Fitness center starts construction

By Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan and Maj. Dina Quanico: 27th Special Operations Group As part of ongoing efforts to improve and modernize facilities at Cannon Air Force Base, a portion of the fitness center renovation will begin today. During this phase, the exercise areas will not be affected. However, there will be limited access to […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Zias look to improve South position

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Dave Wagner In her first season as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball coach, things didn’t always go the way Lauren Sigwing hoped. The Zias (16-37 in 2010) managed to post Lone Star Conference South wins over West Texas A&M and Texas Woman’s, both conference tournament qualifiers, but they finished a distant last in the division […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new year has arrived, and with it targets for many in Clovis and Portales. Here are a few from some of eastern New Mexico’s most well-known citizens: • Lonnie Berry, […]

Year in review: 2010 was year of improvement projects

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Alisa Boswell Portales became a city of change in 2010 with various renovation projects to improve the city’s appearance and the flow of highway traffic. According to Mayor Sharon King and City Manager Tom Howell, Portales hopes to bring even more positive changes with the new year. One of the big projects in 2010 was […]

Our people: Driven by music

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J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from being known locally as a keyboard player. Montoya has been involved in music since the age of 11. Now […]

Our people: Agent of Service

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Erinn Burch of Clovis has run the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for eight years. She said she enjoys her work because everyone she works with is working to improve the community.

Education leader: Act locally to improve schools

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Progress is being made at the national and state levels for broad improvements in the public education of military children, but parents still should be involved at the local level to affect change the most, the head of the Military Child Education Coalition said. “With great […]

Their view: Candidate hopes to improve quality of life

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. Nancy Gentry is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Commission District 4. She’s running against Scott Burton and David Craig. Here’s what Gentry had to say when we asked about her qualifications for the job:

Dora school news — April 27

Earth Day Lana Powell, science teacher, and her classes showed their willingness to improve their surroundings by picking up 83 bags of trash Thursday. The students cleaned up the area around the school as a special project for Earth Day. Sports • Wednesday – Track meet for grades 4-6 in Elida • Thursday – Baseball […]

Hounds improve to 4-1, beat Permian Basin

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — They may not get many style points, but the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team was happy to put another game in the win column Monday night. Tyler Jefferson and Victor Reid combined to shoot 13-for-15 from the floor and the Greyhounds led wire-to-wire in turning […]

Senator holding up veterans benefits

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than a month after a new fiscal year began Oct. 1, the House and Senate are still pressing to pass a group of bills to improve veterans’ benefits and health programs, rolling them together in “omnibus” legislative packets. The omnibus bills can then be shaped by final compromises between […]

CCC, ENMU partner to improve nursing programs

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are joining hands to deliver more and better trained nurses. Officials at both institutions and Plains Regional Medical Center say that’s important because Clovis and Portales — like much of the country — are always in need of nurses. All of […]

Main Street converted to 2-way

Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal […]

Realtors: Local housing market in holding pattern

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales Realtors are starting to see the housing market improve from a dismal first-quarter but say it’s still sluggish compared to last year. But they are optimistic Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a Special Operation’s Wing will bolster the area housing markets. Aces Realty owner Benny […]

Smart driving, vehicle maintenance can save gas

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer With gas at an average of $3.99 a gallon consumers are looking for ways to improve and increase their gas mileage. Automobile manufacturers are developing newer vehicles that are fuel efficient. But what about people who are trying to get the best mileage possible from an older vehicle? Local […]

GI Bill users should see benefits increase

By Tom Philpott The Bush administration has endorsed a House bill that would improve the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) education benefits in several ways including with a 31 percent jump in monthly benefits and a new $500-a-month stipend to help cover college living expenses. The administration’s aim is not only to improve veterans’ benefits in […]