Fire chief leaving for new position with hospital

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After nearly 21 years serving Portales and surrounding townships, Portales Fire Chief John Bridges is retiring to take on another role in helping the community. Tuesday night, Bridges’ intentions to retire Nov. 27 were announced at the city council meeting in City Hall. Bridges has accepted a position with […]

It’s their job: Student finds friends on the job

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Name: Tawnalei Tagaloa Position: Server/trainer at Pizza Hut Background: I am from California. I was born and raised in Orange County. I came to Portales in 2007 to play softball for Eastern New Mexico University. I am currently working on my degree at ENMU, majoring in sociology and psychology. Time on Job: I started here […]

Boys State introduces youth to government

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer In a world with expanding competition for the attention of high school students, Boys State may not hold the lofty position it once did.

Ruidoso targets Portales’ city manager

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Portales’ city manager is negotiating a contract to become the Ruidoso village manager. Ruidoso Mayor Ray Nunley said his village council agreed at their meeting Wednesday night to let their attorney work out the contract with Debi Lee. If Lee accepts the position, Nunley said her start date is […]

Finalists named for Greyhound basketball position

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A Division II coach in Indiana, a junior college coach with university ties, and a Division I assistant are finalists to be the next men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University. Greg Young of Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas, an assistant under Earl Diddle from 1991-94, joins Richard […]

Editorial: Head of drug council should bring change

President Obama is reported to have settled on Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, taking the position commonly referred to as “drug czar.” It would have been preferable to abolish the position and transfer the 100 or so employees the “czar” supervises to other departments or to […]

Education pick could bode well for U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Of course, in a genuinely free (or even constitutional) society there would be no such position as secretary of education at the national level. The U.S. Constitution saw no role for the national government in education and education at the time — a time when literacy and enrollment of children in educational […]

Residents upbeat over Richardson’s new position

By Kevin Wilson and Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico residents surveyed were optimistic of Gov. Bill Richardson’s next move, and the change it will provide in New Mexico. Richardson is leaving midway through his second term as New Mexico governor to join the Cabinet of President-Elect Barack Obama. Richardson, a Democrat, was […]

It’s Their Job: Danette McGuire

Name: Danette McGuire Job: Career development coordinator, a new position at the Counseling and Career Services at Eastern New Mexico University. Background: McGuire attended New Mexico State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in family science and master’s degree in agricultural education. She worked in the youth development field for 15 years. Time on the […]

Jail administrator position open for applicants

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico County Manager Lance Pyle said the position of Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator would be opened for applicants Wednesday. Pyle said he has also appointed Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Bessette as interim assistant administrator. Pyle said he decided to post the position because, “it’s in the best […]

Wilson, Pearce battle for Senate position

PNT Staff Report One of the most hotly contested races in this year’s primary election is the Republican face-off for Senate. Rep. Heather Wilson and Rep. Steve Pearce have targeted each other’s voting records and stands on the issues in a series of advertisements and news releases. Rep. Tom Udall is the only Democrat seeking […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Laverne Standifer

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Name: C. Laverne Standifer Age: 63 Occupation: Retired Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: none What is your background? I was born and raised in Roosevelt County, Elida area. I am retired from the USDA, Farm Service Agency. Mother of three children, Leslie Addison, Steve Standifer and Cade Standifer. I have […]

Clovis seeks new police chief

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday its next police chief will be chosen through an open application process, according to a press release. Police Chief Dan Blair announced last month his retirement from the position. His last day will be June 30. The city will begin taking applications Monday and the position […]

ENMU-Roswell provost to retire

PNT Staff Report Judy Armstrong, provost of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, is retiring, according to a press release from ENMU. A national search will be conducted for her replacement. The search committee will include campus and community members, as well as members of the Community College Board. Armstrong has agreed to stay in the position […]

Incumbents make clean sweep in municipal elections

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By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico With only 8 percent of voters casting ballots, Portales city council incumbents easily won re-election Tuesday.

Hatcher named Tucumcari police chief

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has been named Tucumcari’s new police chief. “We’re real excited to have him,” Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland and the City Commission met Thursday evening in a closed session to discuss the position. Hatcher will replace Daniel Lopez who resigned Feb. […]

11-8 The art of the matter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elvira Tisthammer is the art teacher at James Elementary School. “I’ve always liked art and I was just lucky to get this art position. I’m very fortunate.” Q. Who is your favorite artist? A. Georgia O’Keefe Q. What is your favorite book? A. I like anything by Pearl S […]

Gutierrez settles into new position

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Melanie Gutierrez has been named the new Roosevelt County 4-H Agent, according to New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension officials. “I’m excited to be here and to just be able to work with the kids. Hopefully I can give a new perspective on 4-H and get some new kids […]

November 6, 1996

• Arla Hitson was elected to the position of Roosevelt County Treasurer. She was the first Republican to hold the office since before the Great Depression. • Pizza Hut advertised there All You Can Eat lunch buffet for $4.29. • A 1993 two-toned blue-green and gray Ford Explorer was stolen from the parking lot of IGA […]

Economic recruiter added for county

PNT Staff Report Members of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board have hired an economic recruiter who will be responsible for recruiting and retaining businesses in Roosevelt County, along with other duties. RCCDC President Randy Knudson said Greg Fisher of Tucson, Ariz., has accepted the position after a nationwide search that started in July […]