It’s their job: Dominique Gonzales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Dominique Gonzales Job: Workstudy for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Time on the Job: Since August Background: Currently Gonzales is a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University, majoring in Biology with an emphasis on pre-med and a minor in Spanish. In the past she has worked for […]

Time is gift from God

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Each day is a gift from God, just waiting to be opened. How I use that gift is up to me. I cannot put it in the bank. I cannot use it tomorrow. I must use my gift now or it will be forever lost. I must use wisdom. Since time […]

Nation’s drug policies must be reconsidered

Editorial We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching that same […]

Small towns, big problem

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, which is said to be mostly a “small-town America problem,” is being attributed locally as a reason for increased crime and calls […]

Rental rates to rise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A lenient fairgrounds facility rental policy has come to an end after county officials reported an increase in damage and problems. County commissioners agreed to a $500 deposit in addition to hourly rental fees ranging from $3 to $12 depending on the building and purpose for usage. Youth organizations […]

Forced giving tyrannical use of power

Editorial “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find offensive and […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

In their regular meeting Tuesday, Portales City Councilors: • Issued a proclamation for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. • Approved a resolution closing out a Community Development Block Grant project for Geographic Information Service technology. • Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a grant agreement for projects funded in the 2007 Legislature. […]

Spokeswoman: Dairies work not to waste water

Following is an interview conducted with Sandra Tapia, an industry relations representative for Dairy Max, about environmental issues in the dairy industry. Q. What are some of the methods dairy farmers use to recycle water? A. Water is recycled three times: to cool milk, wash the facilities, and to water crops. Dairies have to recycle […]

March 4, 1969

Marshall Rowley, only son of Mrs. H.G. Rowley of Portales and her late husband has been selected by New Mexico Association of Soil and Water Conservation as conservation rancher of the year. His program of distribution of grazing with his control of erosion and use of chemicals in eradication of weeds won him the recognition […]

State legislature ponders helmet law

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A bill requiring children under 17 years old to wear a protective helmet while using a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates in a public area is headed to the state Senate for vote. It was passed unanimously Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bicycling injuries have been cited as […]

Feb. 9, 1978

Boy Scout Troop 125 is observing Boy Scout Week Feb. 7 through the 14th, and one of their activites has been preparing a window display on First Aid. They have extended their thanks to the Portales Abstract Company for the use of their window and to J. C. Penny Company for the loan of a […]

Government poses danger to free market

Editorial You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he claimed to […]

Jan. 10, 1960

When Miss Maria Friesen encountered an emergency at her apartment Saturday, she couldn’t use her telephone because it was tied up by another customer on the party line. Miss Friesen, associate professor in home economics at ENMU, struck a match to light a gas heater. The wall cutoff dropped out and the gas was escaping […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As if it happened through cosmic fate, my little-used cellular phone decided to stop functioning properly right when I was due a rebate for a new cell phone. It is only through fate that I get a new cell phone, and yet one more affirmation that I hate getting new […]

National security should be top priority

Editorial Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the military’s ability […]

Water outlook bleak for Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Charlie Wilson, a geohydrologist hired by the city of Portales, said the High Plains (Ogallala)aquifer is being depleted at a rate of two to six feet per year as part of his annual water conservation and use report. “The use exceeds the supply,” Wilson said. “It’s not being recharged […]

Portales airport will have new fuel farm access road

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting a new fuel farm access road as part of the airport expansion. City councilors recently accepted a $301,651 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will fund reconstruction and paving of the fuel farm access road, paving of the parking lot […]

New ethanol plant will boost local economy

Freedom Newspapers A 105 million-gallon per year ethanol plant will be online in Clovis by 2007. Construction will begin in October. The plant is a joint venture of ConAgra Trade Group and the Carlyle/Riverstone Renewable Energy. It will be located at ConAgra’s Peavey grain elevator property on U.S. 60/84. This is ConAgra’s first ethanol venture, […]

Meth still problem in Curry County

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related use […]

Young teens targets for Internet predators

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By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Tiffany Kendrick and Ashlee Banister said they’ve received messages from older men on their MySpace.com Web site asking for more pictures of them or their phone numbers. “Sometimes there’s creepy older guys that want to talk to you,” said Kendrick, 14. They said when contacted by someone they don’t know, […]