VA officials cutting insurance premiums

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced April 29 that military personnel insuring their families under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will have reduced out-of-pocket expenses beginning July 1. “VA (officials hope) these reductions will allow more military personnel to obtain affordable life insurance coverage for their […]

Ticket feature: Comedy tour putting on Mother’s Day show

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Freedom New Mexico Friday night’s Small Town Comedy Tour show is expected to be a show to bring in Mother’s Day. Headliner Nikki Carr is billed as the “mother of all mothers,” said promoter Dwayne Robinson. Carr entered into comedy in an effort to get on TV after her children were kidnapped by their father […]

Business exchanging letters for CD

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Area residents can support troops and get an exclusive CD all in one place. Big Valley Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep is participating in a nationwide effort to collect a total of 1 million notes thanking troops for their service, said Big Valley sales representative Kurt Conard. The Zac Brown Band, a country group, is working […]

Young artist wins international competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales boy has taken third place in an international art competition. Nolan Riggin, 9, won the placing in the 6- to 9-year-old age division of the 2010 International Aviation Art Contest. Nolan, son of Ronda Hutcherson and Caid Riggin, said he learned of the award late last month. […]

Thursday morning briefing: National Day of Prayer and return of the wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Prayer info It’s National Day of Prayer. Some things you might not know about this annual observance: • Participants are asked to focus prayer on seven “centers of power”: Government, military, media, business, education, church and family. • It was created in 1952 by a […]

Shout out: Student project benefits Hartley House

Submitted by: Lucia Benoit Floyd Family and Consumer Science students set out to create a community service project for an area group. In conjunction with the school’s FCCLA club, the 11 students chose material they found fun for cozy blankets to be used by children or adults and used their sewing unit to make blankets […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

The following are candidates for state Attorney General in the June 1 primary election. Incumbent Gary King is running unopposed for the Democrat nomination. Matt Chandler is running unopposed for the Republican nomination. Both were asked the same set of questions. Matt Chandler Republican Q: What are your specific goals for this position if elected? […]

My turn: Appreciation for food started with mom

By Argen Duncan: Senior writer With Mother’s Day coming up, I want to tell you about my mom, one of my favorite cooks. Mom made meals I loved as a kid, and she never throttled me for complaining about dinners I didn’t like so much. Until dad took over much of the chef work, mom […]

ENMU students host casting call for independent film

PNT staff Auditions for the independent feature film “Jimmy Garcon” are set for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. Directors are looking for male and female actors ages 16-45. The film tells the story of a reclusive writer trying to finish his novel while others interfere. […]

Candidate profile: Roosevelt County magistrate judge

The following are candidates for Roosevelt County magistrate judge in the June 1 Primary election. Each is running unopposed for their respective party’s nomination. Each was asked the same set of questions. Their responses:

Meetings watch: Council OKs agreement for Prairie Walk Subdivision

During Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting councilors: • Approved a resolution to continue membership in the Eastern Plains Council of Government through 2011 at a cost of $2,577 a year. Councilor Gary Watkins was asked to retain his role as a member and Councilor Oscar Robinson was named as an alternate. • Approved a liquor […]

Road closures scheduled

Roosevelt County Road Department has scheduled street closures: • Today and Thursday on Spruce Street between U.S. 70 and North Main Street closed for chip sealing. • Next week, Monday through Thursday, east side of Roosevelt Road 6 and Kilgore Avenue closed to pour concrete; and Roosevelt roads 8, R 1/2 and S closed for […]

Church profile: Central Christian Church

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Location: 1528 South Main Phone: 356-6001 Services: 8:15 a.m., classic worship; 10 a.m., traditional worship; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., contemporary worship with nursery and children’s ministry Description: “Central Christian is a place to connect,” said Pastor David McVey.

Shout out: Roosevelt County Extension Association Annual Cultural Arts Show

Submitted by: Connie Moyers On April 10, the Roosevelt County Extension Association held their annual Cultural Arts Show hosted by the Working 9 to 5 extension club in the Jake Lopez Building in Portales. There were members present from all four Extension Clubs — Pep, Causey, Bethel and Working 9 to 5. Linda Russell catered […]

Shout out: District IV Extension Association of New Mexico meeting

Submitted by: Connie Moyers On April 22-23, seven members of the Roosevelt County Homemakers Clubs traveled to Alamogordo for the District IV meeting of Extension Association of New Mexico. The members from Roosevelt County were Mary Danforth, Barbara Miller, Dottie Lee, Dorothy Gresham, Judy Terry, LaVerne Scheller, and Connie Moyers. Thursday afternoon was registration and […]

Freedom chairman talks about future of company

By Mary Ann Milbourne: Freedom News Service James D. Dunning Jr. is the new chairman of Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. He brings broad media experience ranging from being former president and chief financial officer of Rolling Stone to chief executive of Ziff […]

ENMU briefs — May 5

Employee briefs • Marshall “Dillon” Kennedy plans to retire as of June 30 from Eastern New Mexico University’s University printing service after 17 years, plus one year of part-time work. Kennedy said he plans to enjoy his wife, children and grandchildren after retirement. “Gardening, grilling and fishing at Fort Sumner Lake have been my hobbies, […]

Military feature: Support from the skies

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Rupert Gamble of Portales was a pilot in the Air Force during World War II. He was commissioned to the Air Force Cadets Program and trained to fly C-47 aircraft troop and cargo carriers over Europe. Gamble is the father of Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble, who […]

Police blotter — May 5

The following is a sampling of calls that were made to Roosevelt County dispatch: Saturday • At 2:36 a.m., a caller in the area of 16th and H reported a male subject standing next to a pickup throwing items at the house. • At 3:29 p.m., a caller in the 600 block of West First […]

Police: Charges still pending in April 23 accident

PNT staff Charges are still pending in an April 23 wreck that left one man hospitalized, according to state police. The collision occurred about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Roosevelt Road 7 and N.M. 206, police said. Paul Legler, 39, was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock but is expected to survive, State […]