Carter to interview for public defender

By Mike Linn The outgoing district attorney and a longtime public defender are vying for the top position in the district defender’s office, which will become open after Oct. 29. Assistant public defender Jim Wilson, an Idaho native, and District Attorney Brett Carter are scheduled to meet with the state’s top public defender in two […]

Pastor resigns from First Baptist

Freedom Newspapers The pastor of First Baptist Church in Portales resigned two weeks ago, and is in the process of searching for another job out of state. Philip Fike said he left the church because God is calling him to a different area. He said because he is searching for a job out of state, […]

Personalities Plus: Ernesto Gomez

Name: Ernesto Gomez. Job: Community Services Center volunteer. Age: 62 Hometown: Portales. Family: Sisters: Linda Short, Ramona Gomez. Brothers: Alfonso Gomez and Antonio Gomez. Ernesto Gomez brings his smile to Community Services Center when he shows up to work. He enjoys living in Portales and meeting people at the CSC. Gomez also enjoys participating in […]

Gregg-Cherry helps bring people to college

Name: Christina Gregg-Cherry Job: Admissions Recruiter Age (and birth date): 25, 09/03/1979 Hometown: Magdalena, NM What do you think of Portales? “I love Portales, the community makes me feel right at home.” What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sunny, about 80 degrees and NO wind!” What is your fondest memory of Portales? “Sitting on […]

Summer youth programs helps Portales students stay on track

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By Tony Parra The summer is not necessarily a break for students. Several programs in Portales offer jobs that remind students about the importance of education. The federal Clean and Beautify Program allows students a chance to earn a paycheck with up to 25 hours per week. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautify Program coordinator, said […]

Labor Department services could change for Portales

By Tony Parra It is a possibility people from Portales looking for unemployment services will have to drive to Clovis starting Oct. 1. Eastern Area Workforce Development Board chairman Jimmie Shearer said the contract for Workforce Investment Act services was awarded to community colleges. Schearer said the WIA services were provided by the New Mexico […]

Laughter not a bad career choice

By Kevin Wilson I’m beginning to think I’m in the wrong line of work. Actually, I know it. Like several of you, I’m not at what I’d call my dream job at this point of my life. I’m not at a midlife crisis, but I get a little bit closer every time I turn on […]

Next step could be a tough one for graduates

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent After four years in the classroom, many newly crowned graduates are eager to take their new knowledge and hit the job market. Not so fast. Getting a good job for some may actually be tougher than that calculus final they just got done taking. For those thousands of college graduates […]

Birdsong brings art talent to Portales

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Jon Birdsong loves art, Portales and riding his dirt bike along the banks of the Canadian River. He recently completed an animal mural at the All Pets Animal Hospital in Clovis, and he’s extremely proud that Pres. Gerald Ford placed one of his paintings in the White House. The father, husband and teacher hopes to […]

Candidates prepare for county elections

Mike Linn The filing day for those wishing to fill two seats on the Roosevelt County Commission will be on Tuesday, and so far one commissioner has pledged to run for reelection and another is undecided. Other open positions include Roosevelt County clerk, probate judge and treasurer. Those wishing to run for the positions can […]