Business feature: Golf game leads to shop purchase

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer In August 2006, Joann Rackler bought Do Drop In. She opened the doors one month later. Rackler buys her produce from area stores. She said she’s always wanted to have a restaurant. Her story: Rackler’s husband was playing in a golf tournament with one of the former owners of [...]

It’s their job: Joann Rackler

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Joann Rackler Job: Owner of Do Drop In coffee shop Time on the job: Purchased the coffee shop in August 2006 and opened it in September 2006. Background: Rackler worked as a substitute in the Portales School District for 12 years. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. [...]

School board ready for mil levy election

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board members during a school board meeting on Monday unanimously approved a brochure informing Portales residents of how passing a mil levy in a February election will help the school district. The passage of the Public School Capital Improvements Tax will not increase tax rates because the [...]

Season of adversity ends for Ram football squad

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Glenn Johnson shared a saying with his seven seniors during the football season — adversity introduces a man to himself. Monday let him know the message stuck. “We had a team meeting today (Monday) and we let our seniors visit with the team,” Johnson said. “The most [...]

Schools plan to upgrade technology

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school district representatives are looking forward to an upgrade of the school’s technology in the way of improved phone lines, improved connectivity and faster Internet downloads with the help of the Yucca Telecommunications’ recently announced fiber-optic project. Randy Fowler, Portales School District superintendent, and school board members discussed the [...]

Online courses alternative to traditional classroom

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the school year neared its conclusion at Portales High School in May, administrators and teachers had a wood shop with sheet rock walls and a mission. Three months later, that mission is nearing its beginning. The sheet rock is still underneath, but the wood shop is now home to [...]

School looks to its future

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico legislators took a look at what could be the future of public education when they took a tour on Wednesday of facilities which will be used for the online courses at Portales High School. Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) and the senate majority leader, Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs) [...]

Board pleased with online traffic

By Tony Parra Portales Schools District Director of Technology Mike Rackler was pleased to report a good number of parents going on the school’s Web site to view their children’s grades during Tuesday’s school board meeting. Rackler said approximately 20 percent of the parents are viewing the weekly progress reports on their children who are [...]