Clovis superintendent candidates complete interviews

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education wrapped up two days of meetings Friday with the three finalists for the position of superintendent. The finalists, Fort Sumner Schools Superintendent Patricia Miller, Douglas (Ariz.) Unified School District Superintendent Earl Pettit, and Clovis Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley, interviewed with the school board, […]

Chamber director announces mayor run

PNT staff Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King announced Monday she is running for Portales mayor. “I’ve been committed to community service most of my life,” King said in a news release. “Now I want to expand that commitment into city government.” King said the pairing of the positions of chamber executive […]

Parade will light up downtown Clovis

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File photo The Christmas Light Parade usually attracts between 80 to100 floats. The parade will run down Main Street from 14th to Grand Streets. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The annual Christmas Light Parade will light up downtown Saturday. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and the route follows Main Street from 14th to Grand. […]

Executive order aimed at veterans

White House photo: Pete Souza President Barack Obama signs an executive order on the employment of veterans in the federal government Nov. 9 in the Oval Office. By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed an executive order Nov. 9 aimed at hiring more veterans to work in the federal […]

Hospital board chooses finalists

PNT staff reports The Roosevelt General Hospital Board chose five finalists to possibly replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino in executive session Tuesday night at the hospital. Finalists are: • RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens of Portales • Richard L. Smith of Clovis • Larry Leaming of Colorado • James Faulwell of Minnesota • Jeff […]

Executive order bans texting while driving for federal employees

By Samantha L. Quigley: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In an executive order issued Oct. 1, President Barack Obama banned federal employees from text messaging while behind the wheel on government business. “With nearly 3 million civilian employees, the federal government can and should demonstrate leadership in reducing the dangers of text messaging while […]

Charities not fazed by economy

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico executive director Erinn Burch might understandably be concerned about how much could be gathered during the current fundraising campaign, given the nationwide economic downturn since the end of the last drive. But Burch, along with others in the world of non-profit organizations and […]

EPCOG dismisses executive director

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern Plains Council of Governments has dismissed Executive Director Nick Brady. Executive Board member Isidro Garcia confirmed Brady was dismissed Wednesday. “This is a personnel matter and we really can’t elaborate on it,” he said. “With personnel matters, we’ve got to be very careful.” Garcia said the position will […]

Growth committee proposes executive director hire

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An office for an executive director/planner for the Local Growth Management Committee will be in Portales if the committee is awarded a federal grant. The decision during a Tuesday meeting of the committee, made up of Clovis and Portales representatives, at Clovis City Hall. The committee is composed of […]

CEO of Freedom Communications to head Playboy

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By Mary Ann Milbourn Scott Flanders, chief executive of the Portales News-Tribune’s parent company, Freedom Communications Inc., confirmed Monday he is leaving the company to head Playboy Enterprises Inc. Flanders, 52, said he will quit his Freedom post June 30 and become CEO at Playboy July 1. A replacement at Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications was […]

Clovis MainStreet hosting downtown makeover event

Clovis MainStreet is continuing its revitalization efforts by creating a Facade Squad, to help repaint buildings in the downtown district on Saturday. Robyne Beaubien, executive director of the Clovis MainStreet program, said she’s hoping the event will be the first of many. Beaubien said Clovis MainStreet received a grant of $1,500 from Friends of New […]

It’s their job: Sharon King

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Name: Sharon King Job: Executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Background: King grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University. Her bachelor degree is in university studies. She retired from ENMU before working with the chamber. Time on Job: Two years as executive director; 3 […]

Array of events on tap for Ag Expo

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Cowboys riding … longhorn steers? You gotta be kidding. No, the 17th annual Ag Expo features just that and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Event manager Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, said the expo’s […]

City council to meet in executive session

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Abengoa shuts down temporarily

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday the plant is “laying off some staff” because of the “general economy in the industry.” “We’re operating plants the best we can under market conditions,” he […]

President should work inside bounds of Constitution

One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and other legislation and nominating […]

Mayor: City Commission supports Thomas

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners took no action Thursday following an executive session called to discuss the status of City Manager Joe Thomas. Mayor David Lansford did issue a written statement, which he said expressed the Commission’s full support for Thomas. “We are confident with (Thomas’) leadership and consider the circumstances […]

June 29, 1981

• Dr. Robert Matheny was appointed to the position of executive vice president for academic affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. • Miss Portales Lynn Lawson, who was a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, was crowned Miss New Mexico during the pageant that was held in Hobbs. • Kraft 32 ounce jars of Miracle […]

March 30, 1982

The public information program conducted by Mental Health Resources, Inc. received a first place award at the 1982 annual meeting of the national Council of Community Mental Health Centers. Maurice Miller chairmen of the national awards committee and 1982 president of the NCCMHC, presented the awards plaque to Chuck Fleming, MHR’s executive director and Carolyn […]

Huffman leaving post at CDC and Chamber

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Kim Huffman, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, has resigned for personal reasons, according to a CDC news release. He has held the position since September 2002. His resignation is effective Aug. 31. “I think it is just time […]