It’s their job: Tish Gossett

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Tish Gossett, 19, of Portales works as an administrative assistant at Western Dairy Transport LLC. She said what she likes best about the job is that WDT works around her school hours. Gossett is studying graphic design at Eastern New Mexico University.

Forum will focus on area housing needs

Freedom New Mexico The Regional Growth Planning Office is putting together the first of what it hopes are many housing forums on Thursday. The 7:30 a.m. forum at the Clovis Civic Center is expected to take four hours and includes what RGPO Manager Rick Draker said is a good cross-section of locals in the know […]

Udall staff member holding office hours

A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will be holding office hours for the Roosevelt, Curry and Quay County area residents needing help with the federal government Wednesday through Friday. David Williams of Udall’s office will be available: • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall • 1 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver […]

Slice of life: Surviving the teen years

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Time to do the Dance of Joy, and not a moment too soon. My daughter, Laura, has less than 24 hours left of being an official “teenager.” Tomorrow Laura turns 20. Was it that bad? Well, put it this way, if I can survive seven years […]

Municipal court closed for training

The Portales Municipal Court will be closed Monday through Thursday for a training conference, according to a release from the court. Normal business hours are set to resume June 28. People who have a court appearance scheduled won’t be penalized for not appearing when the court is closed, according to the release. In case of […]

Post office not extending hours on tax day

Freedom New Mexico This is it. Today’s the deadline for filing federal and state income taxes. You have until midnight. Local post offices are not extending hours Thursday for tax day but will stamp anything received in boxes located outside facilities before midnight Thursday with the required April 15 postmark. Closing hours: Portales’ West First […]

Weather delays area schools

Inclement weather has delayed the start of school on Tuesday in the following districts: * Clovis schools are delayed two hours. * Clovis Christian school delayed two hours. * Clovis Community College will start at 10 a.m. * Eastern New Mexico University will start at 11 a.m. * Portales delayed two hours. * Farwell schools […]

Panel derails tougher DWI penalty measure

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Some state senators cited financial reasons as a Senate committee on Monday effectively killed a bill that would have increased DWI penalties. Currently there is no mandatory jail time for first-time DWI offenders in New Mexico. However, Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, would impose […]

Jan. 19, 1966

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a two and a half inch snow which fell within two hours last night has brought Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico its first moisture of the new year. The snow came after a weekend of cold weather during which a low of 12 degrees was recorded Monday.

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nights’ opening at Clovis zoo

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo celebration. The event is in its third year, with the zoo open extended hours of 5-8 p.m., in addition to its normal winter hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 […]

Snow hinders traffic

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Snow and below freezing temperatures Thursday had drivers slip sliding to work. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said there were four accidents. “They were all called in as accidents without injuries,” Berry said. “The ones I have been to are just enough to block traffic.” The thermometer is […]

Flu clinic’s hours varying

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic is asking people to call ahead because the hours have changed for the flu clinic due to a decrease of patients and fewer available staff members because some have flu-like symptoms, according to information from the hospital. The number of patients with flu-like symptoms has decreased […]

Municipal court closed Thursday

PNT staff Portales Municipal Court is scheduled to close at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and resume regular business hours on Monday, according to Municipal Court Judge Frederick Arnold. Arnold said the court plans to give employment tests to potential job candidates. People scheduled during the time the court is closed will not be penalized. Information: 356-4923.

Senator’s office hours set

Freedom New Mexico Senator office hours set A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is scheduled to hold ‘Udall Serving You’ office hours from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Portales City Hall for area residents needing help with the federal government. Udall staff member Jesse Hale will be available to offer […]

Getting to know: Pink lady has 5,000 hours of service

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Madeen Casey, 87, has volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, perhaps better know as “pink ladies,” for the past 24 years. Casey and her husband, Verlin, who has since passed on, raised three daughters. Two, Doniece Morgan and Phyllis Dever, live in Clovis while another, Patricia Tivis, resides in Roswell. Casey, who is a member of […]

Clovis Aquatic Center will open Saturday

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Aquatic Center will open for the season noon Saturday, according to a press release from the city. Opening weekend operating hours are noon to 6 p.m. today and Sunday. After the weekend, regular operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through […]

Texas native took plea deal in ‘bathtub murder’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 19, 1993, concerned neighbors reported hearing a scuffle and a woman’s screams coming from a duplex at 406 S. Avenue B in Portales. Police entered an unlocked front door to find 21-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Kelton dead in a partially filled bathtub, […]

Press release: N.M. hunter education certifies 1,402 students

New Mexico’s Hunter Education Program certified 1,402 students in March as young hunters scrambled to become eligible for the April 8 application deadline for 2009-2010 big-game hunting licenses and permits. Since Jan. 1, more than 2,200 students have successfully completed the course, which is taught mostly by volunteer instructors trained by Department staff. Instructors have […]

Local reaction to president’s speech mixed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In the hours following President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, local opinions ranged from optimism in the face of tough times to wondering how the president plans to keep all of his promises. Portales resident Sandra Robinson shed tears during Obama’s hour-long address. “I thought it was so […]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]