Ruidoso suffering worst flooding in decades

Staff and wire reports Clovis native Bruce DeFoor, who retired and moved to Moon Mountain in Ruidoso two years ago, said flooding in Ruidoso was a shocking surprise after steady but gentle weekend rains. “It had rained Saturday, on and off most of the day, but it was just a real light rain,” DeFoor said. […]

Venomous neighbors on the high plains

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There are at least five insects and reptiles in eastern New Mexico that are poisonous to humans, according to a retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor and wildlife author.

Early retirement provision drawing ire

By Tom Philpott The $696 billion defense authorization bill for 2008, which Congress expects to return to the White House by next week for a promised signature, has a host of critical pay and benefit initiatives for service members at war. The House passed a revised HR 1585 last week, removing a provision that would […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Anniversary

Lyndon and Nelma Stephens of Portales celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 4, 2008 at their home. The celebration was hosted by their children, Martha Whitesides, Harold Stephens and Laura Reid. The couple was married Jan. 4, 1948, in Elida. They have five children and five grandchildren. He is a retired farmer. She is a […]

Dec. 30, 2007 Anniversaries

Hughes George C. and Ruth Ann Hughes of Lubbock, Texas celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10 at their home. The couple was married Nov. 8, 1942 in Hobart, Okla. He is former Assistant Superintendent of Portales Schools. She is a retired teacher. Howard Marvin and Velmeta Howard of Clovis will celebrate their 60th […]

12-14-07 Local brief

RSVP needs yarn donations The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is requesting yarn donations to crochet lap blankets for nursing homes. The yarn can be taken to the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way in Portales, or can be picked up by arrangement with Monica Calamaco, RSVP director at 356-8576 Ext. 22.

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 […]

Educator retires after more than 4 decades

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Since the beginning of her career with Head Start in 1965, Gloria Ortega, of Portales, has witnessed many changes in the preschool program, most for the better, a few for the worse, says the recently-retired educator. More children are coming from single parent homes, being raised by grandparents or […]

Top officers would benefit most from pay raise

By Tom Philpott : Military Update The 2007 defense authorization bill, which the president is expected to sign this month, will bring better pay and benefits to large segments of the military community. Drilling reservists who lack affordable health care coverage will be pleased. So will medical scholarship students seeking stipend increases. Others will be […]

Choice can work against veterans

By Tom Phillpot: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]