Operation: Celebration

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The anticipation surrounding today’s “Operation Kept Cannon” celebration was too much to bear for Linda Jackson. On Friday afternoon, Jackson was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the Clovis Civic Center, sunglasses pulled slightly down to afford a better view of the preparations. “I just couldn’t sit […]

Presbyterians open campus house

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By William P. Thompson It was more than 15 years in the planning stages, but a brand new $90,000 campus house for Presbyterian students at Eastern New Mexico University opened its doors Tuesday at the corner of South Avenue K and West University. Millie Boyle of First Presbyterian Church in Portales said a fund was […]

United Way hits Curry goal, Roosevelt is short

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. Roosevelt County residents […]

Community continues tradition

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For countless American generations, Thanksgiving has been known as a time of feasting and sharing. For the last three years, the Portales community has also been able to work in a little bit of cooperation. The Memorial Building, for the third year, played host to a free Thanksgiving dinner during […]

Community Thanksgiving open to all

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis volunteers are putting together a Thanksgiving feast for anyone as part of the third annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building. The meal is free and anyone can attend and eat turkey, […]

Volunteer firemen always on call

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the scene expecting the worst. “We got there and found a woman who had a bloody finger,” he said, laughing, “she had hit it on something and […]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

BRAC impact more than economic

By Anna Macias Aguayo: The Associated Press CLOVIS — The thought of losing Cannon Air Force Base tugs at the heart of Betty Tiedemann. It would mean a separation from her 20-year-old daughter and the two young grandchildren. Her son-in-law is stationed at the base. “My daughter’s really my best friend,” said Tiedemann, 46, her […]

BRAC could affect volunteers

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Joyce Davis’ letter underscoring the impact of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico is currently on a postal trail to the Pentagon. In particular, the coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Curry and Roosevelt Counties wanted to point out the volunteer efforts of base personnel in the community […]

Now accepting bids

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Tele-auction started off the show Monday evening trying to raise money to pay for the programming for KENW-TV in what is a town effort. The tele-auction was from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday and will continue from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m Saturday. […]

Community to get together to pick up trash

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Organizers of the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in the city of Portales are hoping for a big turnout on Saturday. Veda Urioste, one of the coordinators of the event, said last year there were 274 participants and 714 trash bags were filled with garbage from around […]

CASA seeks help

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Court Appointed Special Advocates from Clovis and Portales are trying to combat the child abuse in Roosevelt County with the help of volunteers. April is considered National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. There are more than 380 children abused or neglected in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. Workers and […]

City council honors police

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega, city manager Debi Lee and the Portales city councilors recognized the efforts of Portales Police Department personnel during the homicide of Odis and Doris Newman in March. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned on two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of Odis and Doris […]

Dec. 15 Letters to the Editor

Noise pollution reflects poorly on Portales I have lived in Portales for four months, and it is the loudest town I have ever heard. I thought this small town on the Plains would have one benefit: It would be quiet. I haven’t been that wrong since I asked for parachute pants for Christmas in ’84. […]

United Way about halfway to goal

By Kevin Wilson With a little more than two weeks to go in its fund-raising campaign, the Roosevelt County United Way is about halfway to its goal. “We are about at 50 percent in hard fund-raising numbers,” said Erinn Burch, the executive director of the Roosevelt and Curry County branches of the charitable organization. “Our […]

Volunteers bring free meal to Portales

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By Tony Parra Portales residents were out on Thanksgiving Day trying to share the essence of Thanksgiving with the rest of their community at the Memorial Building for the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Elvia Garcia of St. Helen’s Church said between 150 to 200 were served when volunteers delivered meals in Roosevelt County from […]

9-11 activities limited to bank ceremony

By Tony Parra The third annual 9-11 memorial commemorating the loss of Americans through a terrorist attack will be held at the Portales National Bank parking lot at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. “The biggest reason is to show we will never forget the men and women who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks,” Leo […]

Be thankful for those who gave their lives for our country

Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago when I mentioned the names of some of my friends, I neglected to name Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Varela. Manny and Ann are fine people and highly respected professionals in the community. It is a privilege to call them friends, and I thoroughly enjoy bragging about knowing them. […]

Habitat for Humanity works to increase volunteer numbers

Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell Freedom Newspapers Gary_Mitchell@link.freedom.com Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties picked up an additional seven or eight volunteers from the Clovis area during Tuesday’s orientation meeting in Curry County. “We were given a lot on Hinkle Street,” said Sandra Hidalgo, vice president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We […]

Volunteers help rodeo go smoothly

By Jack King CLOVIS — One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena wll past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel […]