Card games building community in eastern New Mexico

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Alisa Boswell The term gamer isn’t just for athletic endeavors. It can also apply to friends in a friendly table battle. The term certainly applies when it comes to collectible card games, which bond many throughout eastern New Mexico. Two of the largest collectible card games are Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering. These games, and […]

State regulators close First Community Banks

Freedom New Mexico Regulators with the New Mexico Financial Institutions Division shut down First Community Bank, which has branches in Clovis and Portales. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released a statement Friday that said it was named the receiver. According to the statement: l The bank failure and its sale is expected to cost the […]

Ticket feature: String quartet to perform in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico A string quartet with unique twist will perform for Clovis community members Feb. 19. Brooklyn Rider is described as “adventurous,” with a “hip” contemporary take on classical music, according to promotional material from Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Balancing a devotion to existing quartet literature and creating new works, Brooklyn Rider […]

Economic activity spiking in region

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Sharna Johnson Portales and Clovis are experiencing economic energy despite a rough economy, according to economic development directors in the communities. Greg Fisher, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation executive director, spoke of expansion in a variety of areas. Recently the Abengoa bioethanol plant reopened after two years of inactivity, employing nearly 50 people, and trucking […]

Community commemorates King

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Argen Duncan A number of Portales citizens heard a call to live out Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of love and service to others Monday. The community’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. event, with the theme “celebrating” our youth, began with a march from the Roosevelt County Museum to the Memorial Building. The Cannon […]

Rec center director discusses new plans

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Argen Duncan New Portales Recreation Center director Jodi Kibbe is aiming to make the facility more a part of the community. Kibbe started the job Jan. 3, and said it’s going well. “It’s busy. The staff that works here is really great,” Kibbe said, adding the other center employees helped her get to know the […]

Their view: Thanks offered for community’s help

Thanks offered for community’s help James Salgado of Portales took time to thank those who helped him attend a baseball camp in Florida during the holiday break: Christmas gifts come in many packages. Mine came in the form of a great opportunity. During Christmas break I went to a baseball camp in Bradenton, Fla, called […]

TV channel devoted to community

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Argen Duncan Portales is one of a few cities to have its own community cable channel, according to the Comcast cable operations manager. Portales Community Television Channel 19 is available to the approximately 2,500 Comcast customers who use the company’s basic service in Portales, said Comcast Operations Manager Spencer Debord. The channel shows information about […]

Salvation Army reports donation increase

Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last five years. Between Red Kettles and the Empty Stocking Funds, $52,034 was raised this year. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Maj. Jim Gallop, who came to Clovis from Las […]

Christmas dinner community tradition

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Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many to be with family, friends and enjoy a hot meal. The event saw 164 people in just the first two hours. The four-hour event usually draws 300-400 people each year and a final count will be announced […]

Our people: Community provider

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Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working in the community. He continues that today after 21 years running the Summer Food Service Program, which fed […]

Residents sought for focus groups

PNT staff report The new Portales Quality of Life Committee is looking for community residents to participate in focus groups, according to a news release from the Regional Growth Planning Office. Multiple focus groups are set to meet at the end of January at various times of the day for no more than two hours, […]

Xcel awards CCC $4,000 grant

The Xcel Energy Foundation this week provided a $4,000 grant to Clovis Community Colleges, according to a press release from Xcel Energy. The $36,000 in grants made to nine nonprofit groups were made through the Arts & Culture focus area of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which grants money to nonprofit groups working in towns and […]

Community helps spread Christmas cheer at children’s homes

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By Alisa Boswell: PNT staff writer A day at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales is almost like any other family household. There is the daily routine of the children going to school, coming home and doing chores and homework. But during the holidays, family takes on a special meaning with lots of […]

Holiday luncheon set

Freedom New Mexico The Causey Community Holiday Luncheon is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Causey Community Building. Meat, bread and drinks are provided. Attendees are asked to bring salads, other vegetables and desserts.

Their view: Coyote hunt setting bad example

Coyote hunt setting bad example The Curry County community of Grady was scheduled to host a coyote hunt this weekend with two purposes — thin the coyote population that threatens cattle ranchers and raise money for school athletics teams. A Grady resident complained about the event, saying coyote killing should not be sport. Anonymous reader […]

Volunteers feed more than 500 people at community Thanksgiving dinner

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Argen Duncan The annual Portales community Thanksgiving dinner served more people than ever Thursday, an organizer said. Portales Community Outreach offers the turkey dinner at the Memorial Building free to the public every year. Organizer Joe Parie said the event had a little more than 500 people coming by the Memorial Building or having a […]

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 […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Based out of Albuquerque, the group features vocalist Hillary Smith, guitarist Chris Dracup, bassist Marcus Casman and Drummer Bill Veitch. Smith is […]

Curry Commissioners selected for steering committee

Freedom New Mexico Four Curry County officials have been selected to serve on steering committees for the National Association of Counties, according to a release from the organization. Commnissioner Wendell Bostwick was appointed to the agriculture and rural affairs steering committees. Commissioner Caleb Chandler was appointed to the justic and public safety steering committee. Commissioner […]