Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, […]

Events Calendar July 4

Today Smoke on the Water — 3 p.m. Band performances. 9 p.m. fireworks. Green Acres Park in Clovis. Curry County Trade Days — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: 762-8827. Region IV Housing Board of Commissioners meeting — 11 a.m. 600 Mitchell Street. Information: 935-4444. Second annual Great Dairy Boat Race — 2-6 p.m. […]

Smoke clears county courthouse

PNT Staff The Roosevelt County Courthouse has been closed after smoke was seen coming out the top of the building. Lance Hill, a battalion chief with the Portales Fire Department, said officials believe a burned motor in the air conditioning unit caused the smoke.Hill said the courthouse will reopen later today, once the smoke is […]

Man in hospital after house fire

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man was taken to the Plains Regional Medical Center on Friday night for smoke inhalation after a fire burned through his mobile home. Michael De Mmon, a resident in the Hicks Trailer Estates trailer park on 314 West 14 St., said he smelled smoke around 8 p.m. and ran out […]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and […]

Reaction mixed to smoking ban

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Reaction by local business owners was mixed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s signing into law a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces. El Rancho Restaurant owner Rueben Garcia said he was OK with the ban. Even though the restaurant has a designated smoking section, it […]

Boring tax untapped revenue source

By Kevin Wilson I’m not what you’d call a 9-to-5 worker — maybe more like 4-to-1. It means a lot of late nights, whether I’m working or not. It also means near-midnight snack runs — like a few nights ago at the Wendy’s pick-up window, and the drive-through cashier apologized because the printer was broken […]

Portales restaurants trending smoke-free

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Restaurant smoking sections are diminishing throughout the country. Although neither the state nor Portales has any ban disallowing smoking yet, some local restaurant owners are getting a head start on the trend. In May the Wagon Wheel restaurant let customers take a poll on whether to keep or ban […]

Local weather prognosticator says spring will be active

By Marlena Hartz Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising from a bonfire told him so. It blew eastward across the cloudy, morning sky, then trailed westward and disappeared. Crim, 70, has […]

Hospital bans tobacco

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property in attempt to promote a culture of health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials […]