Buffalo soldiers seek recruits

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Christina Calloway The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association in Roosevelt County is looking to recruit more active members. Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson and Portales resident Joe Terry are the only active members of the group. The other board members were active in the organization of the group, but are unable to meet the time […]

Their view: Group lobbies for third presidential candidate

This is a press release from Americans Elect on gaining ballot access in New Mexico for the 2012 presidential election:

Congressional compensation needs cutting

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Annual Christmas light procession draws thousands to downtown

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Benna Sayyed The Tapia sisters have been to larger parades in Phoenix and their native Los Angeles but the Portales Christmas parade Saturday did not disappoint them. Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry estimated more than a thousand people lined the 2-mile path the parade took starting at the Portales Recreation Center to […]

My turn: Coffee shop seeking local artwork

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I got to be in my very first flashmob Monday for Halloween and as nervous as I was before hand, I was surprised at how well it went. My group got compliments on our performance, which was one and a half minutes of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and we had a good time doing it. Another […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Book talk, meetings watch and a Paul Newman classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Book talk The Adult Book Discussion Group meets today at 4:50 p.m. in the Portales Public Library. The book being discussed is “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Health fair 7th annual Melrose Health Fair is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the Melrose […]

Ticket feature: Group of former soldiers singing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico A singing group made up of former soldiers raising awareness about the sacrifices troops are making in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to area as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. According to Wikipedia, 4TROOPS focuses on patriotic songs, often with special relationship to their life and service in the […]

Dora school news — Aug. 23

Preschool begins Patty Mohon, preschool teacher, and Elaine Schneider, educational assistant, began their classes Monday. Again this year we have a Monday/Wednesday group and a Tuesday/Thursday group, and classes meet in the preschool building behind the high school.

Motorcyclists raise funds for school supplies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County school districts have $2,000 more in school supplies for the upcoming new school year because of a local motorcycle group, the Iron Sons. Kathy Carmichael, a member of the group, said the club originated in Germany and formed in the U.S. in 1990. It has chapters in Texas and New Mexico, […]

My turn: Facebook makes me hungry

I recently found and was added to a new group on Facebook. Some former residents put together a group dedicated to old Portales memories.The group quickly grew and now has almost 500 members. Many of them are past graduates and people who have moved away over the years. Some of them report to have been […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Alisa Boswell Members of a new support group in Clovis and Portales hope their program run by Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico will help sexual assault survivors find peace and acceptance. According to program Administrator Amber Hamilton, the group held its first six- to eight-week session in Portales in early spring. The program’s […]

Teen put in state’s custody for murder conviction

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The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until age 21. […]

Parents agree discipline important to raising children

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Russell Anglin When it comes to parental discipline, a group of dominoes players at the Tucumcari Senior Center Thursday seemed to agree on one thing. “An undisciplined child is a handicapped child,” Jeanette Fister, a retired mother of two boys said. However, the boundaries and methods for disciplining children are not set in stone and […]

Club notes — May 1

Chaparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club met March 24 and April 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church with six members attending each meeting. Following a brief business meeting the group worked on support bears at both meetings. Twenty bears were completed, which will be delivered to the hospital. The group discussed the International Tasting and […]

Gay rights student group plans rally against bullying

Russell Anglin A new gay rights advocacy group at Eastern New Mexico University is planning a demonstration Friday to discourage bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual individuals. Students for Equality, a chartered student organization founded by Robert Johnston, 18, a freshman political science major from Albuquerque, will participate in the National Day […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to raise money with bowling event

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Kevin Wilson Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico is a relatively small operation, with a staff that consists of executive director Meg Sadau, and a minimal office in the Matt 25 Hope Center where she has spent a year. The operation is hoping it find a few sponsors, however, so it can serve […]

Local dairymen waiting for ruling on environmental regulations

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Grady ranch joins angus group

Freedom New Mexico Borden Family Angus Ranch of Grady is a new member of the American Angus Association, said Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. The American Angus Association, with almost 30,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world, according to […]

High schoolers organize animal shelter volunteer group

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Alisa Boswell There’s a new patrol on duty at the Portales Animal Shelter — the “Puppy Patrol.” That’s the name 15 high-schoolers have given their group, a volunteer organization addressing animal abandonment. Jamie Thomas, one of the original five members of the group, was approached by her father, Portales City Councilor Keith Thomas, with a […]

Residents sought for focus groups

PNT staff report The new Portales Quality of Life Committee is looking for community residents to participate in focus groups, according to a news release from the Regional Growth Planning Office. Multiple focus groups are set to meet at the end of January at various times of the day for no more than two hours, […]