Earmarks not going away anytime soon

Freedom New Mexico During his hot-blooded adolescence, while grappling with the urgency of conversion and the pleasures of the flesh, St. Augustine, of the famous “Confessions,” is said to have prayed: “Lord, grant me chastity and self-control — but not just yet.” President Obama may have uttered something similar to himself last week, as he […]

Editorial: Emissions cap will cost more than offer help

The Environmental Protection Agency soon will determine whether greenhouse gases endanger humanity and, if so, begin regulating their emission. We suspect it’s a foregone conclusion. President Barack Obama, in last week’s address to Congress, reiterated his campaign promise to impose greenhouse gas regulations that effectively would shut down coal-powered energy plants, conceding that “electricity rates […]

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Nov. 30, 1967

The Floyd school building was to be fully heated by natural gas for the first time by evening, tapping into the new $1.25 million inter-community gas system. Melrose and Ft. Sumner were soon to follow.

Local Briefs Nov. 9

PNT Staff Reports Elk licenses available soon A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season.Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the state Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us […]

Grassfire mostly contained

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. Bridges said the fire burned about 2,000 acres of grassland and some firefighters remained on the scene watching for hot spots. The suspected cause of the blaze […]

Voters deserve real life scenarios

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When Barack Obama was in his neighborhood, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher said he wanted to buy a business, and it could be subject to a tax increase should Obama be president. He asked why Obama wanted to tax him, and Obama answered the question. Soon after, Obama and John McCain debated, […]

Signs are there, withdrawl in Iraq should begin soon

Editorial It couldn’t come soon enough. President Bush agreed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday to a “general time horizon” to have Iraqis take control of their own security, and thus reduce U.S. forces in Iraq. President Bush finally responded days after the initial overture by the prime minister, who let it be […]

School lets out today

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Almost as soon as school bells ring for the final time today — signaling the official beginning of summer vacation in Portales — gates to the city swimming pool open to the public. According to Shelly McConnell, head of the city Recreation Department, general admission prices at the swimming […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, we’re not raising animals, […]

Press malfunction delays deliveries, limits color

Ray Sullivan: Publisher To our readers: Early this morning , major press problems occurred just as the night crew was printing today’s Portales and Clovis papers. It was soon followed by another mechanical problem, so we printed the papers in black and white for today. We apologize to our customers whose papers were delivered late, […]

Minister’s miniatures

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Jeff and Eloise Symonds say Portales and the First United Methodist Church, where he recently became the minister, are an ideal size. He calls both small enough to be really friendly, but large enough to provide conveniences and help do the work of the church and make life enjoyable. […]

Nov. 10 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Nov. 1 was an eventful day at Milnesand. There was a fire department meeting that afternoon and all was going well until Barbara and Wiley Teel were getting around for the meeting. Barbara was not feeling well so Wiley left to go on the meeting and she was to follow (at least […]

Oct. 20 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael These cool days are a good reminder that winder is on its way. The ice on Johnny Piaz’s car top Thursday morning was thick enough that he said he could not just wipe it off. Farmers are thankful it didn’t seem to stop the milo from maturing, but it served as a […]

April 28 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Farmers are getting peanut and cotton seed ready to plant as soon as the ground warms up enough. The corn that was planted a week or so ago should be up by now and will be showing across the plowed beds soon. Commodities trip I took the commodities to the Country Junction […]

FTCS News

Raffle We are currently selling raffle tickets for a county bench. The tickets are $1 each, and proceeds go toward the arts department at FTCS. All students are selling tickets. Sports The Faith Triumphant Conquerors take on Amherst today at 4:30 p.m. at Conqueror Field. Admission to the game is $4 for adults and $2 […]