Volunteer profile: Stephen Doerr

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Name: Stephen Doerr Residence: Portales Occupation: Attorney Volunteer work: He serves on the board of directors and a committee with Portales MainStreet, as well as helping with manual labor on the organization’s various projects. He is also on the board of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation. Why he does it: “I like Portales MainStreet […]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it […]

It’s their job: Portales man fulfills dream of helping others

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Cody Padgett is a six-year firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. He moved from Lubbock in 1994. Padgett has training in two levels of firefighting and as a hazardous material technician. He is in paramedic school, which will take him a step up from his current intermediate Emergency Medical Technician training. “We’re always going to […]

Business feature: Business owners believe community is key

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Giving back to the community and helping employees better themselves are part of the formula John Snowberger says have turned his McDonald’s restaurants into successful operations. Snowberger and his business partner and wife, Robyn, own and operate seven McDonald’s Restaurants in eastern New Mexico. Snowberger moved from California to New Mexico for a job in […]

Carter, Super 8, Fort family honored by ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A story of helping others after tragedy and contributions of time, effort and money make the recipients of this year’s Eastern New Mexico Foundation awards stand out. Late ENMU Regent and businessman Alva C. Carter Sr. is posthumously receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, while Super 8 motel […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers’ pockets

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]

ENMU rodeo women finish fourth, men sixth

Freedom New Mexico Tori Bilberry won the average in breakaway roping, helping the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team place fourth as last weekend’s rodeo at West Texas College in Snyder, Texas. Bilberry, a junior from Elida, posted a total time of 4.0 seconds over two runs. Portales junior Joni Brakebill finished sixth in […]

It’s Their Job: Longtime resident says helping others satisfying

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Name: Marty Gonzales Job: Sales associate at True Value Background: I was born and raised here in Portales. Time on job: I have been working here at True Value for five years. What does your job entail? I give construction-related advice. I also assist customers with their construction material and tool purchases. What is a […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney Matt […]

Staying in the game

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Video arcades have gone the way of the dinosaur with the constant development of newer high-tech home gaming consoles. Long before people could sit in front of a television helping Master Chief put an end to the devious Covenant plot, they were standing in front of video machines helping […]