Keeping fees means cutting force

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If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if […]

Religion column: Put your life into hands of Jesus

I have been holding hands with my husband for many years. Those same hands that carried my books at school took my hands in his and pledged all his love to me on our wedding day. Those same hands held mine at the birth of each son. Those same hands built our first home; a […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Alisa Boswell The square in Portales will be filled with Christmas themes and lights tonight as the 25th annual Christmas Jubilee kicks off with a Christmas parade, food vendors and live music, and a few new twists. “This may be one of the best ones ever,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. “The first […]

Clovis band students dominate band selections

Freedom New Mexico Students from the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Marshall and Yucca middle schools dominated selections on the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Junior High All-District Honor Band. The band, named last week, had 64 of its 95 available seats filled by Clovis students. Also, Clovis students claimed nine of the 14 […]

ENMU honors alumni

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Alisa Boswell Eyes filled with tears Saturday morning in Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building Ballroom as university alumni and educators were honored for their years of accomplishments. “I feel very, very humbled,” said Barbara George, an ENMU alumna and one of five local educators who were placed into the Educator’s Hall of Honor […]

Keep the faith and never give up

Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly noticed. We forget to count our many blessings. […]

Our towns: Fun can be found in Clovis

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo The Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum is located in the lower level of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber staff said about 10 people visit the museum each week. Alisa Boswell Clovis, the largest city in Curry County, is a city filled with entertainment, history […]

Prairie chicken poster contest open

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Argen Duncan The annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest is taking entries as the event, which had participant slots filled in record time this year, nears. The 10th annual festival offers viewings of the lesser prairie chickens’ mating dances, entertainment and educational tours April 15-17 in Milnesand. The event is limited to 100 […]

Price: Love-filled holidays myth for some

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them […]

School board positions to be filled by February

Superintendent Randy Fowler said four Portales school board positions will be filled in a Feb. 1 election. Candidates have one day to file — Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office.

Our people: Proud Texan

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Brittany Chrisman is the president of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University. A native Texan, Chrisman enjoys spending time with her horse, Fancy. Chrisman said her favorite part about her job as president is that she gets to plan and run fun-filled events and activities for the students of Eastern. “I get paid […]

Building offers look at Elida’s past

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A rundown 1907 store and boarding house has a new lease on life as a memorabilia-filled gathering place in Elida. Glen Shot of Elida finished restoring the North Side Feed Store with the help of friends and his son, and now the community can drop by for a cup […]

Look for blessings in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Jesus has provided the greatest gift in the history of the human race by laying down his life for our eternal salvation. Yet he sends beautiful gifts just waiting to be opened every day. They are wonderful little surprises that, unless we are tuned in, will go right on by […]

Club extends holiday greetings

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Nancy LaVallee twists garland around her tree. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Cannon Spouses Club has been bringing smiles and Christmas goodies to local retirement center residents for the third year. On Tuesday club members decorated miniature Christmas trees and filled goodie bags for Clovis retirement center residents who […]

Town reunion brings back memories of youth

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist Last weekend my brother, my husband and I attended a community activity that gave me a reassurance of wonderful people who love God and this country. All three of us at one time lived and grew up in Melrose. The celebration and reunion of those who once lived and loved […]

Municipal conference under way in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico As students-to-be filled the registration lines at Clovis Community College, education was already going on at the school. Dignitaries were doing the learning, as they soaked in policy and how they could effectively implement it at the first day of the New Mexico Municipal League Conference. The conference, held […]

Lighting up the sky

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By Liliana Castillo and Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Boats filled the lake, music filled the air and fireworks lit up the night to celebrate America’s independence Friday night at Greene Acres Park. The streets around the park were lined with cars as the celebration began at 2 p.m. Friday with the Great Dairy Boat […]

Meager rainstorm welcome

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer It was the real thing this time! A 24-inch water main rupture flooded some downtown streets in Portales on Monday, making it look like it had rained. But when residents awoke on Wednesday morning to water-filled streets, it was the result of an unexpected downpour. And it was the […]

Faith one of most valuable things person can possess

By Joan Clayton Have you ever realized that history repeats itself? It’s a concept as old as time. It can be traced as far back as can be pursued. An undeniable result of transgression is that it never happens in isolation. The fact that, “one does as he or she pleases, as long as it […]

Residents celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wind-blown and slightly clouded by controversy, Cinco de Mayo festivities at Lindsey Park in Portales were enjoyed by hundreds Saturday. “It started out kind of slow, but here in the afternoon it is picking up,” Los Abuelitos Senior Center director Lupe Montoya said, from her booth where she and […]