Tuesday morning briefing: Code talkers and how to be a Scout

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Code talker The Chester Nez: World War II Navajo Code Talker presentation is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Free and open to the public. Become a Scout The Mulligan stew dinner and Boy Scout sign-up is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Oasis […]

Support campaign rolls through Clovis

Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson The Patriot Guard Riders arrive at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 in Clovis while escorting the “Campaign 99” tour through New Mexico during its nine-day trip to Washington, D.C. Kevin Wilson Reaching the other 99 percent is a time-consuming process, so much that Code of Support organizers are losing […]

Code enforcement officer keeps city clean

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Alisa Boswell In a day in the life of Portales Code Enforcement Officer Brandi Morgan, one man’s treasure is often his own hazard. It’s Morgan’s job to tell Portales residents when they are violating a city ordinance and why. These ordinances include weed overgrowth and the accumulation of trash, stagnant water, dense smoke and anything […]

Finding choice parking spot is divine

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist According to New York Times best-seller Caroline Myss, synchronicity is an intellectual code for “divine action behind the scenes.” Using the example of “parking angels” she says synchronicity is when the right parking place shows up in front of you when you‘re running late. During Labor Day weekend, I dreaded […]

Home weatherization programs available

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Argen Duncan Homeowners meeting certain criteria in Roosevelt and Curry counties have opportunities to bring their houses up to code or have them weatherized with programs through Xcel Energy and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. The Mortgage Finance Authority has provided an allocation of about $586,000 to bring at least nine homes in Curry […]

Body code advice on way

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 […]

Residents, businesses prepare for area code switch

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico residents and businesses are running out of time before the official switch from the 505 to the 575 area code.The grace period to make the switch ends Sunday.David Rael of City Printing in Clovis has been reminding his customers about the switch over the past year.“We […]

Cell phone switch taking place next month

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phone companies are offering to reprogram cell phones for free to help subscribers in Clovis and Portales adjust to the permanent switch to the 575 area code that takes effect next month. About three-fourths of the state, including eastern New Mexico will be assigned the 575 area code. The […]

Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Staff The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse. Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared […]

Columnist saddened by area code change

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico It’s a little hard saying goodbye to the 505. On the surface, it’s just a three-digit area code for our Land of Entrapment, I mean Land of Enchantment. But the 505 is also a mentality. This area code change is literally going to split our state in half, if […]

The 411 on 575

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Freedom New Mexico The Public Regulatory Commission last year approved adding a new area code to meet an increasing demand for telephone numbers. Clovis, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties were assigned to the new 575 area code. A look at the implementation of the program • Today — The 575 area code becomes active. […]

Area code adjustments affect Roosevelt County

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The month of October will bring a new area code for the majority of the state of New Mexico, including Roosevelt County. For some it will be a minor adjustment, for others there will be lots of hassles and expense. The northwest region of New Mexico, including Aztec, Farmington […]

Council OKs growth grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City officials are hoping a $55,000 grant from the state’s Livability Innovation Fund will be the seed for a new way of approaching growth and zoning in Portales. The grant, which was approved by city council at its regular meeting Tuesday, will allow the city to undertake an effort […]

Ordinance targets delinquent code fees

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ignoring notices from Portales code enforcement officers could become significantly more expensive under an ordinance revision under review by the Portales City Council. Sgt. Brack Rains and Chief Jeff Gill of the Portales Police Department presented a report detailing the number of actions police had taken recently on code […]

Draper weaves together, art, war and Navajo tradition

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teddy Draper III has visited lots of battlefields over the last few years, including some in Iraq. But it was his trip to one historic battle site that has had a half century to heal that provided the inspiration for a mural he completed at the Community Services Center […]

Code talker shares experiences

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Be careful when mixing fiction with nonfiction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other […]

City attorney services questioned

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By Mike Linn Portales city officials haven’t requested proposals for city attorney services since 1990 — something state officials say is a violation of state procurement code. But Portales city attorney Stephen Doerr said his firm’s contract with the city is valid and requests for proposals from other attorneys is not necessary. State code 13-1-150 […]