My turn: Spent after holiday

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Do people actually celebrate Presidents Day? Or do they just take advantage of the weekend sales and that extra day off to take a family trip or just sleep in? I saw all these holiday-related articles about the history of Presidents Day online and I didn’t even bother to read them beyond the headline. So […]

Anniversaries — Oct. 30

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Fulgham Benny and Wilma Fulgham of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5 at Central Baptist Church. The celebration will be hosted by Jerry Fulgham of Clovis, Larry and Vicki Fulgham of Stigler, Okla., and special friends. The couple was married Nov. 4, 1951, at Central Baptist Church in Clovis. They have […]

Elida news — Oct. 4

Yearbook students attending training The yearbook class will be attending a Walsworth Yearbook training in Roswell at ENMU-R today. The workshop will improve students’ skills with hands-on learning and will allow them to work with an artist to design their cover and related graphic elements.

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Enjoy winter, but keep it safe

By Cannon AFB Emergency Management As we enter the harshest part of the year, please consider some cold-weather related safety concerns as you and your family go about your daily business. While our average winter temperature is 45 degrees, we often experience lows in the single digits with an associated wind creating a wind-chill effect […]

Buzzwords cloud accountability

Clyde Davis So there it was, in a story in a local newspaper, coincidentally on the same day that we had mentioned it, or discussed it, or related it back to real life. The catchphrase — like any catchphrase — that makes one stop and ask how authentic it really is In this case, it […]

Tips to choose happiness after divorce featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on using a Bias Tape Maker machine, developing a sewing-related business and choosing happiness after divorce will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Michele Muska is with Simplicity Creative Group, and she’s going to show how to make bias strips using […]

Heat-related athlete deaths serious matter

Freedom New Mexico A sure sign of the approach of football season is the sweltering heat we are now experiencing. No matter how mild the weather is in late July, once players put on the pads in August, the temperatures seem to rise. Such weather needs to bring about heightened concerns of players suffering from […]

Annual reading pow-wow coming to an end

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 25 years, the annual Steiner Elementary School reading pow-wow may have made its last appearance. The event allows first-graders and their parents to move through several stations, where the students read to earn portions of American Indian costumes and hear about related history. Parents do much of the […]

Portales woman has nine years of volunteer service

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Viola Burk is a store volunteer at Consigning Women. What other things have you volunteered for in the past? I have volunteered for many church-related things in the past. How did you start volunteering? I came into the store one day to consign my clothes. That was when I met Shelia, and I found out […]

It’s Their Job: Longtime resident says helping others satisfying

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Name: Marty Gonzales Job: Sales associate at True Value Background: I was born and raised here in Portales. Time on job: I have been working here at True Value for five years. What does your job entail? I give construction-related advice. I also assist customers with their construction material and tool purchases. What is a […]

Commutation not related to justice

Freedom New Mexico Anti-immigration activists got something of a gift this week when President George W. Bush commuted the sentences of two Border Patrol agents who were convicted for shooting a fleeing drug dealer and tampering with evidence as part of a cover-up. Conservatives in particular had been lobbying for a pardon, but Bush was […]

Rules relaxed for combat-related disability

By Tom New groups of disabled retirees will be able this year to draw Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) or higher amounts of Concurrent Retired Disability Payments (CRDP) under legislation passed in January. Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials explained in an interview how they are implementing the changes. Again it will involve DFAS and the […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Growth committee adopts bylaws

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An advisory panel for growth issues related to the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base will be governed by disclosure and ethics bylaws, its overseeing committee decided Wednesday. To mitigate conflicts of interest, the Local Growth Management Committee unanimously agreed to adopt the by-laws for its subcommittee — the […]

Distributing retroactive pay complicated matter

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columist The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have worked out a plan for sharing the cost and the task of delivering about $500 million in back pay to more than 100,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities. The retroactive payments are owed to nearly half of all recipients of Combat-Related Special […]

Meth still problem in Curry County

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related use […]

Local taxes could help support spaceport

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The House approved a measure to help finance a proposed spaceport in southern New Mexico, a project that one lawmaker called a “risk of unprecedented proportion” for the state. The bill passed Wednesday allows for local governments to impose a local option gross receipts tax levy to provide money […]

City, county task force nets 55 drug arrests since March

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There have been 55 drug-related arrests since early March in Roosevelt County after the formation of a drug task force between county deputies and city police officers. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said the majority of the drug-related arrests have been for methamphetamines, but there have also been arrests […]

Officials monitoring pneumonia cases

Freedom Newspapers State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in the Eastern New Mexico area to see if each illness was spawned by influenza. “It’s not abnormally high (number of cases) … (but) the reason we’re monitoring it is because it’s related to the lung and there may be a viral connection and […]