Local Spanish band recognized

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Freedom New Mexico When Paul Cordova began performing with a few family members and friends at church carnivals in 2003, he had no idea his band would be named one of the top 15 bands in New Mexico. Groupo Cielo, which means heaven in Spanish, is a Clovis band made up of 10 area residents. […]

Dora company joins angus association

PNT staff WD Absher Co. LLC of Dora has recently joined the American Angus Association, said Bryce Schumann, chief executive officer of the national breed registry organization in Missouri. The American Angus Association has nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members. Its computerized records include information on nearly 16 million registered Angus.

Lopez cites conflict as reason for resignation

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The announcement that Jake J. Lopez is resigning from city council didn’t come as a surprise to many at Portales City Hall, but it was a disappointment. Lopez said Tuesday he was resigning his seat on the Portales City Council, effective after a Jan. 20 meeting. Lopez said he […]

City councilor resigns

PNT staff The Portales City Council met Tuesday night at city hall. Business conducted included: • Councilors considered not renewing the city’s membership in the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, citing accusations of embezzlement against a former employee of the organization. They postponed the decision to the next meeting. • Councilor Jake J. Lopez announced […]

Information sought in deer poaching

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of poachers believed to have unlawfully killed a deer off N.M. 202 and Black Water Road northeast of Portales. The carcass of a buck mule deer was found partially buried a couple of hundred […]

Jan. 7 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries Sunday — Char Rector 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. Floyd 4-H Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building. They intend to elect officers and […]

County seeks gross receipts tax increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission wants to impose a gross receipts tax to help fund health care for people who can’t afford it. At their meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners unanimously passed the notice. State regulations require a public hearing before the tax becomes reality. County Manager Charlene […]

Eight-team playoff system flawed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Oklahoma and Florida meet Thursday night. One will be college football’s champion, with an imperfect 13-1 record. The other

TRICARE cost increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows why some military retirees and veterans could face higher out-of-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal health programs more efficient. Among 115 “options” presented, though not endorsed, […]

U.S. shouldn’t support either side in Mideast

Freedom New Mexico As is so often the case with Middle Eastern conflicts, there are wheels within wheels in the current Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza strip, and a distinct shortage of reasons to cheer either side. The primary blame for the current conflict must lie with Hamas, a militant organization heavily subsidized by […]

ENMU international enrollment grows

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Broadcast major Mumi Zhao came to Eastern New Mexico University to get the one thing that wasn’t an option back home in China–on-air experience. “Back in China they teach broadcast theory classes so we don’t have a chance to practice,” Zhao said. “Here we have a TV station, so […]

Balanced Zia squad holds off Southwestern Oklahoma State

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When Cat Clay wasn’t knocking down big shots, her teammates were more than willing to give her another chance. Clay scored 13 points, including three points on a key possession late, to help Eastern New Mexico University post a 59-53 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State Monday night at Greyhound […]

Bulldogs use hot shooting to hold off Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Effort wasn’t the problem for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Monday night. Southwestern Oklahoma, coming in shooting nearly 40 percent from the season from 3-point range, hit 10 of its first 13 shots from beyond the arc and were 15-of-24 overall and the Bulldogs held on for a 79-74 […]

Calling all artists: Poster contest needs entries

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PNT staff The Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest is back. Artists from kindergarten through adulthood are invited to create an original two-dimensional design for the contest, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Entry deadline is March 1. The winner will receive $300, and the design is […]

It’s their job: Victor Baca

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Name: Victor Baca Job: Owner and pharmacist at Village Pharmacy Background: Baca is from Portales but attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Time on job: 26 years What does your job entail? I do everything from filling prescriptions accurately to counseling patients on which medications to take — both for over-the-counter […]

Residents disappointed over deli’s closure

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By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It’s noon on Monday and the line at Wholey Cow Deli is growing with hungry, curious and upset customers. Aside from the usual sandwich order, customers also want to know why the store is closing its doors after five years. The deli on East Seventh Street will close Jan. […]

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Child solicitation sting nets arrest

Freedom New Mexico A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Blanco as a result of a child solicitation sting operation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. David A. Archuleta of Blanco was charged with 12 counts of child solicitation by electronic device, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. According to the release: • […]

Woman charged with embezzling funds of disabled individuals

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Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old Clovis woman is charged with forgery and embezzlement following allegations she drained more than $13,000 from bank accounts of 12 disabled clients of ENMRSH. Dawn Lebow is charged with 12 counts of forgery and 12 counts of embezzlement, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. […]

Richardson won’t address grand jury investigation

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The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson held a brief news conference Monday about his decision to withdraw his nomination as U.S. Commerce Secretary but refused to answer questions about a federal investigation into how his political donors landed lucrative transportation contracts. Richardson read from a prepared statement and answered a few questions […]