Fire officials fear holiday sparks

Tony Parra The Christmas season brings with it presents, joy and time to spend with family. But it also brings with it distractions which add to fire dangers, fire officials say. “There are so many distractions that parents have to deal with during the holidays,” Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Prevention Center said. “There […]

Holiday decorating taken up a notch

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Helena Rodriguez It’s not too late to start decking the halls, and tables, and chairs, and place setting and whatever else you want to use to spread holiday cheer with. More than 500 people turned out to the Sixth Annual Holiday Happenings event Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom to get ideas on […]

Flu season is here, no cases reported in area

Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been 108 […]

Community members share holiday feast

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Mike Linn Local farmer Smokey Ball got up and left the free Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building early Thursday afternoon. But it wasn’t because he was too full or had other places to be. After several requests for another one of his tasty strawberry cheesecake pies, Ball gave in and brought another one back […]

Perfect Life: Something for which to be thankful

Jim Lee Well, here we are three-fourths of the way through November already. This Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day. Time sure slips by when we’re having fun, doesn’t it? I have such an enjoyable life that sometimes I think I should feel guilty about it. But guilt is dumb; it’s like making payments on a […]

Churches to serve free Thanksgiving dinner

Helena Rodriguez Central Christian and St. Helen Catholic Church have joined forces to host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Memorial Building. Organizers say the traditional Thanksgiving meal is not only being served for the needy and home-bound. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, […]

Cannon maintainance contends for top award

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Cannon Air Force Base is a finalist for a top Air Force award — the best maintenance group in Air Combat Command. A team of inspectors visited the base last week to decide whether Cannon should be recognized. According to Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance Group […]

Attorneys have opposing views on sex offender laws

Darrell Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important tools through […]

Community talks golf, truck stop

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Tony Parra The development of a truck stop and golf course are two of the objectives local residents at the economic development forum follow-up on Thursday determined to be important goals for the community. The truck stop idea was brought up during the first economic forum on Oct. 2 because U.S. Highway 70 is now […]

Economic forum to expand on ideas to improce community

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The economic development forum’s follow-up session is slated for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. The forum will take place in the Zia room of the Campus Union Building. The first economic development forum took place on Oct. 2. in […]

Motivational speaker to ‘sprinkle’ people with ideas

Helena Rodriguez Sprinklisms are set to come to Eastern New Mexico University tonight. That’s motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles’ way of inspiring audiences throughout the country. Sprinkles will present a series of workshops and lectures at ENMU today and Wednesday on L.I.V.E., his techniques for Leadership, Integrity, Vision and Excellence. Tonight’s workshop from 5-7 p.m. is […]

Miss Native American crowned at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez By Helena Rodriguez Freedom Newspapers Helena_Rodriguez@link.freedom.com The new Miss Native American ENMU will use her crown and title to be an ambassador for Eastern New Mexico University’s Native American Club and the school, helping to recruit students. “I would like to visit Native American reservations and schools and try to influence students to […]

Space missions should accomplish more for the money

Jim Lee I’m confused again. It seems the older I get the easier that happens. This time it’s really getting me spaced out. Well, I suppose I should simply say what’s on my beleaguered mind. OK, here it comes. I don’t understand why we risk the lives of astronauts just to make them ride circles […]

Don’t forget your pastors

Joan Clayton Pastors who respond to God’s call to ministry are special people. Clergy Appreciation Month, which is this month, is observed by affirming and encouraging our ministers. These spiritual leaders are gifts from God.  Pastors and their families live in a world that never stops.  Their workload is large and tedious. Many have other jobs […]

Obesity threatens nation

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Mike Linn Lack of exercise and too much fast food has helped Americans exchange clipboard tummies for Buddha bellies in increasing numbers over the past two decades. The climb has been so daunting that one expert believes at least 85 percent of the population will be obese by the year 2040. The data reveals that […]

Habitat for Humanity works to increase volunteer numbers

Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell Freedom Newspapers Gary_Mitchell@link.freedom.com Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties picked up an additional seven or eight volunteers from the Clovis area during Tuesday’s orientation meeting in Curry County. “We were given a lot on Hinkle Street,” said Sandra Hidalgo, vice president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We […]

Public defender likes having an impact on people

Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Question: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? Answer: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law clerk for […]

Weather reporters are never wrong, really

Jim Lee I am often kidded about guessing wrong when I do the weather on the radio. Well, I am hereby informing the world my forecasts are never wrong. Unlike mere mortals, weather reporter guys are never wrong. True, we are not always right, but we are never wrong. What’s the difference? Sorry, I can’t […]

Forum to discuss city’s future

Tony Parra The 2003 Portales/Roosevelt County Economic Development Forum takes place today at noon in the Zia Room of the Campus Union Building on the Eastern New Mexico University Campus. The program goes to 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person. Topics concerning the future of Portales and Roosevelt County will be addressed […]

Wacky town names make you think

Helena Rodriguez Some folks are so proud of where they’re from that they incorporate the name of their town into their identity. And that’s fine, unless of course, you’re from a place with a wacky name. Those of us who were born and raised or live in Portales now, like actor Ronny Cox, science-fiction writer […]