Preparations in place for Floyd Jamboree

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The Floyd Jamboree will go on this year despite no one showing for Sunday’s auditions, according to Floyd Lions Club Vice President and Jamboree Program Chairman Fred Patterson. Patterson said he still expected to have a full slate of participants. There were about 30 participants at the 2011 event. “I’ve already contacted everybody (from last […]

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Businesses: Road work minor inconvenience

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Alisa Boswell With Portales road construction blocking the front entrance to multiple businesses located on U.S. 70 (also known as Chicago Avenue), consumers have been taking four to six block detours to enter business parking lots. The project is repaving both sides of the four-lane road from Kilgore Street to Boulder Avenue. Despite the inconvenient […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a master’s in education in school counseling, said she not only has a new job but is already working it. “My husband and I just moved to Artesia and I’ve […]

Mental health needs still unmetal health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Hounds lose despite outhitting Tarleton

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Not many times does a team outhit its opponent in every game of a three-game series and still lose all three. Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team accomplished the feat, if you will, as Tarleton State completed a Lone Star Conference sweep of the Greyhounds with a 12-2 rout […]

Despite loss, Greyhounds earn LSC tournament berth

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Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s men survived a brutal eight-day stretch to win four games in a row. Saturday night against rival West Texas A&M, the Greyhounds simply didn’t have a fifth one in them. Playing efficiently on both ends of the floor, WT held the Hounds to their second-lowest point total of the […]

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 […]

Shooting victim’s widow still committed to husband

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Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems smaller. She has aged too. But despite all the changes that 17 years have brought, Shirley Ornelas has not wavered in her commitment to her husband. She was widowed May 30, 1993, in Portales when a bullet […]

Curry inmate released despite immigration hold

Sharna Johnson Law enforcement is searching for an inmate who was released Thursday night from the Curry County jail despite an immigration hold. Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood said Ramiro Chavez was released on his own recognizance by order of magistrate court. However, Norwood said there is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold in […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

milupdate@aol.com Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary of defense for wounded […]

State hiring despite freeze

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State government in the past seven months has hired 21 new employees despite an ongoing hiring freeze, state personnel records show. The records obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act show that three people were added to the payroll […]

Area residents remain charitible despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Despite downturn U.S. keeps going

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Independence Day in the United States of America: the more it changes, the more it stays the same.

One house burned in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A grassfire southwest of Causey destroyed one home and a barn and burned 1,300 acres Thursday, while homeowners escaped serious injury despite being caught in the blaze. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said the cause was unknown. He said a State Fire Marshal investigator was coming because Roosevelt County […]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]

Despite festivities, outlook still dire

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Tuesday’s inauguration of Barack Obama will truly be unique. He will be the first president younger than me. He’ll also be the first black president in our nation’s history. While I”m extremely unsure about his politics and his ability to step up to the office, the historic aspect […]

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

After misunderstanding, charity raises $1,000

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Despite a few obstacles, a group of young local residents reached out to children around the world this winter by raising money from the community. The youth at First United Methodist Church raised more than $1,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund, said local Trick or Treat for UNICEF […]