Monday morning briefing: Catching a break and taking office

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Catch a break Students at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are observing spring break this week, starting today. Staff, unfortunately, must still report and the campus will be open for regular hours. Taking the oath Newly elected city officials are taking their oath of office today […]

Martinez picks Chandler for Canadian River Commission

CMI staff Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler to the Canadian River Compact Commission, according to a news release from the office of the governor. Chandler, who is the chairman of the Curry County Commission, was one of 14 individuals to be appointed to a state office Friday.

Portales man injured in hit and run

A man was hit by a vehicle Friday in the 1600 block of South Railroad, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker. According to Parker: • The male suffered substantial injuries but was alive Monday. • The man is expected to survive. • The individual’s identity should be released today.

Press release: Sen. Harden announces retirement

(From the office of State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis) State Senator Clint Harden District 7 announced today that he would retire at the end of this term:

Voters express election issues

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Christina Calloway Water conservation was a main concern voiced by registered voters in Portales as an issue they want addressed by the city council candidates running for office in the March 6 election. Issues involving Portales children, including education and recreation, were also areas of concern. Here is what some voters had to say:

Club notes — Jan. 15

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis held its monthly evening program meeting on Jan. 9 at Muffley’s Back Door. President Kathy Travis called the meeting to order. Altrusa members present were Pat and Bob McCullough, Gaye Cook, Carolyn Muffley, Mary Weigl, Judith Glikas, Kathy Travis, Nancy Taylor, Sylvia Bean, Glenda Hileman, Emily Cooke, Stephanie […]

My turn: I’ve met my match

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More new entertainment comes into my office all the time, whether it’s fake fish, rubber cockroaches, hacky sacks or voodoo dolls of my bosses. OK, so maybe I’m the source of most of the sarcasm, toys and childlike behavior that come into the office, but there are worse ways to lighten a work day, right? […]

Ticket feature: Carlos Mencia to perform in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Carlos Mencia will perform at the Clovis Civic Center 8 p.m. Jan. 27. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available at the Clovis Civic Center office or online at www.comcasttix.com. Mencia has been called one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics, according to his website, carlosmencia.com. Whether it is […]

Letters to Santa

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The following letters to Santa Claus are from area children given to Freedom New Mexico by teachers and the post office.

Dora news — Dec. 20

Early release School will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Thursday with buses running at 12:35 p.m. Classes will resume Jan. 10. The school office will reopen Jan. 9.

Sheriff’s office confiscates products at smoke shops

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: We’ve made a major correction to this story since it originally published on Monday night, Nov. 28. Deputies did not seize any cash in this raid, as we incorrectly reported. They did raid a third Portales smoke shop in September and seize $10,000 cash but that was connected to a probation […]

PHS news — Nov. 8

NMHSCE re-takes offered The New Mexico High School Competency Exam (NMHSCE) will be administered Jan. 18-21 to former PHS students from graduating classes 2006 to 2011, who completed all credits but failed one or more portions of the graduation test. Students and parents who have any questions may visit the guidance office or call 356-7015. […]

Income gap not wide between rich, poor

A Congressional Budget Office study has claimed that between 1979 and 2007 after-tax income for richest households grew substantially more than it did for others. Let’s look at what is not happening. The poor are not getting poorer because the rich are getting richer. Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says living standards have improved […]

Clovis man dies in crash

A 26-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday night after the vehicle he was riding in was forced off U.S. 60-84 by another vehicle, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brandon Vann was a passenger in a 1995 green Ford Explorer traveling west on U.S. 60-84 when the vehicle was forced off the road from behind […]

Lujan staff to hold local office hours

Members of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s staff will hold office hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Staff can assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ services, and other federal programs.

Taking the kids to work: The do’s and don’ts of bringing children to the office

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Jen Weigel Your baby-sitter canceled and you need to head to the office. But is taking your kid to work really the best alternative? “Yes, I think it’s a very good idea,” says Fortune 500 leadership coach Paul David Walker. “Not every day but periodically. If your boss is fine with it, this can be […]

Kids on the job: ‘It’s work, not day care’

Jen Weigel Most reader responses to the story on taking your kids to work were negative, but some of you agreed with the idea that bringing kids to work can enliven the office in a good way. Our column about taking the kids to work generated a pretty exciting conversation on Facebook. Here are a […]

Horse welfare on decline

The road to increased horse abandonment and abuse is paved with good intentions. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently (June 2011) finished its report on the current status of horse welfare in the U.S. titled “Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.” The GAO is the equivalent of the […]

Newspaper should reflect interests of community

I remember when President George W. Bush was in office the mockery that was made of him. The GOP was offended and so was I. I am not a Republican. Bush was however, our president and deserving of our respect for that office. It is now equally offensive that the Portales News-Tribune continuously does the […]

NWS releases rainfall totals

According to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, the Portales and Clovis area received the following rainfall from Sunday through Friday: • 1.12 inches in Portales • 2.74 inches 3 miles west of Portales • 0.52 inches 10 1/2 miles west of Portales • 0.82 inches 8 miles east of Portales • 1.13 inches […]