Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies [...]

The Neighborhood cleaning up obscure park

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Neighborhood, a group of Eastern New Mexico University students and community members, are joining forces to clean up La Buena Vida Park located off Juniper Street in Portales. The Neighborhood Chairman James Pearson said they are painting concrete toys shaped like giant cheese wedges. “We’re going to paint [...]

ENMU to lead rally for Haitian relief

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University students are rallying together on Wednesday to raise money for Haiti at the campus fountain. The Neighborhood service group, Associated Students Activities Board and African-American Affairs have teamed up to encourage people to come out whether or not they have money to give to a [...]

New organization working to clean up community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A new community organization at Eastern New Mexico University is working to clean and help Portales move toward recycling. The Neighborhood, which is a group of students, ENMU graduates and some Portales residents have one goal in mind — a clean and recycle-friendly Portales. James Pearson is an anthropology [...]

Neighborhood cleaning crew

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James Pearson, left, and Autumn Gonzales pick up garbage in the Portales City Park on Tuesday evening. About 10 people joined the effort. They are members of The Neighborhood, a group of young people in Portales organized to provide community service.

Police stress importance of neighborhood watch in keeping communities safe

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com “There she is,” Dawn Smith remembers hearing as her neighbor’s young daughter pointed at a blue van driving down North Oak street in front of their home. “Bless their hearts, they took off after her,” she recalled, describing how, like a flash, [...]

Local gas prices

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Richardson declares area state disaster

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a [...]

Clovis man killed in shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon near his residence. Amos Soliz was found shortly before 2 p.m. in the front yard at 817 Sheldon St. with a single gun shot wound, Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis [...]

Pepe is back, let the celebration begin

Helena Rodriguez Pepe is home again. Our precious little dog who disappeared from our front yard on July 1 is back home, thanks to a woman only a few streets from our house who responded to our lost Chihuahua ad in this newspaper on Thursday. It’s a big relief to know Pepe is safe and [...]