Year in review: Portales proves its resiliency

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Freedom New Mexico The year 2009 may well be remembered as one of change for Portales and Roosevelt County. Portales’ only movie theater closed, and the city got a new manager. Also, area residents weathered a slew of spring fires and its share of H1N1 flu cases, plus low milk prices slammed the local dairy [...]

Health care not entitlement

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist I am fond of affordability. That extends to insurance.My home, car, health and sometimes travel insurance would at their best be something I can well afford. But then this is so with whatever it is that I am in the market for — shoes, food, furniture, electronics, etc. I like [...]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is [...]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable [...]

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 [...]

It’s their job: Student says she has passion for houses

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Name: Karla van der Ploeg Job: Prudential associate broker for Portales homes Background: I am originally from Holland. Six years ago I moved to and started attending high school in Clovis. I stayed there for two years and then moved back to Holland for a year. Then I came back and started to attend Eastern [...]

Superintendent says Clovis’ first day of school went well across district

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Some limbs were lost on the first day of school for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. Tree limbs that is. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said elm trees behind Marshall Middle School lost some “serious limbs” during a strong storm that blew threw Clovis at the end of the school day. [...]

Pizza chain among other businesses lured to Portales

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer What do you get when you combine dough, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni? Economic development. Well, pizza, too. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is one of about 20 new businesses the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation has helped locate in Portales since Greg Fisher took over as director [...]

La Casa officials earmark grant money for improvements

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As officials at La Casa Family Health Center well know, some grants only begin to cover the expenses of a big project. Right now, though, La Casa is enjoying the news of a $766,880 award and just how far it’ll go toward a variety of improvements. Part of a [...]

Portales, Clovis high school reunions bring grads back

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Fall is traditionally the homecoming season for schools and their alumni, but summer has more than its fair share of happy returns as well. Reunions are in full swing for Clovis and Portales as former classmates get together to catch up and reminisce about the old days. This weekend, [...]