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 […]

Education pick could bode well for U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Of course, in a genuinely free (or even constitutional) society there would be no such position as secretary of education at the national level. The U.S. Constitution saw no role for the national government in education and education at the time — a time when literacy and enrollment of children in educational […]

Clovis homicide suspect in custody

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police today said they now have a suspect in custody for the killing of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams at her Lea Street home. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the man is being held by police on unrelated warrants and has not been charged with the homicide. “We believe we have the suspect, we’re […]

Four injured in fiery crash

Freedom New Mexico Four people were injured in a fiery two-car collision Tuesday morning east of Clovis. The crash happened north of 21st street on Curry Road G around 11 a.m. Ryan Carter, 21, and Wesley Hess, 31, both of Clovis, were airlifted to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to state police. Both […]

Hounds lose again in San Antonio tourney

SAN ANTONIO — Northwest Missouri State held Eastern New Mexico University’s men scoreless for more than six minutes at the start and the Bearcats posted a 71-49 win over the Greyhounds on Sunday in the River City Classic, hosted by St. Mary’s. ENMU (2-9), which has dropped six in a row, fell behind 8-0 before […]

Operation Santa Cop delivers gifts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The police officer knocks on the front door, and it opens a crack and then more. Two boys peer out. Patrol officer Carolee Jones introduces herself and asks the boys if they’ve heard of Operation Santa Cop. They said they hadn’t, but the two youngsters learned about the toy […]

Youngster gives up wish for friend

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Harley Pena of Clovis is a shy, 6-year-old girl who adores Hannah Montana. But these days her real-life hero is a fellow cancer patient, whose unselfish gift may just make this the best Christmas either of these two kids have ever known. Sinjin Anrdukates, 14, of Copperas Cove, Texas, […]

Empty Stocking Fund Dec. 23

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is unemployed. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes large. Boys pants sizes 10. Boys shoe sizes 1 1/2. Girls shirts sizes medium. Girls pants sizes 8. Girls shoe sizes 12. Toys list: […]

It’s Their Job: Joel Sievers

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Joel Sievers Job: Sports medicine physician Background: Sievers attended college in Nebraska and went to medical school at Texas Tech University. Time on job: Six and one-half years What does your job entail? We evaluate and treat patients with traumatic and overuse physical injures, although we still do a little […]

Police report several auto burglaries

PNT Staff Report Eight auto burglaries have been reported in Portales in less than a week, according to Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Sunday, a purse was taken from a vehicle in the 400 block of North Globe Avenue and an iPod from a vehicle in the 100 block of North Avenue A, Berry said. Saturday, […]

Clovis man charged with starting fire

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a 24-year-old Clovis man on Monday in connection with a 2004 fire at the Clovis Bender Chevrolet Dealership, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Aaron Quinones is charged with breaking into the dealership to steal money from a safe, starting a fire that caused $1.5 million […]