Literacy council provides education tools

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Literacy Council volunteer tutors offer a chance for people in the community to better themselves with an education. The Literacy Council handles free pre-GED, adult literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes. The Literacy Council is funded through donations by the Literacy Council Coalition […]

First person: Jason Bloomer

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Given the choice of video games, sleep or studying, Eastern New Mexico junior Jason Bloomer will always go with video games or sleep. He learned not to give himself the option of sloughing off studies by being involved in as many things as possible, including cheerleading, a fraternity, a full-time job, and studying biology with […]

Zias post sweep in home opener

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Junior pitcher-first baseman Kristen Cruickshank belted her seventh homer in seven games as Eastern New Mexico University completed a sweep of Texas-Permian Basin Thursday with a 12-1 rout at Zia Softball Field. In the first game, the Zias did all their scoring in the second inning, capped by a two-run […]

Kingsville hands Hounds 12th straight loss

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Good board play and solid shooting weren’t enough for the Greyhounds to get their first win in more than a month as the Eastern New Mexico University men lost to Texas A&M-Kingsville 74-69 Wednesday night in a Lone Star Conference South game. Junior forward Brandon Wilson led three Hounds (4-21, 0-10 LSC […]

State seeks change to cover federal funds

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Measure would promote green jobs

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 30 Green measures: A pair of bills in the Senate, (SB318) and (SB420), aim to promote green jobs in the state. Sen. Eric G. Griego, D-Albuquerque, is carrying the bills. One would require spending of a minimum of $1 million each year from the Development Training Fund for […]

Zias fall at Kingsville

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, TEXAS — After a strong start, the Eastern New Mexico University Zias went 10 minutes without a field goal. The scoring drought was too much to overcome as Texas A&M-Kingsville secured its first winning season in eight years by beating the Zias 82-66 Wednesday in a Lone Star Conference South game […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

County extension classes keep seniors healthy

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Two free classes in Portales are offering diabetics a chance to learn how to use exercise and good cooking habits to stay healthy. Roosevelt County Extension is holding “Keep Moving, Keep Healthy” and “Kitchen Creations: A Cooking School for Diabetics and Their Families” classes starting in March. Extension Home […]

Portales youth speak up

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer About 60 Portales-area high school and college students made their voices heard over the last six months, culminating in a town-hall style event Wednesday at Portales’ Memorial Building. The event is called Tomorrow’s Leaders — but event facilitator Nicole Wilkening thinks that title is a bit misleading. “They are […]

Tops in Blue coming to Portales

The U.S. Air Force’s premier entertainment showcase, Tops in Blue, is offering a free night of family entertainment at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales. The performance includes Latin sounds, All-American country music, and chart-topping hits, music from movies and Broadway shows. The Tops in Blue 2008 […]

U.S. Census Bureau hiring census workers

The Census needs help. U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Regional Census Center is recruiting for hundreds of temporary part-time jobs in New Mexico, according to a news release. Positions hired now will take part in early operations in 2009 that support the upcoming 2010 Census. Cathy Illian, director of the bureau’s

Lujan economic recovery tour comes to Clovis

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM will be in Clovis on Thursday meeting with several groups to discuss the stimulus package recently passed in Washington, D.C. The tour begins at 9 a.m. when Curry County Commissioners convene a special meeting to hear a briefing on economic recovery and investment policy. At noon, Lujan is meeting […]

Business feature: Mechanic stands by his work

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Doug Frank has been a mechanic in Portales for a while and is someone who stands by his work. Frank says he works very hard to do a good job because this is how he advertises, by word of mouth. The local high school and college coaches recommend Frank to […]

Legislative tidbits, Feb. 18

The New Mexico staff Days remaining in session: 31 A vote for the exempts: On a party-line vote, the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday killed a measure (SB 424) that would cut the salaries of exempt state workers who make more than $75,000 by 10 percent. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsored the […]

PAC opposes same-day legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A Las Cruces political action committee is running ads on cable television warning viewers that bills allowing same-day voter registration would lead to vote fraud, including out-of-state people pouring in to cancel the vote of New Mexican citizens. The ads, which began running last week on Comcast Cable systems […]

Feb. 18 Floyd News

PNT Staff Report Events Feb. 19 • Thursday night seniors’ fun and and games night at the Senior Citizen center. Pot luck starts at 6 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 • No school for students: Teacher in-service day Feb. 23 • District basketball tournament Feb 24 • District basketball tournament […]

Road work to begin on U.S. 60

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Transportation started crack sealing work on U.S. 60 between Fort Sumner and Clovis, according to a department press release. The $1.8 million project is expected to last three to four weeks. Motorists can expect a one-lane closure and short delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and […]

Coach poor representative of team

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist It was Duke. It was UNC. And I was there. On my couch. Today marks the one-week anniversary of the season’s first North Carolina-Duke basketball battle, a rivalry that’s even reached our newsrooms. I still remember the first day I worked with a UNC graduate, and I was working on […]

Credit unions angry over bailout tax

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Federal credit unions, including those serving millions of military patrons, are fighting to keep off their books nearly $5 billion in charges that regulators have assessed to bail out their largest “corporate” credit union. The U.S. Central Federal Credit Union was in danger of insolvency due to losses on mortgage-backed […]