Mayor’s tree shines bright

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By Casey Peacock A medley of Christmas carols filled Portales city council chambers as members of the community gathered for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree that took place Tuesday night. “It’s a great event, tonight is the kickoff for the holiday season for the community,” said Mayor Orlando Ortega. “It gives us […]

Hot toys top shopping lists

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers He’s a furry, red monster with googly eyes who goes by the name of Elmo. And he tops the list of must-have Christmas toys of 2006, according to the Web site www.besttoys2006.com. The original Tickle Me Elmo doll was a Christmas favorite in 1996, with children delighting in the doll’s […]

Art exhibit promotes adoption

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining art with heart, a photographic exhibit opens at the Runnels Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library Saturday, featuring the children of New Mexico awaiting adoption. Featuring 43 photographs, the exhibit offers the public the opportunity to view photos of children, who are waiting to be adopted. […]

Foster grandparent program benefits many in community

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For some families, grandparents are the ties that bind a family together. But that blood-bond isn’t there for every child. In Portales that’s where a special group of volunteers steps up to the plate. Today is Grandparents Day and local school faculty and staff from the Community Services Center […]

ENMU grads prepare for life journey

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Eastern New Mexico University students said they were happy to share the graduation moment Saturday with family and that getting their diploma is a stepping stone in their journey to a career. “It’s a stepping stone for me,” Theo Watson, who graduated with a degree in psychology, said. […]

Good mothers are nurturing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I gained a greater appreciation for my mom and the upbringing she provided this week. It wasn’t from anything she did for me this week it came from an experience that showed me just how blessed I’ve been compared to some youngsters growing up today. I had the opportunity […]

Cannon couple help give direction

Janet Taylor-Birkey The Doherty home is filled with big brown eyes and giggles all around from having a case of what Jennifer Doherty calls “the sillies.” But the wiggling little bodies emanating the giggles are a far cry from the children who walked into the Doherty home — and their hearts —seven months ago. That’s […]

Foster care: Growing need in Roosevelt County

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The front porch is littered with trash, including broken glass, beer cans and other refuse. The paint is peeling, and the bare porchlight bulb hangs from its wiring. A woman answers the front door in worn jeans and T-shirt, and is verbally combative with Children, Youth and Families Department […]

CASA helping at-risk clients one child at a time

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By Karl Terry It’s a special volunteer job, dealing with children with special problems. Officials say there is a need for more people to get involved with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children program. The program serves children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Many times their parents are in and out […]

Feb. 7, 2006 Obituaries

Elrie Capps Services: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales. Elrie Capps, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born to Alice and Will Ray on April 5, 1911, in Rockdale, Texas. When she was 12 years old the family moved to New Home, Texas, […]

It’s a dog’s life: from a canine’s perspective

Meadow (left) and I are looking a lot better now. Our foster humans fed us four meals a day to beef us up and help us regain our health. Now we need a home. Janet Taylor-Birkey “Dog is man’s best friend.” We like to think that is true, but our lives prove that the opposite […]

Agency tour depicts life of foster child

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A gust of wind blew through the rooms of the abandoned Clovis house, twisting and turning the photos that hung from fishing line above the doorway. Youth pastor Daniel Gleaton held one still with his hand. He didn’t really need to, though. The photos were merely blueprints for the house […]

‘Pioneers’ visit fair

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Pioneer Days started with a slow attendance of about 60 people who enjoyed the music but after the music was over at around 11 a.m. some late arrivals and senior citizens from the Heartland Care Center nursing home brought that number up over 100 people. Joy Gardner, president of the […]

Dora graduate to attend ENMU

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent Dora High School graduate Saasha Foster won’t trek far from her stomping grounds as she continues her education. “I will be going to ENMU to major in art,” said Foster, one of 14 Friday graduates from Dora High School. Foster, originally from Tracy, Calif, came to the Dora area to […]

5/12 Obituaries

Jim Griffin, 61 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Jim Griffin, 61, of Odessa, Texas, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, in Logan. He was born July 16, 1943, in Clovis, to Nettie Lou and Roy J. Griffin. He grew up in Portales. He married Norma Faye Luce on Aug. 11, […]

Jan. 25 Obituaries

Lenard Bigler, 72 Mr. Lenard Lee “Buck” Bigler, 72, of Portales, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 13, 1932, in Bell County, Texas, to Ollie and Ed Bigler. He grew up in Anton, Texas. In 1950 he entered the Air Force and was stationed […]

Preparations begin for 12th annual Ag Expo

Michelle Seeber The state of New Mexico’s economy much depends on agriculture and ranching, and for the past few years, the dairy industry has brought even more dollars into the state. To keep up with the changing trends and newest products of these industries, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Roosevelt County Extension […]

Local seniors share knowledge, love with kids

Helena Rodriguez Frances Aragon may not remember all the names of her foster grandchildren, but she loves them all the same. “I forget names and faces, but I know it’s one of them when they call me ‘grandma,’’ said Aragon, who was referring, not to her own 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to the kids […]

More businesses could get in on ENMU discounts

By Mike Linn More Portales business owners may soon begin offering college student discounts, besides just cheap rent and weekly deals on pizza. Officials of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) are seeking to partner with local businesses in a project that would offer college students established discounts of 5, 10 and […]

Religion columnist writes to inspire

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Gary Mitchell When Joan Clayton retired from teaching school several years ago, she felt her days of usefulness were all but over. How wrong she was. Since then, the former elementary school teacher has now written and published seven books, 10 years’ worth of newspaper columns and numerous magazine articles. In April, a friend, Anna […]