Friday morning briefing: Christmas kids, the mayor’s ball and an old guy with new tricks

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing. Christmas kids Deadline is Nov. 16 to enter your daughter in the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s

Slice of life: Celebrating Christmas should be restricted to December

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Merry Christmas! I didn’t just fall off the turnip or zucchini truck; little too soon for green chile. Just wishin’ you a Merry Christmas in July. For those of you who pledged to start your Christmas shopping early, this is your wake-up call. Christmas is my absolutely most favorite time […]

Hotel magnate had short political career

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist Conrad Hilton was born on Christmas day in 1887, in San Antonio, New Mexico. His father, Augustus “Gus,” was born in Norway and arrived in New Mexico by way of Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1882. His mother, Mary Laufersweiler, also from Fort Dodge, married Gus on Lincoln’s birthday in 1885. […]

Officials: Less holiday trash collected this year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Restaurant hosts annual community dinner

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer El Rancho Restaurant is reaching out with Christmas turkey and posole once again this year. The restaurant is continuing its tradition of serving a free Christmas dinner for the sixth year. The meal is free and open to anyone. “We just get all kinds of people from all walks […]

Household tradition ever changing

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist We have a Christmas tradition at the Terry home that I hate. Each year we toss aside the previous year’s decorations in favor of new ones. My wife has always felt the desire to decorate in a different theme or motif for Christmas every year. Weeks before Thanksgiving she has […]

Education feature: RGH selects fourth grader’s card design

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Christmas cards rarely sport pictures of bones, but just such a design put one Portales fourth-grader at the top of the annual Roosevelt General Hospital Christmas card contest. Tanya Gomez, a Valencia Elementary School student, won the contest to design a radiology-themed Christmas card for the hospital. Her design […]

Dec. 13 On the Shelves

The following books are available at the Portales-Public Library A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Brett Helquist: The watercolor/pen and ink drawings of the illustrator of The Series of Unfortunate Events and other children’s books bring this timeless classic to life just in time for the holidays. Helquist’s dramatic sense of scale captures […]

Dec. 13 Club Notes

Daughters of Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy observed their December meeting with a Christmas luncheon at Vines restaurant. Mary Louise Childress and Mildred Plexico were hostesses. President Janelle Foster called the meeting to order. Peg Kline and Mary Louise Childress led the ritualistic opening. Bess Jones gave […]

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nights’ opening at Clovis zoo

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo celebration. The event is in its third year, with the zoo open extended hours of 5-8 p.m., in addition to its normal winter hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Road grading and Christmas performances

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

Little Miss Merry Christmas candidates

By Sharon King: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce This year’s Little Miss Merry Christmas contest has a record number of contestants with 20 young ladies vying for the crown. Competitors must be between 4 and 10 years old. The winner is determined by the most money raised through donations, bake sales, silent auctions and whatever […]

Thursday morning briefing: Christmas on the Pecos and leftovers

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

Little Miss Merry Christmas contest seeks contestants

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Little Miss Merry Christmas contest is searching for contestants before the cut off date Monday. Right now, five girls are in the running for the spot. Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Manager Mandi Park said people can call her or come by the chamber to fill out registration forms […]

Annual Christmas program set for Monday

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales’ annual toy drive is coming to town, and this year, a lucky donor can have milk and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Lighting of the Tree ceremony Monday is set to kick off the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive: Operation Santa Cop for this Christmas season. A […]

Christmas program to be ‘Simply Joyful’

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Have a “Simply Joyful” Christmas with the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Christmas program next week. Extension home economist Connie Moyers is presenting her annual program, which includes demonstrations of recipes and gift ideas, door prizes and food samples. “It’s called ‘Simply Joyful,’ so everything is fairly simple,” she said. […]