Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. I […]

Mondragon tapped by governor for N.M. Partnership

Freedom Newspapers Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR – Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the New Mexico Partnership. A former Clovis police chief and city manager, Mondragon represents Region 4 —Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding and Union counties — for […]

Excuses for playing hooky listed

By Helena Rodriquez When it comes to playing hooky from work or school, the names of pros come to mind: Laverne & Shirley and Farris Bueller. Granted these are fictional characters who went through more trouble than it was worth to treat themselves to a day off. I think we can all get away with […]

McCulloch banks on background in Senate run

Compiled by Andy Jackson The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical […]

Clinton photo-op has its hazards

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I sat down at a meeting across the conference table from my friend Chris Kelsey that day in 2001, I could tell he was excited about something as he asked if I had received his news release. I said no, what’s up? “Bill Clinton’s going to play a […]

Santa gets help from naughty editor

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’ve never had the chance to do it here in Portales, but each Christmas season I set aside one column to help Santa Claus with a few ideas for some of our favorite public figures. Being so close to the news and the newsmakers, I think I can maybe lend […]

Keep children’s safety in mind near school bus stops

School bus safety should be a concern for all. Amn. Thomas Trower It’s time for kids to be out at the bus stops again. While standing at the bus stop might not seem like a hazardous activity, according to an 8th Air Force safety message, each year throughout the United States many children are injured […]

Truant students could lose driving privileges

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico students who frequently skip school could lose their driving privileges and even be arrested under a new truancy law. The new statute gives more leverage to the state in situations where the parents of a student age 15 or older are doing their part to get their child to […]

Car purchase an adventure in itself

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Two people with one car can drive a person nuts. What about those times my wife has to use the car? Yes, she can drop me off at work and pick me up when it’s time to go home, but what if she can’t be there? Then I’m forced into […]

May 18 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The Dora and Rogers areas were thankful for the half inch or so of moisture over the weekend. It sure was a blessing instead of dust and breezy weather. I don’t know if our dry land farmers will have enough to plant some on or they will need to wait. The wheat […]

May 11 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael On this Monday it is sure a sign warm weather is here, not that isn’t to say there won’t be a cooler spell or so yet. If it stays this warm there will surely be some garden seed and tomato plants out before many days. Sympathy Opal Terry passed away at her […]

Paper collecting for Empty Stocking Fund

PNT Staff The Portales News-Tribune is teaming up with the Salvation Army again this year to help make sure needy families have a good Christmas. Each day, beginning on Thanksgiving and running through Christmas Eve, the stories needy families report to the Salvation Army will be printed — with names changed to protect privacy — […]

Sept. 8 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Rose Hill Ranch There is usually an annual Rose Hill Ranch Gospel Meeting in the Milnesand area, however, due to the extended dry weather they have not had it for the past two years. So, since the Lord has blessed us with good rains and things are so green there should be […]

Aug. 29 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael The enrollment in the Dora School is growing as days pass. It sure is nice to see new faces in the cafeteria at noon and equally as nice to see all our returning familiar students. Fair Week You can sure tell it’s the week of our County Fair with so many students […]

Back to school coming soon

By Helena Rodriguez I interrupt this long, hot summer for some important breaking news. It’s urgent, more pressing than our current national security code level. It commands your full attention. It’s back-to-school time! Back-to-school time! Back to school! In case you missed it, “School! School! School!” Only 28 shopping days until school starts in Portales […]

May 19 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Young crops are coming up all over the irrigated area. The dry land wheat is showing stress from being so dry and hot the past two or so weeks. Merricks Hank and Marcella Merrick of Causey have a grandson in Iraq now. I was talking to Hank a few days ago and […]

Mom’s days of being the tax lady are finally over

Helena Rodriguez Just when I had come to think the only things definite in life are death, taxes, long lines at Wal-Mart, Dick Clark, American Idol, the Dallas Cowboys making the Super Bowl at least once a decade and Mom being firmly planted on the couch doing taxes for other people up until Midnight on […]

Local reaction to Bush’s State of the Union address

“I thought it was an excellent speech myself. I thought he covered a lot of the things the folks in the United States are concerned about and would like to hear the president’s thoughts on. That’s the best speech I’ve ever seen him give. He used to kind of pause a little bit and fidget […]

Greyhound mascot needs a replacement

Bob Huber It’s Christmas time again, and I’ve found a unique gift for my favorite college student. I’m providing her with a new mascot for her university. I’ll bet your favorite students are tired of jokes about their mascot too. You see, my student’s athletic teams are the “Greyhounds,” a bony, bald canine suitable only […]

Scanlan and staff prepare for annual camps

By Kevin Wilson Sometimes less is more, but not so at the Eastern New Mexico University team camps. Shawn Scanlan, the men’s basketball coach at ENMU, is expecting a small, but understandable decline in teams at this year’s camps, which run June 15-28. The camp has grown from 35 teams since Scanlan first ran it […]