12-19-07 Floyd news

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries: Saturday — Ferrell and Louise Odom Sunday — Kyla Gray Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. • The school’s Christmas Break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 7. […]

County commissioners approve fund increase

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners gave approval for a 4 percent increase in its matching funds for the Sole Community Provider/Indigent Funds program to Roosevelt General Hospital officials at their regular meeting Tuesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino and RGH Business Office Manager John Murray told commissioners the increase was based on […]

Invading Iraq may haunt world for years to come

The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at least 34 people, and […]

Famous toilet stall much like any other

By Kevin Wilson When I booked my two-week, two-state vacation, I should have been looking forward to seeing my family, my friends and a bunch of famous Florida theme parks. But my biggest excitement came from a restroom I’d only get an hour to visit. While flying from Montana to Florida last week, I had […]

2008 Basic Allowance for Housing set

By Tom Philpott Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will climb an average of 7.3 percent next month to keep pace with local rental costs. A total of 1.2 million service members will draw BAH in 2008, an increase of 250,000 over 2007, said Susan A. […]

Zias rout Highlands to snap losing skid

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University closed out the first half with a 27-6 surge and the Zias went on to end a five-game losing streak with an 81-58 victory over winless New Mexico Highlands Monday night in women’s college basketball. Freshman guard Samantha Matta scored 14 points and freshman […]

Hounds claim third win

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior guard Marquis Ruffin scored a season-best 19 points and Eastern New Mexico University overcame a 10-point, first-half deficit to beat New Mexico Highlands 80-65 Monday night in men’s college basketball. ENMU (3-7), which snapped a six-game losing streak, had only seven players in uniform. But all seven […]

Students go a-caroling

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Leslie Roberts, left, gets to experience Christmas carolers from Steiner Elementary School up close as a portion of the youngsters crowds around her desk at Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative. The students and their teachers were making a tour of downtown businesses Monday afternoon. The first-graders, left to right are: Taylor Creekmore, Kara Young, Tyler Underhill, […]

Farm bill passes Senate again

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The long and winding road to a new farm bill got a leg up Friday as the Senate passed its own $286 billion version. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

Businesses to receive census forms

Freedom New Mexico Businesses throughout the country, including those in Curry and Roosevelt counties, will receive the 2007 Economic Census this week, the U.S. Bureau of the Census announced Friday. “Economic census forms that businesses receive in December will tell us how we are changing as a nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg Jr., the Census Bureau’s […]

12-18-07 Local Brief

Covenant, Blue Cross sign contract Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico will once again be “in-network” with Covenant Medical Group Physicians and Joe Arrington Cancer Center Physicians in Lubbock after an agreement was reached earlier this month, according to a BCBSNM press release. The agreement came about after Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

12-18-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 10 Children: 8 Special circumstances: “Ms. G” will not be able to afford presents this year because her income is used towards bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 14, medium and 3T. Girls pants sizes 1, 5 and […]

Snow, rain result in slick roads

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A fast moving winter storm blew into Portales shortly after dark Friday, and Portales residents woke to sunny skies but dangerously slick road conditions. The storm dropped .10 inch of moisture, beginning with rain and changing to snow that was heavy at times Friday night, according to the weather […]

University honors graduates

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Commencement speaker Janeice Scarbrough likened Eastern New Mexico University’s fall commencement to a play with a wide variety of characters. “The stars of our show are the graduates themselves,” said Scarbrough, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at ENMU. The 113th Commencement Convocation awarded degrees […]

Holidays bring out blues in some

By Jim Mentink: Freedom New Mexico Correspondent Brightly shining red and green balls. Resin-coated reindeer and snowmen. Tinsel, popcorn strings and tiny white lights. These are all typical ornaments that people use to decorate their Christmas trees. Some ornaments, though, hold special meaning, like a Christmas-themed fairy that Clovis resident Fern Tredway will hang on […]

12-16 District Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: • Ivan Carrillo, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge of battery upon a peace officer is ordered to serve 18 months by the Department of Corrections to run concurrent with the sentence the defendant is currently serving on a Magistrate Court case and […]

12-16 Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls to Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 7 • At 5:12 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle burglary on West University Drive. A purse was believed missing in the break-in. • At 10:08 p.m. a motor vehicle acccident at 1500 N. Ave. K […]

12-16 Magistrate Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Matthew Villalobos, 19, pleaded no contest to the charge of possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and was ordered to pay court fines and fees. • Lalo Aranda pleaded guilty to the charge of public nuisance and was ordered to pay […]

12-16 Public Record

The following people applied for marriage licenses: • Benjamin Allen Herring, 32, and Shelly Lee Swinney, 26. • Randy J. Ornelas, 26, and Sabina A. Romero, 18. • Joaquin S. Torres, 19, and Chelsea L. Allison, 18. • Bobby Stone Timmons, 38, and Christy Johanna Cook, 35. • Roger Dale Martin Sr., 63, and Linda […]

Western music captivates columnist

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If I could yodel I’d buy a horse and guitar and follow Roy Rogers into the sunset. I’ve tried it in the shower but my wife says it sounds like I’m strangling cats. I’m pretty good on yippy-ti-yi-yis, but full on yodeling with the notes rising and falling from […]