Developers should secure own funding

Park 51 developers, formerly known as Cordoba House, the group behind what is popularly known as the proposed “ground zero mosque” two blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks, has catapulted its proposed project back into the news spotlight. By applying for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which […]

ENMU professor identifies newly-discovered beetle species

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University scientist has classified an amber-encased prehistoric French beetle that has modern-day relatives in Portales. A group of scientists in France recently asked Associate Professor of Biology Darren Pollock to look at pictures of a beetle they’d found encased in amber, which is fossilized tree sap. When he did, […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Based out of Albuquerque, the group features vocalist Hillary Smith, guitarist Chris Dracup, bassist Marcus Casman and Drummer Bill Veitch. Smith is […]

Club notes — Oct. 24

Clovis BPO Does The Clovis Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does held a regular meeting on Oct. 14. Prior to the meeting, Elks Exalted Ruler Gayle Hanks spoke to the group. She thanked all of the DOES for the help and support given to the Elks. She reminded everyone about the upcoming Veteran’s Day activities and […]

Church youth group helping Ugandan women

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales teenagers is reaching out to struggling women a world away. The First United Methodist Church youth group is learning about living conditions in Uganda and working to help a group of women there by selling beads the women made. They’re participating in the BeadforLife program, which provides Ugandan women […]

My turn: Song lets me know I’m not alone

Jared Tucker The praise band of Central Christian Church here in Portales does an outstanding job performing a song by Christian group Barlow Girl, and that performance is this week’s video selection. Under the direction of band director and college minister Don Thomas, singers Holly Davis and Cheyenne Keith harmonize beautiful lyrics to a song […]

Student group protesting candidate visit

Argen Duncan A disagreement has arisen among two groups at Eastern New Mexico University as to whether gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez should have been invited to speak as a role model for Hispanic people. Hispanic Heritage Month activities organizers invited Martinez to speak as a role model to encourage students, but a Hispanic advocacy group […]

Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]

Aug. 24 —

Preschool begins Patty Mohon, early childhood teacher, and her assistant, Elaine Schneider, are ready for a great year for their preschool classes. The Monday/Wednesday group started Monday; and today is the first day for the Tuesday/Thursday group.

Clovis group hosting block parties

Freedom New Mexico Christian Believers is hosting two community outreach block parties. The first is July 24 at Gatewood Apartments on W. 15th Street. The second is Aug. 28 in the Clovis Apartments on W. Grand Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help with program setup, games, food, music, supplies and teardown. To volunteer […]

Club notes — June 27

Clovis Quilters club The Clovis Quilters met June 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 13 members attending and welcomed new member Margie Truelock. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order. The group decided to skip the July meeting since vacation Bible school is that week at the church. Amy Armenta announced that the group has […]

Group working to preserve Portales Spring

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Lion’s Club is working to preserve Portales Spring, namesake of the city located on private land off N.M. 88 (Arch Highway). The Portales Lions are negotiating a lease with the landowner and plan to fence the site. There are also plans to build an observation landing for viewing […]

Business exchanging letters for CD

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Area residents can support troops and get an exclusive CD all in one place. Big Valley Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep is participating in a nationwide effort to collect a total of 1 million notes thanking troops for their service, said Big Valley sales representative Kurt Conard. The Zac Brown Band, a country group, is working […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen participate in Bataan march

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico They left as acquaintances and returned as friends. Five Cannon Air Force Base airmen from the 27th Special Operations Medical Group joined together to create a team to walk the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21 at White Sands Missile Range. Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, Airman Katherine Truty, […]

Press Release: Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station recognized by coal trade group

AMARILLO – The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group (PRBCUG) recently named Xcel Energy’s Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas as its Plant of the Year, citing its safe operation, high reliability and environmental stewardship. Tolk was one of four power plants considered for this year’s annual award. PRBCUG is a trade group that promotes […]

The Neighborhood cleaning up obscure park

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Neighborhood, a group of Eastern New Mexico University students and community members, are joining forces to clean up La Buena Vida Park located off Juniper Street in Portales. The Neighborhood Chairman James Pearson said they are painting concrete toys shaped like giant cheese wedges. “We’re going to paint […]

Service group seeks work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Eastern New Mexico University are looking for work. Eastern In Action Director Robyn Pease said the Eastern in Action service group is looking for small and large opportunities to help people April 17 in the Portales city limits. “We have 148 students, faculty and staff willing to […]

Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico ol. James Slife assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife replaces Col. James Cardoso, who will remain at Cannon, serving as second in command of the base as the new vice-wing commander. “I know you will lead them well for their […]

Ticket feature: Roping association expanding to New Mexico

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Freedom New Mexico Amarillo-based Original Team Roping Association is starting off the year by expanding to New Mexico. The group will be holding a team roping event Saturday and Feb. 13 at the Curry County Special Events Center. Whitney McCright, business manager for the association, said the association organizes team-roping events in Texas and Oklahoma. […]