Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the [...]

Cattle growers wary of livestock ID program

By Argen Duncan If the discussion is a system to trace diseases in cattle, New Mexico already has a sufficient system in place, members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association said. The group covered several topics at its southeast regional meeting Tuesday night at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to information from the Cattle [...]

Road department faces budget shortfall

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Budget shortfalls from the state have the Roosevelt County Road Department struggling to maintain or upgrade county roads, Department Supervisor Ricky Lovato said Tuesday. Lovato told commissioners he has already cut back on vehicle maintenance and fuel to help save money. “They cut us again,” Lovato said. “I would [...]

Community clinics seeing wave of new patients

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The recession is causing more people in the area to turn to taxpayer-supported health centers that provide care on a sliding fee scale. An influx of new patients has already hit the only federally qualified clinic in Clovis and Portales. La Casa Family Health Center Chief Executive Officer Seferino [...]

Shorthanded Hounds host No. 13 Tarleton

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University, already at 2-5, is going into today’s game at Greyhound Stadium without record-setting quarterback J.J. Harp or its No. 2 receiver. And the No. 13 team in Division II is coming into town. The situation has all the signs of a trap game — or [...]

Home invasion experience still haunts resident

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It was late on a cold March 30, 2008, night and 82-year-old Jo Ann Vickers of Portales was already in bed when her doorbell rang. Vickers got up, looked outside her front door, but didn’t see anything. She walked back to her bedroom. “I heard a noise that wasn’t [...]

Getting to know: Volunteer likes to pay it forward

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Rose Robbins has been living in Portales for five years, and already has made an impact on the people around her. Robbins volunteers for Portales MainStreet, Portales Kiwanis Club and Portales Women’s Club. She moved to Portales from Fort Worth when she married her husband, Gary. Robbins is able to do more things to help [...]

Colleges make flu season preparations

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local campuses are taking the threat of H1N1 flu (swine flu) seriously. Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are already preparing students to try and minimize any outbreaks. “Primarily for us it is going to be educational, telling people how to avoid contagion, getting the symptoms out [...]

Official: Swine show numbers up

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By Karl Terry: PNT correspondent Kasyn Creighton may have already forgotten judge Tyler Dewey’s Tuesday night comments about her Hampshire hog but she and dozens of other Roosevelt County youth won’t easily forget the thrill of being in the show ring. The Roosevelt County Fair officially got under way Tuesday with the annual New Mexico [...]

Assistant superintendent tapped for dual role

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When longtime employee Trina Lujan retired recently, Portales Municipal Schools found the assets to fill her shoes already in the building. And, with budget cuts, the school system had ample motivation to replace Lujan with someone already on staff. Lujan, a 36-year employee was the schools’ director of Federal [...]