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 […]

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. […]

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 […]