Mail newspaper deliveries change

Due to the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its required implementation locally by the U.S. Postal Service, the Portales and Clovis post offices no longer can provide same-day mailed service of the Portales News-Tribune and the Clovis News Journal. We were told that since the local post offices are not 24-hour business mail entry units, the […]

Residents file candidacies for city office

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Four candidates are vying for mayor in this year’s Portales municipal election, and two of five city councilor races are contested. Municipal Judge Frederick Arnold is unchallenged in seeking re-election. Tuesday was filing day for the March 2 municipal election candidates. City Councilor Gary Watkins, Twin Oaks Construction owner […]

Lyons to run for new office

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend […]

Ag well application closure receives mixed reactions from local farmers

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Local members of the agriculture industry have mixed reactions to the recent closure of the High Plains aquifer to new appropriations of water. Last week, the Office of the State Engineer announced that it would no longer allow permits for agricultural, commercial, municipal or industrial wells that would pump […]

Press release: Man stabbed Saturday

According to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Douglas Wood (52), of Portales, on Saturday, December 5th, 2009 for Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member with a Deadly Weapon after they were dispatched to his home located 1596 New Mexico 236 in Roosevelt County. At […]

Clovis health office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the H1N1 vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines are […]

United Way director: Companies ‘bread and butter’ of fundraising campaign

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Anyone who works in a Clovis or Portales office with more than a dozen people is likely aware that “‘tis the season” for United Way fund drives. After all, it’s companies with several employees that Erinn Burch, executive director of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, calls the […]

11-8 Elida news

Basketball Nov. 17 – Marshall JH @ Elida – 4 p.m. Basketball schedules are available at the office or online at our school website.

Sheriff’s office makes drug bust

Freedom New Mexico Three people face drug charges from an Oct. 30 search warrant served by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies in the 600 block of South Roosevelt County Road S. Arrested were Jeffrey Gutierrez, 21, Andrea Gutierrez, 24, and Joshua Ortiz, 23. Jeffrey Gutierrez, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and […]

Local Alltell, Verizon merger complete

A week before the Clovis Alltel office became a Verizon outlet like others across the nation as part of a merger between the two companies, Amanda Tijerina noticed problems with her cell phone. Her Alltel phone basically became unusable. But, after a weekend transition to Verizon and a trip to the store on Monday, Tijerina […]

Felt good to watch the old guy win

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist It all came down to Monday Night football and I choked. This past week was the first time I was a real contender to win the weekly office football pool. After Sunday’s games I was tied with one other guy and we had picked on each side of the Green […]

Growth committee proposes executive director hire

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An office for an executive director/planner for the Local Growth Management Committee will be in Portales if the committee is awarded a federal grant. The decision during a Tuesday meeting of the committee, made up of Clovis and Portales representatives, at Clovis City Hall. The committee is composed of […]

New building proposed for Clovis MVD office

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state Motor Vehicle Division is looking for a new place to park in eastern New Mexico. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, announced Friday the state will be building a new Motor Vehicle Division office in Clovis. He also hinted a new facility may be in the […]

It’s their job: Portales dental hygienist educates about oral heatlh

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Victoria Lops is a hygienist in the office of dentist Peter Thompson in Portales, where she’s worked for the past five years. Lops grew up in California and Texas before ending up in Albuquerque with her husband, Rey, and three children, Jacob, Cristen and Maria. After graduating from dental hygiene school at the University of […]

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 […]

City officials hopeful grassroots effort can save post office

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner […]

Health revamp begins with office cleanup

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has appointed a worthy, even inspirational woman to be the country’s next surgeon general. Dr. Regina Benjamin founded the Bayou La Batre rural health clinic to serve an Alabama fishing village of 2,500. She has a refreshingly old-fashioned approach to her work, treating any and all patients regardless of […]

Obama shows no hesitation to grab power

Freedom New Mexico When the Obama administration took office, many people hoped it would relinquish, or at least not assert aggressively, some of the more extravagant expansions of executive power the Bush administration seized in fighting the global “war on terror” and the misbegotten war in Iraq. We had few such hopes. Presidents of both […]

Habitat for humanity seeking land

Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. is seeking land for future homes, especially in Clovis. Habitat leaders would like donations but would consider reasonable prices, said Office Manager Marge Rhode. Contact: Habitat for Humanity office at 359-1344 or roosevelt_curry_h4h@yahoo.com or 620 W. First, Portales.

ATF aiding egg farm fire investigation

Freedom New Mexico The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of a fire last week at a Farwell egg farm causing an estimated $20 million in damage and killing nearly a million chickens. According to a press release from the ATF in Lubbock, a national response team along with […]