Council bringing new equipment for courts, other departments

By Tony Parra City councilors approved the ratification of agreements for the installation of equipment for video arraignment at the Municipal court on Tuesday at the city council meeting. The first agreement is with Qwest providing video arraignment equipment. The city of Portales and the Administrative Office of the Courts agreed that the cost will […]

Residents replace Dora prom money

Tony Parra Students at Dora schools lost a classmate in an automobile accident last weekend. In a show of support to Clayton Stokes’ family, students donated more than $6,000 to help with their friend’s funeral expenses. That was money they’d been saving for their school prom. Now eastern New Mexico residents are responding to the […]

Retired teachers lobby for retirement funds

Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, which […]

Family that lacks a car needs help this holiday

Eric Butler Like most 16-year-olds, there’s almost nothing Patrick would like more than to have his own car. But that wish won’t be met this Christmas because it ranks well below more pressing needs — a car for his mom, for example. For Eleanor, times would be good if she had the means to provide […]

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 […]

Program offers hope to those in need

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army bell ringers stand at the entrances to stores, ringing their bells. When coins clink in little red kettles, shoppers have done something to help the unfortunate. But the Salvation Army’s efforts to help people go far beyond the clinking coins. More than 400 families in Portales and the surrounding […]

Area educators indecisive on amendments

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

Local official opposes education amendment

Darrell Todd Maurina A proposed Constitutional amendment that would spend a higher percentage of New Mexico’s land grant permanent fund is bad public policy, according to the state’s commissioner of public lands, Clovis native Patrick Lyons. Speaking at Thursday’s noon Rotary Club meeting, Lyons said New Mexico risks the future education of its children if […]

Firefighters stop traffic to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Tony Parra Scorching heat did not stop the Portales Fire Department from trying to “Fill the Boot” on Tuesday. The department is placing firefighters along busy Portales intersections to collect money in an annual fund raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will be working in shifts from 1-5 p.m. today and Thursday at the […]

Gov. says education secretary will improve school boards

Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Richardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday to solicit support for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform, which voters will decide on Sept. 23. He spent about an hour with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff members, answering questions on a variety of issues. Q. Would the creation of […]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase distributions […]

Richardson pleas for support

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Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson emphasized local autonomy and accountability when he made a pitch to Portales residents Wednesday for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform. Richardson spoke in the Portales High School auditorium as part of a barnstorming swing around the state that is expected to end in Silver City at 5 […]

Richardson heading to Portales High School

Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in Portales on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at the high school at 4:30 p.m., and answer questions about changes he is proposing to the state Constitution. One of Richardson’s amendments would transfer the […]