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 [...]