Mayor’s tree shines bright

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By Casey Peacock A medley of Christmas carols filled Portales city council chambers as members of the community gathered for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree that took place Tuesday night. “It’s a great event, tonight is the kickoff for the holiday season for the community,” said Mayor Orlando Ortega. “It gives us [...]

Hot toys top shopping lists

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers He’s a furry, red monster with googly eyes who goes by the name of Elmo. And he tops the list of must-have Christmas toys of 2006, according to the Web site www.besttoys2006.com. The original Tickle Me Elmo doll was a Christmas favorite in 1996, with children delighting in the doll’s [...]

Art exhibit promotes adoption

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining art with heart, a photographic exhibit opens at the Runnels Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library Saturday, featuring the children of New Mexico awaiting adoption. Featuring 43 photographs, the exhibit offers the public the opportunity to view photos of children, who are waiting to be adopted. [...]

Foster grandparent program benefits many in community

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For some families, grandparents are the ties that bind a family together. But that blood-bond isn’t there for every child. In Portales that’s where a special group of volunteers steps up to the plate. Today is Grandparents Day and local school faculty and staff from the Community Services Center [...]

ENMU grads prepare for life journey

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Eastern New Mexico University students said they were happy to share the graduation moment Saturday with family and that getting their diploma is a stepping stone in their journey to a career. “It’s a stepping stone for me,” Theo Watson, who graduated with a degree in psychology, said. [...]

Good mothers are nurturing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I gained a greater appreciation for my mom and the upbringing she provided this week. It wasn’t from anything she did for me this week it came from an experience that showed me just how blessed I’ve been compared to some youngsters growing up today. I had the opportunity [...]

Foster care: Growing need in Roosevelt County

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The front porch is littered with trash, including broken glass, beer cans and other refuse. The paint is peeling, and the bare porchlight bulb hangs from its wiring. A woman answers the front door in worn jeans and T-shirt, and is verbally combative with Children, Youth and Families Department [...]

CASA helping at-risk clients one child at a time

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By Karl Terry It’s a special volunteer job, dealing with children with special problems. Officials say there is a need for more people to get involved with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children program. The program serves children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Many times their parents are in and out [...]

Feb. 7, 2006 Obituaries

Elrie Capps Services: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales. Elrie Capps, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born to Alice and Will Ray on April 5, 1911, in Rockdale, Texas. When she was 12 years old the family moved to New Home, Texas, [...]

Agency tour depicts life of foster child

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A gust of wind blew through the rooms of the abandoned Clovis house, twisting and turning the photos that hung from fishing line above the doorway. Youth pastor Daniel Gleaton held one still with his hand. He didn’t really need to, though. The photos were merely blueprints for the house [...]