It’s Their Job: Piepkorn

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Name: Gary and Judy Piepkorn Job: The couple own and operate Almost Home Bed and Breakfast. Background: Judy is a wife and mother and currently has a certification as an oncology nurse and is working at Stanford University Hospital in California in the bone marrow transplant unit (oncology deals with cancer, which requires the status […]

Local Briefs, April 18, 2008

Democratic Women to meet Roosevelt County Democratic Women will meet at noon Monday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital. Craig Cosner, candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives District 67, will be the featured speaker. All Democrats are invited to attend. CAFB adjusts flying hoursLocal residents may notice aircraft noise during later hours […]

Events Calendar April 18, 2008

TodayMelrose Schools Child Find Screenings — 9 a.m.-noon, Melrose Schools, ages birth to 5.Roosevelt County Association of Educational Retirees — 11:30 a.m., cafeteria conference room, Roosevelt General Hospital. SaturdayGirls softball tryouts — 10 a.m. 8-under, 11:30 a.m. 11-under, 1 p.m. 14-under, Portales Softball Complex.Fifth annual Kite Karnival — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Doc Stewart […]

Baskett giving back to eastern New Mexico

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Long before Hank Baskett III was a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, he was receiving from Clovis. Now, he’s spending his NFL days trying to give back. “You always hear the clich

Love is a simple but wondrous thing

By Joan Clayton We awakened one morning hearing pitiful “meows” of a hungry, frightened baby kitten. Three eager little boys rushed to the door and swooped him up. “Can we keep him mommy, can we keep him?” “Just until we can find a good home,” I answered firmly. We never looked for a home but […]

Religion Digest, April 18

Passover Seder planned A newly-formed Sabbath Bible Discussion Group will host a Passover Seder meal and celebration at 7 p.m. today at the Wesley Foundation student center at 1417 S. Avenue K in Portales. This year, Passover begins at sundown on Saturday. According to tradition, the Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual feast held to […]

Local pastor, teacher publishes prayer book

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By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico For most of Mara Mitchell Andrews’ 31 years of life, her father Gary has been working on researching and writing a comprehensive, practical study on prayer. Through the years, she watched as her father used a manual typewriter and made copies of his study, first for his doctoral dissertation […]

Editorial: McCain offers promising ideas to reform taxes

In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went

Little black prom dress priceless

By Helena Rodriguez I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita goes to […]

Sometimes, cowboys don’t smile back

One fall my husband decided to buy extra alfalfa, the idea being we could sell it during the winter and make some extra money. He stacked it behind the house so it would be easy to back trailers down the lane when people bought only a few bales. It worked. By January, people passing by […]

Hounds excited about new passing offense

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Count wide receiver Justin Campos among those excited about Eastern New Mexico University’s new wide-open approach on offense. Campos knows there will be competition at his position, especially when new recruits get into camp in August. For now, though, he couldn’t be much happier. “I’m loving it,” […]

Cannon to begin flights in June

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions out of Cannon Air Force Base in June, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Tim Leahy. The expansion at the air base’s main runway is nearly completed and more aircraft are expected Leahy said during Tuesday’s joint luncheon […]

Leahy headlines Chamber banquet

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Tickets are available through Friday for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet which is slated for 6 p.m. April 24 at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Col. Timothy Leahy, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker. […]

Teachers, administrators mapping new curriculum

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Public School’s faculty and staff are developing a language arts curriculum map in a week-long workshop. “It has been a lot of hard work and we hope that we are creating a useful document for other teachers to use,” said Susan Brown, fifth grade teacher. This has […]

Warrant issued in Grady station fuel theft

Freedom New Mexico An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 54-year-old Curry County man in connection with the theft of approximately 465 gallons of fuel from a Grady fuel station, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Robert “Bobby” L. Daniel is accused of stealing gas on three separate occasions […]

Melrose police chief resigns

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose’s lone law enforcement officer has submitted his resignation. Police Chief Lee Ferguson, who submitted his resignation April 7, said he has accepted a deputy position with the Parmer County Sheriff’s Department. Ferguson said his final day as chief will be April 25. “I just feel […]

Blair retires as Clovis police chief

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair announced his retirement Wednesday after 18 months in the position, according to a press release from the department. Blair’s last day will be June 30, the release said. He took over as chief Sept. 29, 2006, after Bill Carey retired. Blair, a 23-year officer, […]

Events Calendar, April 17, 2008

TodayN.M. Dept. of Transportation meeting — 8:30 a.m., Zia Room of the Campus Union Building at ENMU in Portales.Girls softball coaches meeting — 6 p.m., Portales Recreation Center FridayMelrose Schools Child Find/Screenings — 9 a.m. to noon, Melrose Schools, ages birth to 5.Roosevelt County Association of Educational Retirees — 11:30 a.m., cafeteria conference room, Roosevelt […]

Kites come to Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Kites of all shapes, sizes and colors will take to the skies west of Clovis near Cannon Air Force Base from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for the fifth annual Kite Karnival at Doc Stewart Park. The free event sponsored by the Cannon Community Center celebrates April as National Kite Month. […]

Venomous neighbors on the high plains

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There are at least five insects and reptiles in eastern New Mexico that are poisonous to humans, according to a retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor and wildlife author.