Their view: Hispanics give more than fair share

And here’s another response to Geni Flores’ commentary in the July 11 PNT. This comes from Portales’ Kirby Rowan:

Veterans share thoughts on Fourth of July

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Because it is the Fourth of July. The Portales News-Tribune asked several local veterans what Independence Day means to them. What follows are a variety of perspectives from five people who sacrificed and speak from heart-felt experience.

Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases […]

City officials share proposals for meeting Portales’ future water needs

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The expansion of Cannon AFB and the city budget were discussed during Tuesday’s chat with city officials, but water issues flooded most of the meeting. City officials shared with citizens several proposals to address the city’s long-term water supply needs. Portales Mayor Sharon King said Portales is currently self […]

Local veterans recall Korean War

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Words of wisdom: Kindergartners share thoughts on school year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Kindergarten provides the strong foundation for education, a Portales kindergarten teacher said. “That’s where they learn their alphabet so they can read, numbers so that they can count, social skills so that they can be good citizens,” Brown Early Childhood Center teacher Lynne Walker said. Fellow teacher Erin Mitchell […]

My turn: Facebook friends share doggie memories

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Maxie the dog started out a failure. She was fired by the Houston Highway Patrol. “She was supposed to go crazy when she found drugs,” said Valerie Knoeber Hunt, a 1994 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “But in that respect she’s more of a live-and-let-live personality.” Maxie became the best dog Hunt said she’s ever […]

Volunteer profile: Melveta B. Walker

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Name: Melveta B. Walker Residence: Portales Occupation: Director of Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library Volunteer work: Friends of Portales Public Library, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and the ENMU Foundation board. Why she does it: Walker believes she is fortunate to get an education at ENMU and wants to share the resources it […]

Local pastors share plans for Easter sermons

The Portales News-Tribune has spoken to local pastors to provide a cross-section of their Easter sermons.

My turn: We all share connection

Besides not having to ask our parents for the car, a rare recompense of aging might be increased awareness of our commonality. Much of my youth was spent discovering core values among the discards. The journey included divergent jobs, cultures, revelries, religious, political, philosophical and scientific ideas. People in my profession seldom become wealthy. I’ve […]

N.M. dairies to share nearly $3 million

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Farm Service Agency says it will issue nearly $3 million in payments to dairy farmers in New Mexico. The payments will be made through the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program. Eligible producers will receive a one-time direct payment based on the amount of milk both produced and commercially marketed […]

Graduating students share plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Almost 230 students are getting ready to walk across the stage and into the next stage of their lives Saturday. At Eastern New Mexico University’s fall commencement, 40 master’s degree candidates and 188 bachelor’s degree candidates are set to graduate, said university President Steven Gamble. Julia Tucker is one […]

Education feature: Students share class feast with family

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Twenty students in the first grade and ingredients for enough Thanksgiving dinners to feed three families — that’s Steiner Elementary School teacher Marea Smith’s recipe for a class feast. For seven years, since she began teaching at first grade, Smith has led her students in making Thanksgiving dishes from […]

Clovis residents share weight loss successes

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Kimmie Davis has done it all. She got married, raised a family, went back to school to finish her degree. She did boy scouts and sporting events. “I did everything but take care of me,” Davis said. A month and 9 and 3/4 a pounds later, Davis is on […]

Chaplain: Conversation my job

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Capt. Chaplain Kyle Roehrig jokes with 1st Sgt. Eric Butt during a visit to the Cannon Air Force Base medical group building. Roehrig often drops in on units he’s assigned to so he can be visible and supportive. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections For an Air Force chaplain, life involves […]

Portales in line for stimulus funds

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales are getting in line for their share of almost $40 million in stimulus money about to be distributed in New Mexico. New Mexico is set to receive the federal stimulus money to improve water quality, drinking water infrastructure and sewage treatment systems. Municipalities have until Monday […]

Athletes share umbrella of suspicion

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM columnist I should have thrown on a DVD. It’s the only way my TV could have avoided it. Sports channel to news channel alike, Saturday’s big news was that New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was one of 104 players on an anonymous list to test positive for performance enhancing drugs […]

Former skeptic will share findings on faith

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A scientist who became a Christian after finding evidence he felt logically supported the faith is scheduled to speak Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church. Don Bierle, who earned a doctorate in biology and worked as a researcher and professor for 25 years, is set to talk about scientific, […]

Cannon airmen share experiences with students

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Capt. Nathan Scott of the 73rd Special Operation Squadron said one of the scariest operations he’s experienced was flying over Afghanistan as insurgent forces shot at his plane. He said flying the bodies of fallen soldiers was one of the most sobering experiences of his career. “It means a whole […]

Readers weigh in on coming elections

Obama campaign damaging to America I am a proud American. I believe in God, family and country. Our country was founded on these principles and provided us with freedom and the liberty to choose the path we desire to follow. Here in our area we have wonderful people who love and care for each other […]