Old trailer lost in fire

Freedom New Mexico A fire burned the remains of an old trailer house Monday night near U.S. 70 across from Greyhound Stadium. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Golden said firefighters received the call about the fire around 7 p.m. and finished extinguishing it in about two hours. He said firefighters believe a saw used […]

ACU takes three games from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — The first “tripleheader” in Eastern New Mexico University baseball history — actually, a doubleheader plus the completion of a game suspended after three batters on Friday night — didn’t go too well for the Greyhounds. ENMU, which won Friday’s seven-inning Lone Star Conference series opener at Abilene Christian 4-3 […]

County could see property tax increases

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt County property owners are facing an increase in property values for 2010, which could mean an increase in tax payments. For property the state Taxation and Revenue Department determined to be undervalued, rates are to increase 3 percent a year for residential property and 20 percent a […]

It’s their job: Consuelo Garcia

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Dental assistant Consuelo Garcia, left, works at the office of Peter L. Thompson in Portales. She said she likes everything about her job. Patients become part of the family, and taking care of family and giving them great smiles is awesome, Garcia said.

Floyd school news

Events This week is spring break at Floyd Schools. Thursday • 7 p.m. — Floyd Country Jamboree. • 6 p.m. — Floyd Senior Center potluck. Games at 7 p.m. Friday • 7 p.m. — Floyd Country Jamboree. Saturday • 8 a.m. — Floyd track meet at Hagerman (varsity). • 7 p.m. — Floyd Country Jamboree. […]

Military gears up for 2010 Census

By Jordan Reimer: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are working with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure that all military personnel are accounted for in the 2010 Census, a defense official said. All service members and their families, whether stationed domestically or overseas, must be counted and attributed to their proper […]

Red Cross offers Babysitter Boot Camp training

By The American Red Cross The American Red Cross is offering Babysitter Boot Camp training to children, ages 11- 15, in military families. The Red Cross Babysitting class not only teaches how to provide safe care for a baby or child, but also how to prevent and respond to life threatening emergencies such as choking, […]

Portales Past: March 23, 1955

March 23, 1955: State highway crews arrived to haul caliche for the surface of the Portales road to the Clovis Air Force Base. County commissioners said they had driven the road recently and “had to be pulled through the deep sand by a road grader,” The Portales Daily News reported.

My turn: Fishermen are not all alike

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It is always a lot of fun watching people fish. I’ve noticed four different types of fishers: • Pretenders: A pretender walks around looking for the best spot to fish, usually carrying three tackle boxes around. This person is usually alone. He/she always talks about the one that got […]

RGH’s cardio unit aids in recovery

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital offers people who have had a cardiac incident or cardiac surgery a way to recover. “We’re doing everything we can to offer services to the Portales community,” RGH Director of Rehab Services Danny Justus said. “One of the services is the cardiac rehab.” Once a patient […]

Steiner teacher wins Golden Apple Award

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer Portales has another Golden Apple Teacher. Marea Smith, a first-grade teacher at Steiner Elementary School, has won the 2010 Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She learned of her selection March 3, and is scheduled to receive the award April 16 in Albuquerque. “It’s pretty exciting. I do […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Lions in Floyd, no phones in Clovis

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the dayJoking around: An old dog and a young cougar Lions roar The Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree starts Thursday and features blue grass, country and gospel music. Proceeds will become college scholarships for local high school students in need. It continues through Sunday at […]

Select committees have openings

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales is looking for people to serve on its committees: Public Safety Committee; Recreational Advisory Board; Cultural Affairs Committee; Finance/Administration Committee; Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board; Public Works Committee; and Economic Development Finance Review Committee. Submit letters of interest by April 6 to Mayor Sharon King, City Hall, 100 W. […]

State officials discourage giving chicks, ducks as Easter gifts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Livestock Board in a news release are urging families to avoid potential exposure to Salmonella by not giving baby chicks and ducklings to children as Easter gifts. “In the last four years, New Mexico has had 15 Salmonella cases […]

Israel-Palestine relations not U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The United States and Israel are said to be trying to dial back a sense of mutual outrage that has developed over the blindsiding of Vice President Joe Biden last week in […]

Monday morning briefing: Walking, biking and the power of beliefs

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing.Web site of the day Check out the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation’s site for all kinds of interesting tidbits. Example: Roosevelt County is in the top 10 percent of U.S. Communities in number of citizens who walk and bike to Work http://www.goportales.com/ Question of the […]

A lifetime of riding

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County has gone from a child insisting on pony rides to a woman who finds peace and challenge working with horses. The horseback riding instructor recently earned a denim jacket for logging 750 hours in the saddle of a registered quarter horse over several years […]

Volunteer profile: Kathy Salter

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Freedom New Mexico Name: Kathleen “Kathy” Salter Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University math professor Volunteer work: Salter works on buildings and serves as board of directors vice president for Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties. She has been the treasurer of the University Friends of Music for close to 20 […]

Former superintendent dedicated life to educating others

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Former Portales Municipal Schools superintendent Willis Firman Haynie loved children, devoted his life to education and was service-oriented, according to his family and friends. Haynie, a Portales High School graduate who led the school district from 1964-1968, died Feb. 19 in Houston at age 91. “He was very much […]

My turn: You’re an old timer if…

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Now that 50 is the new 30, and 85-year-old ex-presidents are jumping out of airplanes, how can you tell if you’re an old-timer? You’re an old-timer if you can remember … • the Green Hornet radio show, which ran from 1936 to 1943. Newspaper publisher Britt Reid […]