Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. D

Today’s focus: Ms. D Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single grandma raising four of her grandchildren. She is struggling to provide for all of them. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have a happy Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes small, 7-8 and 10. Boys pants sizes 3, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. Y

Today’s focus: Ms. Y Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. Y” and her husband are unemployed and are struggling financially. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes large, 7-8, 10-12, 3-4 and 3. Girls pants sizes 15, 7-8, 10-12, 3-4 and 3. Girls shoe […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. G

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 8 Children: 7 Special circumstances: Ms. G’s husband is in jail and she is the only provider for her family. She won’t be able to afford gifts for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a Merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes medium, 5 and […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. D

Today’s focus: Ms. D Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” often travels to Albuquerque and Lubbock for doctor appointments for herself and for her two daughters. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 12. Boys pants sizes 10. Boys shoe sizes 4 1/2. […]

11-28 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” is unemployed. She was in a car accident earlier this year and lost her daughter and due to the accident her son had to get brain surgery. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt […]

Fund established for former Portales athlete

PNT staff A fund has been established for Ashleah D. Richards, the former Portales High School athlete killed in a car wreck Sunday. Contributions can be made at any eastern New Mexico Wells Fargo branch.

Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

Tobacco taxes take massive hike

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Federal taxes get a whopping increase on cigarettes today to help fund a $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.The bill was signed into law in February by President Barack Obama. And while it expands health insurance to more uninsured children,

School district state funding decrease

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales Municipal Schools has $211,000 less in its operational fund than expected, but the director of finance said the district has a financial cushion to prevent problems. The board of education approved a number of budget adjustments, including two decreases to the operational fund, at its meeting Monday in […]

Committee axes one source for public school funding formula

By John Sena: The New Mexican A proposed new public school funding formula took a hit on Thursday when a House committee killed a measure that would have funded it. The new formula itself was approved by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, but will take affect only if legislation to fund it passes. House […]