Deputy rates TRICARE ‘C+ or B-’

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Too many beneficiaries of the military direct-care health system still can’t get timely appointments, or reach doctors after hours, or establish a close family-doctor relationship with a single military physician or group. For these reasons and more , Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Elder Granger, deputy director of TRICARE and a […]

Card-check law unlikely to make dent

Freedom New Mexico California Democratic Congresswoman Hilda Solis, as President-elect Obama’s choice to be secretary of labor, will no doubt bring encouragement and even a touch of joy to union leaders everywhere. Whether the rest of us will have occasion to be pleased is another question. The larger issue nobody wants to discuss is whether […]

Greyhounds snap six-game losing skid

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico Intensity — it’s something that Shawn Scanlan said his Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds have been playing without. Monday night against Lubbock Christian, Scanlan saw plenty of it, and the Hounds snapped their six-game losing skid by edging the Chaparrals 68-67. “It got a little more exciting than I […]

It’s their job: Tim Stanford

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Name: Tim Stanford Job: Technician for New Mexico Machinery Background: Stanford attended and graduated from high school in Mountainair before moving to Clovis. Stanford has a master certification from the Automotive Society of Excellence. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? I work on and build transmission engines for tractors, troubleshooting and […]

AAA offers free New Year’s rides

On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, intoxicated drivers will have another way to get home besides getting behind the wheel of a car. AAA Texas/New Mexico is once again offering its “Tipsy Tow” program to members and non-members alike. From 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve through midnight the following night, drivers who feel […]

Woman arrested in hit-and-run

PNT staff A 29-year-old Roosevelt County woman was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of hitting a 12-year-old girl with her car and leaving the scene, said Portales Police Detective Todd Moore. A white, four-door luxury car struck the girl about 4 p.m. Monday on North Avenue J. Moore said the girl had no major injuries. […]

Education feature: Youth take top honors at Special Olympics

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer While Portales fans cheer on the Ram football and basketball teams, another group of Portales youth are winning daily battles — in a much different arena with little recognition. They are members of

Officials stress winter safety precautions

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Winter brings holidays, parties, cold temperatures — and safety issues. Fires, burglaries and purse snatching, and spoiling food at parties can cause problems, but steps can be taken to protect yourself and your family. To prevent fires, keep ashes cleaned out of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves away from anything […]

Birds cause morning power outage

PNT Staff Report Some customers were left in the dark early Saturday after birds flew into power lines, disrupting service for north Portales, said Wes Revees of Xcel Media Relations. He said 870 residents were without power from 6:52 a.m. to 7:49 a.m.

Area stores find shoplifting at normal rate

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The recession may have shoplifting on the rise nationally, but this holiday season Clovis and Portales appear to be bucking the trend. Local merchants and Clovis Police said they are nabbing fewer folks with sticky fingers these days. The Clovis Police Department reported 32 shoplifting cases from Black Friday […]

Rodeo royalty

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico correspondent Locally, Wilma Fulgham is known for her constant supervision over

Room changes featured on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on creating different looks in a room, promoting the Feng Shui environment in the home and making an activity center for any age of child will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” Tuesday at noon and Saturday at 2 p.m. Lacy Roberts is the visual coordinator for Haverty’s […]

Dec. 28, 2008 Engagements

Swann-Wilkerson Sam and Brenda Swann of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Stephenie Rae Swann of Las Cruces to Dane Travis Wilkerson of Portales. He is the son of Dwayne and Tammie Wilkerson. The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. January 3, 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces. […]

Dec. 28, 2008 Library News

Tuesday, at 4 p.m., there will be a teen book discussion group.

Dec. 28, 2008 Honors

Knudson Caroline Anne Knudson of Portales has received the Denison Scholarship from Kansas State University for the 2008-2009 academic year. Also, Cory Alexander Young of Clovis was awarded the M.A. Durland, Engineering and Honors scholarships. Caitlyn Marisa Romero of Tucumcari obtained awards from the Agricultural Enhancement Fund and William and Melissa Harold Memorial Scholarship. In […]

Dec. 28, 2008 CSC Menu

Monday – Hamburger mac, corn, salad, apricot cobblerTuesday – Ham and beans, okra, tomatoes and green chile, cornbread, chocolate cakeWednesday – Chicken n’ rice, California veggies, crackers, apples

Winter driving key: Slow down

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico he key to traveling safely in a winter weather is slowing down. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said drivers don’t realize that slick roads require they leave more space between themselves and other drivers on the road. “It is extremely important to slow down. Giving yourself more […]

Tucumcari man “very, very lucky” to survive train accident

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man who was hit by a train two weeks ago says he “didn’t see the darn train,” and that he’s a very lucky man. “The doctors and everybody say I am very, very lucky,” said Isaac Pacheco, Jr., 46. Pacheco who is at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo was interviewed by […]

Mayor’s New Year’s Eve ball coming up

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico This New Year’s Eve is a black tie affair for Clovis at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Ball.

Have hope in the new year

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Despite New Year’s resolutions, a New Year does give an opportunity to start over. What is past is just that … past. Time wasted in reliving the past and time worrying about the future is counterproductive and a lesson in futility to say the least. God meets you where you […]