Love notes become Christmas legacy

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Editor’s Note: This column has been printed in the anthology “Christmas Traditions.” Reprinted with permission from Adams Media Corp.

Concept of giving not lost on farm

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The week before Christmas the farmer announced to the animals that he would not be giving them the traditional cheese and sausage box. The pig was relieved. The farmers suggested instead they should draw names. “Does that include non-domesticated animals, too?” asked the armadillo. “Yes, But only warm-blooded,” was the […]

Distributive justice not justice at all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist For a long time, political philosophers were interested in identifying the nature of justice. It started with Socrates and lasted to when John Stuart Mill did his work, although by that time there had been talk of this thing called distributive justice. By now, most political theorists dwell […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Region wakes up to snow

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico It just might be a white Christmas on the High Plains. An overnight storm brought blowing and drifting snow to the area Thursday, making roads slick and dangerous. About an inch of snow fell overnight. The National Weather Service is predicting high winds — 30 mph to 40 mph […]

N.M. dairies to share nearly $3 million

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Farm Service Agency says it will issue nearly $3 million in payments to dairy farmers in New Mexico. The payments will be made through the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program. Eligible producers will receive a one-time direct payment based on the amount of milk both produced and commercially marketed […]

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of […]

Jan. 1, 1953

According to the Portales Tribune, a local contracting firm has been awarded $25,000 in contracts for construction work at the Clovis Air Base with work scheduled to start in the near future. The contracts were awarded to Ison and McCrary of Portales for work in remodeling buildings in the hospital area of the Clovis base.

Thursday morning briefing: grants and Hawaii Bowl

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

Local schools unaffected by GI Bill slowdown

Staff and wire reports Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims […]

Police make Christmas deliveries

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Police Department has been working to provide toys food for families in the area through the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive since November. As of Wednesday, Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said 760 children, 58 more than last year, had received toys. […]

Business feature: Video game store provides safe environment for teens

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PNT staff Kayce Whitacre and her son opened a new business that caters to gamers and collectors alike. The Echo Chamber has been operating for a couple months, located in the shadow of the Portales Fire Department. Whitacre’s son, Andy Anderson, and his wife, Samantha, are volunteering to help her. The store offers used video […]

Empty stocking fund raises $7,558

Freedom New Mexico The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the […]

Blackwater Draw museum closing for winter break

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Museum will close for winter break from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Jan. 4. The museum is on U.S. 70 approximately 7 miles north of Portales near Greyhound Stadium. Information: Matt Hillsman at 562-2202.

Hospital board shows profit

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt General Hospital is showing a $656,000 profit, but revenues are down for December. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens told the hospital board Tuesday the holidays are hard on the hospital revenue. “Nobody wants to pay their bills during the holiday season,” Stevens said. Stevens said expenses for the hospital were normal. […]

Drug task force makes significant cocaine bust

Freedom New Mexico The Region V Drug Task Force has intercepted what investigators call a significant amount of cocaine being transported to Clovis Monday. Jorge Sanchez, 31, and Felipe De Jesus Gandara, 31, are being held without bond on an immigration hold, charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine, according to Curry County […]

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico If shopping at North Plains Mall is any indication, it’s beginning to look a lot like economic recovery this holiday season. Mall Manager Cindy Banister said it appears Clovis area retailers are fairing better than other areas of the country hit hard by the global economic downturn. “Our sales […]

Restaurant hosts annual community dinner

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer El Rancho Restaurant is reaching out with Christmas turkey and posole once again this year. The restaurant is continuing its tradition of serving a free Christmas dinner for the sixth year. The meal is free and open to anyone. “We just get all kinds of people from all walks […]

12-23 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. S Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband is the only provider for the family and will not be able to afford any presents for the kids. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 14, 12, 6 and 4T. Boys […]