Military mama: Hard getting used to idea of growing old

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I recently celebrated my birthday, and am soon attending a high school reunion. I though nothing else could remind me more that my teens have long since slipped away. Apparently I was wrong. I realize that I’m nowhere near “old” in relation to a traditional lifespan, however there are subtle reminders that make me inwardly […]

Friday morning briefing: Getting burned and class openings

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know You can be fined for failing to notify the fire department before you burn trash or weeds in the county.

VA disease dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

Bingaman: Cannon getting 365 personnel, 10 aircraft in 2011

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth, according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement […]

School building plans closer to fruition

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Schools in Clovis are slowly getting closer to seeing “hammer and nail” construction across the district. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley and a team of architects visited James Bickley Elementary School March 3 to talk to faculty and staff about what the renovation process will mean to them. James […]

Getting to know: Minister follows family’s lead

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Isaiah Vance is following in his dad’s footsteps in being a campus minister at Eastern New Mexico University. Vance’s parents work in campus ministries in various places, and he said he saw how much they enjoyed it. He was born in Louisville, Ky., and still has family there. The ENMU instructor of religion moved to […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]

Getting to know: Volunteer carries on leadership tradition

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Joy Levacy, co-owner of Levacy Sprinklers Inc. on N.M. 267, has served as the organizational leader of the Winners’ Circle 4-H Club for five years and is the secretary of the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. She is stepping down as the Winners Circle leader, but plans to continue helping the club for another […]

Getting to know: Engineer began volunteer work in college

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Name: Antonio Sanchez Job: Engineering manager for Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. and owner of Eastern New Mexico Engineering. Background: Sanchez grew up in Raton and moved to Portales in September 1999. He is married to Layle and has three children under the age of 9. Where he’s volunteered: Rotary Club and Roosevelt County Chamber […]

Getting to know: Volunteer likes to pay it forward

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Rose Robbins has been living in Portales for five years, and already has made an impact on the people around her. Robbins volunteers for Portales MainStreet, Portales Kiwanis Club and Portales Women’s Club. She moved to Portales from Fort Worth when she married her husband, Gary. Robbins is able to do more things to help […]

Parents finally getting to know me

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I don’t need everything spelled out to me. That’s why when I was visiting a friend a few months ago, I could tell a female guest had just gotten out of a relationship. She said she was, “trying to stay strong,” which meant she’s not going to cry about the […]

Getting to know: Volunteer has served 12 years with Habitat for Humanity

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Greg Senn has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity since 1997, he estimates. For his day job, he teaches sculpture, jewelry making and design with the Eastern New Mexico University Art Department. Why do you work with Habitat? I believe people need to give back to the community, and this was a very rewarding way […]

Parents, students prepare for school

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer For anyone needing direction on how to prepare their kids for the coming school year, advertisers have plenty of suggestions: New clothes, a fresh coif from the hairdresser or even a new mattress to get that good night of sleep. On a more essential level, however, parents in Portales […]

Getting to know: Pastor improves skills

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Freedom New Mexico David McVey, 53, is in his fourth year as pastor of Central Christian Church in Portales. David and his wife Lola, who have three children — Joshua, Jo and Will — moved to town in 2006 after living in Charleston, W.Va. McVey is originally from Grundy, Va., and is on course to […]

Pizza chain expanding to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a little cheesy, but that’s only because of the pizza. A Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store is on its way to Portales. The White family, owners of the Clovis Papa Murphy’s, plans to open a second store here within weeks, probably in mid-August, said Adrian […]

Prince Street bridge raisies concerns

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The New Mexico Department of Transportation schedules a regular inspection for the Prince Street bridge over the railroad tracks once every two years. In fact, the last one took place only last month with the overpass getting a status of “not deficient.” Some Clovis citizens aren’t so sure, however. […]

Pre-deployment checklist includes TRICARE

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Getting your family’s affairs in order during your pre-deployment days can be hectic, to say the least. With so much going on, it can be easy to overlook your TRICARE benefit — but don’t worry. Making sure your family has healthcare coverage while you’re deployed is as easy as […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Jamboree getting ready for action

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer For the 59th year, guitar strings are ready to hum and country songs to resound in Floyd. Floyd’s 59th annual Country Jamboree is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, and is showcasing more than 25 performers. The Floyd Lions Club is organizing the event. Thursday through Saturday’s performances feature country […]

Portales in line for stimulus funds

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales are getting in line for their share of almost $40 million in stimulus money about to be distributed in New Mexico. New Mexico is set to receive the federal stimulus money to improve water quality, drinking water infrastructure and sewage treatment systems. Municipalities have until Monday […]