Local United Way names new board members

United Way of Eastern New Mexico has announced five new

Budget adjustment on school board agenda

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Monday, school board members are set to vote on adjusting the budget to use federal stimulus money and to hear a request for them to take a stance on the possibility of a zone change that would allow a restaurant to open near Portales High School. The meeting is […]

Workforce center holds open house

Employers in the Portales area are invited to the New Mexico Workforce Connection-Roosevelt County center for an open house 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 100 S. Avenue A, Suite 110. The center has new staff members and a new conference room that employers may use for interviewing job candidates. Staff members are offering presentations […]

Hospital board policy change approved

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board has approved a policy prohibiting employees from serving on the board of directors. The policy was adopted on a 3-1 vote Tuesday. Board members Fred Anthony, Terry Cone and Dr. Lonnie Alexander voted for the policy. Peggy Davis was the lone vote against. The […]

State workers’ union not pushing pay issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State-employee union members are counting their blessings that New Mexico hasn’t seen layoffs and furloughs of government workers like so many other states this year. As a nod to the tough economic times, they’ve agreed to take a zero percent pay raise through the end of the 2010 fiscal […]

No seats change hands in school board elections

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PNT Staff Two incumbent Elida school board members retained their seats during Tuesday’s countywide school board elections. Virginia Ann Clemons took 89.3 percent of the votes in her race for Position 4, beating challenger Manuel Jasso. In the other contested race, 83.5 percent of voters favored Scott Burton for Position 5. Garland Creighton ran uncontested. […]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH […]

Technology cuts costs for RGH

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico By getting rid of some of the pictures, Roosevelt General Hospital is hoping for a better financial picture. Staff members showed the hospital board the first stages of the hospital’s Picture Archiving Communication System, or PACS, at the conclusion of Tuesday’s regular meeting. Rocky Houston, director of radiology at […]

Ute Water Project reaches delay

Some delays are inevitable for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, such as in Washington, D.C. Some delays it would like to avoid, such as in Santa Fe. Authority members found out an omnibus bill that included authorization for the Ute Water Project will not be introduced in a lame duck session for the […]

Cannon hosting First Friday event

Freedom New Mexico Cannon will host its monthly First Friday event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at The Landing. First Friday is an informal, family-friendly event where individuals from on and off base can meet and dine. Military members and local residents will have the opportunity to pose questions to the commander on […]

Fraternity runs to help military families

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Members of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity helped raise $10,000 to support injured military personnel and their families. A total of 120 members from three chapters of the fraternity participated in the three-day, 321-mile run to benefit the national Fisher HouseFoundation. The Fisher […]

Cannon airmen pitch in to help Portales Baptist Children’s Home

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico With a handful of staff members including house parents, there aren’t enough people to perform regular maintenance needed on about 12 buildings at the Portales Baptist Children’s Home, according to Program Director Dent McGill. And there certainly isn’t enough time and people to convert a laundry room into a […]

Editorial: U.S. Constitution offers freedom for civilized society

Members of the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution 221 years ago this week, on Sept. 17, 1787. A 2004 law that established Constitution Day requires all government-funded schools provide educational programs on the history of the U.S. Constitution each Sept. 17. Although the Constitution has been tattered — some would say shredded — in recent […]

Debate team numbers spike from offseason recruiting

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Word of mouth travels fast, especially within the walls of Portales High School. When PHS students heard that four members of their debate team competed in the national competition last spring in Las Vegas, Nev., many more wanted to participate. The club went from a little more than a […]

Area National Guard members giving aid in Louisiana

Freedom New Mexico Army National Guard members from Clovis and Portales are in Louisiana to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Among the more than 500 personnel sent were 90 assigned to the 717th Brigadier Support Battalion out of Roswell, which includes members in Clovis and Portales, according to National Guard spokesman Lt. […]

Ute Water authority mulls status

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members revisited a change first considered in 2007 — moving to a true utility authority. Scott Verhines, Ute Water Project Manager, gave a potential timeline and goals sought for such a change at Wednesday’s authority meeting. The authority, tasked with the Ute Water […]

Portales Christian band’s music on the rise

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales Christian rock band Third Morning Rise is making a name for itself after only a year playing together. The four-member band is leaving for the Christian music festival Rock the Desert in Midland, Texas, today where crowds are expected to number 50,000 or more. The members admit they’re […]

ENMU athletes ready for lift

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Members of the athletic staff at Eastern New Mexico University think a new weight room facility will provide a major boost to the school’s overall athletic program. Funding for the facility was approved last week, and the hope is it will be ready for the start of the 2009-10 […]

‘Superbug’ infections tracking higher at RGH

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital staff members are increasingly concerned about the rise of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, at the hospital. Director of Patient Care Gayle Richerson told RGH board members Tuesday at their regular meeting that the percentage of staph infections that turn out to be the MRSA […]

July 20, 2008 Club Notes

Altrusa Altrusa International of Portales met on Monday in the Sandia Room at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building with 18 members and 4 guests present. Vaunceil Turnbough, president, conducted the opening ceremonies. Linda Davis and Dannah Brown gave the Altrusa Accent. Nancy Legleiter read the minutes of the previous meeting, and they […]