Drought may break over summer

Tonjia Rolan Relief from the state’s extended drought may come this summer, weather experts say. The La Nina weather pattern, responsible for the hot, dry conditions, developed in 2010 and intensified in 2011. National Weather Service meteorologist Deirdre Kann said the dry weather is expected to continue through the spring but as La Nina weakens […]

Purging ‘collections’ brings unexpected relief

We live in such a fast forward world, it’s easy to get caught up in accumulating. Now I’m not speaking specifically about cool collections. I know baseball cards, knives, stilettos and handbags can be quite fulfilling to collect. I’m talking about stuff that you think you need, or want, that serves no legitimate purpose. If […]

Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges […]

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

Restrictions on prescriptions unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico Fallout from our panic-driven war on drugs includes the demonization of medications that has reached irrational levels. Abuse by some has made many drugs unavailable to people who really need them, or driven some to live with their medical condition rather than endure the trouble of getting treatment. Virtually all drugs, including […]

Military mama: School welcome relief

Summer is sputtering to a halt and I’m anxiously counting down the days until school is back in session. I am sure that I am not alone in this sentiment, but if I am I will boldly continue. I am exhausted. Entertaining my 4-year-old is a full-time job with no overtime pay. All summer my […]

Defense officials authorize Humanitarian Service Medal for Haiti relief efforts

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Department of Defense officials have approved the Humanitarian Service Medal for personnel assigned to Operation Unified Response who directly participated in humanitarian relief assistance to the people of Haiti following the 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12. U.S. military personnel supporting Joint Task Force-Haiti for at least one day between Jan. […]

Spouses now have domicile options

Submitted by: Capt. Ryan D. Malnar On Nov. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an amendment to the servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certain protections for spouses of military members. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act simply extends to military spouses the exemption that already applies to military members. They do not […]

ENMU to lead rally for Haitian relief

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University students are rallying together on Wednesday to raise money for Haiti at the campus fountain. The Neighborhood service group, Associated Students Activities Board and African-American Affairs have teamed up to encourage people to come out whether or not they have money to give to a […]

ENMU raising funds for Haiti relief efforts

Eastern New Mexico University is raising funds for Haiti earthquake relief, according to a news release from the university. The Associated Students Activities Board is accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays in the Campus Union Building through Jan. 29. After that, collected funds will be donated to one of the charities working […]

Housing relief may be near

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The next two weeks could see the beginning of relief for what many see as a housing shortage in Portales.. Mel Ottley, president of Mock Homes of Albuquerque, said he plans to begin building three model homes in the Baca Subdivision on University Drive west of Eastern New Mexico […]

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the need for rain and most are glad anytime it comes. But, if it does come like it has during the last couple of months, water can […]

No relief in sight

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Bahama Babes — and the shaved ice stand’s employees — are busy these days. The line stayed four- to five-deep through the late afternoon Friday at the stand along 14th Street in Clovis. Workers Lacey Followill and Alisa Aguilar colored ice-filled styrofoam cups with 87 flavors, ranging from cherry […]

Editorial: Government bullied banks into TARP funds

A few smaller banks have begun to repay money loaned to them under the Troubled Assets Relief Program begun with $700 billion in October when the depth of the financial crisis became apparent, and the government decided some troubled financial institutions were “too big to fail.” But interestingly, repayment is not just a matter of […]

Clovis woman charged with embezzling tornado relief funds

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A 40-year-old Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling more than $145,000 in tornado relief funds, according to a press release Monday from the district attorney’s office. Lori Howard, a former project manager for Eastern Plains Council of Government, is charged with 34 counts of fraud, 24 counts of […]

Creative Living Oct. 26

Information on allergy relief, furniture staining and preparing blueberry beverages will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Cleaning expert Laura Dellutri knows how irritating it can be when allergies take over the home and our health. She’ll suggest some cleaning products on the market that provide […]

County doused but still lagging in annual moisture

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The parched landscape across Roosevelt County received some relief in the form of rain over the last week. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported 1.32 inches of rain Sunday. Residents saw brief showers through the day but most of the moisture came with a storm that sliced through […]

Rain brings relief for farmers

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Recent rainfall has interrupted stretches of high temperatures and brought some relief to area farmers. The average high temperature in Roosevelt County has been relatively cooler the past few days, said Earl Breon, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. From June 10 through June 20, temperatures […]

Defense officials looking for rental relief for Gates

By Tom Philpott Robert M. Gates is the first secretary of defense to live in military housing, an old but spacious 19th century home in a secure Navy compound in the District of Columbia. Gates also could be the last defense chief to live there, practical as it is, unless Congress amends a law that […]

Transportation Steering Committee names relief route

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Representatives from the Transportation Steering Committee have selected a northwest relief route along an all new alignment as their preferred alternative if a relief route is pursued. Representatives of the group met Tuesday in a work session with Portales City Councilors to present their initial evaluation of alternatives. For […]