Jolly man rejoiced with gossip group

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com He was a high-spirited man who liked nothing better than to hang out on the porch for a good conversation with his friends. “He was a jolly man who used to slap his knee when he talked to his friends,” Cecil Faye Watkins, friend and neighbor, […]

Church attendance slow before, after holiday

By Michelle Seeber About 100 people attended the Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Portales. Many were members and regular church attendees of the service that provided music accompanied by a trumpet, a French horn, a violin and a guitar. If there were any at the service who hadn’t attended […]

Flamingos flock for funds

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Mike Linn Pink flamingos are helping a Portales church group get to Haiti. They’re not the real flamingos that fish in lagoons in the Caribbean nation, but the fake plastic ones that have been popping up on the lawns of Portales residents recently. For $10, residents can send about 12 plastic pink flamingos to someone’s […]

Clovis hospital has doctor shortage

Jack King If you dropped 20 new general practice physicians into Clovis’ pool of patients, they would hardly make a ripple. That was how Plains Regional Medical Center’s new administrator Brian S. Bentley described the city’s physician shortage recently. And it’s not just GPs that the city needs, he said. “Clovis probably has never had […]

News gathering will always have its detractors

Mike Linn Sunday’s story on an Eastern New Mexico University group that calls itself pagans has spurred a few interesting e-mails and one phone call. I’d like to reinforce that the group has chosen to use “pagans” as an acronym meaning “people achieving goodness and nurturing spirituality.” The dictionary’s definition of pagan is one who […]

Pagan group out to dispel false myths

Mike Linn They don’t worship the devil. They don’t prick voodoo dolls with pins. And while some members call themselves Wiccans, or witches, they say they don’t attempt to impose evil spells on their enemies. About 20 members of a newly formed Eastern New Mexico University group of college students call themselves pagans, and have […]

Cannon awarded for nation’s best maintenance

Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group at Cannon Air Force Base has won the 2003 Daedalian award, Air Combat Command announced in a news release Tuesday morning. “Winning this award is the culmination of a year-long effort by 1,800 of the finest maintainers in the Air Force,” said Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance […]

Cannon maintainance contends for top award

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Cannon Air Force Base is a finalist for a top Air Force award — the best maintenance group in Air Combat Command. A team of inspectors visited the base last week to decide whether Cannon should be recognized. According to Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance Group […]

Cannon spouses have support

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For most newcomers to Cannon, New Mexico is a long way from home. That means many young spouses of military personnel stationed at Cannon have no family in the area and no friends except those on base. Top that situation […]

500 columns deserves celebration

Bob Huber Today celebrates an historic event as memorable as the first three-day federal holiday or the research paper by a German professor named Waldseemuller who snubbed the myth of Christopher Columbus and declared Newark, N.J., was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci, thus labeling us “Damned Yankees” forever. What I’m talking about, without running up flags […]

Student group hosts Mexican celebration

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University will embark on a Mexican Independence Day celebration today, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Union Ballroom. The ENMU Hispanic Affairs organization is sponsoring the event. “It allows the community to celebrate their culture,” Student Advisor of Hispanic Affairs Nancy Valeras said. “It shows how diverse the community […]

Portales youth getting area airplay with Spanish 9/11 song

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By Helena Rodriguez A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay at radio stations around the area. The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth ranging in ages from 10 to 16. What’s more, all of the […]

Religion Calendar, August 1

Sunday Foundations Class — 10 a.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2000 S. Main St., Portales. For those who want to learn the basics of the Bible. For information, call 356-6023. Cornerstone Youth Ministry — 6 p.m., Cornerstone Building, 109 S. Main St., Portales. An off-campus youth ministry of First Baptist Church. For information, call 356-6761. Youth […]

Cycling for a cause

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Mike Linn Jane, a fictional character in the form of a puppet, said she had Down Syndrome and was a slow learner. She said she wasn’t like others because she had an extra chromosome. She also said with practice she can do many things ordinary people can — and she proved she can do some […]

Group cycling across country, raising money

Mike Linn They’ve peddled up mountains and coasted through valleys. Passed prairie dogs by morning, dodged road kill by day. At one point a group of cattle joined them on a one mile stretch a few miles east of Albuquerque. It’s all a part of the Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity’s 4,000 mile cycling trek […]

Calendar

MONDAY Blackwater Draw Museum — 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. Details: 562-2202. Brain Injury Support Group — 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St. in Portales. Details: Karla or Judy at 359-1964. E-mail: karlat@yucca.net. AARP/55 ALIVE Driver Safety Program — Clovis Community College, […]

Military report urges benefits to go most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]

Business seminar to educate residents

Mike Linn A group of professionals will come to Portales this week to give a seminar on the basics of start-up businesses, from the planning aspects to the possible monetary rewards of such undertakings. Every month a handful of residents in Roosevelt County seek advice on how to start their own business, said Kim Huffman, […]

PWC played part in state history

Patricia Cooper As the Portales Woman’s Club celebrates its 100th anniversary today, it will look back at the many different club members over the years that contributed to the club’s rich history, particularly the former members who played a part in New Mexico history. Many members of PWC were also members of the Ellen W. […]