Quilt fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Gail Strickler and Elizabeth Lawrence spent a month building their log cabin. Now they’re hoping to find it a home. Strickler, of Clovis, and Lawrence, of Portales, are raffling their creation — a quilt large enough to fit on a queen-size bed — to benefit Roosevelt and Curry counties’ […]

First budget fix bill goes to NM governor

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers have sent Gov. Bill Richardson the first bill in a package of measures to fix a $650 million budget shortfall. The legislation frees up $117 million, largely by raiding the cash balances of state agencies and taking $68 million from a college scholarship […]

Commander: Housing issue may affect future mission decisions

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may figure into the solution of finding affordable housing for personnel. But if adequate housing can’t be found, Cannon Commander Col. Stephen Clark said Wednesday, the Air Force may look at sending […]

Groups aim to make a difference

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In honor of Make a Difference Day, two Portales organizations are offering the community a hand, or rather coats and flu prevention kits. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales is holding a coat drive with the distribution set for Saturday. Friday, the Community Services Center and its senior programs are […]

Ticket feature: Dance company anniversary tour stops in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary national tour in New Mexico this month and will be making a stop in Clovis. The company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. The contemporary modern dance company’s 17-theater national tour started traveling New Mexico Oct. 15 and will continue […]

Ex-Portales resident going strong at 107

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By Ann Work: Wichita Falls Times Record News WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Optimistic, check. Nonsmoker, check. Socially active, check. Effie Caffee, who spent most of her childhood in Portales, exhibits many of the trademark signs of centenarians. But if you ask for her secrets to living to be 107, she will tell you she has […]

Suspended players to return for ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday that four players suspended last week for “violation of university policy” will be active for Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at 14th-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville. Included were sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp, the NCAA Division II leader in passing yards per game […]

Oct. 21 Police Blotter

A sampling of calls received by the Portales Police Department from Oct. 16-18:

Mesalands president suspended

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday suspended President Phillip O. Barry without pay. Board members met in executive session in response to allegations Barry was driving under the influence of liquor or drugs last week in Albuquerque. Court records show Barry was charged with DUI on Friday. […]

Council honors Portales volunteer

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A regular meeting of the Portales City Council did take place on Tuesday, although normal business took a back seat to the recognition of one hard-working citizen. Frankye King, 86, was honored with an hour-long fete prior to the 7 p.m. start of the meeting and, during the council […]

Flu clinic’s hours varying

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic is asking people to call ahead because the hours have changed for the flu clinic due to a decrease of patients and fewer available staff members because some have flu-like symptoms, according to information from the hospital. The number of patients with flu-like symptoms has decreased […]

RGH looking to replace retiring administrator

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital Board is looking into the many ways available to find a replacement for retiring Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino. Covenant Health System has already posted the announcement for the position on its Web site, and the hospital is posting it internally for the staff to consider. At […]

Heavy rainfall soaks city; causes power outages

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Storms dropped about an inch of rain around Roosevelt and Curry counties and caused lightning-related power outages in the region Tuesday night. Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said 1 inch of rain at Cannon Air Force Base and 1.05 inches at Dora were reported […]

Community clinics seeing wave of new patients

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The recession is causing more people in the area to turn to taxpayer-supported health centers that provide care on a sliding fee scale. An influx of new patients has already hit the only federally qualified clinic in Clovis and Portales. La Casa Family Health Center Chief Executive Officer Seferino […]

Portales native vying for USA Today contest

Freedom New Mexico Dennis Harper, a Portales native, has entered a contest to report on the first pre-inaugural cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Sea as a “reporter at sea.” The winner will be reporting from the cruise for USA Today with Gene Sloan for the Cruise Log. Harper, now of Roswell, entered […]

City defends flu policy

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer No one’s been asked to leave yet, and those in charge hope the sign will be deterrent enough, but the Portales Public Library has posted a warning for nearly a week to those with indications of having the flu. The message on the sign at the front door is […]

Discrepancies in drug laws magnify race

Freedom New Mexico Now that the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to end the unjustified and counterproductive 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, there’s a pretty good chance this 23-year mistake finally will be ended. Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced his bill Thursday. Since a similar bill has already passed […]

Lawmakers share blame for delay

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki got a bipartisan hug from the House Veterans Affairs Committee last week as lawmakers accepted his plan to fix Post-9/11 GI Bill payment delays, and blamed their own rush to enact the complex education benefit last year for some of the challenges VA now faces. […]

Payments more of burden than help

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist In case you haven’t heard, there will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year. This has spurred outrage and consternation on Capitol Hill. After all, seniors vote in large numbers and are a politically powerful voting bloc, so efforts to placate senior citizens are usually […]

Commission considers charge for utility cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is proposing fees for road cuts to access utility lines, but utility service providers are concerned about the costs. County Road Supervisor Ricky Lovato on Tuesday presented commissioners with a proposal that the county require a permit and payment to cut into county roads or easements to […]