Clovis, Portales offering summer programs

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Alisa Boswell School is out in Clovis and Portales which means the beginning of summer programs for local families and children. The Portales Recreational Center has two four-week sessions for their summer program, which include swimming, arts and crafts, athletics, field trips and much more. According to the center director, Jodi Kibbe, the first sessions [...]

Home weatherization programs available

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Argen Duncan Homeowners meeting certain criteria in Roosevelt and Curry counties have opportunities to bring their houses up to code or have them weatherized with programs through Xcel Energy and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. The Mortgage Finance Authority has provided an allocation of about $586,000 to bring at least nine homes in Curry [...]

Dual-credit, remedial education top concerns at town hall meeting

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Argen Duncan Continued support for dual-credit programs, universities’ autonomy and what to do about remedial courses rose to the top of discussion topics at the Higher Education Department Town Hall meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. The department is collecting public input from around New Mexico for a statewide higher education master plan. Secretary [...]

Their view: Waste inevitable in government programs

Mona Charen is a conservative political columnist who writes for Creators Syndicate. Here’s a snippet from a piece she wrote encouraging the Washington Post to do more to expose government excesses following its recent in-depth, multi-part, two-year investigation into the vast network of government security agencies and private contractors.

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling area farmers and ranchers

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Nominations needed The Roosevelt County Farm Service Agency is taking nominations for the County Committee until Aug. 2. The committee administers FSA programs at the local level, and farmers and ranchers who are members decide how to make the programs serve local needs. Eligible [...]

Local tobacco, health council programs cut by state

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County is losing its health council and tobacco prevention programs this summer, and a leader in those organizations believes politics, a smaller minority population and a low overall population are the reasons. Theresa “Terry” Teti, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program coordinator and Roosevelt County Health Council member, [...]

County grant to be used for food, shelter programs

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County has been chosen to receive $5,459 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, according to information from the Community Services Center. A local board will determine how the money will be distributed. Local agencies chosen to receive funds must: • Be private voluntary non-profits or units of [...]

Teen Court program focuses on alcohol prevention

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place to help children stay away from alcohol so they don’t head down that path. Teen Court programs in both cities focus on prevention. Even though April is alcohol awareness month, experts say [...]

Science captures students’ minds

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Project Green House, volcano research, painting the globe, and paper transformer are four programs taking on special significance for science students at Elida Schools. The green house project helps students learn to plant and care of plants. Vigo Torske, a science teacher at Elida, said they started the green [...]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions of higher learning. Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are offering programs and services designed to appeal and retain their growing Hispanic student population. A recent national survey of 176 institutions noted 55 [...]