Fuel sources should be determined by markets, not mandates

It is difficult to overestimate the sheer wrongheadedness of the energy bill Congress passed and the president signed Wednesday. Even if it were a good idea for government to mandate what kind of energy should be used and how, this bill includes obvious missteps and mistakes that will cost taxpayers and consumers for decades to […]

Spirit of Christmas still going strong

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Looking back on Christmases of my youth they all seem to have been bright times. Even the years when there wasn’t a lot of money we had great Christmases. It was important for Mom to give us kids the best Christmas possible and in our eyes back then that […]

Mommy police create guilt over feeding

By Anita Doberman I remember, after having my first child and dropping out of the work force, really the adult world, feeling isolated. Of course, the fact that my military husband was often gone didn’t help, but many mothers I have spoken to over the years have shared the same sense of isolation, no matter […]

Habitat for Humanity presents keys to woman’s new home

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Laurie Kennedy had her first gathering in her new home Saturday. Kennedy and her two daughters, Ciarra Birch, 12 and Emma Kennedy, 7, were surrounded by friends, family and the volunteers who helped Habitat for Humanity build their house as she was presented with the keys at a dedication […]

Little country church

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s just a little country church. But for those few left who grew up in the mostly vanished community of Inez, memories of Christmas gatherings and summers with “dinner-on-the-grounds” linger. The memories and the little church itself may now outlive the farm families who attended services there — the […]

Portales to host living nativity

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer There is nothing out of the ordinary about seeing a nativity scene made of plastic or wood on Portales lawns during the Christmas season, but what the Church of God is doing Sunday night is, indeed, out of the ordinary — at least for Portales. The Portales Church of […]

12-23-07 District Court

The following dispositions was filed recently in Roosevelt County 9th Judicial District Court. According to the report: • Luis Quezada, 24, pleaded no contest to the charge of breaking and entering. Court proceedings were suspended by the judge, and Quezada was placed on probation for one year.

12-23-07 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Benjamin Page, 19, pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to pay fines and fees of $364 and attend the ASPEN program. • Justin Baumer, 25, pleaded no contest […]

12-27-07 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 14 • At 5:05 p.m. a victim’s advocate requested a deputy to take a report of a sexual assault at an address on N.M. 88. • At 11:34 p.m. a one-vehicle rollover accident with […]

Local Brief: Phone card campaign complete

The Portales Municipal Schools choir and band programs raised more than $600 for prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas during their recent holiday concerts. According to director Franklin Smith, the cards, along with notes of thanks and encouragment to the troops, were sent to Balad Air Force Base in Iraq where they will be […]

12-23-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is not earning enough money to buy Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 2T. Boys pants size 2T. Boys shoe size 7. Girls shirt size 4T. Girls pants size 4T. […]

ENMU picks Smith as business dean

Freedom New Mexico Gene Smith, an assistant professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems at Eastern New Mexico University, has been named dean of ENMU’s College of Business. His appointment is effective Jan. 2. He replaces interim dean Thurman Elder. “He has proven to be an excellent administrator and […]

Snowy weather possible

By Gabriel Monte Curry and Roosevelt county residents could encounter another weekend of blowing snow, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a winter weather advisory that took effect 6 p.m. Friday. The snowfall could last until 11 p.m. Saturday, according to Todd Shoemake of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. An […]

Attorney looking into fair funds

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has taken the lead in the investigation into possible missing county funds, County Manager Lance Pyle said Friday. Pyle said he would not comment on any other aspect of the investigation, including whether or not there is money missing. He referred all inquiries to Doerr, who did […]

Clovis couple wins inaugural Samerican award

By Gabriel Monte Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition Thursday from Clovis […]

Democrats announce caucus schedule

Registered Democrats in New Mexico can now request absentee ballots for the Feb. 5, 2008, presidential preference caucus, according to a news release. The request form is available by mail, fax, e-mail or download at: DPNM Headquarters, Attn.: Absentee Ballot Request Form, 1301 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110; (505)830-3650 (phone); (505)830-3645 (fax); or www.nmdemocrats.org. […]

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 […]

Charitable organization $160,000 short of goal

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is about $160,000 short of reaching its goal for its 2007-2008 pledge year, according to a news release from the organization. The non-profit organization has pledged to collect about $565,000 this year, according United Way Executive Director Erin Burch in September during a block party to kick off […]

One last landing

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By Tonya Fennell A single jet made two sweeping passes Friday afternoon over Cannon Air Force Base. As the F-16 roared overhead, spectators craned their necks to witness the final F-16 flight at the base. The aerial display marked the end of an era for the 522nd Fighter Squadron, also known as the Fireballs, as […]

12-22 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. B’s” husband is not living with her right now and her income is limited. She can’t afford presents for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 5 and 8 to 10. Boys […]