Dec. 17 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries Wednesday: Jeff and Jenny Essary (14 years) Tuesday: Kyla Gray Upcoming Events Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. Final exams at the school will be Dec. 16-18. There will be no school […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]

Christmas pageant lives on in memory

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist One year it was decided by someone (who later refused to be identified) that during the annual Christmas pageant we ought to have a “real” manger scene — with live animals. Somebody’s dad built a nifty three-sided wooden creche, and some of the kids brought their 4-H animals. It was […]

Prompt action needed to address Illinois scandal

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama at one level emerges with surprisingly clean hands from the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly trying to “sell” the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Not only did U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explicitly say the president-elect was not named in the 76-page […]

Technology cuts costs for RGH

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico By getting rid of some of the pictures, Roosevelt General Hospital is hoping for a better financial picture. Staff members showed the hospital board the first stages of the hospital’s Picture Archiving Communication System, or PACS, at the conclusion of Tuesday’s regular meeting. Rocky Houston, director of radiology at […]

Commission considers alternate building plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is looking at a change in plans for the proposed multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds. At the commission meeting Tuesday morning in the County Courthouse, County Manager Charlene Hardin said the proposed 63,000-square-foot metal building would cost $5.8 million, which was not a viable option. […]

Couple indicted on child pornography charges

PNT staff A Portales couple arrested on child pornography charges has been indicted, said Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Michael Gilpin, 57, was indicted Friday on 100 counts of possession of child pornography, 18 counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children and one count of tampering with evidence. Joy Gilpin, 46, […]

Dec. 17 Events Calendar

Wednesday Flu shots — 10 a.m. to noon. Valley Furniture, 101 S. Main St. Roosevelt County Health Clinic offers free flu shots for adults and children. The events calendar is a daily listing that contains meeting and event information for the next week. To submit an item call 356-4481, ext. 33 or e-mail: argen_duncan@link.freedom.com

Dec. 17 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Mr. J Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Mr. J” is disabled and is unable to work. He is the sole provider for his family. His holiday hopes: For his children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts size 24 months. Boys pants size 2T. Boys shoes size 8. Girls […]

Hounds can’t hold off Tigers in second half

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — Senior guard Tyler Thetford converted a 3-point play with 18 seconds left on Sunday, boosting East Central to a 60-58 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University. The Tigers (2-4), held to a season scoring low after coming into the weekend averaging just over 95 […]

Zias stage rally, beat East Central

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — Sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer’s jumper with 2:37 left kicked off a game-ending 7-0 run that lifted Eastern New Mexico University to a 58-52 victory over East Central on Sunday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Fifer scored a career-best 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help […]

It’s Their Job: Eric Dixon

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Eric Dixon Job: Attorney and counselor at law Background: Dixon, originally from Canada, attended law school in St. Louis, Mo., and obtained his degree in 1984. He then worked for the district attorney’s office in Hobbs for two years, later practicing for a private firm for three years. In 1990, […]

New system speeding up call process

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer If your child skips classes at a Portales school, you’ll hear about it pretty quickly. Emergency notices and other important messages will also be able to be sent to large groups of phone numbers quickly. The Portales Municipal School District has a new school messaging system that will make […]

Wind damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Friends Kayla Sanders, left, and George Garcia have a mess to clean up in Garcia’s backyard. Sunday’s strong winds brought down a tree from a neighboring property, taking down Garcia’s chain link fence and an electrical wire. The tree landed on a few bicycles Garica had in the backyard, where […]

Local Brief Dec. 16

PNT staff ENMU professor to head Ag Expo Terry Ervin, Eastern New Mexico University professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture, has been selected to serve a second term as chairman of the New Mexico Ag Expo. Ervin’s plans for next year’s Ag Expo include increasing the number of […]

Events Calendar Dec. 16

Today School Board Candidate Filing — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office, Roosevelt County Courthouse. Candidates file for Feb. 3 election. Melrose High School Christmas Program — 6:30 p.m. Commons area of Melrose High School. Wednesday Flu shots — 10 a.m. to noon. Valley Furniture, 101 S. Main St. Roosevelt County Health […]

ENMU Briefs Dec. 16

Contest winners announced The Eastern New Mexico University Speech and Hearing office won the Support Senate’s Christmas door-decorating contest, and the $72 pot. Communication Services came in second, Accounts Payable placed third and the Registrar’s Office took honorable mention. Tammi Gardner, vice president of the Support Senate, said, “The judges said that the contest illustrated […]

Zias rally to end losing streak

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — Sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer’s jumper with 2:37 left kicked off a game-ending 7-0 run that lifted Eastern New Mexico University to a 58-52 victory over East Central on Sunday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Fifer scored a career-best 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help […]

East Central stuns Hounds late

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — Senior guard Tyler Thetford converted a 3-point play with 18 seconds left on Sunday, boosting East Central to a 60-58 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University. The Tigers (2-4), held to a season scoring low after coming into the weekend averaging just over 95 […]

Didn’t shoot my eye out, but …

In the sporting goods department of a discount store my eyes fell on the most sought-after Christmas present of my childhood — a Daisy BB gun. Just seeing it brought back memories. Yeah, that’s right, Ralphie from the 1983 movie “The Christmas Story” and I had a lot in common. We both wished for a […]