tom Gossett. Darren Hooker Age: 37 Wife: Cecily Background: Served as a military police officer from 1986 to 1996 and became certified in Santa Fe in 1996 for law enforcement in New Mexico. […]

Sheriff candidates square off in forum

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County sheriff candidates Tom Gossett and Darren Hooker addressed communication with the commissioners and dealing with staff shortages and meth problems in Roosevelt County during a candidate forum Thursday evening. Roosevelt County and the chamber of commerce sponsored the public forum. Gossett and Hooker are both Republicans meaning […]

Letters to the Editor April 5, 2006

Don’t ignore our own pork The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And then the Defense […]

PRMC gets time to respond before inspection is public

By Marlena Hartz New Mexico Department of Health officials did substantiate an allegation against Plains Regional Medical Center during a February inspection of the hospital. But federal regulations bind them from releasing their findings to the public expeditiously, according to David Rodriguez, chief of the Health, Facility, Licensing, and Certification Bureau. Rodriguez said “the public […]

Hiner shares views

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Eddie Hiner will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Jim Lee and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. […]

Ham preferred after turkey fiasco

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Cannon observes domestic violence awareness

Melanie Salazar, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Five new visitors are showing up around base this month, and while they don’t make a sound, each one makes a point. Of course, these aren’t your typical Cannon visitors — as the life-size figures, called silent witnesses, are made of plywood and painted bright red, each one […]

City develops action plan for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For some Portales residents, the current condition of the wastewater plant in the south part of the city — for lack of a better term — stinks. High nitrogen levels and a sludge buildup led to an unpleasant odor throughout the summer for many near the wastewater treatment plant. Matt […]

Portales residents can help battle meth epidemic

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis in America today. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department described the […]

Senator praises bipartisan energy effort

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Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor Editor’s Note: U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has been at the forefront of the recent national energy bill and the local effort to save Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici took time Tuesday afternoon to talk about those issues and how a coffee shop dare eventually landed him in the Senate. […]

Mexico: Not just a border; a whole world away

By Helena Rodriguez As I was walking through the streets of Merida, Yucatan, in Mexico recently, my feet blistered, my stomach churning wildly and aching for the tastes and comforts of home, I recalled the now not-so-funny words of comedian George Lopez. “Chicanos belong in the United States!” Those words rang in my ears as […]

Learning to do nothing takes effort

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I miss my friends! When does school start again?” No these are not the words of my teenage daughter less than 24 hours after schools in Portales let out for the summer. These are words I have been biting my tongue over, trying to […]

Local owners aim for new package store

By Tony Parra Danny Heflin of Danny Heflin Builders in Portales said he is looking to begin construction on a new liquor package store between three to six weeks. The liquor package store will be located at 1013 W. 2nd St., next to the new Dollar General store which opened up earlier this year. A […]