‘Quality of life’ benefit falls short

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Disabled veterans were thrilled in 2007 when the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission asked Congress to enact an immediate “quality of life” increase to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The special increase, said VDBC commissioners, should be across the board, benefiting all veterans with service-connected health conditions, and […]

Our people: Hunger buster

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Nancy Taylor has lived in Clovis since 1972. She was instrumental in starting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in 1983 and loves what she does because she helps people. Tell us how you met your spouse. The Rust Tractor General Service Manager was conducting a meeting for his out of town managers at […]

Magician to perform at ENMU

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Kevin Wilson Most kids get asked what they want to do when they grow up. Josh McVicar was doing it before he grew up. “The only thing I’ve ever done in my life was magic,” said the St. Louis-based McVicar, who will perform Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. “It was my first job, doing […]

Taxpayers not taken into consideration

Freedom New Mexico We suspect that if Congress had asked, American taxpayers would have emphatically explained they don’t want to pay to bail out failing companies. Nevertheless, Congress approved $700 billion in late 2008, ostensibly to stabilize the financial system by injecting tax money into banks and other financial institutions. Most Americans, it seems likely, […]

My turn: Friends offer kitchen wisdom

Argen Duncan In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. […]

My turn: Facebook friends talk cats

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I asked Facebook friends for stories about the best cats they’ve ever owned.Pep’s Betty Williamson offered the tale of “Fizz Bomb,” named after a “Western Horseman” cartoon character:“Fizz ruled our roost for many years and is remembered for fishing from our aquarium and hitchhiking between our house […]

My Turn: ‘Motor Mouth’ nickname faded away

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I asked my daughter Laura the other day, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?,” and she gave me a questionable look. She wasn’t familiar with this saying from my childhood. Mom would always say, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?” because I was always yakking. In fact, my nickname at school was […]

New foreman started family at H-Bar Ranch

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By Ruth Burns: PNT correspondent When the Winfreys sold the H-Bar Ranch to Jim Newman and Tom Trammell in 1897, Newman asked his cousin (my grandfather), R. L. “Bob” Wood, to take over the ranch as foreman. Bob had come with Newman to the DZ Ranch near the present town of Arch in 1882 and […]

Desire only qualification needed

By Grant McGee: FNM columnist I was at one of those community dinners we have around here from time to time when someone asked me a question that gave me pause. “What sort of training did you have to have to be a DJ?” asked Robert, who was in charge of taking tickets. I got […]

Weather forces Zias on road for opener

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When asked who would be the toughest Lone Star Conference challenges for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball squad, senior Alex Mayo Otis started the list, but paused after the first three. “Pretty much, I could name all of them,” said Mayo Otis, a three-time All-LSC South Division selection. “There […]

Race irrelevant to conducting surveys

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Recently a woman identifying herself as calling for the Rasmussen Group asked my views on President Obama’s current and expected performance. I answered pretty much as anyone who knows me would expect. I said, in essence, that his economic policies sucked. I was also asked a bunch of […]

Section of Kilgore to close

PNT Staff Report An additional road closure has been scheduled today on Kilgore Avenue between Spruce Street and the traffic light at U.S. 70 expansion at Sunland. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to pave asphalt. Motorists are asked to obey signs and personnel placed around […]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans […]

May 24, 1947

May 24 was set as Poppy Day in Portales and throughout the U.S. The public was asked to wear a memorial poppy in honor of those who died in the two world wars. The Auxiliary and Campfire groups of Portales distributed the handmade, crepe paper flowers created by veterans of the wars.

Portales man requests self-representation at trial

PNT Staff Report A man accused of breaking into a Portales home and beating an 82-year-old woman has asked to represent himself at trial. Preston Blake, 25, faces more than 18 years in prison in connection with a 2008 residential burglary at the home of Jo Ann Vickers. At the beginning of testimony on Wednesday, […]

Division III athletic director seeks to make move up to ENMU

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Dick Kaiser was asked how he’d be able to make the transition from Division III Defiance College to Division II Eastern New Mexico University. After touting his experience at the NAIA level, the longtime DC athletic director answered with 10 numbers — 317-917-6003, the membership services number for the […]

ENMU Faculty/Alumni Briefs

Dale Streeter, assistant professor of history, presented a paper Oct. 3 at the annual meeting of the Texas Medieval Association in Lubbock. His paper was titled “Durand de St. Porcain’s Brief Episcopate at Limoux: Conflict or Convenience.” Michael F. Shaughnessy has recently been asked to serve as a reviewer for the South African Journal of […]

NAIA playoff Hounds reunite after 25 years

By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico A quarter of a century ago, a young Eastern New Mexico football team was asked to make a commitment to each other. ‘Hold onto the rope’ was the team motto of the 1983 Greyhound football team. The rope brought a handful of them back for a homecoming reunion. Head […]

School dress code policy will go unchanged

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal School Board voted Monday to retain the school dress code as written. During the September school board meeting, Superintendent Randy Fowler said the board would review the policy in response to a parent complaint. Nkoshe Seales had asked the board to revise its policy on piercings […]

Editorial: Risk-takers should suffer consequences

The city of Galveston, Texas, has asked Congress for $2.2 billion to repair hurricane damage to the island city’s port, rebuild infrastructure and housing, restore beaches and give grants to small businesses. It has become traditional, of course, for Congress to appear generous in such instances by appropriating large sums of other peoples’ money in […]