Postal service relocation will lengthen delivery time

Benna Sayyed Mail delivery in the area could take a day longer when the U.S. Postal Service moves its Clovis mail processing center to Lubbock, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service announced its plan Thursday to move the processing center. Dates for the transition have not been set, […]

Police warn of mail scam

Freedom New Mexico According to a Portales Police Department press release, an offer being made to Portales homeowners by mail from HomeServe USA Repair Management Corp. for water service line coverage is a scam. Department officials contacted the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division and confirmed that the mail offer is a scam. […]

Letter to the editor: Rural communities need post offices

Rural communities need post offices The U.S. Postal Service is losing lots of money. People are using the Internet to pay bills and to communicate. The postal service is having to deliver mail to more people, but those same people are buying less stamps. Did the postal service or the postmaster general not see this […]

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably […]

Thursday morning briefing: Music, building and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Music, music, music Evening of music is 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Pile St., in Clovis. It features Jane Begley Saied of Clovis with acoustic, bluegrass, folk and contemporary music. There is also poetry and readings. Free and open to the public. […]

Shipmate reunion scheduled

The USS Maddox Destroyer Association (DD731, DD622, DD168) has scheduled a reunion of former shipmates for Aug. 25-28 in Branson, Mo. Information: contact Dennis Stokhaug by phone at 262-679-9409, by e-mail to maddox64@aol.com or by mail to 571 W. 14562 Hidden Creek CT., Muskego, Wis. 53150

Local experts offer tips on holiday shipping

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Alisa Boswell The time is fast-approaching to mail out those Christmas packages to kids, grandkids and more. According to Chris Shepherd, who manages the United Parcel Service (UPS) office store in Clovis, it is best to mail packages from Dec. 13-15 if they want packages to arrive to their destinations in time for Christmas at […]

Judge applications sought

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PNT staff report Interested applicants may apply by the following means: Mail: Send materials to: Gov. Bill Richardson ATTN: Legal Division State Capitol Building Suite 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501 E-mail:marcia.maestas@state.nm.us The application and background check form may be obtained from the State Legal Division by calling 505-476-2200 or on the governor’s website: http://www.governor. state.nm.us […]

ENMU briefs — June 30

Summer session beginning The second four-week summer session at Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled July 6-30. To enroll: call 1-800-FOR-ENMU or e-mail enrollment.services@enmu.edu. To register: www.enmu.edu.

Their view: Electronic messaging violates Open Meetings Act

The Las Vegas City Council last year discussed public business by e-mail. New Mexico’s attorney general recently let council members know they can’t skirt the state’s Open Meetings Act by communicating electronically. Here’s commentary from Sarah Welsh, executive director of New Mexico Foundation for Open Government: “Call it what you will. Special meeting. Work session. […]

Mail newspaper deliveries change

Due to the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its required implementation locally by the U.S. Postal Service, the Portales and Clovis post offices no longer can provide same-day mailed service of the Portales News-Tribune and the Clovis News Journal. We were told that since the local post offices are not 24-hour business mail entry units, the […]

Students take cyber safety seriously

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The avenues of communication between men and women have widened considerably with the advent of the Internet and cellular services. For those overly persistent in amorous pursuits, the phone and in-person contact have been supplemented by e-mail, Twitter and Web pages such as Facebook and MySpace. It’s no wonder, […]

Military children deserve recognition

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I received an e-mail asking me why military children get a month all to themselves. The e-mail suggested that it’s not fair military children have some type of preferential treatment or a month dedicated to them when all children should be honored. I agree that all children should be honored, […]

Local Briefs Oct. 19

PNT Staff Reports Food bank to distribute commodities The Life Saver Food Bank will be distributing commodities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building.To receive commodities, individuals must be residents of Portales, not receive assistance from other organizations and meet income guidelines.Information: 356-2005. Tickets available for Pops Dinner Concert The 2008 Pops Dinner […]

Oct. 16, 1967

Postmaster Bill Foster announced that the times that the mail was to leave Portales had changed. Now all mail had to be in by 10:50 a.m. every day rather than the former 12:30 p.m.

Pony Express rides again

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Despite heat, dust and a few slightly uncooperative horses, the mail to Pep got through Saturday. Normally that’s not a major accomplishment for the tiny little village 23 miles south of Portales but Saturday it arrived from six other southeast New Mexico communities on horseback. The newly formed Southeast […]

ENMU Chinese students arrive safely at home

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A Chinese exchange student from Eastern New Mexico University wrote in a e-mail she was only home 15 minutes when a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China on May 12. In her e-mail to Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, and to Kayla Paulk a vocal coach and accompanist […]

Cyber Monday coming

Freedom New Mexico Instead of waking up in the early hours of the morning on Black Friday to fight the mobs, shoppers can take their business online Monday. Retailers, such as Sears and Barnes and Noble, will offer promotions Monday geared toward anyone with a credit or charge card and access to the Internet, according […]

Secret passwords no fun anymore

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

Vote-by-mail promising system

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties buy […]