Cyclists ride again for charity

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer For a second time this summer, a group of bicyclists passed through Portales in a coast-to-coast adventure to raise money for charity. But don’t get the idea there are cyclists all over the United States doing this. Tatiana Cooke, 19, of Bike & Build told a different story Wednesday […]

Business Feature: Taco Box owner says retirement not in sight

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Taco Box owner Tom Martin says he got into the restaurant business for one big reason: He flunked out of engineering school. A bright young man despite his failure, he sought out his father’s advice. “When I grew up, I was raised living in hotels,” Martin said. “I went […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]

Tell her about it, don’t text her

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist It was over. But I’m not sure if it ever really began. I got the bad news from my friend Robert. Joaquin sent him a text message Sunday morning, and told him it was time to break up. To say it hit Robert out of nowhere is an understatement. Because […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Fallen Clovis Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just might. One incentive for making the voyage to Georgia is she’ll get a chance to see her son’s […]

Pizza chain among other businesses lured to Portales

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer What do you get when you combine dough, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni? Economic development. Well, pizza, too. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is one of about 20 new businesses the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation has helped locate in Portales since Greg Fisher took over as director […]

City officials hopeful grassroots effort can save post office

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner […]

New senior center director also leading transit system

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Dawn Kryder has had a wide range of experience trying to aid people through government service. The newest project for Kryder, 48, is her role as the new director for the Portales Senior Citizens Center. Kryder succeeds James “Jim” Good at the director’s job, since he retired to “enjoy […]

Cowgirl ready for down time

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When Kaylee Foster starts school as a freshman at Portales High School in a few weeks, she’s not planning on signing up for a bunch of extracurricular activities. Don’t worry about Kaylee, 14, keeping busy, though. Foster’s passion is rodeo, and the hours it’s taken to hone her skills […]

It’s their job: Former director ready for retirement

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James “Jim” Good served as director of the Portales Senior Center for a little more than 10 years and as director of the Portales Area Transit since March 2006. He talked about his job Friday, his last day before retirement. Good spent most of his childhood in California, with the exception of six years in […]

ENMU hires seventh softball coach

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Eastern New Mexico University turned to the Midwest for the seventh softball coach in the program’s history. Lauren Sigwing will leave Fort Scott Community College in Kansas to take over the Division II Zias, according to a Monday release from the university. She replaces Amber Daniel, who went 78-78 in two full seasons and two […]

Tucumcari man sought for domestic violence offense

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Freedom New Mexico Quay County police are seeking a Tucumcari man they say fled police investigating a domestic violence call Friday night. According to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department, Moses Earl Ingram, 31, led police on a chase through the city and fled on foot after crashing a stolen vehicle. Ingram has […]

Roosevelt County 11-12s post 2nd win

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — The Roosevelt County All-Stars whacked five home runs and advanced to the winners bracket semifinals of state 11-12 Little League competition on Saturday, cruising past Espanola Valley 11-4. Roosevelt County, which beat Gallup 11-1 in its opener on Friday, will take on either Cobre or Albuquerque Roadrunner in a […]

Timeliness fell by the wayside

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I honestly can’t remember it ever happening to me in my adult life until this past week. I confess, I overslept on a workday. After some 35 years of getting to work on time — if not a little bit early — I blew it by a little better than […]

Hospital bed couldn’t deter this mom

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I’m writing this column from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago – actually from the attending physician’s personal laptop. Now, if that’s not superb patient care, I don’t know what is. The question you may be asking is why am I in a hospital in Chicago? Let me start from the […]

Health revamp begins with office cleanup

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has appointed a worthy, even inspirational woman to be the country’s next surgeon general. Dr. Regina Benjamin founded the Bayou La Batre rural health clinic to serve an Alabama fishing village of 2,500. She has a refreshingly old-fashioned approach to her work, treating any and all patients regardless of […]

Border residents gather for annual celebration

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico For Farwell native Troy Christian, Border Town Days is a permanent fixture on his calendar. The end of July celebration features a parade from Texico to Farwell, barbecue, music, games and vendors. But for Christian, Border Town Days is a time for friends. “It’s just a chance to get […]

Feelings mixed on medical e-records

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Local health care providers are eyeing a federal mandate to have all U.S. hospitals and medical practices using a unified system of electronic medical records by 2017. And some are happier about it than others. The electronic medical records are part of the Obama administration’s health care reform and […]

Roosevelt 11-12 All-Stars win

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — Josh Jimenez pitched a five-inning complete game and also hit a three-run homer Friday to help Roosevelt County beat Gallup 11-1 in a first-round game of state 11-12 Little League competition. Jimenez struck out eight batters while going 3-for-4 at the plate with a single, a double and his […]