Food donations exceed 3,600

Freedom New Mexico More than 3,600 cans and non-perishable food items were donated to area food banks as part of this year’s United Way Campaign kickoff events held Thursday in Clovis and Friday in Portales, according to a UW press release. United Way awarded “Community Spirit Award” trophies to

Cities to share tourism dollars

Freedom New Mexico About 145 New Mexico non-profit organizations and governmental entities will share more than $1 million awarded through the New Mexico Tourism Department’s annual Cooperative Marketing Program. Locally, that list includes: • City of Tucumcari: $10,000. • Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce: $22,000. • Fort Sumner/De Baca County Chamber of Commerce: $1,500. • [...]

Editorial: Inflation 101 — Take control of expenses

Be an inflation warrior, not a price victim. Free yourself by taking control and living smart. Be a strong American, not an easy mark. Here are a few tips: Buy lots of shelf-stable and non-perishable foods to stock up the shelves, pantries and deep freezes. Not because the world’s ending, but to make the best [...]

United Way distributes funds to non-profits

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico distributed funds from its 2007-2008 fundraising campaign Friday during its annual meeting. The organization collected about $580,000 for Curry and Roosevelt counties. The money includes designated and undesignated donations, according to United Way director Erinn Burch. Designated funds were donations to a specific group, she [...]

Council returns Abengoa fines

PNT Staff The Portales City Council returned $143,000 in fines levied towards Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. for industrial discharge violations at Tuesday’s regular meeting. In June, the city found the ethanol producer in non-compliance of a 2006 ordinance limiting industrial discharge to the city’s wastewater treatment stream. During that meeting, councilors moved to fine Abengoa $1,000 [...]

Death of Hussein gives people reason for hope

Editorial Each faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance and [...]

Military trying to pinpoint ‘quality’ dropout

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Army struggling to attract enough “quality” volunteers is enlisting thousands of additional high school dropouts using an experimental screening tool to identify those most likely to complete their enlistments. The Two Tier Attrition Screen (TTAS) is an added “quality indicator” that officials hope will allow the Army to take in [...]

Non-traditional students establishing honor society

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Joe Lafuente and others have been working to create an honor society geared toward non-traditional Eastern New Mexico University students. The school was granted a charter in October by Alpha Sigma Lambda, thereby becoming the first chapter in New Mexico, according to Lafuente, student director for non-traditional student educational [...]

TRICARE trying for those overseas

By Tom Philpott: Freedom Newspapers In decades past, the U.S. military discouraged family members from joining loved ones on “unaccompanied” year-long tours to places like South Korea, Okinawa, Guam and more remote tours in “Cold War” Europe. “Non-command sponsored” dependents who traveled to these assignments often were seen as a distraction and strain on support [...]

Feb. 5, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of the calls received by Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Jan. 26 • At 1:29 p.m. a caller reported a non-injury motor vehicle accident at Avon and Lime. Jan. 27 • At 10:02 p.m. an ambulance was dispatched to the Floyd gym in reference [...]