It’s their job: Al Bettina

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Name: Al Bettina Job: Volunteer in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Community Services Center. Time on the Job: Bettina has been a volunteer for various programs in the community for many years. Background: Retired as the dean of the College of Technology at Eastern New Mexico University in 1982. Q. Describe what your […]

Career center unites programs

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Individuals can receive a variety of services to better their future at the New Mexico Workforce Connection/Roosevelt County One-Stop Career Center. The two programs available to assist area residents are the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program. Clients for the TANF […]

Oasis State Park announces summer programming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As summer rolls into the area, Oasis State Park is gearing up to offer visitors a variety of activities in which to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of Oasis, the second annual Old Tyme Music Concert will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, said Valerie Russ, park technician […]

ENMU offers new ag programs

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Agricultural education at Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost recently when new degree programs were OK’d by the university’s board of regents. Terry Ervin, chair of ENMU’s Department of Agriculture and Technology and family and consumer sciences associate professor, acknowledged that the changes going on in the […]

Boys’ State applications available

Freedom Newspapers The American Legion is seeking sponsors for its upcoming Boys’ State and Girls’ State programs. The programs annually take 300 to 400 young men and women from across New Mexico and teach them about political organization, campaigning and how to serve in elective office. Both sessions will take place on the campus of […]

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 […]

Community involvement key in new programs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Steve North has a vision for the 9th Judicial District, one he hopes to bring to fruition soon with the implementation of several new programs in Curry and Roosevelt counties. As the new director of the community prosecution initiative for the district attorney’s office, North is working to bring together […]

United Way extends annual campaign

Freedom Newspapers United Way of Eastern New Mexico is razor close to making its annual campaign goal. In hopes of achieving that goal, the campaign has been extended, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release. The 2006-2007 United Way Annual Campaign will last until Jan. 19, the release said. “UWENM leaders […]

Event puts spotlight on after-school programs

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The second annual Lights on After School celebration in Portales is being held Thursday at the Portales Recreation Center. The national event is being co-sponsored locally by the Youth Opportunity Center and the Portales Recreation Center. The national event was started in 2000 with over 1,000 communities and in […]

Water conservation problem not solved

Editorial Paying farmers not to farm isn’t a new or shocking concept inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in fact, today it’s a widely accepted practice, used to keep the price of commodities pumped up, protect “wetlands” and advance other conservation goals, some of which have a dubious public benefit. But how about paying farmers […]