It’s Their Job: New manager keeps busy serving customers

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Name: Whitney Lovato What is your job? I am a server/manager at the Something Different Grill in Portales. What is your background?

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

New ENMU men’s coach keeping busy

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Andrew Helton, the new men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University, has a far-reaching vision of Greyhound Arena filled with fans cheering on a winning ENMU program. In the meantime, Helton will have to bide time a few more months before getting to lead practices or direct strategy […]

Local lakes stocked for free fishing day

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Oasis State Park is a busy spot for local anglers these days after being stocked Tuesday with catfish for this Saturday’s Free Fishing Day. Approximately 400 pounds of catfish were brought in Tuesday to restock the lake at Oasis Park. In February 2008, New Mexico Game and Fish issued […]

Progams designed to keep youth busy

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent A summer library program that stresses more than reading, a recreation program that stresses more than sports, and a kids college that does more than keep kids busy. These options may answer the question of “What do we do with the kids this summer?” Come Monday, three summer programs will […]

City officials OK rec center rate hike

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales city leaders are moving forward with programs to keep kids busy during the summer. But it all comes at a cost, and one that is higher than Portales residents are used to paying. At issue are two programs dubbed “Kids N Motion” at the Portales Recreation Center. One […]

Business Feature: Portales electrician branches out

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Chris Miller is a licensed electrician and a busy man meeting the needs of commercial enterprises and residents in Portales. Miller has been an electrician since 2003 and last October he started his own business, Electrictek LLC. Business is booming: His job keeps him very busy as an established […]

First person: Jason Bloomer

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Given the choice of video games, sleep or studying, Eastern New Mexico junior Jason Bloomer will always go with video games or sleep. He learned not to give himself the option of sloughing off studies by being involved in as many things as possible, including cheerleading, a fraternity, a full-time job, and studying biology with […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Area restaurants are gearing up for a busy Super Bowl Sunday, especially in Clovis where they will be allowed to serve alcohol. Applebee’s Bar and Grill bar manager Shellie Devou said customers have been asking if the restaurant’s big screen TV will be tuned to the Super Bowl. “We’re […]

Square renovations making headway

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Renovations at the Roosevelt County courthouse square should make this busy section of downtown Portales at least a little more pedestrian friendly. That’s the goal of city and county officials, who have joined forces and funds to complete the project. Crews spent much of last week tearing up the […]

Education feature: ENMU offering online tutoring service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Students at Eastern New Mexico University will soon be able to get help solving probability problems while in their pajamas or get busy with biology while biting into a burger through a new online tutoring service. Instead of having to coordinate a busy school schedule with that of a […]

‘College Daze’ kicks off

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team has been busy for days, rounding up calves and steers, and getting ENMU’s Lewis Cooper rodeo arena ready for this weekend’s annual College Daze Rodeo. The first rodeo of the season began Thursday evening at Lewis Cooper Arena, and ENMU rodeo athletes […]

Greyhounds airing it out

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Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Anthony Ramos from Canyon, Texas, drops back to pass Thursday during offense drills. It was the first day of practice for the Greyhounds who are busy installing their new ‘Air-Raid’ passing game.

Tax-free days start today

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico High gas prices have local businesses expecting a busy tax-free weekend in Clovis and Portales. New Mexico’s fourth annual three-day gross receipts tax holiday begins today. Many school supplies, computers up to $1,000, clothes and shoes up to $100 will be tax free. A national survey finds the average […]

Blogging allows personal freedom of expression

By Anita Doberman I used to think that blogging was something for young people, or those who had a specific interest in some obscure topic. In other words, not something for a mom busy with children. I looked askance when people talked about a blogging “community” that brought them closer to others. It seemed anonymous […]

It’s their job: Yvette Tapia

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Yvette Tapia Job: Assistant manager at McDonald’s Time on the job: Five years Background: Before being employed at McDonald’s, Tapia was a stay-at-home mom and also worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Everything. Basically I do a lot of cashiering, management, […]

It’s their job: Monica Calamaco

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Monica Calamaco Job: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Time on the Job: 11 months Background: Before moving to Portales from Arizona, Calamaco was a stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for a farm. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I run the RSVP program. I oversee 72 […]

Area seniors look forward to graduation

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The final countdown has begun as area seniors prepare for graduation ceremonies that are set to take place over the coming weekend. Originally not a believer of the old adage that time flies …, Elida senior Tanner Burrows has learned that it actually does as he prepares to graduate […]

Resolutions should focus on inside, not out

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2007 by making unachievable New Year’s resolutions, like trying to block SPAMs from your computer, evading taxes or attempting to get off someone’s Christmas card list. It just ain’t gonna happen! The solution: Dumb down your New Year’s resolutions! Wait, no, New […]

Staying busy, caring for self Keys to easier deployments

Elizabeth Malone, wife of Master Sgt. James Malone, holds down the fort while her husband serves overseas. Janet Taylor-Birkey In 19 and a half years, Elizabeth Malone’s husband, Master Sgt. James Malone, currently stationed in Southwest Asia, has deployed more times than she can count, she said. To get ready for the current deployment, Mrs. […]