Friends, family remember homicide victims

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Paula Rodriguez, of Clovis, fought through her tears as she recited a poem of loss and mourning Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. With the help of counselor Charlotte Farkas, she managed to push out words from the poem, “If Tears Can Build a Stairway.” “No farewell […]

Blessing tree event set for Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Roosevelt County blessing treet, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A donation will put an ornament and a personalized Christmas wish on the tree. Funds will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fund-raising campaign for Roosevelt County. Donations can […]

God’s gift unequaled

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist As newlyweds we thought we lived in a mansion. Our first home, called “Vetville,” consisted of rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans at Eastern New Mexico University for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree kicks off Tuesday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tuesday evening will mark the kickoff for the annual Mayors Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. at the Portales City Hall. “It was an opportunity to give underprivileged children in the community a chance to have a nice Christmas,” said Amie Franz, public relations for the City of Portales. Created […]

Trees provide more than just shade

By Joan Clayton: Columnist I learned an amazing concept about trees in a conservation workshop. We were told when a tree is in distress, from drought or disease, it sends out signals (vibrations) to the nearest tree. The nearest tree sends back support signals to the distressed tree. I don’t know what kinds of signals […]

Ornaments have sentiment

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers This Christmas season, eastern New Mexico residents shared their favorite ornaments with Freedom Newspapers. The history of Christmas tree ornaments Modern Christmas trees emerged in 15th- and 16th-century Germany, according to a Hallmark press release. Evergreens were used originally in church plays at Christmas and were hung with apples to symbolize […]

Children get early visit from Santa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Santa Claus arrived early for some children Tuesday night as jolly old Saint Nick and his helpers took gifts and surprised 180 local children whose names were placed on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree, now in its 22nd year, is an annual project designed to help […]

Blessing Tree event raises $675

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Raising awareness for their program, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico hosted the second annual Blessing Tree event Wednesday in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For a donation of $20 or more, community members could write their wish for a Roosevelt County family or program and place it […]

United Way Blessing Tree campaign kicks off

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer On Wednesday, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico will host their second annual Blessing Tree campaign on the South side of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Beginning at 7 a.m., United Way staff and volunteers will be on site to take your donation, said Erinn Burch, UWENM executive director. […]

Local businesses reach out

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As the holiday season swings into full gear, area agencies and volunteers are putting together numerous drives to help those in the community who may be less fortunate. Thanks to the generosity and efforts of area individuals, organizations and business, the Community Services Center has received several donations of […]