Food Bank meets money match for refrigeration space

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Liliana Castillo Small individual donations and a few hefty ones helped the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico match a near $150,000 donation almost two weeks before their deadline. A total of $270,000 will be used to build a large refrigerator and freezer with an attached garage area at the back of the bank’s building […]

Expect frozen Turkey day in some parts of state

Staff and wire reports Northern parts of the state saw a few inches of snow Monday, but the real cold will blow in with the Thanksgiving turkey. Temperatures will dive well below normal later in the week, said Ken Wedelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, with some areas in New Mexico […]

Police blotter — Nov. 24

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • About 4:40 p.m., officers went to a business in the 1600 block of East Spruce Street to handle a report of shoplifting. A detective heard the call of shoplifting on the police radio and saw two teenage boys run from the […]

Their view: Politicians don’t know what’s best for nation

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this letter to “everyman:” In July, my family and I visited a small living history farm, just outside of Washington D.C.. After walking miles of hallways around the U.S. capital and bustling National Mall, the change in scenery was refreshing. While strolling the quiet trails by row crops, animals […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Airport security should focus on people

As we arrive at the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgi-ving week, the government’s […]

Missing Portales woman remains in hospital

Argen Duncan A missing Portales woman remained hospitalized Tuesday after being found under a mobile home within a block of her North Avenue A home about 11:30 p.m. Monday. Maria Galvan, 63, disappeared from her residence on foot Saturday afternoon. According to a news release from the Portales Police Department, Galvan’s condition was unavailable Tuesday. […]

Fishing report – Nov. 23

Nov. 23, 2010 This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River – The flows are […]

My turn: Family’s remedies questionable

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I’m not going to get sick … I’m not going to get sick … How many times have you tried to talk yourself into this, knowing full well you’re next in line? The inevitable is happening. The more you fight it, the more defenseless you become. I had a miserable bout with the flu this […]

County farmer pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

County chamber executive director resigning

Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King has resigned as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. King said she didn’t know when her last day would be because she had committed to help train her replacement. She said she would stay until the chamber board of directors was comfortable with her leaving, but no later […]

Portales man held on burglary charges

PNT staff A Portales man has been arrested in connection with three commercial burglaries, police said. Nasario Maldonado, 28, is charged with three counts of felony burglary, according to a news release Monday from the Portales Police Department. The burglaries include one at a business in the 600 block of West Second Street reported Nov. […]

United Way campaign off to strong start

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico One quarters into its campaign, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 above what it was this time last year, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. The campaign, which kicked off in […]

Dora school news — Nov. 23

Wednesday is the last day of school this week. Students will return on Monday. SPORTS • Today — JV and Varsity basketball at San Jon, 4 p.m. • Friday and Saturday — Dora Junior High Boys play at Faith Triumphant Basketball Tournament. • Monday — Dora Junior High teams host Melrose at 4 p.m. PTSO […]

Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It […]

Elida school news — Nov. 23

• Tuesday: Lake Arthur — Junior high girls, boys — 3 p.m. Booster Club meeting following boys’ game. • Wednesday: School dismissed at 1 p.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday Basketball season passes may be purchased at the gate or the school office. Season passes are $22 for adults and $17 for students. This does not […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dora weather, school schedules and a picture of Life

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Website of the day Information from Dora’s weather station is now online as part of the West Texas Mesonet, a meteorological information project collaborating with Texas Tech University. Visit http://www.mesonet.ttu.edu/ Question of the day If you could ask your favorite genius a question, what […]

My Turn: Pay now or pay later

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I was talking to Norm Behr, who works as a circulation assistant for Freedom New Mexico. He told me about this guy he knew who got an itch and decided to just go fishing without a license at a lake in Colorado because he heard the fish were jumping […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Monday morning briefing: Free music, cooking tips and the JFK assassination

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Music, music, music The Eastern New Mexico University Steel Band is set to perform its Fall Concert at 7 p.m. today in the Music Building. The performance, directed by Neil Rutland, features selections from David Rudder, Chuck Mangione, Ken “Professor” Filmore, Andy Narell and […]