Their view: Recovery won’t happen because of greed

George Speck of Portales writes about why he believes economic growth has been slow: “I have been watching and reading the news and wondering why the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been so intransigent in their position to not close certain tax breaks given to the very rich. I looked back [...]

Social Security won’t be funded by today’s youth

Freedom New Mexico While suffering through this federal debt-limit battle, think about something much more scary. Consider another story this week that relates to the financial crisis. Any tie-in may seem ludicrous, but bear with us. The owner of McDain’s Restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., has banned children under age 6 to protect grumpy adults from [...]

Spending won’t solve nation’s debt dilemma

Freedom New Mexico We cannot spend our way out of economic despair, yet we keep on trying and expecting a different result. The latest effort by the Obama administration to spend our way out of trouble involves the president’s agreement to tap our country’s strategic oil reserves, liquidating a strategic asset to spend it now [...]

Local girls competing in county fair queen contest

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Two local girls are participating in the Roosevelt County fair queen contest this weekend. The girls are to serve as ambassadors at the Roosevelt County Fair, contest organizer Beverly Bennett said. They won’t advance to the state queen competition because they are too young. Krista Avritt, 15, of Elida is the Princess contestant. She is [...]

ENMU, grade school students to perform play

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Argen Duncan College students and local children are taking on a leprechaun who won’t wear green, mean girls and confusion over the meaning of Cinco de Mayo. Seventeen Eastern New Mexico University theatre students and around two dozen children are putting on the humorous play “The HOWLS Detective Agency — Helping Out With Large Situations” [...]

Cannon employee headed to Capitol

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With 48 years in the Air Force, Clovis resident Ivan Sarracino, 69, still has plenty of room for firsts. In January he won the Leo Marquez Award for Excellence for the first time. The award was handed to him by Air Force Special Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster. It was his first time meeting [...]

PNT columnist wins press awards

PNT staff report Portales News-Tribune columnist Wendel Sloan won two first-place awards and one second-place award in the state New Mexico Press Women column competition. Sloan took first in “Humorous Columns” and “General Columns,” and second in “Opinion Columns.” The humorous columns were “Embellishing inherited family trait” and “Let’s give grads real advice.” The general [...]

My turn: Won’t give in to temptations

I told a Catholic friend that I was giving up Lent for dark chocolate. She looked puzzled, then smiled, felt guilty, then admonished that I was on the highway to hell. Since I’m barreling down that pot-holed path in Portales anyway, I might as well give up Lent for a few other pleasures: Sunday morning [...]

Their view: Administration won’t work with film industry

An open letter to Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and New Mexico legislators from the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico:

Elida wins Class B girls state title

The Elida Tigers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Grady 60-48 Friday afternoon in the Class B girls state championship game. Magarita Ortiz scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter when Eldia outscored Grady 26-8. Reavis Best led Elida (26-3) with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Amanda Cross-Smith added [...]