‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is […]

Research reveals stress on families

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Multiple, lengthy wartime deployments by service members are taking an emotional toll on their children who report being anxious or stressed at rates much higher than children nationwide, a new study concludes. Researchers with the think tank RAND interviewed more than 1,500 home caregivers (or non-deployed parent) and their children, […]

Business feature: Gas station offers full service experience

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PNT staff It might be cold outside, but Doyle Onstott braves the elements in order to serve his customers. Onstott has been running South Sea Full Service Station for 24 years. C&S Inc. owns the station and provides supplies to Onstott, who manages the business. Onstott got into the business by accident. His uncle and […]

It’s their job: School resource officer provides mediation, counseling, services

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Portales Police Master Patrol Officer John Mondragon is serving as the school resource officer this year at Portales High School and Portales Junior High School. He has worked with the Portales Police Department since 2001, and has 21 years law enforcement experience. What does your job consist of? I’m a liaison between the schools and […]

Technology never ceases to amaze me

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist A comment by a coworker last week about how much technology has changed just in our middle-aged lives spawned a long list of new things we never would have dreamed. At the top of that list is cell phones. All involved in the discussion remembered through first-hand experience party-line phone […]

Roosevelt County names jail administrator

Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County hired David Casanova to fill the administrator position at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to a news release the county sent Wednesday. He is scheduled to start Dec. 21 for a salary of $52,000 per year. Casanova has been in corrections since 2002 and currently […]

Gardening fruitful experience

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist I had threatened to put in a garden for the last three summers. The last several weeks we’re finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. Back in the spring I tilled up a spot in the southwest corner of our yard and planted a variety of vegetables. Overall the new […]

New senior center director also leading transit system

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Dawn Kryder has had a wide range of experience trying to aid people through government service. The newest project for Kryder, 48, is her role as the new director for the Portales Senior Citizens Center. Kryder succeeds James “Jim” Good at the director’s job, since he retired to “enjoy […]

Sometimes less can be more

By Sharna Johnson: FNM Columnist Perhaps I have become a minimalist in my old age or some transformation has overtaken me that I have yet to identify. But I have claimed a new home. I was born and raised on the East Coast. My father was an explorer of sorts, with little concern for comfort […]

Educators experience deployment

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer “Just be careful. Some insurgents do take windows of opportunity to get at Westerners,” Airman 1st Class Michael Hayes said. Such statements aren’t something Clovis teachers normally hear, but they listened to just that during a mock intelligence briefing during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event at Cannon Air […]

New Deal author explains significance of WPA projects

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Compiled by PNT Staff Writer Celena Cordova Kathryn A. Flynn Title: Executive Director, National New Deal Preservation Association and the NMChapter of the NNDPA. Years of experience: I’ve been directly involved with researching the New Deal since 1990. Title of books: The New Deal: “A 75th Anniversary Celebration,” “Treasures on NM Trails: New Deal Art […]

It’s Their Job: Danielle Swopes

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Danielle Swopes Job: Assistant librarian at the Portales Public Library Background: Swopes worked as a library aide at the library for two years while in high school. She earned a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Eastern New Mexico University. Time on the job: Seven years What does […]

With racetrack hopes gone, Tucumcari gains from experience

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari can only declare itself a winner this week, even though Raton was the chosen site for New Mexico’s last horse track and casino operation. The reason is the community, inside and outside the town boundaries, won’t abandon its efforts to rebuild its economic base. Many have said they will retool and […]

Military medical coverage frustrating lately

By Anita Doberman I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and frustrated with […]

Annual Dairy Fest a ‘mooving’ experience for residents

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico While other children played games, had their face painted and drank milk at the Curry County Fairgrounds during Saturday’s Dairy Fest, 6-year-old Gracie was helping to demystify the origin of milk. Gracie is a Holstein cow and the star of a Southwest Dairy Farmers exhibit on milking cows. Exhibitor […]

Roosevelt County Treasurer candidate: Mickie M. Williams

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Name: Mickie M. Williams Age: 49 Occupation: Deputy treasurer Office: Roosevelt County treasurer Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: None Why are you running for county treasurer?I have been the deputy treasurer for eight years. Nancy Belcher can not run again because of term limits, so I will run for treasurer and she will be […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Laverne Standifer

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Name: C. Laverne Standifer Age: 63 Occupation: Retired Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: none What is your background? I was born and raised in Roosevelt County, Elida area. I am retired from the USDA, Farm Service Agency. Mother of three children, Leslie Addison, Steve Standifer and Cade Standifer. I have […]

Couple shares graduate experience

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico At one time Luis Colon had to be convinced by his family to go to college. Now he can’t seem to stop. Colon and his wife Erica graduated together Friday at Clovis Community College’s commencement. Erica Colon, 27,

Age, experience vary

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent CLOVIS — It didn’t take long to figure out that Friday’s calf roping at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena would be quite different than most sports events in one respect. About two contestants, to be precise. The fourth annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping began with what is numbered […]

Energy future needs sustained federal support

By Brian Moore Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are more than just United States senators from New Mexico. They are also national leaders on energy policy with more than 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill.