Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take a holiday when it comes to public safety. Area fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies will be operating as they would any other day. “It […]

Free lunch fills volunteers with holiday cheer

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers helping with a free Christmas dinner Friday at El Rancho Restaurant say the opportunity to help the community is more than enough reward. Eva McAfoos has been serving the Portales community for five years at the annual free dinner hosted by the Garcia family. “I used to work […]

ENMU’s Johnson preseason All-America

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior outfielder Jereme Johnson has been selected a preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball. Last year, the Roswell High graduate earned the school’s first All-America selection in baseball, garnering honorable mention status on the Daktronics All-America squad. while earning first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors. He set ENMU single-season records […]

Santa’s helpers reside in Roosevelt County

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Every year around Christmas, Santa’s helpers appear around Portales, handing out gifts and making children smile. And it’s Roosevelt County men who are under those red suits, hats and beards. Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Matt Rush and C&S Dairy Supply employee Mark Clark are two of the local […]

Empty Stocking Fund surpasses last year’s total

Freedom New Mexico As of noon Friday, the Empty Stocking Fund had collected almost $900 more than last season’s drive. Officials said donations thus far total $8,998.91. Last year donations to the fund totaled $8,100.

Letters to Santa

The following are letters to Santa from the Portales area children and a printed as written:

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Helping her mother move into a new house in Austin, Texas, during the summer reinforced a revelation J’mi Heflin had last year before Christmas. “We have too much stuff,” Heflin said. Her mother, JoBeth Broadhurst, agreed. Last year, the two used the money they would have spent on each […]

Love notes become Christmas legacy

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Editor’s Note: This column has been printed in the anthology “Christmas Traditions.” Reprinted with permission from Adams Media Corp.

Concept of giving not lost on farm

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The week before Christmas the farmer announced to the animals that he would not be giving them the traditional cheese and sausage box. The pig was relieved. The farmers suggested instead they should draw names. “Does that include non-domesticated animals, too?” asked the armadillo. “Yes, But only warm-blooded,” was the […]

Distributive justice not justice at all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist For a long time, political philosophers were interested in identifying the nature of justice. It started with Socrates and lasted to when John Stuart Mill did his work, although by that time there had been talk of this thing called distributive justice. By now, most political theorists dwell […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Region wakes up to snow

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico It just might be a white Christmas on the High Plains. An overnight storm brought blowing and drifting snow to the area Thursday, making roads slick and dangerous. About an inch of snow fell overnight. The National Weather Service is predicting high winds — 30 mph to 40 mph […]

N.M. dairies to share nearly $3 million

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Farm Service Agency says it will issue nearly $3 million in payments to dairy farmers in New Mexico. The payments will be made through the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program. Eligible producers will receive a one-time direct payment based on the amount of milk both produced and commercially marketed […]

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of […]

Jan. 1, 1953

According to the Portales Tribune, a local contracting firm has been awarded $25,000 in contracts for construction work at the Clovis Air Base with work scheduled to start in the near future. The contracts were awarded to Ison and McCrary of Portales for work in remodeling buildings in the hospital area of the Clovis base.

Thursday morning briefing: grants and Hawaii Bowl

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

Local schools unaffected by GI Bill slowdown

Staff and wire reports Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims […]

Police make Christmas deliveries

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Police Department has been working to provide toys food for families in the area through the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive since November. As of Wednesday, Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said 760 children, 58 more than last year, had received toys. […]

Business feature: Video game store provides safe environment for teens

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PNT staff Kayce Whitacre and her son opened a new business that caters to gamers and collectors alike. The Echo Chamber has been operating for a couple months, located in the shadow of the Portales Fire Department. Whitacre’s son, Andy Anderson, and his wife, Samantha, are volunteering to help her. The store offers used video […]

Empty stocking fund raises $7,558

Freedom New Mexico The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the […]