Handful of accidents reported in Portales

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By Sharna Johnson and Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police responded to 35 weather-related crashes in the city Thursday in a little more than two hours. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the accident calls started coming in just after 7 a.m. and continued until nearly 10 a.m. Of the morning crashes, only one had a […]

ENMU cancels night classes

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is canceling all classes tonight that begin at 6 p.m. or later. Golden Library will remain open. The campus will reopen and classes will resume at 10 a.m. on Friday. The University switchboard number is 562-1011.

Press Release: Legislative breakfast postponed

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast set for Friday, December 4, 2009 has been postponed due to

Holiday happenings

Empty Stocking — Financial donations go to supplement Salvation Army Christmas charity programs throughout the local area. Donations can be dropped off at the Clovis News Journal, 521 Pile, or mailed to P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88102. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Checks must be made payable to “The Salvation Army.” […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. G

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 8 Children: 7 Special circumstances: Ms. G’s husband is in jail and she is the only provider for her family. She won’t be able to afford gifts for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a Merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes medium, 5 and […]

Freedom creditors can solicit alternative plan

By Randall Chase: The Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The creditors committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Freedom Communications will be allowed to seek an alternative to the company’s reorganization plan, a Delaware judge has ruled. Following a hearing Wednesday, Judge Brendan Shannon granted the committee’s request to allow its investment bankers to […]

Groups encouraging pet adoption

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Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Caprock Veterinary Clinic and the Portales Senior Center are teaming up Friday to make a dog’s holiday wish come true by finding a new home and a loving family. “It was partially my idea based on we see so many stray dogs and cats and so many are being killed,” […]

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

Western Dairy Transport lays off about 75 workers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Western Dairy Transport in Portales laid off about 75 employees Wednesday because a large contract expired. Company President David Shelton, who works in the Stephenville, Texas, office, said WDT’s multi-year local-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America expired. The new contract was awarded to Greatwide Logistics Service, based in […]

KENW divorce program scheduled for Sunday

Freedom New Mexico KENW-TV, the area’s local public broadcasting station, produced a special called Choosing Happiness After Divorce. The special will air at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The special is based on the recently published book of the same name by Jane Thompson. The program is designed to help women regain their perspective in life after […]

Clovis health office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the H1N1 vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines are […]

Chance of snow again Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico Old man winter wasn’t expected to bring much snow overnight to eastern New Mexico. But look out. National Weather Service forecaster Mark Fettit said overnight and most of today not much in the way of snow should be happening in Clovis and Portales. “Once we get this one system […]

My mind is shallow bubble bath

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist On a weekend out of Clovis, I had a lot of time to think about things … mostly how the roadrunner pizza (pepperoni, sausage, green chili) should be featured everywhere and how commercials for a new season of “24” can always get me out of a bad mood. Here are […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Overzealous lending not just in U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The announcement that Dubai World, the state-owned investment/development arm of the emirate of Dubai on the Persian Gulf, wants to postpone payment on some $60 billion in debt by six months sent immediate shock waves through the world financial system last week. But markets recovered Friday and Monday, suggesting that while Dubai’s […]

City council approves rezoning request

Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council approved rezoning an area along U.S. 70 from Kilgore Avenue to Sunland Inc., to commercial Tuesday with a caveat sought by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. Ortega questioned what the city could do should someone purchase land in the area and want to build a home. “Could it […]

Causey holiday luncheon scheduled Sunday

Freedom New Mexico The Causey community has scheduled a Holiday Luncheon for 1 p.m. Sunday in the Community Building. Ham, turkey, dressing and drinks are to be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. Information: 273-4220 or 607-6543.

AARP seeks tax volunteers

Freedom New Mexico AARP is seeking volunteers statewide to help others with their income taxes. All volunteers are trained in basic tax law and tax forms as well as how to use computers and software. Volunteers use their knowledge, along with computers and software provided to prepare tax returns for others. Volunteers are asked to […]

Driver charged with felony manslaughter

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards, is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. D

Today’s focus: Ms. D Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” often travels to Albuquerque and Lubbock for doctor appointments for herself and for her two daughters. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 12. Boys pants sizes 10. Boys shoe sizes 4 1/2. […]