Christmas just another work day for some

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer While most people are opening presents and eating a big meal with loved ones Christmas Day, many others are hard at work. Still, a lot of those dedicated employees say they don’t mind. Gayle Richerson, director of patient care at Roosevelt General Hospital, said she has worked on Christmas [...]

Christmas party brings cheer to Heartland residents

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As holiday music plays, people, many in wheelchairs, snack on cream puffs and pinwheels, and then tear into gifts from the people who serve them every day. It’s Christmastime at Heartland Continuing Care Center. About 75 people live at Heartland and Tuesday they celebrated the holiday with a party. [...]

Empty Stocking Fund Dec. 25

Today’s focus: Ms. D Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. D’s” son is very ill. “Ms. D” is unable to work since she has to take care of her son. She won’t be able to buy her son anything for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: To have a few presents under the Christmas tree [...]

Teenager arrested for auto burglary

PNT Staff Report Clovis police have arrested a teenage boy for an auto burglary Saturday in Portales, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said his officers located the 14-year-old Portales resident in Clovis Wednesday, acting on information from Portales Officer Kane Wyatt. The juvenile is being detained in Clovis. “We think he may have [...]

NORAD tracking Santa’s sleigh ride

By Ivan Moreno: The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Who says Santa Claus doesn’t exist? The military personnel charged with being the eyes in the sky are certainly acting like he does — and they’ve been joined on the Internet by millions of believers. Even doubters have reason to pause when they hear [...]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make up the difference. On January 1, the state mandated minimum wage increases from $6.50 per hour to $7.50 per hour. Tom Martin, the owner [...]

Sunland wins marketing award

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working for peanuts has earned a Portales company top honors. Peanut processor Sunland Inc. is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s New Mexico Agriculture Marketer for 2008. The company received the honor earlier this month. “The importance of it is just the recognition by the New Mexico Department of [...]

Dec. 24 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. Q Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. Q” is unemployed and she is helping her sister out since her sister’s son just had a heart transplant. “Ms. Q’s” husband is the only one providing for the family. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: [...]

No typical Christmas for me

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist ’Twas the day before ChristmasAnd there was no snowBut lots of cold windIn New Mexico With eastern New MexicoTucked in their bedsVisions of a day off workDanced in their heads The night time’s upon usAnd I sure can’t be funFor my evening plan’sA Daily Show rerun The pumpkin [...]

Holiday commercialism needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Some lessons are learned at great expense. For decades, editorialists, pundits and other commentators have implored us to stop the Christmas commercialism. They said people focus on purchasing goodies instead of the spirituality of Christmas. The relentless blather went on, year after year, even in the midst of [...]