Piece of history

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The steady clanging of mallets hitting metal stakes and voices shouting “level” and “hold it, hold it!” mingled with the low roar of the wind this morning as the Clovis High School football team labored to erect panels bearing the names of Vietnam casualties. They were working in the […]

Street stories

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Streets are the veins of a city. They run throughout the city, dictating where and how the city’s traffic will flow. Though the names of Clovis and Portales’ streets are decided by the contractors who divide up a subdivision, the people who made these cities what they are have […]

Hyena pair receives names

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Their native land is now their name. Meet Sere ‘N’ Geti (pronounced “Sarah ‘N’ Geti”), hyenas who recently moved into the Hillcrest Park Zoo. Last month, the Clovis News Journal and city zoo co-sponsored a community-wide contest to name the pair. Local veterinarian Dr. Leslie Morrow submitted the winning […]

Wall of honor finally standing

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two years of hard work is coming to fruition with the soon to be dedication of the “Wall of Honor” that recognizes Eastern New Mexico University students who have served in the armed forces. The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. Monday on the ENMU campus near the […]

Operation Santa Claus under way

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Santa Claus will come by mode of police car for many Roosevelt County children this year. Holiday spirit is in full swing at the Portales Police Department as officers collect toys and cash donations for its eighth annual Operation Santa Claus. In addition to toys, canned foods will also be […]

Mayor’s tree shines bright

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By Casey Peacock A medley of Christmas carols filled Portales city council chambers as members of the community gathered for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree that took place Tuesday night. “It’s a great event, tonight is the kickoff for the holiday season for the community,” said Mayor Orlando Ortega. “It gives us […]

There’s a lot in baby’s name

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]

Local News Brief (Dec. 2)

Names left on Mayor’s Christmas Tree There are still 121 names left on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Portales City Hall as of Thursday afternoon, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. She said there were 244 names of children in Roosevelt County on the tree originally. People can take names […]

Seven arrested for meth trafficking

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Seven area residents were arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a series of raids throughout Clovis. Dubbed “Generation Ice Takedown,” the raids resulted from long-term federal, state and local police investigations, a Clovis police press release said. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the arrests will make […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name change now official

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer If a hill located near Lingo is ever mentioned in a federal map from now on, it shall be called Buffalo Soldier Hill honoring African-American members of the United States Cavalry. Buffalo Soldier Hill is located in Lingo, a town 40 miles southeast of Portales near the Texas border. Bob […]