Advocates for developmentally disabled lobby for funding

By Dennis J. Carroll: The New Mexican Advocates and families of the developmentally disabled, in the midst of a Roundhouse lobbying push for funding vital to the well-being of those in their care, hope they aren’t just being “niced to death” by state lawmakers. “In the last three days we’ve heard nothing but a willingness […]

United Way short of fund goals

Freedom New Mexico With two days left until the deadline to accept donations, United Way is more than $130,000 from reaching its fundraising goal for Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to a press release, just over $488,000 has been pledged to date by individuals and businesses. The goal is $627,000. United Way funds are used […]

Christmas on the house

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By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Families breaking bread during the holidays has been a tradition for centuries. They sit around a table enjoying each other’s company and are grateful for their blessings. Another tradition took place in Portales on Christmas Day at El Ranchos Restaurant as the Garcia Family served lunch to the community. […]

Families bond with fishing

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Longtime Portales resident Buddy Beck has a saying — for every day of fishing, God gives you an extra one. If that’s true, Beck and his 8-year-old grandson Brayden have many days of fishing ahead of them. Several Roosevelt and Curry County children attended the 17th annual kids’ fishing […]

Fraternity runs to help military families

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Members of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity helped raise $10,000 to support injured military personnel and their families. A total of 120 members from three chapters of the fraternity participated in the three-day, 321-mile run to benefit the national Fisher HouseFoundation. The Fisher […]

Musician/congressman moves disability bill forward

By Tom Philpott Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is the first […]

Advice for Americans traveling to other countries

By Anita Doberman Summer is here and many of us may be traveling to different countries. More often than not, you will find that people in many foreign countries love Americans and are very friendly toward military families. Other times, of course, locals may be more reluctant to open up to tourists, and Americans in […]

Golden Library hosting exhibit of Southwestern art

PNT Staff Report The Walker/Whitethorne families have an art show on exhibit this summer in the Runnel’s Art Gallery and the foyer at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library. Melveta Walker, director of the library, has some of her own arts and crafts in the exhibit, plus those of her grandchildren and adopted Navajo family, […]

Editorial: Real fathers not portrayed in TV sitcoms

In the world of humor, fathers have become the fail-safe target. In television comedies and commercials, they are regularly depicted as out-of-touch with their families — and reality. They are stubbornly behind the times, playing air guitar to old Styx 8-tracks instead of quietly nodding to the beats of Finger Eleven fed through ear buds […]

Local Brief May 28

Head Start accepting enrollment The Texas Migrant Council is accepting applications for enrollment in its summer program for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. There is no cost for services. To be eligible, children must be from migrant and seasonal farm worker families who meet income guidelines. The program emphasizes all areas of […]

Comcast to hold service day

Approximately 30 local Comcast employees and their families and friends will volunteer Saturday to clean up the Girl Scouts, Service Unit 53 in Portales. The Portales project stems from Comcast’s seventh annual Comcast Cares Day. Local Comcast volunteers, along with Girl Scout leaders, Girls Scouts and their parents will team up to replace the fence, […]

Summit seeks to empower county youth

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer In a Teens Take Control Teen Summit on Saturday, area high school students will do more than talk about sex and drugs. Youth will actually develop plans of action for their families during emergency situations. In addition, teens will get a lesson in media literacy, focusing on how advertising […]

Program helps families plan life roadmap

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Businesses have strategic plans, mission statements, goal and objectives. And now many Portales families who have been participating in a Family Leadership Institute have created their own family action plans called Roadmaps to Success. The Family Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Portales Municipal School District, began in November with […]

Military life foreign concept to many

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most […]

12-15-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B’s” income is barely enough to cover necessities. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pants size 12. Girls shoe size 2 1/2. Toys list: Scooter. The Empty Stocking Fund is a […]

It’s their job: Lyda Essary

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Lyda Essary Job: Admissions Specialist for Heartland Continuing Care Center. Time on the job: Since 2000 Background: Essary has worked in medical records and as a receptionist. She has worked in the same building for the past 15 1/2 years and has held positions with the old Roosevelt […]

Counselor: Deployments leave marks when personnel return

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost 300 Cannon airmen returned from a deployment. More than 400 are still in various deployed locations, base officials said. Deployments can amplify or […]

Lessons must be learned from tragedies

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of loosing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Program gives kids head start

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Every July, a sometimes empty schoolhouse on Sheldon Street in Clovis becomes busy as children from South Texas and surrounding areas migrate here with their families and attend preschool while their parents harvest crops. The Texas Migrant Council (TMC) Head Start offers a unique and fast-paced preschool program from July […]

A century in Elida

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A rich heritage stemming from the early days of the railroad and homesteading are the foundations that the community of Elida has been built on. A century of heritage will be celebrated during the Elida Centennial that is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Many families of […]