Poku hoping to catch on as NFL free agent

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jessie Poku finished his career at Eastern New Mexico University holding nearly every pass receiving record. Now he’s looking to catch on with an NFL team as a free agent. A four-year starter from Murphy, Texas, Poku worked out for NFL scouts last week on the ENMU campus. “The fact […]

Agent enjoys helping youth

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Portales resident Melanie Gutierrez has been the 4-H agent in Roosevelt County for three and a half years and deals with anything related to 4-H. That means she spends a lot of time with children and youth and Gutierrez said she enjoys watching the students grow and become people. In the summer, she finds time […]

Our people: Agent of Service

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Erinn Burch of Clovis has run the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for eight years. She said she enjoys her work because everyone she works with is working to improve the community.

Final Agent Orange review ordered

An estimated 200,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from three diseases newly associated with exposure to Agent Orange are closer to receiving disability compensation following an appeals court order Aug. 2 directing VA to publish a final implementing regulation within 30 days. On a lawsuit brought by a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, the U.S. Court of […]

New Agent Orange claims deadline near

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will begin in October to pay thousands of disability claims to Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia — illnesses newly associated with exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange, used in that war. A 60-day countdown to the day that […]

Agent Orange aid hits possible roadblock

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), chief architect of the pricey post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era, could become a new champion, for taxpayers, against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims. Webb, a former […]

Getting to know: School employee juggles family life, volunteering

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Dianne Parker works for Portales Municipal Schools. Background: Parker is from Nebraska but has lived in Portales more than 30 years. She and her husband, Scott, moved to Portales so he could take a coaching position here. Both she and her husband attended Eastern New Mexico University. They have two daughters. Job: Parker is a […]

4-Hers prep for fair

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Daizia Looney, 10, learned how to shear her first goat Tuesday. She and other county residents are preparing for the Roosevelt County Fair, which opens noon Tuesday. Roosevelt County Extension 4-H Agent Melanie Gutierrez said youth with livestock projects are cleaning show boxes, making sure they have necessary supplies, […]

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County Agent W.G. Vinzant announced that Louis H. Lanay, district agent for the Predatory and Rodent Control Division, agreed to send a man into Roosevelt County in the coming spring to assist area farmers and ranchers who were having prairie dog troubles.

Harvests hampered by recent rains

By Gabriel Monte and Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Farmers in the process of harvesting their crops in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas region are playing the waiting game with the weather. Muddy farm land from rain showers over the weekend have kept farmers from harvesting their crops, according to Curry County ag-extension […]

County agent quoted in National Geographic

Special to the PNT Out of nowhere, Patrick Kircher became a nationally-known image consultant. When Maggie G. Zachowitz of National Geographic needed help explaining a 51-year-old photograph taken in Roosevelt County, she turned to Kircher, the county’s agricultural extension agent. In the 1957 photo, a man measures the former ground level of a field in […]

Long-time county agent McAlister remembered

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Just days before the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair opens, fair lovers have learned of the death of one of its biggest supporters. Floyd McAlister, who was Roosevelt County Extension agent for more than 22 years, died late Wednesday in Lubbock. He was 64. People are remembering him as the […]

It’s Their Job: Lori Bohm

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Lori Bohm Job: Multi-line American National Insurance agentBackground: With miscellaneous business experience Bohm received her property, casualty, life and health licenses from the State of New Mexico in 1984 which is a state requirement to be renewed every year.Time on job: Over 20 years

Agent Orange disability appeal denied

By Tom Philpott A federal appeals court has delivered a stinging defeat to “Blue Water” sailors and Coast Guard veterans of the Vietnam War who have been fighting for disability compensation from illnesses they contend resulted from shipboard exposure to deadly herbicides including Agent Orange. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, we’re not raising animals, […]

Agent accused of botching investigation

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Kircher named county agent

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrick Kircher has been named to the position of Roosevelt County agriculture agent by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service officials. Kircher began in his new role on July 1. The job was previously held by Floyd McAlister, who retired in February after more than 22 years in […]

Insurance agency changes hands

BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With the retirement of Don Hammons, Danny Paxton has taken the reins and ownership of the insurance agency located on South Avenue D. Residing in Dallas, Paxton who has family in the area, came home for a visit. In a conversation with his mom, she suggested that he sell […]

Decision on jury trial for airman delayed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Major Daniel Kiefer agreed Friday to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing open for […]