Thursday morning briefing: Paint the town, holiday stuff and The Great War ends

Good morning, happy Veterans Day and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help needed Your chance to paint the town…literally. Clovis MainStreet is still looking for volunteers to prep and paint buildings a block worth of buildings downtown. It’s from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday. Meet at Patchwork House, 519 Main. For more […]

Town & Country store joins fundraising campaign

Creighton’s Town & Country is donating four percent of sales from certain products to fight breast cancer. It’s part of Purina’s “Pink 50 Campaign,” according to a news release from the storeand continues through Saturday.

Dual-credit, remedial education top concerns at town hall meeting

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Argen Duncan Continued support for dual-credit programs, universities’ autonomy and what to do about remedial courses rose to the top of discussion topics at the Higher Education Department Town Hall meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. The department is collecting public input from around New Mexico for a statewide higher education master plan. Secretary […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. “We don’t […]

Lujan staff in town Thursday

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s district staff will meet with constituents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Friendship Senior Citizen Center, according to a news release from his office. Staff will be on hand to assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ services and other federal programs.

Thursday morning briefing: A concert, Border Town Days and a front row seat

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Shameless self-promotion Cnjonline.com is holding a drawing each week in August for our newsletter subscribers. Check out the newsletter for a form to enter. The prizes are: • Aug 2-8: $20 gift certificate to Weinerschnitzel • Aug 9-15: $20 gift card to S&S Supermarket • Aug 16-22: […]

Ticket feature: Texico, Farwell getting ready for Border Town Days

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Freedom New Mexico Farwell and Texico are celebrating the 44th annual Border Town Days Saturday. Border Town Days is an event shared between the two communities which border the New Mexico/Texas state line. The annual celebration began as a spin-off from a rodeo event in Bovina and has become a small town social gathering. Musicians, […]

A parting gift from ‘The Girls’

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I was enjoying my early morning bicycle commute to work and the sounds of birds of all kinds welcoming the dawn: Robins, mockingbirds, Western kingbirds, a rooster. A rooster? In town? Sure you can have chickens in town…as long as your neighbors don’t care or animal control doesn’t come a-callin’. […]

Rep. Lujan holding telephone town hall

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Portales Past: March 21, 1945

March 21, 1945: Portales school teachers knocked on doors across town in search of school census information. “Every unmarried person between the age of 5 and 18 needs to be counted,” The Portales Daily News reported.

My turn: Small towns still memorable

I grew up in Muleshoe and in 1979 started writing about small towns in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. Name a town located between Canadian, Texas, and Melrose, and I’ll tell you something memorable about it. Here’s one of the things I think about when I think about … … Portales: Dallan Sanders, […]

City crews work to fill potholes

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Road crews have been working to fix those pesky potholes springing up like wildflowers in Spring. Three city crews have been scattered around town fixing holes created by the combination of cold and wet, snowy weather. Street department Director Jerry Rose said potholes start when moisture penetrates the asphalt. […]

U.S. 70 closed for disabled truck

Police closed U.S. 70 at Johnston Hill until a wrecker could move a disabled tractor-trailer Friday afternoon. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker said the axles came off the truck, but no one was injured. He said traffic was backed up from Johnston Hill, about 4.5 miles north of Portales, back to town. Parker […]

Grant will assist Elida with beautification efforts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Elida has been undergoing a four-year-long cleanup aimed at making it a more attractive place to live. Led by members of the town government, volunteers have removed old cars, landscaped, picked up trash and otherwise cleaned up. Now, a $700,000 grant from Gov. Richardson’s Investment Partnership II is paying […]

Friday morning briefing: Cowboys in town

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Video of the day In your backyard – Blackwater Draw Museum. Cowboys in town The Board of Directors of the North American Corriente Association are in Clovis today to scope out the new location for their national annual Convention Show and Roping. They met in the Bank […]

Sept. 16, 1964

The Portales News Tribune reported that two new pests had appeared in the Portales valley peanut fields, one which posed an immediate threat and the other a less immediate, but severe, problem. Spider mites were found in every peanut field checked, with heavy infestations in several fields just east of town. Entomologists reported

Rep. Lujan holding town hall meeting by telephone

Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Bingaman to host health care town hall meeting

PNT Staff Report U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is scheduled to host a health care town hall meeting at 4:15 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs and hear from constituents, according to a […]

Press release: Bingaman hosting town hall meeting in Clovis

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will be hosting a health care town hall in Clovis at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. Bingaman will discuss the effort in Congress to reform health insurance as a means of containing rapidly rising health care costs, and hear from constituents. Bingaman’s complete public schedule is as follows: […]

Town reunion brings back memories of youth

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist Last weekend my brother, my husband and I attended a community activity that gave me a reassurance of wonderful people who love God and this country. All three of us at one time lived and grew up in Melrose. The celebration and reunion of those who once lived and loved […]