Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike

By Steve Herrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

United Way still taking donations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. United Way officials hope area residents continue to donate to help close the gap between current donations and the organization’s goal. Donations are at 76 percent of […]

Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A Portales teen was issued two moving violation citations Friday more than two months after police say he hit and killed 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge as she cross the road. Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Trevor Nuckols, 16, is being cited for careless driving and failure to yield […]

United Way short of fundraising goal

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is 26 percent short of its goal with 11 days left in the fundraising cycle, according to a news release. So far, $430,385 has been raised toward the community-wide goal of $580,000, the release said. Deadline for donations is Jan. 20. This year’s goal is […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]

Recent road work deteriorating rapidly

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The road leans one way, then another, has bumps and cracks in spots. A stretch of N.M. 206 has been the object of some debate over the past four years. And while the road’s been worked on several times to fix problems, David Groves is not happy with the […]

United Way director: Companies ‘bread and butter’ of fundraising campaign

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Anyone who works in a Clovis or Portales office with more than a dozen people is likely aware that “‘tis the season” for United Way fund drives. After all, it’s companies with several employees that Erinn Burch, executive director of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, calls the […]

United Way, CCC offering training

Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Clovis Community College are teaming up to provide non-profit training. Erinn Burch, director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the training will consist of nine monthly four-hour training sessions via instructional television. Topics will include strategic planning and marketing, staff management, financial management, […]

Census count on the horizon

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken in between, […]

Altrusa readying for annual fundraiser

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Preparations for Holiday Happenings, the annual fundraising dinner and fashion show, are well under way, but organizers haven’t found sponsors for all of the tables. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales has put on Holiday Happenings for 12 years. Mandi Park, Altrusa treasurer, said usually all tables have sponsors by […]

Rec center offering activities for adults

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Recreation centers have a funny way of being associated quite strongly with young people — and with good reason. It’s the youth who often seem starving for some kind of activity, or recreation, during the hours of the day when school isn’t in session and the parents aren’t at […]

Festival offers quilted ‘eye candy’

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Nell Hardin of Arch has pieced together 28 quilts for her 28 great grandchildren since January 2008. With another great grandchild on the way, she says she’ll have to make another quilt. Hardin is one of the more than 50 quilters and quilting groups displaying and competing with about […]

Charity event raises more than $3,000 for United Way of Eastern New Mexico

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Live United on the Square block party raised more than $3,000 for United Way of Eastern New Mexico and drew about 200 people Thursday evening, organizers estimated. Organizer Karen Inge of Valley Furniture hopes to hold it again next year, only earlier in the year to avoid the […]

Fiesta on way after delay

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer St. Helen Catholic Church is hosting a fiesta in honor of its patron saint this weekend, and everyone can come and join the fun. The three-day event has food, a car show, bingo, music, a silent auction, a cake walk and a carnival starting Friday night. “Our celebration is […]

Businesses pool efforts for United Way

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Businesses in the 100 block of South Main are gearing up for a block party to benefit the community. It’s a joint effort to raise money for United Way. Seven business are taking part in a silent auction, super sales, music, a celebrity stick-horse race around the square, dunking booth, […]

Life can slip away so easily

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Life has a way of being “daily.” We sometimes slide into complacency, taking life for granted. We are not guaranteed our number of years, but we can agree with Job 7:6 that our “days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” It is so important to come to the end of […]

Main Street converted to 2-way

Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal […]

Press release: Main Street switching to two-way on Wednesday

Beginning Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Main Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from the current one-way traffic configuration. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has partnered with the City of Portales to complete the transition from the one-way to two-way street. The NMDOT and […]

United Way kickoff set before Rams-Mules game

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is holding a kickoff party from 5-6 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium, preceding the Rams’ football game against the Muleshoe Mules. United Way board members will be on hand to give information about the charitable organization and its upcoming fundraising drive. Hot dogs and drinks will be served, and […]