ENMU shrimp boil raises scholarships for freshmen

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University’s annual alumni shrimp boil fundraiser raises thousands of dollars each year for Portales High School students to attend ENMU. The event is being held Aug. 13. Trish Maguire, director of distance education and alumni board member at ENMU, said the event has been held for seven years, usually in […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas on way

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PNT staff report The Little Miss Merry Christmas contest is returning for another holiday season, with a few changes this year. The annual contest raises money for white lights displayed on the Roosevelt County Courthouse and other places around town during the Christmas season. This year, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Tom Philpott Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

Relay for Life raises $22,000

PNT Staff Report Portales Relay for Life raised nearly $22,000 Friday and early Saturday morning. Twenty-two teams participated in the overnight event at the Greyhound Arena, with all the proceeds raised going to the American Cancer Society. Top fundraising teams • Roosevelt General Hospital “Spark of Hope” — $4,225 • Southwest Canners “Life Walkers” — […]

Ball raises $40,000 for charity

Freedom New Mexico The United Dairy Women’s annual Milk Lover’s Ball raised $40,000 for local children’s charities — more than double last year’s proceeds. President of United Dairy Women Michelle Heavyside said the money will be distributed between local children’s homes, the back pack program with the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, general agriculture […]

Supper raises money for glasses

PNT staff Altrusa’s annual Spaghetti Supper is set for 5-7:30 p.m. Friday in the Portales High School Cafeteria. Admission is $7 for adults, and $4 for children under 10 . Proceeds go to Altrusa’s Sight for Life and Learning Eyeglass program. Tickets are available at the door.

After misunderstanding, charity raises $1,000

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Despite a few obstacles, a group of young local residents reached out to children around the world this winter by raising money from the community. The youth at First United Methodist Church raised more than $1,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund, said local Trick or Treat for UNICEF […]

Hurricane Ike raises fears for Gulf cities

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico “Isaac was alone in the water. His family was gone. He flailed his arms and reached deep under water and kicked his legs to feel for soft things, clothing, someone alive. He felt only square shapes, planks, serrated edges.”— Excerpt from “Isaac’s Storm” by Erik Larsen For years every […]

Clovis city commissioners approve raises

Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 […]

Polygamy raises questions, concern for children

By Anita Doberman I am Italian and somewhat jealous when it comes to my husband. It runs in our blood. The concept of sharing a husband with other women is incomprehensible to me. I’ll often remind my husband that there are still many passion murders when a husband is found to have cheated on his […]

(Live)stock market

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 times her size in front of a crowd of bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. After months of feeding, walking and washing the 1,300-pound steer, it was time to part ways. The auction […]

Senate panel trims salary proposals in budget

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — A $5.1 billion budget proposal heading to the Senate for a vote provides for lower pay raises for teachers and public employees than a House-passed blueprint for financing government. The Senate Finance Committee endorsed the budget Wednesday after making amendments that resulted in a net spending increase of almost […]

Nearly $5.1 billion budget package heads to House

By BARRY MASSEY SANTA FE — A House committee approved a nearly $5.1 billion budget bill Tuesday that leaves money available for tax cuts and saves some of the state’s revenue windfall in a permanent fund. The bill now goes to the House, which is expected to vote on it later this week. Under the […]

Schools dealing with less money than expected

Staff and Wire Reports School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]