Bilingual services available to voters

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers Bilingual services are available for voters in the March 4 municipal elections in Portales and Clovis. Spanish-language voters will have the aid of bilingual precinct workers and a translating device at each of the precincts. Called AutoMARK, the device has an audible and visual translation of the ballot for voters, […]

Portales educator retires after 30 years

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By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers After three decades of educating children in New Mexico and Texas classrooms, Ida Villanueva is now worried about flunking — flunking retirement that is. Villanueva, of Portales, recently retired from a teaching career that has spanned 30 years and taken her from her first position as a teacher aide in […]

Social justice advocates reconnect in Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer They fought for social justice. Decades later, they’re telling their stories so Portales won’t forget. Longtime Portales resident Dolores Penrod, a member of the Democratic Women of Roosevelt County and Voices of Democracy, helped organize “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County” last Sunday at the Memorial Building. Some […]

Call center coming to Clovis

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer When many people order at a fast-food drive through, they assume they’re talking to a person in that building. In the near future, however, it could be an operator in Clovis taking their orders from around the country. An SEI call center is scheduled to open in Clovis before the […]

Illinois company leases ClientLogic building

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers An Illinois-based customer service company signed a lease Wednesday to rent the old ClientLogic building. The company, SEI, is immediately looking to hire bilingual employees from the area for customer support positions, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. In all, the call center is expected […]

ENMU professor honored by governor

Mike Linn Julia Rosa Lòpez-Emslie’s answering machine has messages in English and Spanish. Those who know her as a strong advocate of bilingual education and multi-cultural programs understand why. Gov. Bill Richardson gets the picture as well. The governor recently awarded the Eastern New Mexico University education professor with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New […]

Local school wants to teach dual-languages

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales school officials are hoping to implement a dual-language program beginning next school year for kindergartners at L. L. Brown Grade School. The Portales School Board approved an application Tuesday night for the program to be presented to the state’s education department by March 1. Currently […]

Chihuahua dogs missing in action

Helena Rodriguez Chihuahua dogs seem to be disappearing fast from our neighborhood on North Ave. J. in Portales — and that disturbs me. When our precious little Pepe disappeared from our front yard on the night of July 1, I soon learned one of Pepe’s playmates, Chiquita, had disappeared from the next block down a […]