Huffman leaving post at CDC and Chamber

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Kim Huffman, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, has resigned for personal reasons, according to a CDC news release. He has held the position since September 2002. His resignation is effective Aug. 31. “I think it is just time […]

Reeb named to 9th Judicial court bench

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — David Reeb said he has reached the pinnacle of his career by being appointed by the governor to fill the newly created fourth judge’s position in the 9th Judicial District Court. “I’ve aspired to be a judge since I was in law school,” said the 37-year-old former deputy district attorney […]

Streets hot topic at CDBG hearing

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Re-paving city streets was a hot topic at the Community Development Block Grant meeting Monday. Members of the public came together with city officials at the Memorial Building to suggest their ideas for state legislature program aimed at projects affecting low- and moderate-income families. Every year the city competes […]

Many N.M. universities to suffer funding drop

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis Community College is in jeopardy of losing a portion of its state-appropriated funds, along with most of New Mexico public universities and colleges, according to officials. The major culprit in the state-wide slip — a thriving economy, according to officials. Historically, when employment rates are healthiest, enrollment at […]

Portales parents prepare for tax holiday

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Portales mother Janie Olguin said she plans to take advantage of New Mexico’s second annual sales tax holiday this weekend and buy her 4-year-old daughter, Jeiden Arellano, school supplies and clothing. Jeiden will be attending Brown Early Childhood Center. “It sounds like it’s going to be a busy weekend. Everyone […]

Dairy owners feeling the heat

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer With temperatures soaring across most of the country, dairy owners are sweating market conditions as much as the heat. Doug Idsinga, a Roosevelt County dairy owner who employs 20 people, said his business has been affected by the heat and the drought. Idsinga said he does his own farming […]

Sewer smell is back in Portales this summer

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A strong sewer smell is once again wafting across the city of Portales from the south this summer. Mayor Orlando Ortega said residents are letting city officials know they’re not happy with the odors emanating from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. “Here in the past few weeks I’ve been […]

ENMU just hanging

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University officials are toiling to prop up student enrollment, which dipped by 10 percent last May, but sprung back, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble. “Because we have been recruiting hard and contacting students, we are doing much better, and are now down 2.5 percent,” Gamble said during a Friday […]

ENMU track signs 11 men and eight women

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University track coach Eric Boll has announced the signing of 11 men and eight women to national letters of intent for the 2006-07 school year. “This is probably the strongest recruiting class I’ve had as far as talent,” said Boll, entering his fourth season as ENMU’s track coach. “We have […]

Reeb a 10-year veteran of DA’s office

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Andrea Reeb has worked in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 10 years. She is a chief deputy district attorney. Background: Reeb is the daughter of Dr. Nicholas and Ann Rowley of Clovis. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1989. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political […]

Democratic plan calls for even more government control

Editorial They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer a […]

Weddings create memorable moments

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wedding bells were ringing last weekend within our extended family as my niece said her vows in the back yard of her grandmother’s home. As an uncle, I managed to get off by doing just a few favors and offering up a wedding gift. The hard work seemed to […]

Dealing with the stresses of moving

By Anita Doberman: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Experts say moving is one of the most stressful events in someone’s life. If that’s true, it’s a miracle my husband and I made it as long as we have. Like many military families, we have moved around; six times in five years to be accurate. If you have […]

Teacher was master of sarcasm

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Some folks carry grudges all their lives. They don’t leave home without them. They’re just not happy unless they’re blasting governments, churches, school boards, or college football teams. They’re even against actors, neighbors, newspapers, television, lawyers, and relatives. But the weirdest resentment I ever saw belonged to my wife […]

Homes sweet homes . . .

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Portales resident Joyce Davis had home economics as a career for much of her life, but involvement with Habitat for Humanity for the last seven years has given home economics a whole new meaning for her. She says her involvement in altruistic efforts, consumer science and housing throughout her […]

Transition part of local learning

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the form of scheduling, at least. At the high school, students will return to […]

School evolves again

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Lincoln-Jackson evolved from a segregated school for black students, to an integrated school, to an arts academy. These days, it is undergoing another evolution, into a family center. The arts academy has changed locations and merged with Bella Vista Elementary. And in turn, Lincoln-Jackson has become home to a flock […]

Teacher looks forward to new school

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Sandy Belden will be a new kindergarten teacher at Brown Early Development Center in Portales this upcoming school year. Having taught first grade at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis for the past two years, Belden said she is looking forward to teaching at Brown. She and her family […]

New instructor wants students, parents involved in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. “It’s […]

Border Town Days Information

Freedom Newspapers What: 40th Border Town Days Where: Farwell and Texico When: 10 a.m. (CDT) today Background: Originally a rodeo event, Border Town Days is now a yearly gathering of members of two strikingly similar towns on each side of the Texico-New Mexico border to chat and eat. To do: There will be an arts […]