County officials look to boost local economy

By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer One of two Roosevelt County Commissioners being sworn into office Monday has already set a hefty agenda. Republican David Sanders says his top priorities are fixing overcrowding at the county jail, attracting new business and getting the county to go green. “One of our major concerns is the jail […]

The $80,000 question: Whose is it?

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Whose $80,000 is it anyway? The city of Tucumcari says it is theirs. Quay County says they asked for it first. At stake is $80,000 appropriated to “Tucumcari in Quay County” during the last state legislative session, City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland said the city asked for the […]

Tucumcari man “very, very lucky” to survive train accident

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man who was hit by a train two weeks ago says he “didn’t see the darn train,” and that he’s a very lucky man. “The doctors and everybody say I am very, very lucky,” said Isaac Pacheco, Jr., 46. Pacheco who is at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo was interviewed by […]

Xcel seeks to increase rates

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy wants to raise electric rates 5.1 percent in New Mexico, a move the utility says would increase the average customer’s bill about $9 a month. Xcel filed its rate request Thursday with the state Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said if approved, the increase would […]

Hounds get set for No. 4 Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior nose guard Ronald Green says he enjoys a challenge, and he’ll get one in Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott when the teams open Lone Star Conference South Division play today at Blackwater Draw. The Wildcats (3-0), No. 4 in NCAA Division II, feature […]

Finance manager says Curry County fiscally sound

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Citing good fiscal health, Curry County Finance Manager Mark Lansford told county commissioners Friday the county has built

Plant of the century

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This pair of Century plants in the Kirby Tally yard on Yucca Drive recently bloomed. The blooming occurs infrequently but when it does the stalks shoot up 10-14 feet in a short time. Tally says that they’ve had other Century plants bloom but this is the first time they’ve had two at one time. He […]

Rural Water Authority chair says Ute pipeline must be built somehow

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Shafer expected tough decisions

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer After 34 years in city politics, former Portales Mayor D.K. Shafer, jokingly says he’s now a “has been” in local government. The recently retired councilor has had his share of battles over the years. “When Portales was dry for a long time and then became wet in the 1980s, […]

Area residents sound off on health care issues

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek does not advocate gun control. That is a political issue. She says she is concerned about the people issue. New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for teen suicides, losing one person a day. “When we live in a state that is so diverse, […]

City race plays out Tuesday

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales voters will have choices to make in two of the four open city council seats in Tuesday’s municipal election. Alfredo Bachicha Jr., incumbent in Ward A and Donald K. Shafer, incumbent in Ward C are both running unopposed. Incumbent Gary Watkins is facing challenger Michael Martinez in Ward […]

Trainer seeks horse, rider in harmony

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Michael Richardson has been at ease working with horses from a young age but a life-changing event completely reshaped his approach to interacting with horses and launched a career working with horse lovers. Richardson, a paraplegic horse trainer from Hico, Texas, taught two seminars Tuesday entitled �Enlightened Horsemanship� at […]

Remembering the days of radio

In the olden days folks who lived in the boonies didn’t have many formal entertainment choices. We could see a movie in town on shopping day, usually Saturday. The local theater kept the same movie a couple of weeks, so except for the Saturday afternoon serials (that always ended with a cliffhanger to get us […]

Hot supper, cool bowl

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Some like it hot — others just like it tasty. Either way, members of the Portales High School Art Club plan to have chili-lovers’ tastes covered at the fifth annual Chili Cookoff Feb. 22 at Portales High School Cafeteria. The event started as a way for art students to […]

Fire marshal’s report: Explosion accidental

PNT Staff Report The state fire marshal’s office says a natural gas explosion in a Portales home that killed a 91-year-old woman was accidental. Clytie Calton died at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital Jan. 26 — three days after she was injured in the blast at her home on South Avenue I Place. The office says […]

Little country church

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s just a little country church. But for those few left who grew up in the mostly vanished community of Inez, memories of Christmas gatherings and summers with “dinner-on-the-grounds” linger. The memories and the little church itself may now outlive the farm families who attended services there — the […]

Breakfast program considered success

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A program that provides free breakfast in the classroom for grades K-5 is two years old in Portales and popular with students, teachers and administrators. Participation statewide in the program has grown statewide to the point where New Mexico now tops the list of states in a report on […]

Farm bill passes Senate again

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Flying J Wranglers to perform in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales is in for a little Christmas spirit this Friday — the cowboy way. The Roosevelt County Farm and Livestock Bureau is sponsoring the Flying J Wranglers Christmas Show for the second year, according to RCFLB President Matt Rush. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Memorial […]

Former ENMU student returns to speak of embedded work

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In his 50s, photojournalist Jim Spiri didn’t have to go to Iraq to fulfill a commitment to an employer. He made up his mind to do it on his own, in his own way. “I felt compelled to share what the average soldier does today,” Spiri said from his […]