Chili cook-off benefits Roosevelt County Health Council

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Cooks, get out your chili powder and heat up the stove. Chili fans, grab a spoon and a glass of milk to cool your tongue. The Portales Senior Citizens Inc. annual Chili Cook-off Contest is back. The fundraiser lets local chefs enter their chili for judging. Then, chili fans […]

Sheriff looking to expand inmate crew services

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sheriff Darren Hooker is looking to expand the services of inmate work crews from public to private property. The crews have long provided cleanup and trash pickup services along public roads and streets. Now, Hooker says they will repair damage to private property if it is due to a […]

CCC, ENMU partner to improve nursing programs

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are joining hands to deliver more and better trained nurses. Officials at both institutions and Plains Regional Medical Center say that’s important because Clovis and Portales — like much of the country — are always in need of nurses. All of […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One non-profit organization in Clovis, called Junctions, aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse […]

Official: Women should be on subs

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Women should be allowed to serve aboard America’s fleet of nuclear submarines, the nation’s top military officer, Adm. Michael Mullen, quietly has told the Senate Armed Services Committee. If the Navy agrees to it, this would be a huge policy change and potentially a significant expansion of career opportunities for […]

Government only here to serve justice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Most of the time, those of us who write columns address fairly specific issues and have only a little space to call upon general principles. But it is such general principles that guide the thinking behind the comments on special topics. Even the most pragmatic among us, who […]

Federal Web watch poor proposition

Freedom New Mexico The phrase “net neutrality” has an ingratiating appeal. Net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission would “prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information” over their networks, the Associated Press reports. Proposed rules also would “bar Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications Inc. … from […]

PMS satisfied with projected grad rates

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Department of Education over the release of tentative graduate rates. With rates exceeding the national average, Portales doesn’t have much of a reason. But other schools in eastern New Mexico have lower marks […]

Main Street converted to 2-way

Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal […]

Zias post fourth consecutive shutout

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A letdown wasn’t a fear, or an option, in the Zias’ minds. Two days after upsetting rival West Texas A&M to open Lone Star Conference play, Eastern New Mexico picked up right where it left off, pushing its shutout streak to four in a 3-0 victory over New Mexico […]

Sept. 29 ENMU Briefs

Employee, alumni briefs • Professor of Special Education Michael F. Shaughnessy and Gerard Casey of University College, Dublin, Ireland, have a paper accepted for publication in the International Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving.

Hounds break away in second half for 5-1 win

Freedom New Mexico Freshman midfielder Diego Santos scored two second-half goals Sunday to help the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team pull away from winless Adams State 5-1 at the ENMU soccer pitch. The Greyounds (7-2-1) and Grizzlies (0-7-3) played to a 1-1 tie in the first half, but ENMU dominated the second stanza. […]

Retirement reception set for longtime bank employee

Wells Fargo Bank in Portales will honor bank employee Jan Griffith on her retirement with a public reception Thursday. Griffith has been a bank employee for 34 years and will be honored from 2-4 p.m. at the Wells Fargo branch at 316 W. Second St.

Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

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Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father. Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September. What’s the most […]

Portales couple charged child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]

Press release: Main Street switching to two-way on Wednesday

Beginning Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Main Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from the current one-way traffic configuration. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has partnered with the City of Portales to complete the transition from the one-way to two-way street. The NMDOT and […]

Creative living: Pairing food, wine featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on working with paneling, pairing food and wine, and recipes made with grapefruit will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. and noon Thursday. If your home was built in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s, chances are you have paneling. Joan Hultman is going to […]

Race irrelevant to conducting surveys

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Recently a woman identifying herself as calling for the Rasmussen Group asked my views on President Obama’s current and expected performance. I answered pretty much as anyone who knows me would expect. I said, in essence, that his economic policies sucked. I was also asked a bunch of […]

Zias stun sixth-ranked Lady Buffs

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — So far this season, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team hadn’t given an indication of beating a top-10 opponent. Maybe facing rival West Texas A&M was all the Zias needed. Freshman forward Brittany Bustos found the net from close range late in the first half, […]

Best part of gardening is sharing

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Linus of Peanuts fame would be proud. “The Great Pumpkin” hasn’t descended on my garden but “The Great Zucchini” has arrived. I’m not sure how a person can carefully search a garden each morning for squash and cucumbers that are just the right size for tenderness, then out of the […]