Local Briefs Oct. 19

PNT Staff Reports Food bank to distribute commodities The Life Saver Food Bank will be distributing commodities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building.To receive commodities, individuals must be residents of Portales, not receive assistance from other organizations and meet income guidelines.Information: 356-2005. Tickets available for Pops Dinner Concert The 2008 Pops Dinner […]

Editorial: Mayor’s leadership qualities contributed much

In many ways we were disappointed to learn Orlando Ortega will not seek re-election as Portales’ mayor when his term expires in 2010. At the same time, Ortega’s passion for change and shaking up the status quo just might be the part we like best about him. Ortega announced Monday he will keep a pledge […]

It’s not easy being without green

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist As the nights get cooler and the leaves begin to turn, the craving hits me. With a longing like an expectant mother for pickles and ice cream, my search instead is for fresh green chile. We laid in our winter store of the spicy vegetable last week with a purchase […]

Local banks, economy stable

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local bankers and economic experts say the Clovis and Portales area is insulated in some ways from the instability gripping the nation’s financial markets and filling citizens with trepidation about the future. Smaller towns such Clovis and Portales, for the most part, depend on small, local banks and the […]

ENMU faces No. 17 Tarleton State

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico On paper, it gets a little easier this week for the Eastern New Mexico University football team this week — but not much. After facing the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in NCAA Division II in two of their previous three games, the Greyhounds take on No. 17 […]

ENMU soccer squads fall

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team worked hard to gain the lead, then Texas A&M-Commerce’s Meagan Lasley took it away in a matter of moments. The 5-foot-5 junior forward scored three times in a span of less than eight minutes to give the Lions a 3-1 Lone […]

Authors to visit ENMU

PNT Staff Report Two authors originally from eastern New Mexico will be at the Eastern New Mexico University bookstore on Saturday. Sterling Dean, the pen name of Dean Hardage, is author of “PHasT Times,” a science fiction novel. While on a routing trading mission to an asteroid mining colony, the protagonist, Capt. Galrang Elbercroft, becomes […]

Creative Living Oct. 19

Information on preparing stuffings year ‘round, making elegant desserts and doing a variegated striping on walls will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Cookbook author and chef Marcie Rothman says “stuffings” are not just for the holiday season. She’ll demonstrate several recipes that will be big […]

Club Notes Oct. 19

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met Oct. 8 with 27 members and nine guests present. The proposed budget for 2008-2009 was distributed and will be voted on at the November meeting. Amie Franz, corresponding secretary, read thank you notes from the Lance Fletcher family; from the Portales Public Library; and from Anne McMath for […]

Elida School News Oct. 19

Upcoming activities Elida School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week this week. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to present a unified and visible commitment towards a drug-free America. Students will participate in a poster and door contest, a skit presentation and a balloon release. Students will be given ribbons, stickers, pencils, book marks and […]

PJHS News Oct. 19

Family fun night setParents and students are invited to visit teachers in their classrooms from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdayto try some interesting learning activities. Conferences planned Students completed the first quarter of their school year Friday. Parents may confer with teachers from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27 to discuss their children’s grades.

PHS News Oct. 19

ENMU recruiter to visit Thursday Stephanie McClary of Eastern New Mexico University will be on campus Thursday to talk with PHS seniors interested in attending ENMU for the fall 2009 semester.

Dora School News Oct. 19

Fun night set Family fun night will be held Satruday.

Anniversary: Richards

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Marion and Mary Jo Richards of Texico will celebrate their 60th anniversary from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Leal’s Restaurant, 2115 N. Prince St. The celebration will be hosted by R.L. Richards, Lecil Richards, Damon Richards and Quata Casaday. The couple was married Oct. 26, 1948, in Fame, Okla. They have four […]

Engagement: Garcia-Day

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Rita Garcia of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Mary Romano of Portales, to Randy Day of Portales. The couple plans a March 2009 wedding.

Engagement: Idsinga-Kuchta

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Dawn Janae Idsinga of Portales, daughter of the late Douglas Idsinga and the late Debbie Idsinga is engaged to Joshua Shawn Kuchta of Portales, son of John and Olivia Kuchta of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. Nov. 22, 2008, at Faith Family Christian Church. The reception will be held at the […]

Engagement: Cota-Deering

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Fred and Lupe Cota of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Rosemary Jude Cota of Portales, to Keith Arden Deering of Sacramento, Calif. He is son of Brian Deering of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Therese Deering of Sacramento. She is a 2004 graduate of Portales High School and a 2008 graduate […]

Former Clovis resident arrested in Texas

Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old former Clovis resident was arrested Friday in Rockdale, Texas, on four counts of child solicitation. Frank Sanchez’ arrest stems from an Internet investigation conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Department, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sanchez, a registered sex offender, contacted a decoy Internet profile used by sheriff’s investigators and […]

Early voting available at Library

Early voting begins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Portales Public Library and continues through Nov. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Enter through the Roosevelt County Literacy Council door after library hours. Information: 356-8562.

Real Joe the Plumber has Clovis ties

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DALLAS — There’s one “Joe the Plumber” who is already better off thanks to John McCain and Barack Obama. Phones rang off the hook Thursday in the Amarillo office of plumber Joe Francis, whose Web site joetheplumber.com became an instant Internet curiosity the day after the final presidential debate. Francis spent seven years in Clovis, […]