New special ed director takes over July 1

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The incoming Portales special education director has a background in special education and said she plans to continue the current service and work with the gifted program. Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns, now Brown Early Childhood Center’s principal, is scheduled to officially take the place of current Director of Special Student […]

Panelists discuss issue of race in election

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Questions about race and its implications continue to be of interest since — or because of — the 2008 presidential election. The election marks a historic time as Barack Obama became the first black man to become president of the United States. Panelists at a forum Thursday at Eastern […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to continue power conservation

FNM Staff Persisting maintenance issues with two generators in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo has affected electricity production, according to an Xcel Energy press release. Xcel Energy officials are asking customers in West Texas and eastern New Mexico to continue to turn off unnecessary appliances and lights until 7 p.m. today, according to […]

Roosevelt County Commission Dist. 1

Name: Jake LopezAge: 70Occupation: Maintenance supervisor at La Casa de Buena SaludOffice: County Commissioner District 1Party affiliation: DemocratElected offices held: city council, county commissioner Why are you running for county commissioner?I want to continue to help not only the people in my district, but the community as a whole. I served for 10 years (1990-2000) […]

TB screenings continue in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — The state Health Department says that about half the Clovis residents who might have been exposed to tuberculosis by an infected health care worker have been screened, and all the tests have been negative. Officials hope all the screenings will be done by the end of next week. The department […]

Council hopefuls speak

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Candidates for two of the four open Portales City Council seats didn’t appear to have any real sharp differences on most issues facing the city during a forum held Monday at the Memorial Building. City council candidates challenger Michael Martinez and incumbent Gary Watkins in Ward B and incumbent […]

New Year’s predictions ready to roll

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor It’s time for my favorite annual New Year’s tradition. No, it’s not watching a giant ball drop in Times Square, toasting my friends with champagne, kissing my sweetie at midnight, watching college bowl games until my brain rots or feasting on black-eyed peas. It’s time for me to make […]

Lady Buffs continue streak, beat Zias

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent The West Texas A&M volleyball team came in with a seven-match winning streak while ENMU was on an eight-match skid. Recent form held true Tuesday night in Greyhound Arena, as the Lady Buffs took a 30-20, 30-21, 27-30, 30-14 victory over the Zias in a Lone Star Conference-South Division match. […]

Friends posthumously honor sci-fi author

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson Lectureship were science fiction authors and friends who gathered Friday at Eastern New Mexico University to continue the legacy left by Williamson. About 60 people attended a luncheon at the Campus Union Building to hear authors and […]

Gardner vies for state representative

Editor’s note: Incumbent Keith Gardner is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of District 66 in the June 6 primary. He is running against Lucille B. Tucker. Q. Why are you running for state representative? A. I am running for re-election to continue to represent your philosophy and stand up for your principles and […]