Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It [...]

Money needed to keep border open, secure

Freedom New Mexico Drug battles in Mexico have been growing increasingly violent, and increasingly close to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley residents. Shootouts in Matamoros, Reynosa and other border towns are now being reported daily. It’s proper, then, for our border senators to try to secure more funding to improve our nation’s border crossings. Both senators [...]

Government taxation growing at alarming rate

Howard Rich is chairman of Americans for Limited Government. Here’s a snippet from a recent column he distributed to newspapers around the country:

ENMU poised to reach enrollment milestone

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Eastern New Mexico University is heading toward topping 5,000 in enrollment for the first time, and is growing in several segments of its student population as well, university officials have said. The numbers won’t be finalized until the completion of the university’s fall census Sept. 3, but estimates and preliminary numbers indicate the growth. ENMU [...]

City cracking down on overgrown weeds

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Jared Tucker The weed problem in Portales is growing out of control, according to police and residents. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 87 notices were given out to property owners in July who were in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance. Of those notices, Berry said, 61 complied and cleaned up their property, [...]

My turn: Summer tales still haunt me

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Growing up, summer was a time of fun in the sun, during a time in which we didn’t worry about getting over-tanned or catching too much UV rays. But it was also a chilly time of evenings spent hovering under the covers, afraid of the electrifying thunderstorms that shook those summer nights. And during the [...]

Most crops escape major hail damage

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Argen Duncan Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive rain have caused problems in several places. Tom Dannelley of Eastern Plains Insurance Corp. said he’d received about 10 claims for hail damage to crops in Roosevelt County, which is about normal. “There have been some scattered around, [...]

Today’s youngsters robbed of hard lessons

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist In some ways, I have it worse than my parents did. Not growing up, of course. Growing up, I had it better than my parents. Mom and Dad often reminded me of this. But I think that as a parent today, I have it worse than my parents did because [...]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions of higher learning. Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are offering programs and services designed to appeal and retain their growing Hispanic student population. A recent national survey of 176 institutions noted 55 [...]

Base official: Affordable housing needed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base keeps growing. But Cannon officials have concerns about whether affordable housing can keep up. Personnel from the base met with community members and elected officials Tuesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Library to talk about the population increase for Cannon — at least 1,500 over the [...]