Blackwater Draw museum closing for winter break

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Museum will close for winter break from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Jan. 4. The museum is on U.S. 70 approximately 7 miles north of Portales near Greyhound Stadium. Information: Matt Hillsman at 562-2202.

Hospital board shows profit

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt General Hospital is showing a $656,000 profit, but revenues are down for December. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens told the hospital board Tuesday the holidays are hard on the hospital revenue. “Nobody wants to pay their bills during the holiday season,” Stevens said. Stevens said expenses for the hospital were normal. […]

Drug task force makes significant cocaine bust

Freedom New Mexico The Region V Drug Task Force has intercepted what investigators call a significant amount of cocaine being transported to Clovis Monday. Jorge Sanchez, 31, and Felipe De Jesus Gandara, 31, are being held without bond on an immigration hold, charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine, according to Curry County […]

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico If shopping at North Plains Mall is any indication, it’s beginning to look a lot like economic recovery this holiday season. Mall Manager Cindy Banister said it appears Clovis area retailers are fairing better than other areas of the country hit hard by the global economic downturn. “Our sales […]

Restaurant hosts annual community dinner

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer El Rancho Restaurant is reaching out with Christmas turkey and posole once again this year. The restaurant is continuing its tradition of serving a free Christmas dinner for the sixth year. The meal is free and open to anyone. “We just get all kinds of people from all walks […]

12-23 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. S Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband is the only provider for the family and will not be able to afford any presents for the kids. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 14, 12, 6 and 4T. Boys […]

Infectious waste from Clovis hospital found at landfill

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico For the fourth time in three years, infectious waste from Plains Regional Medical Center has been discovered at the Clovis landfill, officials confirmed Tuesday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said city employees found the infectious waste Saturday during routine procedures at the landfill. Howalt said the area containing the waste […]

Cards not just for Christmastime

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist If you’re good at waiting, the doctor’s office is your heaven. First off, there’s a room just for waiting. Then you go to the patient room, where you wait some more (you’re called the patient because that’s exactly what you have to be). And you take your pants off, then […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

Area residents remain charitible despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Chamber director announces mayor run

PNT staff Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King announced Monday she is running for Portales mayor. “I’ve been committed to community service most of my life,” King said in a news release. “Now I want to expand that commitment into city government.” King said the pairing of the positions of chamber executive […]

Police investigate arson

PNT staff Portales Police are investigating a suspected arson at a house in the 1000 block of South Abilene Street. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said firefighters and police responded to a report of a fire at the residence about 8 p.m. Sunday. Berry said they found a broken window and an incendiary device they believe […]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi

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Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common as french fries and golden arches. Beginning Jan. 1, all McDonald’s locations will offer free Internet access for customers. Internet service isn’t new at restaurants and coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. […]

Zias win on late 3-pointer

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The basketball gods don’t give many breaks to a 5-foot-4 player. So Vanessa O’Neal’s got to make her own. The Zias senior did just that Monday, making small plays throughout and the biggest play at the end — an assist to Cat Clay for a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds […]

Salvation Army receives more gold donations

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone — whether they put anything in the Salvation Army kettle or just walk on by. “I’m a people person,” Mendoza said. “I like interacting with the people.” But she […]

Commerce topples Hounds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Standing 6-foot-6 with a mohawk and a booming voice, Ronnie Morgan is tough to miss on the court. Much to Eastern New Mexico’s chagrin, he was even harder to miss on the stat sheet. Morgan scored six of his career-high 24 points during a 17-6 run that turned the […]

Zias fall on buzzer-beater

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Texas A&M-Commerce lived by the three. But Ashley Murphy made sure the Zias died by the two. Murphy scored on a point-blank bucket as time expired, lifting the Lions to a 68-67 in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game Saturday at Greyhound Arena. The Lions (3-4) led for […]

Community menu

Monday: Taco, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Spanish rice, salsa, corn and gelatin. Tuesday: Baked ham, broccoli and cheese, roll, margarine and pineapple upside down cake. Wednesday: Chicken and noodles, peas, beets, biscuit and brownie. Thursday: Closed. Friday: Closed.

On the shelves/Library Programs

• Books and Babies is a short storytime for infants ages 0 to 3 and is held bimonthly on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This week’s theme is “Santa Baby.” Join us for stories, songs, and fun. • It’s The Polar Express! 4 p.m. Tuesday. The library will host a program based on this favorite holiday […]