Ski season: Better late than never

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ski season is happening a month later than past years, but it’s still happening. Ski resorts in New Mexico have had to postpone their openings this year due to warm temperatures and a lack of snow. Natural snow would be helpful, but the warm temperatures are hampering the resorts […]

Dec. 1, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. I” Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. I’s” family has fallen on hard times. They recently moved from California and their house has needed major repairs. Her husband is unemployed because he is undergoing therapy for mental health problems. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]

Udall stumps in Clovis

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would make sure Cannon Air Force Base keeps its new mission if he is elected to the Senate. He said the Special Operations mission will help fight new conflicts and would make sure Cannon has all the facilities needed to support it. […]

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 […]

Clovis restaurant robbed Thursday at gunpoint

Freedom New Mexico Ben’s Barbecue was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night as employees were closing the restaurant, according to police. A masked male suspect took more than $1,000 in cash contained in two deposit bags, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Around 9 p.m. a female employee was in the back of the restaurant, located […]

Healthy holiday eating featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living I nformation on decorating cakes and cupcakes, healthy eating, and dying large quantities of fabrics will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Nancy Siler is the vice president of consumer affairs with Wilton Industries in Woodridge, Ill., and she […]

Dec. 2 School News

PHS News Wal-Mart offers scholarship Wal-Mart Stores is once again offering the COMMUNITY Scholarship this year for interested college-bound senior students. The COMMUNITY Schol-arship is a non-renewable $1,000 award for the first year of undergraduate study at an approved accredited college or university. The 2008 Sam Walton COMMUNITY Scholarship is available through www.walmartfoundation.org. The deadline […]

Dec. 2 Wedding

Watson/Hill Julie Watson and Greg Hill, both of Portales, were joined in marriage Dec. 1 in Clovis. The Rev. Dave McVey performed the double ring wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Delores and Larry Gentry of Clovis and Joe and Mary Watson of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Sammie McCain of Portales […]

Dec. 2 Engagement

Johnson/Pritchett Carol Wood of Portales and Robbie Johnson of Indianapolis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Caron Lee Johnson of Portales to Benjamin Franklin Pritchett IV of Portales. He is the son of Roxie Pritchett of Portales and Ben Pritchett III of Halfway, Mo. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. […]

Dec. 2 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Municipal Library: Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve By Janet Morgan Stoeke Minerva Louise — that absurd but loveable chicken — experiences her first Christmas, in this amusing picture book. When Santa visits the farm, she mistakes him for a farmer, and follows him around offering ridiculous suggestions. […]

Dec. 2 Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 11 a.m. […]

Quay school official announces candidacy

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Dennis J. Roch, assistant superintendent for Tucumcari schools, has announced his candidacy for the District 67 state representative position. Roch’s announcement Friday was made jointly with District 67 incumbent, Republican Brian Moore of Clayton, who said he would not seek re-election. Moore’s term expires December 2008. “I think he’s […]

All-faculty cast a first

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor What started as a modest undertaking among a handful of Eastern New Mexico University faculty has evolved into a full-fledged drama production. “And The Winner Is …” opens at 7 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The first all-faculty production throws together a cast of characters […]

Program offers chance at diploma

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Single mom Lorena Tarango, 27, is taking steps to provide a better future for her and her children through the General Education Development Preparation lab located in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For the past three months, Tarango has been working on a series of tests that will prepare […]

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 […]

11-30 Local Briefs

Homemakers set luncheon The Causey Homemakers will have their community Christmas luncheon at 1 p.m. Sunday. The club will furnish ham, turkey, dressing and bread, everyone attending is asked to bring vegetables, salads and desserts. Information: Marilyn Gardner, 276-8440

It’s their job: Lyda Essary

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Lyda Essary Job: Admissions Specialist for Heartland Continuing Care Center. Time on the job: Since 2000 Background: Essary has worked in medical records and as a receptionist. She has worked in the same building for the past 15 1/2 years and has held positions with the old Roosevelt […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. A

Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 6 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. A’s” hours at work are too short to cover Christmas expenses. Her husband’s paycheck is used toward other bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes juniors 10-12, 14-16 and 16-18. […]

Laughable laws still on books

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Have you ever thought, “There ought to be a law against that?” Like when people follow you too closely in their shopping carts at Wal-Mart or when they raise Pittsburgh Steelers flags here in Cowboys Country? There are no laws against being stupid or annoying, unless you count excessive […]