Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty Stocking Fund effort is slightly lower than its performance from the same time last year. Maj. Rachel Gallop of the Salvation Army said as of 5 p.m. Friday $2,300 had been collected, mostly from kettle donations in front of area [...]

Attack on corn unfair

In the last few years we have watched an increasing attack on corn. The skewed reasoning is: Corn syrup is available, reasonably priced, and good for the average person, therefore; it must be bad! This is the kind of logic that has been applied to farmed salmon, Big Macs, lower taxes, capitalism and pasteurized milk. [...]

Researchers working on disease-resistant peanuts

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Argen Duncan Work by a local peanut breeder to develop disease-resistant Valencia peanuts could benefit both farmers and consumers. Naveen Puppala, peanut breeder at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, is collaborating with a researcher in Uganda to cross New Mexico Valencia peanuts with Ugandan Spanish and Virginia peanuts to find [...]

Maguire hopes to lead Zias back to success

Freedom New Mexico Earlier this summer, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire might have been ready to predict a big season for the Zias. Then injuries and a couple of defections hit. Now, the projections are a bit lower. “A winning record,” Maguire said when asked what would constitute success. “That might be [...]

Habitat searches for future homeowners

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry County is accepting applications from people who want to own the next house built in its home ownership program for lower income families. Families selected as partner families help build their new houses, which they buy by repaying a no-interest loan for only the cost [...]

Report shows assault, theft rates increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Assault and theft rates were up this year in Portales, but the crime rate is still lower than most communities, according to city police. At Thursday’s Portales City Council meeting, Police Chief Jim Gill and Capt. Lonnie Berry presented their department’s report for 2008. According to department records, there [...]

Legislators warn of short funds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With a budget shortfall estimated as high as $454 million because of a slumping economy and lower-than-expected oil and natural gas prices, legislators told attendants at Friday’s Association of Commerce and Industry legislative breakfast not to get hopes up for various capital outlay projects. “I would love to fund [...]

Customers, stations pleased with lower gas prices

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The drop in fuel prices over the last month haven’t just been good for consumers, it’s good for gas companies too. When fuel prices are high, gas companies have to pay more just like regular consumers. April Rutter, office manager for C&S Fuel in Portales, said it’s a relief [...]

VA taking steps to deal with mortgage crisis

By Tom Philpott With thousands of service members and veterans having lost homes or facing foreclosure as the mortgage crisis continues, lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise VA loan ceilings, lower VA funding fees and expand the VA’s ability to help veterans refinance loans they can’t afford. The Department of Veterans Affairs, meanwhile, is encouraging [...]

Caution urged on area roads

PNT Staff Officials were urging caution on eastern New Mexico roads this morning due to overnight snowfall. A winter weather advisory ended at 6 a.m, but weather forecasters warned blowing snow and fog would continue late into the morning. Winds were expected in the 15-to-25 mph range, with gusts to 35 mph. Wind-chill factors will [...]