Local charity starts fund-raising year

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico has been an area of uncertainty with the future of Cannon Air Force Base and an area compelled to give to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. A local charity wants residents to remember there are other uncertainties in the area and more local people with needs. The […]

City representatives thank community for its generosity

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer City representatives commended Portales citizens for their generosity when called upon to help Hurricane Katrina victims and to raise money for the muscular dystrophy association. Capt. Chuck Haman, emergency management director of the Portales Fire Department, said at one point it looked like Portales would receive 100 evacuees. “As a […]

Fireworks fund in need of donations

By: Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is in the process of kicking off its annual Fourth of July fireworks fund-raising campaign according to Sharon King, chamber manager. “The goal that we have set for the chamber is $10,000 for this year’s celebration,” King said. The chamber has achieved $6,000 of […]

Area fund-raising leaves family ‘overwhelmed’

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor DORA — When Kellie Bilbrey was getting the word out on a fund-raiser for her 3-year-old niece Hope Bilbrey, she tried to be realistic about the donations she and her family would receive. “We were hoping maybe we could get $20 each from the kids and get $2,000 or […]

Madrid says drug culture can change

Freedom Newspapers Patricia Madrid is New Mexico’s attorney general. She was in Portales on Thursday to discourage alcohol consumption among students. How can law enforcement and the community help combat the problems of alcohol? We know that for any program to be successful, we have to have the involvement of the entire community. We now […]

Community gears up for Relay for Life

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Every time Kevin Gardels plays his songs about his battle with cancer, he likes to think it’s meaningful to at least one new person. This week, Gardels wants it to be meaningful towards a friend who died of cancer, as Portales residents will take steps of their own in […]

Black coming to help Miss Rodeo

By Lesli Radford According to the Washington Post, “he could make a dead man sit up and laugh.” The New York Times describes him as “probably the nation’s most successful living poet.” Baxter Black says he just wants to be remembered as “someone who didn’t embarrass his friends.” A former veterinarian, Black said he stumbled […]

ENMU officials clarify details of alleged embezzlement

PNT Staff An Eastern New Mexico University official said Tuesday that most of the money alleged to have been embezzled by a former university employee came from the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association and not from ENMU. Tammy Jo Garcia, 32, is charged with embezzling $138,314 from a NMHEAA fund and $1,359 from ENMU, […]

Club uses chili to help children

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By Kevin Wilson Dave Russell thinks he’s got a patent on his hands. Russell, a Kiwanis club member in his first experience with the group’s annual chili supper fund-raiser, explained his findings. “You take the bowl, put in the chili,” Russell said while demonstrating, “then put a tortilla on top of the bowl” to keep […]

RCDC addition will cost $2.6 million

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners were told Tuesday it would cost an estimated $2.6 million to build a 72-bed addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The proposed addition to the current 83-bed facility would be funded in part by a gross receipts tax increase of 1/16th of a cent that went into effect […]