Brain could be next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&Ms and Home Alone — a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Career on the rise

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Quiet and unassuming, Eastern New Mexico University head baker Julio Rodriguez spends his work days rolling out pastries and breads to feed hungry students, faculty and staff. Starting in 1966, Rodriguez began working in the dish room, then later moved to the kitchen, washing pots and pans. His hands […]

Shopper stories

Freedom Newspapers Some shoppers got everything they wanted in a matter of minutes. Others fought through crowds to discover their targeted items were sold out. We talked with a few shoppers on their Black Friday experiences in eastern New Mexico. Ashly Baccas, shopping in the afternoon with family, said she has never done the early […]

Holiday showcase held in Portales

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Festooned with Christmas decorations, intermingled with family photographs and items from her home, Roosevelt County Home Economist Connie Moyers set the stage for her program, “A Christmas to Remember”, held on Monday at the Memorial Building. Showcasing projects that utilize unique ways to use family photos and preserve memories, […]

Annual lighting schedueld for Mayor’s Christmas Tree

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales firefighters and city officials were busy on Thursday putting up lights in preparation for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, which will take place on Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Started 22 years ago, the program has provided clothing items and […]

Deadline set for full payment of claims

By Tom Philpott : Military Update Service members who have household goods damaged or lost during government-directed moves will be reimbursed under a more robust “full replacement value” standard starting by at least March of 2008. Congress set the deadline in the 2007 defense authorization act signed into law Oct. 17. The National Military Family […]

Prized possessions

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Freedom Newspapers The way people decorate their desk or office can reveal a lot about them. We asked several Curry and Roosevelt county workers to share with us their most prized office possessions. • • • The smiling face of Mickey Mouse covers Curry County Deputy Treasurer Debbie Spriggs’ desk. Spriggs, who has worked for […]

Houses among featured items at ENMU auction

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Going once, going twice, sold! Several unused items from various Eastern New Mexico University departments will be auctioned off in a “giant garage-sale” Aug. 12, including vehicles, classroom items, houses and even an actual garage. The auction will be at 9 a.m. in the ENMU parking lot at the […]

Portales parents prepare for tax holiday

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Portales mother Janie Olguin said she plans to take advantage of New Mexico’s second annual sales tax holiday this weekend and buy her 4-year-old daughter, Jeiden Arellano, school supplies and clothing. Jeiden will be attending Brown Early Childhood Center. “It sounds like it’s going to be a busy weekend. Everyone […]

City wants better handle on trash

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By Tony Parra Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters and it’s causing a problem, say city officials. City staff members want these items placed in the city’s convenience center instead of the alleys. City officials said heavy appliances, sheet rock and other trash items are […]

Outdoore Rec provides play gear all year

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Many families are searching for family events now that summer has come and school is out. One problem many face is that they do not have the right equipment to do things like go camping, boating, sailing or just barbecue in the back yard. The Outdoor Recreation (ODR) office has […]

Station pleased with annual auction

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Sheryl Borden, director of marketing for KENW-TV and producer of the station’s tele-auction, is pleased this year’s seven-day tele-auction met its fund-raising goals. Borden said the station raised about $65,000 this year, utilizing 2,000 items for sale. “The auction started out a little slow during the first three days,” […]

30th KENW tele-auction looking for weekend rebound

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer An autographed football signed by the Indianapolis Colts football team, including Peyton Manning, and a pair of autographed boots signed by EmmyLou Harris are just a few examples of items that have been sold during KENW-TV’s tele-auction. “Celebrity boards are always really popular. We have various items, some of […]

Cleanup crews put a big dent in local litter

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By William P. Thompson: William_Thompson@link.freedom.com A wide array of trash and junk was picked up from alongside Portales streets and yards Saturday as city officials and the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce held the city’s fourth annual Great American Cleanup. Amie Franz of the chamber said about 200 area residents helped out in the litter pickup. […]

Airman’s Attic a treasure trove of deals

Janet Taylor-Birkey The Airman’s Attic, in Building 1249 on Arcadia Ave., carries just the kind of things one might expect to find on a treasure hunt. While there probably will not be antiques and such, someone may find the item they’ve been looking for and at a price that is too good to pass up, […]

Care package effort mushrooms into larger outpouring

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer It started innocently enough, as Eastern New Mexico University senior Lisa Hunter was just putting together a care package for a friend in Iraq a few weeks ago. “We were trading e-mails,” Hunter said, “and he told me there were guys in his company that didn’t ever get anything.” With […]

Local family opens kids’ used clothing store

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Roach family life is all about kids, so it’s only natural that when Karen Roach opened her new business reselling kids’ stuff she would name it All About Kids. Roach, who grew up in Portales and graduated at Floyd High School, opened the new store two weeks ago and […]

‘Old West’ lives in Fort Sumner

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of one of the West’s most feared outlaws, where visitors can relive the days of gunslingers, wanted men, and lawmen who […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They come to life when you paint on their mouths, noses and eyes. You get a good feeling as the Santa comes to life in your hands,” Lee said. […]

Domestic violence leaves an ‘empty place at the table’

Melanie Salazar On a purple table cloth in the Landing sits a plate, a centerpiece, a teddy bear, a golf ball and a few other things that make the place setting unique. But behind all these personal items is an empty chair. This exhibit, aptly named the Empty Place at the Table, uses an abandoned […]