County residents not taking help

By Tony Parra Help is out there for people in need of income support. Many people are just not aware of it or are too shy to ask for it, according to Pamela Hyde, Secretary of the Human Services Department for New Mexico. “It’s important to us to make everyone aware of the problem,” Hyde […]

Grocery store set to open Friday

By Helena Rodriguez When Super Save grocery store opens in the former IGA location at 7 a.m. on Friday, customers will see many familiar faces along with an expanded Mexican food section featuring imported and exported products. The former IGA has been closed for 35 days during a change of ownership. Russell Inc. of Cimarron […]

Church set for second food giveaway

By Michelle Seeber Trinity Family Church members are preparing to give away about 28,000 pounds of food from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at their Family Center, located at 601 S. Ave. B. Pastor Jim Maxwell said the church is giving away the food in conjunction with Open Door Ministries of Joshua, Texas. “We’ve done […]

Postal employees prepare for food drive

By Michelle Seeber The National Association of Letter Carriers in Portales is working with the U.S. Postal Service to prevent hunger among the needy. Letter carriers in the community on May 8 will collect canned and packaged food left in or near mail boxes and give it to the Community Services Center in Portales. Portales […]

Gov. Richardson calls session ‘major victory’

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers said […]

Residents outraged over commodities

Mike Linn Residents of south Roosevelt County are upset about a new commodity program, claiming portions of the food distributed last week were rotten and inedible. “The squash they sent was absolutely ridiculous — it was ruined. It was not edible,” said Mavis Carmichael of Garrison. “And I cooked the turkey because I didn’t want […]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas

Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident of […]

Local church sponsors giant food giveaway

Helena Rodriguez Members of Trinity Family Center feel God has blessed the church, and in return, they want to share that blessing with others by hosting a food giveaway. With the help of an anonymous donor, the church will give away an estimated 22,000 pounds of free food to families at noon on Saturday. There […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts

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Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from noon […]

Taxes could rise on gas, cars, homes

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A tax reform commission has recommended no change in the tax on food but proposed higher taxes and fees on gasoline, motor vehicles and homes. The Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission voted 16-7 on Tuesday to approve a package of tax change recommendations, which […]