Burglaries up last year

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Christina Calloway Burglary reports last year in Portales were more than double compared to 2009, according to the Portales Police Department’s 2011 annual report. There were 293 burglaries reported in 2011 compared to 125 in 2009, according to the report. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill said the jump in burglaries — which is described as […]

Youth fishing clinic scheduled

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Alisa Boswell The annual Oasis State Park Kids’ Fishing Clinic will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park. Jim Whary, park manager, said the event will include nine learning stations in which children will learn how to cast, water safety, knot tying, biology and more. Each station will be 12 […]

McGee: A case of deja vu all over again

Do you ever get the idea that you need to be listening to people better? I think I do. This realization came to me after reading an article in The Atlantic magazine in which the writer detailed a personal hacking experience. “Wow,” I said as I came down the hall, “These hackers are getting REALLY […]

Small schools prepare for school year

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer aduncan@pntonline.com With school in Dora, Elida and Floyd starting Wednesday, school employees and students are looking ahead into the new academic year. “I’ve just really enjoyed my time at Elida, and I plan to make the best of this last year,” said Elida High School incoming senior […]

Writer wrong, but did job right

I’m normally a pretty calm, rational guy. When it comes to NBA talk, that guy’s usually MIA. Case in point: I was making the case that Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls should be the league’s most valuable player, because he had a statistical year most guards dream of, and it helped the Chicago Bulls […]

Their view: America’s future still remains uncertain

Russell Anglin is the senior writer for the Quay County Sun, our sister paper. His most recent column explores the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Hounds adjusting to new bats

Clarence Plank The boys of summer are getting ready to start spring training for the upcoming baseball season. Meanwhile, at Eastern New Mexico University, Greyhounds are learning how to hit with the new NCAA specs for baseball bats. Greyhounds coach Phil Clabaugh said they are spending $3,500 for new bats, but were able to make […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Books or movies, money for college and a fickle rodent

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Book signing Mystery writer Darynda Jones will be autographing copies of her debut novel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vines Restaurant in Portales. “First Grave on the Right” is set in Albuquerque and categorized in the paranormal romance genre. Question […]

Legislators prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” […]

Valencia student wins RGH card contest

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer aduncan@pntonline.com A boy who says he doesn’t create a lot of artwork has won the third annual Roosevelt General Hospital Christmas card contest. Valencia Elementary School fourth-grader Cristian Martinez Delgado won $50 for himself and 50 envelopes and cards sporting his design for his parents. “I feel […]

Salon owners expect no change from tanning tax

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By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer jtucker@pntonline.com Take your tax, and tan it. That’s what tanning salon owners and customers in Portales think about a new federal tanning tax that takes effect July 1. The new tax, part of the government’s health care bill, won’t keep die-hard tanning customers away, according to salon owners. Devan […]

Annual Heritage Days on horizon

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Clarence Plank It’s that time again for the 26th annual Heritage Days in Portales this coming weekend. The three-day weekend kicks off Friday with the Christian Country Jamboree at the City Park. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, said this is her favorite event of the year because families can […]

Area could see record highs

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer Forecasters say predictions of record-breaking heat across eastern New Mexico today is just the beginning of a scorcher that could last for days. Today’s forecast calls for temperatures to climb to a high of 98 degrees in Clovis with predictions of 105-degree highs […]

5K run could be near-death experience

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Kevin Wilson, 31, of Clovis, N.M., died Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the streets of Portales. He was born May 15, 1978, in Townsend, Mont. He was a writer, photographer, columnist and expert in mediocrity. There … so in case my fears come true on Saturday, my coworkers at […]

Baxter Black featured speaker at chamber banquet

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Baxter Black, the “self-described cowboy poet, ex-veterinarian and sorry team roper,” is set to bring laughs and his Western rural theme to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Tickets go on sale Monday. Chamber Director Sharon King said this year is the organization’s 85th anniversary, so planners […]

Scaled-back health care bill most likely

Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]

City flag contest winner selected

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PNT staff Portales News-Tribune senior writer Argen Duncan’s entry has been chosen as the winning one for a centennial flag design contest sponsored by the city. The design depicts a horizon-straddling sun beaming its rays over land made up of alternating strips of brown and green. “The furrows are for agriculture and the green is […]

No shame in discussing sexual needs

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I often receive questions about relationships from other women. Being from Italy, the land of passion, my reputation as a Latin lover at times precedes my reputation as writer. Recently, an anonymous reader I will call Jane asked me if I had tips to stay intimate with a partner during […]

Train, truck wreck causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. Highway 70

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer this morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of North Kilgore Street and U.S. Highway 70, according to officials. The driver of the […]

Writers possess real talent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’m going on strike. Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is […]