Portales woman honored by Head Start; family plans to start memorial scholarship

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent For more than four decades, Gloria Ortega was a familiar face at Eastern Plains Head Start. Though she retired as site manager in 2007, Ortega continued, up until her illness over a year ago, to be an active volunteer with the program. Ortega began her association with Head Start in […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Portales past: Aug. 5, 1955

Aug. 5, 1955: The Portales Lions Club formally issued a challenge to the Portales Rotary Club to face them in a battle of wits and skill on the softball field.

Democrat Dodge will face Republican Russ for District 63 seat

Santa Rosa’s George Dodge Jr. grabbed the Democratic nomination for District 63 State Representative from Clovis’ Jose Griego with a wide lead. Claiming 78 percent of the votes in 96 percent of the precincts, retired educator Dodge will go on to face Republican Melinda Russ from Fort Sumner in the November general election. Russ ran […]

Base celebrating police week

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing will celebrate National Police Week to honor all law enforcement officers for the challenges they face and the losses they endure. The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron has scheduled a week of fun, fundraisers and displays to increase public awareness of the contributions of […]

Weather changes sports schedule

Inclement weather has changed weekend basketball games for Portales and Clovis teams. The Milk Cow Classic, which included the Clovis, Roswell, Moriarty and Rio Rancho girls, has been rescheduled due to school cancellation in Moriarty. Clovis will still face Rio Rancho in a 5:30 p.m. contest Friday, but will not play Saturday. Rio Rancho will […]

City employees make up for lost time

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With back-to-back three-day weekends, city offices are playing catch up after the holidays. Christmas and New Years Day fell on Friday this year, resulting in three-day weekends for many city workers. Public safety officials were still working or on call but most officials had the extra time to spend […]

Hounds, Zias face difficult tests in return to action

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Saturday will easily be one of the most challenging days in the history of Eastern New Mexico University basketball. The Greyhounds and Zias have games against opponents that are a combined 25-2, as the men travel to Provo, Utah to face Division I Brigham Young and the women host […]

Portales women face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales women face felony drug charges after police say one of them tried running down an officer during a drug “Buy and Bust” operation. Both women were arrested Wednesday near 16th Lane and Avenue E. by officers from the Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, said Portales Deputy Chief […]

Program offer airmen, families counseling services

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Relationship problems, financial difficulties or upcoming deployments are all brush fires airmen and their families face these days. And if these emotional “fires” don’t get put out, quality of life and job performance begin to suffer. The Military and Family Life Consultant program provides airmen another tool to […]

Hounds face No. 2 ACU

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Division II’s top-ranked offense clashes against Division II’s second-ranked team. It’s just another day in the Lone Star Conference South Division, as Eastern New Mexico University heads to Abilene Christian on Saturday in the division opener for both teams. ACU is one of four teams in the LSC South […]

Rep. Crook: Hosting state meeting helped put face on community

Freedom New Mexico This week’s Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis was informative and educational but more than anything, it put a face to the community, according to state Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “When the other legislators have the opportunity to be in your community and see exactly what we are and what we’re about, […]

TRICARE helps families face autism

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Autism delays the development of important life skills. Most people may take these social and communication skills for granted, but autism-related delays and problem behaviors usually start in infancy and can last a lifetime. Life is challenging not only for the diagnosed child, but for […]

Medical group hosts local health care providers

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital Chief of Staff Les Donaldson, left, listens as Tech Sgt. Aramis Cedeno talks about medical education and training during the Cannon Air Force Base open house April 10. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections With the goals of better relationships and better care, civilian health care providers met […]

Zias to host volleyball tournament April 18

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team will host a seven-team tournament April 18 at Greyhound Arena. The Zias and an alumni Zia squad will kick things off at 9 a.m., as the Zias face New Mexico Military Institute and the alumni takes on Lubbock Christian University. The Zias and alumni will […]

Far from galas, Richardson opens session

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican He had dreamed of being the one up on the inauguration platform in Washington, D.C. Instead, Gov. Bill Richardson remains in Santa Fe today, his presidential hopes long gone and his nomination to a cabinet post having soured in the face of a federal grand jury investigation. While Barack […]

TRICARE cost increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows why some military retirees and veterans could face higher out-of-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal health programs more efficient. Among 115 “options” presented, though not endorsed, […]

Chief candidates narrowed down

Freedom New Mexico The list of police chief finalists is down to three, City Manager Joe Thomas said on Friday. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted Monday with Interim Police Chief Michael Ingram of Clovis and Steven Sanders of Northglenn, Colo., Thomas said. Jan Cary, of Titusville, Fla., will be interviewed Friday, he said. Thomas said […]

Independent congressional candidate shares profile

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Carol Miller, one of two independent candidates running in the Nov. 4 general election for the 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat, said she believes the issues that face the state transcend partisan politics. Miller, of Ojo Sarco, is running against Republican Dan East, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and Independent […]

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 […]