Monday morning briefing: Christmas music, Christmas lights and who shot J.R.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Holiday music show Mark your calendars… Eastern New Mexico University will host the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. [...]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air [...]

It’s their business: The Main Place/Webb Direct 2U

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Business: The Main Place/Webb Direct 2U Location: 109 S. Main St., www.webbdirect2u.com Phone: 226-8365 Hours of Operation: noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday Merchandise/Services: Children’s clothing and accessories. Something unique about the business: The Main Place specializes in formal apparel including pageant and flower girl dresses, christening and baptismal wear, children’s tuxedos and custom [...]

ENMU official: Ill students had flu in same category as H1N1

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The presumed H1N1 cases at Eastern New Mexico University have not been confirmed as such, though information was distributed announcing confirmed cases. ENMU Vice President of Student Affairs Judith Haislett said two students tested positive for influenza A, a type of flu virus that includes H1N1, also known as [...]

It’s their job: Teresa Tapia

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Name: Teresa Tapia is a receptionist for Big Valley Auto. She was born and raised in Portales, is married and has two daughters. How long have you had this job? In September I will have been here for two years. What exactly does your job entail? I answer the telephones, direct calls and take messages. [...]

Deputy rates TRICARE ‘C+ or B-’

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Too many beneficiaries of the military direct-care health system still can’t get timely appointments, or reach doctors after hours, or establish a close family-doctor relationship with a single military physician or group. For these reasons and more , Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Elder Granger, deputy director of TRICARE and a [...]

Vee established as festival fan favorite

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Though not a direct product of Clovis’ Norman Petty Studios himself, Bobby Vee has certainly become a favorite of Clovis Music Festival organizers in recent years. A regular performer at the annual event, Vee has entertained fans with his own top ten hits like “Take Good Care Of My Baby” [...]

Factory Direct expansion to double store’s size

By Tony Parra Store representatives said customers will have a better idea of what their house will look like once more showrooms are added to the Factory Direct furniture store in Portales. June Merrick, co-owner of Factory Direct furniture, said she is hopeful for having expansion complete at the furniture store by Jan. 2. Merrick [...]

New president named for Freedom Communications

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Scott Flanders, who has professional experience in direct marketing and Internet distribution, has been named chief executive and president of Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine-based media company that owns the Portales News-Tribune. Flanders, 48, who will assume the position effective the first of the year, has held positions of [...]