Volunteers will test new retirement plan

By Tom Philpott A Pentagon study recommends a complex four-part retirement plan be tested on a few thousand military volunteers to verify it would be a more equitable, flexible and efficient system than the prized 20-year benefit used by the military since the end of World War II. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jan “Denny” […]

Area Methodists feed students’ souls, stomachs

By Janet Bresenham For 20-year-old Liang Qing, who came to Portales from the Sichuan province in southwest China, home and family are far out of reach. For Jennifer Hunter, 18, home seems far away, too, even though her parents live in Farmington in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. Both of them find a […]

Mentoring program seeking volunteers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Big Brothers, Big Sisters of southeastern New Mexico is making a big push to find volunteers in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Big Brothers, Big Sisters matches adults with children and teens in a mentoring program. The time commitment is an hour spent with their partner per week and activities […]

MDA seeks summer camp volunteers

Freedom New Mexico The Muscular Dystrophy Association needs summer camp volunteer counselors to assist young people with neuromuscular diseases, according to a news release. Volunteer applicants must be male, at least 16 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between ages 6 and 21. Volunteers will help campers with daily […]

Jan. 10, 2008 Local Briefs

Textbooks available for public review Teachers, parents, and other community members are invited to review and comment on the proposed Education Career Technical, Adult Basic Education and Driver Education textbooks approved for adoption by the State of New Mexico’s Department of Education Instructional Material Bureau. The textbooks are available for examination at the Instructional Resource […]

Volunteers sought at Oasis State Park

Volunteers are needed to start replacing the rip rap rock along the east side of the pond at Oasis State Park. Volunteers can work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while park staff is present, according to a news release. The help will expedite the renovation project which has been under way for several months […]

Three-hour standoff ends peacefully

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An armed Clovis man surrendered to police Saturday after a standoff that lasted almost three hours and encompassed multiple locations on Clovis’ west side. The 34-year-old pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his glove compartment, pointed it at his head and drove away when police asked for a driver’s license […]

Firefighters to keep funding

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members approved a resolution on Tuesday entering into a joint powers agreement for wildland fire suppression between the Portales Fire Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The agreement will allow for the fire department to continue to receive funding from the state for […]

Canned food sought

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Volunteers with the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will be out Saturday in Portales and Clovis collecting canned food and non-perishable items. Another drive will be held within the schools that will also help stock the food bank, said executive director Nancy Taylor. “This (Saturday’s) is the one […]

10-19 Briefs

RCAER meets today The Roosevelt County Association of Educational Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at the Roosevelt General Hospital cafeteria. Cecil Clotfelter will show videos of his trip to Switzerland, and delegates to the state convention will give reports on pending health care legislation. Habitat needs booth volunteers Volunteers are needed to help […]

Group gathers 300 bags of trash

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite cooler temperatures and windy weather, volunteers were out on Wednesday morning to participate in the “Toss No Mas” cleanup campaign. More than 300 bags of trash were picked up by volunteers from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city of Portales, Eastern New Mexico University and Portales […]

It’s their job: Monica Calamaco

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Monica Calamaco Job: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Time on the Job: 11 months Background: Before moving to Portales from Arizona, Calamaco was a stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for a farm. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I run the RSVP program. I oversee 72 […]

Council helps repair storm damaged homes

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Cleo Helker knew it was a matter of time before living in tornado alley would catch up with him. Helker’s Sheldon Street home suffered extensive wind damage to the roof during the March 23 tornado that blew through Clovis. Helker, 75, who is disabled, said he and his wife have […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Salvation army volunteers to ring this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing for tornado restoration donations this weekend. The nonprofit’s signature Red Kettles, which are traditionally used for Christmas, will be set up at locations throughout Clovis and Portales. According to Salvation Army officials, funds collected will be used to feed families affected by the March 23 tornado that […]

United Way seeks volunteers

Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking volunteers to serve on a fund distribution panel. The panel will be responsible for reviewing applications submitted by area programs and recommending funding levels, According to Executive Director Erinn Burch, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. “We (United Way) need people to help us […]

Fireworks for the birds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the participants armed, watches synchronized and everyone issued portable two-way radios, it could have been a scene out of a caper movie. Instead the plan was a bit of bird roosting aversion therapy. More than 25 volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for a briefing […]

Oasis Park receives award

By Casey Peacock Recently honored with the “Exemplary Park” award, Oasis State Park will host the 16th annual “Kids Fishing Clinic” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Honored at an awards banquet in October, Oasis received the award based upon the park’s overall performance and commitment to providing a quality place for visitors […]

United Way sets event

What: United Way of Eastern New Mexico Day of Caring When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Greene Acres Park Why: To provide local organizations with volunteer assistance while promoting the spirit of caring throughout the community. Overview: United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the Big Brothers Big […]

Foster grandparent program benefits many in community

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For some families, grandparents are the ties that bind a family together. But that blood-bond isn’t there for every child. In Portales that’s where a special group of volunteers steps up to the plate. Today is Grandparents Day and local school faculty and staff from the Community Services Center […]