New Teen Court coordinator named

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The new Teen Court coordinator says the juvenile alternative sentencing program teaches civics and gives teenagers a second chance. The Portales City Council approved Mary Poynor to replace Barbara George as the coordinator earlier this month. In the Teen Court program, middle- and high-school students volunteer to serve as attorneys and jury members in a […]

Don’t let your kids become obese: Nutrition program aims to educate parents on healthy foods

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Lynn La In a classroom located in a part of town where a stem of broccoli sells for $2.49 and a pizza costs only three bucks more, parents are trying their best. They want to feed their kids healthier, home-cooked meals but have difficulty finding the time, money or resources to do so. At Kaiser […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s pharmacy program by the end of the year. Express Scripts is Tricare’s pharmacy contractor responsible for the Tricare retail pharmacy and pharmacy home […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

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Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving the Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s pharmacy program by the end of the year. Express Scripts is Tricare’s pharmacy contractor responsible for the Tricare retail pharmacy and pharmacy […]

Upward Bound program could be cut

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Argen Duncan Leaders of the Upward Bound program, which aims to help high school students get to college, fear they’ll have to stop work for at least a year due to federal budget cuts. Upward Bound, part of the federal TRiO program, gets all of its money from the U.S. government. Upward Bound operates at […]

Federal program aimed at helping homeowners with mortgage payments

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico residents may soon benefit from a new federal loan program called The Emergency Homeowner Loan Program. The program is geared toward low-income homeowners who are struggling with mortgage payments. It grants loans ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 per homeowner. Kim McGrigg, spokesperson for Money Management International, one of the multiple […]

Portales hosting downtown car show

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Portales residents can take a drive down memory lane Friday, courtesy of the Portales MainStreet Program and local car collectors. MainStreet Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the community’s first National Collector Car Appreciation Day car show is set to feature at least 16 classic cars, plus food vendors and car-related information booths. She is […]

DeCA announce gift card program

By Kevin L. Robinson: Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs FORT LEE, Va. — Extending the gift of groceries to authorized commissary patrons soon will be a lot easier thanks to the new Commissary Gift Card. The gift cards, available in denominations of $25 and $50, will be available June 30 for purchase in stateside stores […]

United Way offers help with prescription cost assistance

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Liliana Castillo United Way of Eastern New Mexico can help connect people with prescription drug cost assistance. Volunteers at the nonprofit have been trained on a computer program that allows them to help people apply for assistance through several assistance programs. Erinn Burch, executive director of UW, said most pharmaceutical companies have an assistance program […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Alisa Boswell Members of a new support group in Clovis and Portales hope their program run by Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico will help sexual assault survivors find peace and acceptance. According to program Administrator Amber Hamilton, the group held its first six- to eight-week session in Portales in early spring. The program’s […]

ENMU briefs — June 29

Texbook rental program set Beginning in fall 2011, the Eastern New Mexico University Bookstore is set to offer a new, multi-channel textbook rental program. The program allows students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. Students will be able to rent their books either […]

June 19 — Weekly update

Charges deferred in gambling sting The 10 people charged with petty misdemeanor gambling after a state special investigations agent found them playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker for money Dec. 30 have been accepted into the pre-prosecution diversion program, according to online court records. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said people are put into the program […]

Press release: Terry tabbed to lead Greyhound baseball program

PORTALES, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the addition of Chris Terry to the staff as the Greyhounds new baseball coach. Terry joins the ENMU staff after a highly successful stint at Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) and succeeds Phil Clabaugh, the Greyhound coach for the last 20 years. “I […]

Eager readers: Summer reading program encourages youths to read

The Cannon Library staff are taking children on a journey through medieval times during the summer reading program themed A Midsummer Knight’s Read. The program kicked off May 9 with an event called Once Upon A Hat in which library assistant Loretta Croke began a story about a kingdom and its queen, king, joker and […]

Emergency grazing approved for five more counties

CNJ staff Emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage, approved May 26 in Curry County, has now been approved for Harding, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in these five counties who have suffered through severe drought conditions,” said Salomon E. Ramirez, state executive director for the […]

JAG Corps announces law school programs

By 1st Lt. Chris Bailey: 27th SOW Legal Office Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) and Excess Leave Program (ELP) will be accepted from Jan. 1, 2012 through Mar. 1, 2012. Interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is based upon the […]

Library launches summer reading program

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Alisa Boswell Registration for the Portales Public Library Summer Reading Incentive Program begins today at 10 a.m. at the public library. Although the program is free, children and young adults participating must register in order to be in the program, said Tawna Luscombe, the children’s librarian. Children participating are given a log-in sheet on which […]

Positive thinking featured on program

Information on positive thinking and flower arranging will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Judi Moreo is a motivational speaker and an author, and she’s going to talk about her latest book titled “You Are More Than Enough,” and explain why we should associate with positive people, […]

PHS students join ‘Little Dresses for Africa’ program

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Argen Duncan Putting their skills to work for someone else, Portales High School clothing design students are making dresses for impoverished girls. Each of the 30 students in Laura Adkins’ “Clothing and Costume Design” class is making a dress for the Little Dresses for Africa program. “I hope that they get out (of the project) […]