Military addresses need for linguists

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Army Sgt. Amy O’Keefe, a signal intelligence specialist, was frustrated while in Iraq in 2003 trying to tell local women they needed to be searched for weapons before they could enter Army health care clinics. “There would be people here or there who could speak enough English where we would […]

It’s Their Job: Gary Partin

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Gary Partin Job: Director of Home Health, a department of Roosevelt General Hospital Background: Partin graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in criminal justice and psychology. He worked at the Home Health department of Plains Regional Medical Center for seven years before coming to Portales to start […]

County Commission District 2 candidate: David Sanders

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Name: David C. Sanders Sr. Age: 72 Occupation: Retired Running as incumbent for: County Commissioner, District 2 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Roosevelt County Commission, Emmaus Board, Chairman Roosevelt-Yucca Telecommunications, Chairman Arch Senior and Community Center, nine years on the county FSA Committee, and Roosevelt County Peanut Commission. Why are you running for county […]

State legislators talk business

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Small business owners need to get more involved in the creation of state regulations pertaining to businesses, according to Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure. More than 70 people attended Friday’s ACI breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, including small business owners and city, county and state […]

Local man in need of heart transplant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Portales native is being treated at a Texas hospital awaiting heart transplant. Charles ‘Charlie’ Crane was admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston when doctors in Lubbock diagnosed him with a heart virus, said Charlie’s wife, Martha Crane. “Charlie is out of the hospital and […]

Domenici’s service deserves recognition

By Kevin Wilson Pete Domenici’s been serving New Mexico for four decades, and I hope one of his greatest acts of service doesn’t go ignored. Domenici, who is leaving the Senate due to health reasons, made an address to what is the final state Legislature of his Senate career. The longtime Republican spoke not of […]

Pearce talks Cannon, immigration

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., stopped in Clovis on Tuesday on his campaign trail through eastern New Mexico. In his sixth year as a representative, Pearce is running for the Senate seat held by Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Domenici will retire at the end of his term this year. […]

Wilson talks water, economic development in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., visited Clovis on Tuesday on her campaign trail for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Pete Domenici. Domenici will retire when his term ends this year. Wilson has served for nearly 10 years as District 1 representative. The district includes Albuquerque, Torrance County and […]

Ribaudo: New Greyhound passing offense requires new crop of recruits

Freedom New Mexico Get ready for Air Ribaudo. Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds are scrapping their option offense next season, and have recruited accordingly as they prepare to make the change. National signing day for football is Wednesday, and Ribaudo said he hopes to have about 30 letters-of-intent in hand […]

New AFSOC commander visits Cannon

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Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor This week Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base since taking command in November. He talked with Freedom New Mexico Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that […]

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has […]

Pearce discusses water project, farm bill

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Name: Steve Pearce Candidate for: U.S. Senate Education: New Mexico State University with a BA degree in economics, earned an MBA at Eastern New Mexico University. Experience: U.S. Congress, five years, New Mexico House of Representatives four years, owned an oilfield services firm, served as a pilot in Vietnam. […]

Senate candidate states position on hot topics

Compiled by Karl Terry Name: Heather Wilson Candidate for: U.S. Senate Education: Air Force Academy graduate, Rhodes Scholar Experience: U.S. Congress nine years, Cabinet secretary for New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families department, National Security Council Staff at the White House during the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Warsaw Pact, former […]

Fund helps neighbors in need

Freedom New Mexico The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of this newspaper and the local Salvation Army, kicked off its annual campaign on Friday. For the next month, we will tell you stories about area residents whose lives are more challenging than most. One woman is out of work because of her health, but […]

It’s their job: Ginger Boone

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Ginger Boone Job: Owner and operator of Joe Boys Time on the job: One year and one month Background: Over the years, Boone has owned several businesses in the Portales area and worked in retail. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. I do all the buying, I […]

Cold weather making way to area

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A cold front is expected to settle into the area for the next several days, plunging the temperatures into the 20s today, according to the National Weather Service. A chance of rain and showers is predicted for Thanksgiving Day, with temperatures to be in the 30s and 40s, according […]

It’s their job: Al Bettina

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Name: Al Bettina Job: Volunteer in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Community Services Center. Time on the Job: Bettina has been a volunteer for various programs in the community for many years. Background: Retired as the dean of the College of Technology at Eastern New Mexico University in 1982. Q. Describe what your […]

It’s their job: Susan Berry

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Name: Susan Berry Job: Secretary at the First Baptist Church Time on the job: Four years Background: For five years, Berry was a supervisor of dispatch at the Portales Police Department prior to working at the church. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. Meeting people, setting up appointments, […]

Hounds get final tuneup

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Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University football team will have its final dress rehearsal today with a 9:30 a.m. intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw. The Greyhounds, who open the season Aug. 25 against NAIA member Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., are having their third intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason. Coach Mark Ribaudo said the […]

It’s their job: Chelsea Pinedo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Chelsea Pinedo Job: Receptionist at Fitness and More Gym and server at Pizza Hut. Time on the Job: Three weeks at Fitness and More, and one week at Pizza Hut, though she previously worked at Pizza Hut for nine months before starting back to work for them again. […]