America provides the ‘Home of the Free’ to the brave

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when he […]

Portales fails to pass state tests

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools for the second year in a row failed to meet basic requirements for student academic performance and participation. The school district did however showing improvements in reading in a majority of the student subgroups measured. Portales failed to meet the federally mandated “adequate yearly progress” for […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]

Ute Water Project body wants to illustrate future without project

By Tony Parra CLOVIS — The governing body of the Ute Water Project hopes this spring to have an analysis that would show what would happen if the project is not completed. Clovis Mayor and Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairman David Lansford told the project’s engineering consultants that meetings to distribute federal funds […]

Jan. 12 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Leon Harvey; Jake Buzard; Chet Chenault; Don Beard. Anniversaries: There are no anniversaries this week. Please contact me if you want to have your special day listed. Upcoming events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • There will be no school Monday in observance of Martin Luther […]

Dec. 5 Elida School News

Theatre groups often have special traditions that take place after the performances and the show is struck (scenery is disassembled). And the junior drama class at Elida Municipal Schools is no exception. Ron Thorne, the play director, had his own special way of “putting the show away” at a cast party that was held at […]

June 16 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions There are no birthdays or anniversaries this week. That’s unlikely. Please call or email me if you would like to have these special dates in your family in the Floyd News. Upcoming Events • 4-H will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. Back Porch Pickers If anyone is […]

May 12 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Sunday was a beautiful day for everyone celebrating Mother’s Day — even those spending the day inside. There were some mothers visiting families in Dora and Dora Mothers traveling around visiting their “younguns” and families. Ivy Allison was out from Portales visiting with her daughter, Laqueda Chavez and family, and came with […]

May 5 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael May is Osteoporosis Month and also Women’s Health Care Month. National Day of Prayer Thursday is National Day of Prayer. Our special prayers for our military, regardless of where they are, but especially those who are serving in Iraq: for God’s hedge of protection on them and those working there in the […]

Family remembers special loved one

By Michelle Seeber Tamara Smart Smith, 28, who lived in Portales the last year-and-a-half of her life, was the mother of a daughter, Hailey Towler, of Artesia. She was a friend to her “special sisters, Misty, Sunnidae and Sandy Taylor” and to her “special mother,” Mary. But most of all, she was happy, family members […]