My turn: Don’t let life bring you down

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Last week felt like a real case of the Mondays, so this past weekend I felt like the universe was shifting its balance, and hopefully in my favor. Now the key to a smooth flow at work or home is organization. But that’s kind of why I love the news business, you can only prepare […]

Students raise money for My Ashleah foundation

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Christina Calloway Portales Junior High School student leaders want to prove age is not a factor in raising money for something that they believe in. Student body government members Bailey Rowley, Grant Wagner and Hannah Cabeldue raised money for local non-profit organization, My Ashleah, to purchase a billboard with a message that spoke to them. […]

Production company, nonprofit team up for concert

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Christina Calloway A local production company owner was touched on hearing the story of a nonprofit organization’s message against drinking and driving and invited them to be a part of a concert featuring some well-known acts in the Christian music world. John Pennell of Total Productions was adamant about bringing the Love Come to Life […]

ENMU celebrating Native American Heritage Month

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Alisa Boswell Early Native Americans honored their elders and survived by building their homes from dead materials, according to Nakima Geimausaddle. Geimausaddle is a member of the Lakota tribe and part of Celebrating Traditions, a non-profit organization based out of Oklahoma, which travels internationally, telling people about Native American culture to raise funds for veterans […]

Child Sense: Helping your child learn the basics of organization

Priscilla J. Dunstan Teaching our kids how to be organized starts at an early age. The habits that will aid them as they move through life start when they are young with simple systems learned at home and in their own space. Even when they are young, they can learn how to put away their […]

Non-profit fishing retreat extends deadline

Freedom New Mexico Casting For Recovery New Mexico has extended the application deadline to Monday for women in New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle to apply for its 2011 Fly-Fishing Retreat, according to a news release from the organization. Casting For Recovery New Mexico is a non-profit organization that provides fly-fishing retreats tailored for women […]

Combating IEDs, losing battle

As in Iraq where it became the most effective weapon of insurgents, the IED, or improvised explosive device, has raised the casualty count significantly for U.S. forces in Afghanistan the past two years. A surge in ground forces and a change of strategy, to have more U.S. troops dismount from vehicles more to mix with […]

Gay rights student group plans rally against bullying

Russell Anglin A new gay rights advocacy group at Eastern New Mexico University is planning a demonstration Friday to discourage bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual individuals. Students for Equality, a chartered student organization founded by Robert Johnston, 18, a freshman political science major from Albuquerque, will participate in the National Day […]

New women’s group aims to empower

Liliana Castillo Six Clovis and Portales women have created a new organization intended to empower women. The idea for the organization, called We Organize Motivate Educate and Nurture, or W.O.M.E.N., came to Clovis counselor Sistar Yancy while preparing to speak at a women’s conference in California in 1990. Yancy said the idea lingered with her […]

Council betters life for Air Commandos

USAF file photo: Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole An airman retrieves money from an ATM that was installed June 2010 at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility. The Quality of Life Council secured the cash dispenser following requests from airmen at Cannon. The council meets at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday monthly at the 27th Special […]

United Way donations slightly up

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico raised $522,599 during its 2010-11 campaign, according to a release Monday from the organization. The amount raised is up about 1 percent from last year’s total of $514,694. But the total is about 10 percent below the 2008 total of $580,000 raised between Curry and Roosevelt counties. The […]

United Way hoping for better year

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is in campaign mode. The charitable organization that aids non-profits throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties kicked off its fundraising campaign last month, but in the last week has done 10 presentations to area groups with another five scheduled for Wednesday. “We are in it,” Executive […]

Raising awareness

Cannon Connections photo: Jared Tucker Melinda Rudess Petrigani, right, and Col. John T. Carney listen Saturday as Col. Stephen Clark talks about his experience in special operations. About 30 people attended the event held at the VFW Post 3280, where $1,000 was donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Jared Tucker Cannon Air Force Base […]

Boys Scouts plans Ten Commandment hike

Freedom New Mexico The El Llano Grande Boy Scouts District is planning a Ten Commandments hike on May 1. The hike will last from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will be introduced to a variety of faiths and houses of worship. Scouts will hike to churches, avoiding major traffic areas. Each stop will be […]

Vatican should have followed Jesus’ example

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo. The best public relations campaigns are based in selfless compassion, truth and transparency. As a human organization with more than 1 billion members, the Catholic Church has an abundance of internal scandals in need […]

Director says EPCOG will follow state open meetings laws

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern Plains Council of Governments Interim Director Richard Arguello said Thursday the organization’s failure to notify the public of an executive committee meeting was an oversight that won’t happen again. “I’m going to say that it’s my fault on this,” Arguello said. “We had a little faux pas there […]

Volunteer profile: Stephen Doerr

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Name: Stephen Doerr Residence: Portales Occupation: Attorney Volunteer work: He serves on the board of directors and a committee with Portales MainStreet, as well as helping with manual labor on the organization’s various projects. He is also on the board of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation. Why he does it: “I like Portales MainStreet […]

United Way celebrating anniversary at banquet

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico is celebrating the last 50 years and looking into the next half-century at its annual banquet Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. The event celebrates the end of the annual fundraising campaign and, this year, the organization’s 50th anniversary. Erinn Burch, executive director […]

Council to discuss support for Ute water project

PNT Staff Report During their meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Portales City Council is set to discuss a resolution of support for a proposed bill to authorize Eastern New Mexico Water Authority to operate the Ute Water Pipeline Organization. The state Legislature opens Tuesday and is to consider the bill during the […]

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 […]