Concerts

Freedom Newspapers June 23 — Beck, Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque 24 — Bellamy Brothers, Curry County Fairgrounds July 2 — Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band, Sandia Resorts and Casino Albuquerque, 883-7800 4 — Ozzfest 2006, featuring System of A Down, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, 246-8742 August 10 — Los Lonely Boy, Sandia Resorts and […]

PAT going for Mondays, too

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer More than 450 passengers used the Portales Area Transit System in May, according to city officials. “We’re really pleased with how things are going,” Portales City Manager Debi Lee said. “Everything is positive. Some of the seniors found out that they could get rides through our senior program for […]

Good mothers are nurturing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I gained a greater appreciation for my mom and the upbringing she provided this week. It wasn’t from anything she did for me this week it came from an experience that showed me just how blessed I’ve been compared to some youngsters growing up today. I had the opportunity […]

CASA helping at-risk clients one child at a time

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By Karl Terry It’s a special volunteer job, dealing with children with special problems. Officials say there is a need for more people to get involved with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children program. The program serves children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Many times their parents are in and out […]

Chipped pipe may have been to blame

By Tony Parra Debi Lee, Portales city manager, informed city councilors that water department officials believe the failure of the water pipe which caused a water outage on Feb. 18 was because it was chipped when the pipe was placed in 1992. Lee said that over time the chip turned into a crack and it […]

Community Service Center drops transit service in city’s lap

By Tony Parra Portales Area Transit system will have a new operator next month. Community Services Center will end its affiliation with the bus system on March 24, its Executive Director Pam O’Malley announced in a press release. O’Malley said the reason was because the city wanted to run the PAT system. The city of […]

Paper ballot bill among those clearing Legislature in final hours

By Susan Montoya The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers approved a flurry of bills in the final hours of the session that ended Thursday, including a measure that would impact voters across the state by requiring all counties to use paper ballot systems. Voters would fill in spaces on the ballots for the candidates […]

Seniors speak out on reduced transit service

By Tony Parra Several community members voiced their displeasure about the Portales Area Transit system not giving rides on Mondays during a public forum on Tuesday. Twila Hurley of the Portales Area Transit system said they stopped giving rides on Mondays approximately a year ago because of rising gasoline prices and budget constraints. “I don’t […]

Columnist wants turn at trough

By Kevin Wilson We’re about to embark on another state legislative session, and I have a way to help. The debate that is raging deals with the rather significant sum of $529 million. That is the approximate amount of new revenue available for our elected representatives to use for 2006. Some in the House and […]

Portales Area Transit to receive new van

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Area Transit system will be getting a new 15-passenger van this month thanks to $25,083 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office, the City of Portales will be receiving $25,083 to support public transportation in Portales. The Portales […]

XBox marks the spot for holiday shopping headaches

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For Heidi Foshee, it seemed like the emptiest promise she would ever make. “It was a deal between us,” she said of the pact between her and 13-year-old son Michael Foshee. “If he could cut grass and save $200, I told him I would wait in line for 12 […]

States launching animal identification system

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Branding has long identified a farm animal’s owner. Now New Mexico ranching industry leaders are finding ways to track their animals with advances in technology, such as the National Identification System in its early stages within the state. The Tri-National Animal Health and Identification Consortium recently launched a pilot series […]

Perhaps America has had too much civilizing

Freedom Newspapers In mid-April of each year, anyone with more than a modest income must make a reckoning with the federal and state governments. Most of us groan about it, but how often do we contemplate why we must pay such high taxes — which for most people range from 40 percent to 50 percent […]

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional for those under 18

Freedom Newspapers Civilization has developed an imperfect but constructive system for transitioning error-prone children to responsible adulthood: We designate by law at what ages young people are designated partly and then fully responsible for their actions. Sixteen-year-olds can drive, but not vote or sign contracts. At 18 they are generally recognized as full adults, though […]

Commissioners dispute where road funds should go

By Tony Parra In his last meeting as a District 2 commissioner Chad Davis made his presence felt. Davis, the outgoing commissioner for District 2, proposed an amendment to change the way each district is funded for road repairs from state legislators and the state highway department. Newly elected David Sanders will be the District […]

City council recognizes police for accreditation

By Tony Parra Portales city officials took the time during Tuesday night’s city meeting to recognize the Portales Police Department for becoming the first New Mexico accredited Police Department. The accreditation meant the Portales Police Department was the first to achieve successful completion of a process in October that has taken more than 2 1/2 […]

Portales schools fail state standards

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools met basic requirements for student performance and participation under a new federally mandated system for rating schools. None of Portales’ eight public schools reached the goal of making adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The 2004 school […]

Fuller, Chavez face off for court spot

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Democrat Edward Chavez, 47, of Albuquerque, and Republican Ned Fuller, 38, of Albuquerque, will face each other in November for a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court.   Q: What experience do you bring to the table? A: Chavez — Before being appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson in March […]

New 911 system to make cell phone calls easier to find

By Helena Rodriguez A new 911 system at the Portales Police Department will make it easier for dispatchers to get information on cell phone calls and then share that information with responding officers much faster. An Enhanced 911 System is in the process of arriving at the Roosevelt County Law Enforcement Complex in bits and […]

Commissioners start trimming for 2004-05 budget

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners and county officials began trimming the proposed 2004-2005 budget on Tuesday in the regular commission meeting to make ends meet. The revenue money Roosevelt County has is not generating enough interest to offset its expenses, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. Hardin said the amount for revenue was $2.8 […]