Military increasing awareness of benefits

milupdate@aol.com Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary of defense for wounded […]

State hiring despite freeze

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State government in the past seven months has hired 21 new employees despite an ongoing hiring freeze, state personnel records show. The records obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act show that three people were added to the payroll […]

Area residents remain charitible despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Despite downturn U.S. keeps going

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Independence Day in the United States of America: the more it changes, the more it stays the same.

One house burned in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A grassfire southwest of Causey destroyed one home and a barn and burned 1,300 acres Thursday, while homeowners escaped serious injury despite being caught in the blaze. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said the cause was unknown. He said a State Fire Marshal investigator was coming because Roosevelt County […]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]

Despite festivities, outlook still dire

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Tuesday’s inauguration of Barack Obama will truly be unique. He will be the first president younger than me. He’ll also be the first black president in our nation’s history. While I”m extremely unsure about his politics and his ability to step up to the office, the historic aspect […]

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

After misunderstanding, charity raises $1,000

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Despite a few obstacles, a group of young local residents reached out to children around the world this winter by raising money from the community. The youth at First United Methodist Church raised more than $1,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund, said local Trick or Treat for UNICEF […]