Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1961 Hometown: Grants, New Mexico Family: Sons Brandon, 22, and Craig, 15, and daughter Mariah, 17 Rhonda Sparks is also known as Mama Sparks. It all started when her oldest son’s friends started calling her Mama Sparks. The nickname trickled […]

County preps for primary elections

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Freedom New Mexico Early voting for candidates running in the Roosevelt County June 1 primary election begins May 4 and continues through May 29 at the county courthouse. Additionally and starting May 15, early votes can be cast at the Portales Public Library. There are 16 candidates running for positions including sheriff, county assessor, magistrate […]

Ute project could start as early as 2011

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Construction on the Ute Water Project is projected to begin as early as next year with completion slated by 2019, according to the Eastern New Mexico Water Rural Authority. During a presentation to the Curry County Commission, officials laid out a timeline for the Ute Water Project and set […]

Roadwork projects expected to begin

Freedom New Mexico Roadwork on two Portales projects is scheduled to begin this week. The first project involves drainage improvements and additions of gutters, curbs and sidewalks on East First Street from Elgin Avenue to Knoxville Avenue, East Amazon Street from Elgin to Globe Avenue, and East Brazos Street from Elgin to Globe. It is […]

Portales Municipal Court closing early

PNT staff report The Portales Municipal Court is closing at noon Thursday for training and will not open again for normal hours until Monday. A court spokesperson said anyone scheduled to appear during the days of the closure will not be penalized for not appearing.

Dora schools have early release

Freedom New Mexico Dora has early release In order to allow fans and families to watch the Dora Lady Coyotes play in the State Basketball Tournament this week, Dora schools will release school early on both Tuesday and Thursday. On early release days, the high school will be on an abbreviated, seven-period schedule, so no […]

Anniversaries honor trials of early settlers

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The second weekend of September, 2009, stands out in my mind as one of those “not to be forgotten” times. I had been one of a group to hike up Pike’s Peak — or rather, hike halfway up Pike’s Peak, to turn around and hike back down from the halfway […]

City clerk: Early voter turnout strong

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales officials expect a good turnout for today’s municipal election, especially if early voting is any indication. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said 296 have voted early, compared to 94 early voters in the 2008 municipal races. “If that’s an indication, I’m going to say there’s a good turnout (expected […]

Early votes more than triple 2008 numbers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales officials expect a good turnout for today’s municipal election, especially if early voting is any indication. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said 296 have voted early, compared to 94 early voters in the 2008 municipal races. “If that’s an indication, I’m going to say there’s a good turnout (expected […]

Pride comes from being early riser

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]