President Gerald Ford dies at 93

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93. “My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved […]

Housing allowances increase for new year

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will increase an average of 3.5 percent next year for the nearly 950,000 service members who live off base stateside. Some BAH recipients will see their housing allowance rise two to three times the average percentage increase while others will see no BAH raise in […]

Brain could be next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&Ms and Home Alone — a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Chance for peace depends on parties’ willingness to agree

By Freedom Newspapers After years of dormancy, moves toward a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine are appearing on several fronts. The Iraq Study Group report contends that an Israeli-Palestinian settlement is essential to a reasonable outcome in Iraq, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has traveled to the region and vowed to step up […]

House of love

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer As the holidays roll around, many families celebrate with traditions, love and togetherness. But some children do not know what the joy of a holiday can be. Portales resident and deputy city clerk Veda Urioste is hoping to bring more joy into the lives of her four foster children. […]

Baskett headed for playoffs

By Rick White: Freedom Newspapers IRVING, Texas — Hank Baskett had 32 text messages waiting for him when he reached the locker room. Earlier in the night, it was Baskett and the Philadelphia Eagles who sent a message, dominating the Dallas Cowboys 23-7 Monday at Texas Stadium to earn a share of the NFC East […]

Traditions endure through eras

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Families around the area have celebrated the holidays for many years, in their own unique way and style. One tradition that remains strong is the strong ties of family and togetherness. For Portales resident Ruby Gardner, Christmas meant a time for the family to gather and share the holiday […]

Son gives gift of life

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old dad, Andy, a Methodist minister by trade, said his son has given him a new lease on life. “I feel much better now than I did before my surgery. I can go for walks […]

Nativity collector celebrates year-round

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By Helena Rodriquez: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is a daily event inside of the home and office of Margie Tarango. The avid nativity collector has the most famous scene from “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on year-round display. “This is the true meaning of Christmas,” Tarango said, pointing to a shelf full of nativities adorning […]

Christmas Eve gift leaves long legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Christmas Eve gift! It’s a simple phrase that’s been uttered on Dec. 24 by my family as long as I can remember. In fact I’m not sure anyone knows when it all started. That makes it a family Christmas tradition. I’m sure if someone in my family or anyone […]

Taming talking tough task for New Year

By Anita Doberman: Local Columnist I am a big talker. I love to speak my mind. When I get in a discussion with someone, I can go on for a while, especially if I feel strongly about an issue. My easygoing husband, knowing me as well as he does, senses when I am about to […]

Greatest gift of all delivered on Christmas

By Freedom Newspapers “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 ‘Tis the season for gift-giving, an ancient tradition that originated in a foreign land. But as might be expected, sometimes the meaning and origins […]

Local Roundup: Holiday blood drive scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers Exhausted shoppers can take a load off while donating blood at the first Guns N Hoses Blood Drive on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portales Fire Department, 301 Ave. C, in the donor bus. Everyone who donates blood will get a chance to win a $50 door prize […]

Holiday closings

Closed Monday, reopening Tuesday City offices County offices Post office All banks Municipal court All federal offices Closed until Jan. 3 Eastern New Mexico University All area schools

Ornaments have sentiment

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers This Christmas season, eastern New Mexico residents shared their favorite ornaments with Freedom Newspapers. The history of Christmas tree ornaments Modern Christmas trees emerged in 15th- and 16th-century Germany, according to a Hallmark press release. Evergreens were used originally in church plays at Christmas and were hung with apples to symbolize […]

Hero welcomed home

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols and waved neon signs that read “Welcome Home.” An hour passed as they waited for the bus that carried John Martinez from his […]

Fuller sentencing hearing continued

By Freedom Newspapers The sentencing hearing in the Jerry Fuller case scheduled for Friday in Roosevelt County District Court has been continued until Jan. 17. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, the courts postponed the hearing again because of the difficulty juggling schedules before the holidays. Fuller, 34, has pleaded guilty to two […]

Day Trip: Enjoy City of Mosaics’ mix

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A Texas MainStreet city, Levelland is home to an eclectic mixture of art and entertainment that will provide a chance to enjoy a day of shopping and exploring. “We are the City of Mosaics,” said Mary Siders, Levelland Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet president. Mosaics are works of art […]

Commissioners tour jail facility

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a brief regular meeting Thursday, Roosevelt County Commissioners got a tour of the addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had lunch at the facility. Commissioners approved construction in the spring to alleviate overcrowding. According to RCDC Administrator Jesse Luera, construction progress on the $3.3 million facility […]

Holiday prompts special services

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers On that first Christmas night, as Joseph and Mary reportedly searched for lodging before the birth of Jesus, they were foreigners in another land, dependent on the help of strangers. It is the same kind of compassion and call for social action that pastor Clyde Davis will focus on when […]