Year in review: Portales proves its resiliency

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Freedom New Mexico The year 2009 may well be remembered as one of change for Portales and Roosevelt County. Portales’ only movie theater closed, and the city got a new manager. Also, area residents weathered a slew of spring fires and its share of H1N1 flu cases, plus low milk prices slammed the local dairy […]

Health care not entitlement

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist I am fond of affordability. That extends to insurance.My home, car, health and sometimes travel insurance would at their best be something I can well afford. But then this is so with whatever it is that I am in the market for — shoes, food, furniture, electronics, etc. I like […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Altrusa readying for annual fundraiser

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Preparations for Holiday Happenings, the annual fundraising dinner and fashion show, are well under way, but organizers haven’t found sponsors for all of the tables. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales has put on Holiday Happenings for 12 years. Mandi Park, Altrusa treasurer, said usually all tables have sponsors by […]

It’s their job: Student says she has passion for houses

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Name: Karla van der Ploeg Job: Prudential associate broker for Portales homes Background: I am originally from Holland. Six years ago I moved to and started attending high school in Clovis. I stayed there for two years and then moved back to Holland for a year. Then I came back and started to attend Eastern […]

Superintendent says Clovis’ first day of school went well across district

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Some limbs were lost on the first day of school for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. Tree limbs that is. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said elm trees behind Marshall Middle School lost some “serious limbs” during a strong storm that blew threw Clovis at the end of the school day. […]

Pizza chain among other businesses lured to Portales

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer What do you get when you combine dough, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni? Economic development. Well, pizza, too. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is one of about 20 new businesses the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation has helped locate in Portales since Greg Fisher took over as director […]

La Casa officials earmark grant money for improvements

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As officials at La Casa Family Health Center well know, some grants only begin to cover the expenses of a big project. Right now, though, La Casa is enjoying the news of a $766,880 award and just how far it’ll go toward a variety of improvements. Part of a […]

Portales, Clovis high school reunions bring grads back

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Fall is traditionally the homecoming season for schools and their alumni, but summer has more than its fair share of happy returns as well. Reunions are in full swing for Clovis and Portales as former classmates get together to catch up and reminisce about the old days. This weekend, […]

Bracing for growth

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties are well positioned to take on growth, but will need to expand in health care, education and housing sectors, according to planners. Albuquerque-based Keystone International consultants are finishing the Local Growth Management Plan, which the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment […]

Portales students prep for robotics contests

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales High School students are getting their gears whirring and computer programs going for two robotics competitions around the end of the month in Albuquerque. One team of four students plans to participate in the state Math, Engineering and Science Achievement contest April 29, and a separate team is […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

March 28, 1954

Using water from an irrigation well, the Portales Fire Department extinguished a blaze that was consuming a barn “on the old Lloyd Wharton place,” according to the Portales Daily News. A

March 12, 1942

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Drake received a war cablegram from their son, Cedrick Drake, stating he was “safe and well,” though his whereabouts were censored. Drake, a former student of Eastern New Mexico College, was a bomber-navigator with the American Forces.

Role-player Vanessa O’Neal is key to Zias’ success

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico A jack of all trades and a master of none. The well known phrase may apply to any number of people — including an athletically gifted Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball sophomore who rarely shows up in the headlines, but is considered crucial to her team’s success by […]

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 […]

Obama’s call for change needs wisdom as well

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of President-elect Obama’s campaign was the vagueness of his promise of “change,” which turned out to have little content once you got past the soaring rhetoric, leaving people of all persuasions to use him as a mirror to their own aspirations and agendas. That very vagueness, however, may serve him […]

Fair hosts first Special Needs Day

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Anyone who thinks a well written letter sent to the right people won’t make a difference needs to talk to Garrett Dodson. The 17-year-old special needs student at Portales High School decided other young people like himself with special needs deserved their own activities at the Roosevelt County Fair. […]

July 27, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Death Angel By Linda Howard Drea Rousseau is accustomed to using deception and manipulation in order to get what she wants including playing the dumb bimbo on the arm of drug lord , Rafael Salinas. When Rafael offers an afternoon with Drea as payment for […]