Protecting environment everyone’s job

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There on my Facebook page, larger than life, it appeared. “Become a Fan of: Stop the Wolf Killing Bill in Utah.” Though I don’t live in Utah, I find that, at least according to Facebook, I can weigh in on this conservation minded issue. So I did, and as a […]

Retiring soldier recalls experiences

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Thanks to his military career, a native Texico resident has seen the Berlin Wall come down, met with the president of an African nation and helped set up the interim Iraqi government after Saddam Hussein lost power. Lt. Col. Arthur Salguero has spent more than 20 years total in the […]

My turn: No love for liberals

When David Stevens, my esteemed fellow Astros fan and Freedom New Mexico editor, asked me to write a weekly column, I was reticent. I did not want my personal views associated with my job. More importantly, having only moved to Portales from Dallas in 1982, I know Roosevelt County liberals are not interested in the […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

It’s their job: Business expands beyond TV repair

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Robert Encinias, 59, is the owner of Robert’s TV & Appliance, an electronics store. He is a Portales native and Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He started the business in 1962. What’s the typical day like for you? “Basically we meet the customers’ need, sell things all day long, order products, stay up with the […]

It’s their job: Florist developed passion for flowers in youth

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist Background: Twenty-eight years ago, I went to Texas for florist training before I took this job and became a master florist there. Then I returned to Portales and opened this flower shop. Now I am a New Mexico advanced master florist and a member of New Mexico State Florist Association. […]

It’s their job: School advisor faces new challenges

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Name: Tracy Henderson Job: International Advisor at Eastern New Mexico University Background: Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree at ENMU and majored in public relations. After that, she continued on to get her master’s degree from ENMU. When she finished her studies, she went to Texas. She came back to Portales about three years ago and […]

Councilor withdraws from election

Freedom New Mexico Citing business and personal reasons, City Councilor Shawn Watson confirmed Thursday that he has withdrawn from the March 2 municipal election. Leo Lovett is now the only declared candidate running for Ward C. Watson said Lovett is qualified for the position and feels he will do a good job.

It’s their job: Emergencies part of job duties

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Keith Wattenbarger moved to Portales 26 years ago to play football on a scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University and decided to stay. Wattenbarger is the Roosevelt County Emergency Management director. He met his wife a week after moving to Portales. They have been married for 21 years and have five children. What is your […]

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take a holiday when it comes to public safety. Area fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies will be operating as they would any other day. “It […]

It’s their job: School resource officer provides mediation, counseling, services

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Portales Police Master Patrol Officer John Mondragon is serving as the school resource officer this year at Portales High School and Portales Junior High School. He has worked with the Portales Police Department since 2001, and has 21 years law enforcement experience. What does your job consist of? I’m a liaison between the schools and […]

RGH meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting set for Tuesday night was canceled since the board finished interviewing administrator candidates ahead of schedule. The board wrapped up interviews Monday with RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens and health care administrator Richard Smith of Clovis after candidate Jeff Comer Jr. of Arizona called to […]

Friday Roosevelt jail interim administrator’s last day

PNT staff Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

Greyhounds ready to make some strides

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Andrew Helton knows he has a big job, but he’s ready to get to work. Coming off back-to-back 0-12 seasons in the Lone Star Conference South Division, Helton has taken over the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball program. The Greyhounds (4-23 in 2008-09) open their campaign on Tuesday […]

Homeland Security unveils new job site for veterans

By Fred W. Baker III: American Forces Press Service

Engineering group hosts job seminar

Cannon Connections: Clarence Plank Job seminar participants listen to information about jobs on base for military spouses, retirees and dependents. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Family members of military personnel got advice and help in getting their resumes into the job market. The event was a job fair held on base Nov. 5 and sponsored […]

Policy opens up job opportunites to spouses

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A new executive policy has pushed open the door for qualifying military spouses to enter the federal workforce, enabling them to apply for more jobs advertised on USAJOBS. Executive Order 13473, which went into effect Sept. 11, 2009, identified three […]

It’s their job: Police sergeant encourages community to get involved

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Name: Shawn Gore Job: Sergeant with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Background: I am originally from Portales. I started my law enforcement career as a reserve deputy sheriff in 1991. I then went to work for the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 1992 for roughly a year. Then I was hired by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s […]

It’s their job: Secretary stays busy

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Name: Shauna Wade Job: Secretary for certified public accountant Terry L. Cone. Background: I am originally from Sundown, Texas. I’ve lived in Portales since 2003. I am married, and I have two daughters. Time on job: I have been with Terry L. Cone for two years. What does your job entail? Everything. I answer telephones, […]