Singer remembered as friend, inspiration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Those who knew Kacee Lovato best say she was an inspiration to family and friends, a spirit who could take away another person’s pain with just a smile. To Kevin Gardells, Lovato could light up a room when she walked in the door. When she sang, he said, “Angels […]

Buddy, we hardly knew you

By David Stevens: FNM Editor Clovis never knew Buddy Holly. Fifty years after his death, Holly’s fame is a foundation for the annual Clovis Music Festival, which attracts Holly fans from around the world. The recording studio where he worked on west Seventh Street is the closest thing the city has to a tourist attraction. […]

Chamber honors best of 2008

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce transformed the Clovis Civic Center ballroom into a scene from a Western movie Friday, complete with hay bales by the main entrance for their annual banquet. About 380 people joined the Chamber in celebrating the accomplishments of 2008. Chamber President Jim […]

Jan. 31 Legislative Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 49

Small businesses finding ways to survive

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By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten operating hours, Twin Cronnie Drive-In Owner Clint Harden is optimistic about the local economy because of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. While the recession has hit small businesses hard nationally, some Clovis and […]

Tucumcari taking long shot on race track

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico It’s a long shot — but betting that a race track license may become available within the next two years — the Quay County Gaming Authority agreed Friday to extend its option on land near Interstate 40. The authority, which has $9,224 left in its bank account from its […]

Jan. 30, 2009 Legislature Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 50 Denish raises almost half a million: Lt. Gov. Diane Denish raised $466,314 in the last quarter of 2008 for her 2010 bid for the Governor’s Office, her campaign announced Thursday. Denish has $1,751,779 in the bank for the race, where she is seen by many […]

Bill to abolish death penalty gets go-ahead

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With shaking hands and a quivering voice, a Las Vegas, N.M., woman whose son was executed by the state of Texas asked the New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday to end capital punishment in this state. Though committee members’ minds probably were made up before Muina […]

Webcasts ‘thorny issue’

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican It’s the issue that won’t go away: to webcast or not from the state Capitol. As a House subcommittee considers whether and how to allow webcasting, the topic came up during Senate floor debate on a budget proposal when Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, attempted an amendment to […]

New rehearsal hall for opera on horizon

By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give […]

Maguire will accept new post at ENMU

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is […]

Local volunteer wins top chamber award

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer received the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s top award for the year, and a local family won recognition for improving property. Joyce Davis, who is active in many service projects, was named the 2009 Workhorse of the Year at the Chamber’s annual banquet […]

Hounds picked eighth in conference baseball poll

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team was picked for eighth place in the 12-team Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll, released Thursday by the LSC office. Defending champion Abilene Christian, which went 44-17 overall and 35-7 in the LSC, was favored to repeat its title. The Wildcats drew 19 of […]

Studies provide different scripts on film tax rebate

By Robert Nott: The Santa Fe New Mexican There’s an old saying that the devil can quote scripture for his own purpose. It can also be argued that economists can use financial data to paint the portrait that best suits their needs. Small wonder, then, that two recent studies of the financial impact of New […]

Angels are God’s messengers

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Many scriptures tell about angels. It’s such a comfort to know God is always watching over his children when help is needed. I love to read Psalm 91: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Verse 1). Verses […]

It’s their job: Mallory Holguin

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Name: Mallory Holguin Job: Office manager at White Oaks Counseling Center Background: Holguin was raised and graduated from high school in Portales, later attending Eastern New Mexico University for two years. Time on job: Two years What does your job entail? I take care of billing different insurance companies for counseling services, file paperwork, answer […]

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only farmers but people selling the products. But oil price decreases this winter may offer some relief. Starting about last January, prices for fertilizer started climbing until they doubled last year, said Ted Hairgrove, manager of DeBruce […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Area restaurants are gearing up for a busy Super Bowl Sunday, especially in Clovis where they will be allowed to serve alcohol. Applebee’s Bar and Grill bar manager Shellie Devou said customers have been asking if the restaurant’s big screen TV will be tuned to the Super Bowl. “We’re […]

Habitat for Humanity hosts work day

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity has scheduled a work day to hang drywall from 8 a.m. to midafternoon Saturday at 309 E. Kaywood in Portales. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Please RSVP so leaders can coordinate lunch. Information: Marge Rhode at roosevelt_curryh4h@yahoo.com

United Way approaches deadline

Friday is the deadline for donating to The United Way of Eastern New Mexico — still 15 percent away from its goal of $627,000, according to a news release. So far, the campaign has raised $530,857, which has been donated or pledged by individuals, business owners and corporations. Donations to United Way help families in […]