My turn: Forget being practical

I went to see the new Harry Potter movie last weekend and for those of you Portales residents who haven’t gone yet, what are you waiting for? I mean, it’s Harry Potter! Okay, so the 9-year-old in me never completely faded away. Like many others, I am a Harry Potter groupie and devotedly go to […]

Expect same from GOP congress

Eastern New Mexico residents who fear the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean a loss of benefits probably needn’t worry. Despite all the rhetoric to that effect, the Grand Old Party traditionally has shown a grand old habit for maintaining and even expanding services — and debt — as have the […]

Operational readiness exercise ongoing

Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base will be conducting an operational readiness exercise until Oct. 29, according to a news release. The release said the exercise began Wednesday. Residents on or near the base may notice increased activity, use of the public address system and may hear sirens and simulated explosions, the release said. […]

Residents voice emissions regulation opposition

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Sharna Johnson Emissions regulations proposed by the state environmental department brought out strong opposition from area residents and leaders during a Thursday hearing in Clovis. Comments documented during a six-hour hearing held at the Civic Center will be relayed to the state Environmental Improvement Board. Numerous residents, business representatives and elected officials trickled in and […]

Residents express concern over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]

Their view: Rep. Crook opposes proposed emissions cap

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, is encouraging area residents to attend next week’s meeting of the State Environment Air Quality Bureau to oppose efforts to impose a strict cap on greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting is set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. Here’s a snippet from a letter Crook and other […]

Longtime Roosevelt County residents honored

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Jared Tucker Bluegrass music and an array of food followed the presentation of this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer Awards at the Roosevelt County Fair. Lifelong Roosevelt County residents Joe Blair and Melvin and Marie Littlejohn were all chosen as this year’s award recipients. Blair, a WWII veteran and recipient of the 2008 Portales citizen of […]

Administration must be careful with personal data

Freedom New Mexico Immigration activists are rightly starting to rethink their trust of the Obama administration. They have good reason: This administration has been more active in pursuing and deporting illegal residents than its immediate predecessors. Those advocates might, however, be a bit too sensitive about one recent development. People are voicing alarm that the […]

Residents to take advantage of tax-free weekend

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Jared Tucker New Mexico’s Tax Free Weekend Aug. 6-8 is very popular among consumers like Portales resident Monica Delgado. Delgado says this will be the second consecutive year she’s taken advantage of the holiday, and said last year she saved a bundle of cash when her youngest of two children started school. “I would guess […]

My turn: Start making preparations for big game season

Clarence Plank Big game season will be cranking up in the next couple of months for New Mexico residents. Here are some tips to help you prepare: • Always check out the place you want to go hunting, even if it’s someplace you’ve been to many times before. Some private owners could have changed their […]

Portales Past: July 6, 1960

July 6, 1960: Causey residents were reporting 8.9 inches of rain had fallen on the community since July 1. Portales was reporting 3.93 inches for the month after an overnight drenching.

Officials advise fireworks caution

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Recent moisture will help make this fireworks season safer but officials still caution residents to know the law and use care. Especially as Independence Day draws closer. Fireworks restrictions in the city are the most stringent. All fireworks that go airborne or make noise are prohibited. City ordinance eliminates many […]

Legal process complicates border security

Freedom New Mexico Many see border security as a simple issue: just stop people from coming across, and let those who try to come illegally suffer the consequences. The fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, however, shows the deceptive complexities underlying the issue. Sergio Adrian Hernandez, described as 15 […]

Segment of Curry County road closed for repairs

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Road Department has temporarily closed a segment of Curry Road C between Curry Roads 16 and 17 due to damage from inclement weather. A repair is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Area residents are urged to seek an alternate route. Information: Road Superintendent Chris Pacheco: 762-1501.

Fundraiser for fireworks

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales residents Kaitlyn Robertson, 3, and her mother Michele Robertson are working to raise money for a fireworks display at the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash. Along with other friends, the duo are putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale Saturday at Wal-Mart. Robertson, a Roosevelt County […]

Portales past: June 8, 1910

June 8, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald encouraged area residents to clean up their properties. “The streets of a town can be made scrupulously clean in a very short time,” the paper reported, “and it is a condition to be desired now at this season of the year, as it would cause Mr. Fly to […]

Residents honor fallen soldiers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales residents remembered the fallen Monday. The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the local American Legion post held separate Memorial Day ceremonies at the Portales Cemetery. The UDC ceremony began with the dedication of a headstone for Confederate veteran George W. Wood. “We are grateful for the records […]

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 […]

Portales Past: May 20, 1960

May 20, 1960: Rural residents were being invaded by Miller moths. Residents reported they were leaving lights and television sets off at night in efforts to keep the Millers away.

Portales Past: May 3, 1945

May 3, 1945: Area residents learned of the death of Capt. Laverne Nicklas of Dora. He was serving with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army when he was killed in action in Germany on April 16, The Portales Daily News reported.