Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It […]

Masons honor emergency responders

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Argen Duncan Members of the Portales Masonic Lodge thanked local emergency services personnel and recognized long-standing Masons at a dinner Monday night at the lodge. The Masons invited Portales and Roosevelt County firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers. The evening also included presentations about different branches and charitable projects of the Free Masons. […]

Monday morning briefing: Hispanic heritage month and the first Make a Wish dinner

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing.Hispanic heritage Eastern New Mexico University’s Hispanic Heritage Month is under way. Hispanic Affairs has events planned almost daily. These include speakers, a presentation on the legend of The Wailing Woman and arts and crafts. Information: Check the ENMU online calendar at www.enmu.edu or call […]

T.V. losing its appeal to me

Karl Terry As we sat down to dinner one night this past week I couldn’t quite figure out what I was watching on TV. Some character was upstaging the star of “The Mentalist” with her psychic abilities. “Have they merged ‘The Mentalist’ with ‘The Medium,’ as a crime-solving super-duo kinda like Batman and Robin?” My […]

Our people: Hunger buster

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Nancy Taylor has lived in Clovis since 1972. She was instrumental in starting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in 1983 and loves what she does because she helps people. Tell us how you met your spouse. The Rust Tractor General Service Manager was conducting a meeting for his out of town managers at […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Dinner to raise scholarship money for female students

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University Women are selling tickets for their sixth annual scholarship fundraiser dinner and silent auction. The auction and the dinner are a way to raise money for the scholarships that are given out to female students, said ENMU math professor Ann Varela. “We have several items,” […]

Free lunch fills volunteers with holiday cheer

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers helping with a free Christmas dinner Friday at El Rancho Restaurant say the opportunity to help the community is more than enough reward. Eva McAfoos has been serving the Portales community for five years at the annual free dinner hosted by the Garcia family. “I used to work […]

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 […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]