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Beta Phi Six members attended the regular meeting on Nov. 2, 2010, at Collene Baldwin’s. Patsy Lornez received her 25-year pin and was also presented a service pin in honor of Ola Curry’s five years of membership in Epsilon Sigma Alfa Educational program. The capitol of New Mexico is Santa Fe and is the fourth […]

EPCOG reacquires major contract

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Governments has regained a major contract that triggered lay-offs when it was lost in December to a competitive bidder. The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) contract has been returned to the hands of EPCOG, where it is expected to remain for at least 18 months, Interim-Director Sandy […]

Cell regeneration benefits wounded

Sometime this year, at the Army Institute of Surgical Research on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, more severely burned service members will benefit directly from the emerging science of cell regeneration. In a new clinical trial, doctors will remove a small patch of a patient’s undamaged skin. The patch, no bigger than a small Post-It note, […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]

Ticket feature: String quartet to perform in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico A string quartet with unique twist will perform for Clovis community members Feb. 19. Brooklyn Rider is described as “adventurous,” with a “hip” contemporary take on classical music, according to promotional material from Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Balancing a devotion to existing quartet literature and creating new works, Brooklyn Rider […]

Club notes — Jan. 9

Bethel Homemakers Extension Club The Bethel Homemakers Extension Club met in the home of Joyce Welsh for their December meeting and Christmas party with 16 members in attendance. Pat Terry brought the devotional. Condolences were sent to the family of former member, Flo Armstrong. Joyce announced that 10 quilts and six blankets were donated by […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

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Quilt Guild The Llano Estacado Quilt Guilt met Nov. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 22 members attending. President Amy Armenta welcomed three guests: Ann Hall of Tucumcari, June Rielly of Portales and Casey “Kay” McGee of Claude, Texas. Kay became new vice president/parliamentarian of the club. Jeanette Biddle gave the secretary’s report and Leigh […]

Martinez taps Clovis commissioner for search committee

Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy aims. The committee […]

FFA members recognized

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Argen Duncan Local FFA members recently stepped into national events, and in some cases, the national spotlight. Texico, Elida and Dora students participated in the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, and Texico FFA members competed in the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Mo. Both events were in late October. Texico FFA adviser Tod […]

Area educators discuss budget concerns

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State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and unpaid furloughs for teachers. Over 50 district superintendents and school board members — the Eastern New Mexico Educational Research Council — gathered at Portales High School to discuss […]

Club notes — 10-31

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The Oct. 20, 2010, Executive Council meeting of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary convened in the community room of the hospital. President Sid Phillips called the meeting to order following 24 members getting their flu shots. A few members had received their shots earlier. The minutes were accepted as read by […]

Airmen welcomed home from deployment

USAF photo: Senior Airman James Bell Family and friends gather to welcome base personnel home in Hangar 196 on Oct.5. A post deployment line also awaited the redeploying personnel to help in-process. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Snacks were set on a table, the weather was nice and family members waited […]

Consider ways to reduce energy consumption

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In support of Energy Awareness Month and beyond, here are smart, inexpensive ways to can reduce your energy and water consumption. Being aware and making smart choices saves you and the Air Force money that can be invested in aircraft operations and maintenance, construction and maintenance of facilities as well […]

Reader submitted content: Local teachers recognized at state convention

By Faye Keener The Roosevelt County Association of Educational Retirees, along with the Curry County retirees, hosted the Sixty-eighth Annual Convention of the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees (NMAER) in Portales Oct. 1-2 in the Ball Room at ENMU. NMAER was founded in 1942 as a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the […]

Area 4-H clubs seeking members

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Jared Tucker October is here, which means Curry and Roosevelt County 4-H Clubs are looking for new members to learn leadership, agriculture and life skills through an array of 200 projects. Both county 4-H programs are seeking new members through Jan. 1, when current members will be required to re-register. Melanie Gutierrez, the Roosevelt County […]

EPCOG approves policy updates

Freedom New Mexico Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

Deadline nears for stop loss pay

Cannon Connections staff The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Portales past: Sept. 14, 1945

Sept. 14, 1945 Portales Daily News: Two Portales WACs were members of honor units that received the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for outstanding devotion. Cpl. Helen R. Rauske and Cpl. Gladys L. Wilson were stationed at Los Alamos Atomic Bomb Laboratory.

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. “We don’t […]