Nov. 4, 1935

The Portales Daily News reported that 250 children at 18 schools in Roosevelt County were vaccinated during October against smallpox. During the process, it was discovered that many of the children had impetigo, a skin disease, causing actions to be made in controlling it.

Suspects in recent home invasions captured

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Clovis police were in the process of arresting five suspects Tuesday night in connection with a series of armed home invasions in the Clovis and Portales area, according to a CPD press release. The suspects — two male adults and three male juveniles — were taken into custody Tuesday […]

Proving VA claims creating process bottleneck

By Tom Philpott In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors to its […]

County commision discusses flood zone process

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is mapping the entire county for an updated flood insurance plan and Roosevelt County commissioners wants to ensure residents are aware of any flood zone changes this time around. According to County Manager, Charlene Hardin, FEMA will be gathering data over the next […]

Downtown master plan to be unveiled

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer A master plan for downtown Portales will be discussed during a public meeting from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The plan is the result of a public planning process held last fall. The goal of the plan is to develop a more livable, walkable downtown, said City […]

RGH closing in on clinic reimbursement

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A long and tedious process that will provide federal reimbursement to Roosevelt General Hospital is close to an end says the administrator. The hospital is in the process of establishing hospital-based rural health clinics in Portales and Clovis. The two clinics are up and operating but have still not […]

Road to Dora will be repaved

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twelve miles of N.M. 206 between Portales and Dora will be repaved from a failed paving preservation project completed earlier this year. New Mexico Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday the project would get under way early next summer. The project will affect the section nearest Portales from mile […]

Senate candidate stops in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Pearce said as a veteran he understands the challenges the country faces from terrorists and a strong stance has to be maintained. “They (Islamic jihadists) have said they are going to annihilate us and they mean it,” Pearce said while attending a meet and […]

United Way approves allocations

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico announced during its Friday meeting what many board members call a process even harder than soliciting donations from Curry and Roosevelt counties — distributing those donations to area programs operated by nonprofit agencies. The board discussed at the Memorial Building in Portales the […]

Life of a bill

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, R-Clovis. Constituent e-mails, letters and phone calls bounced in her head. Suggested laws. Suggested funding. Requests she finds reasonable, […]

Vickie Perea seeking secretary of state post

Freedom Newspapers Vickie Perea Candidate for Secretary of State Vickie Perea was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Q: What is your highest priority if elected? […]

Officials push for CAFB decision by June or July

By Marlena Hartz The Air Force is on a limited list of parties interested in Cannon Air Force Base, according to a local base advocate. The Air Force conducted a workshop Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for government parties interested in occupying the base. Though the Air Force expressed interest in occupying the base, few other […]

Mission team scheduled to visit Cannon

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They’re not exactly sure where their trip will end, but supporters of Cannon Air Force Base insist they’re making great time. An eight-member mission team from the Air Force is scheduled to visit Cannon today to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission […]

What’s in a name?

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com When people create a business, it’s not much of a stretch to say it’s like having a new child, with months of planning leading up to uncounted extra responsibilities. Just like coping with a new family member, a business owner must give the new addition a name, and […]

House rejects effort to stop military base closings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. The head of local Cannon Air Force Base advocate group said […]

BRAC addition stays in bill

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Tuesday delayed potential showdowns with the White House over terrorism detainees and closing U.S. military bases after the Republican-run chamber failed to sidetrack amendments on the two contentious issues. The Tennessee Republican’s decision to put off until fall further consideration of the amendments — […]

Nomination process necessary elsewhere

By Kevin Wilson We’re about to embark on a political process that will produce sound bites from the left and the right (speaking politically, not dimensionally), drag a 50-year-old man through the proverbial mud and most likely do nothing to stop the appointment of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rarely do people leave […]

Congressmen want to slow down BRAC process

The Associated Press New Mexico’s two senators want to halt the base realignment and closure process at least until the Pentagon completes a defense review and most of the major combat units return from deployment in Iraq. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced Thursday they are sponsoring an amendment to the fiscal […]

Recusals put legitimacy of BRAC process in doubt

Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers are said […]

‘Believe in Me’ nearing end of production

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Making a feature-length film is a long, drawn-out process. That’s according to independent film producer John Manulis, who aided in the production of the movie “Believe in Me” in Clovis and Portales last year, and is now working in post-production to get the film perfected. “The process itself might be […]