Education compact would help military children

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico As military installations such as Cannon Air Force Base receive new personnel from other installations, the Department of Defense is asking, “But what about the children?” A transition to a new base can be difficult for school-aged children in military families, according to Jim Rickel, a quality of life […]

Raises highlight Portales school budget

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board will send its tentative budget to Santa Fe today. The board voted Monday to submit a $38,669,128 overall budget, including $22,898,455 in operating funds. The budget is about $1.2 million more than last year, said Carol Kriegshauser, director of finance. The budget includes a 3 […]

School board considering 3-4 percent teacher raises

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Nothing is set in stone yet, but Portales Municipal School employees could receive a 3 to 4 percent salary increase during the 2008-2009 school year, largely because of state mandates. The Portales School Board discussed the 2008-2009 budget during a special meeting on Monday night, but no action was […]

12-25-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” relies on her husband’s income to pay the bills and feed the family. They are unable to afford presents for their five children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have presents to open on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes extra […]

12-23-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is not earning enough money to buy Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 2T. Boys pants size 2T. Boys shoe size 7. Girls shirt size 4T. Girls pants size 4T. […]

12-21-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. M Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” needs help this year because she is a single mother and currently unemployed. Her holiday hopes: For her son to have a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Infants shirt size 6-9 months. Infants pants size 6-9 months. Infants shoe size 2. Toys […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. E

Today’s focus: Ms. E Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. E” is a single mother who lost her job because she couldn’t find a baby-sitter. She has been unable to find a new job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 4T (for two […]

12-19-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and has no money for Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have toys at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 12 (for two girls). Girls pants sizes 12 (for two girls). Girls shoe sizes 5 […]

Businesses to receive census forms

Freedom New Mexico Businesses throughout the country, including those in Curry and Roosevelt counties, will receive the 2007 Economic Census this week, the U.S. Bureau of the Census announced Friday. “Economic census forms that businesses receive in December will tell us how we are changing as a nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg Jr., the Census Bureau’s […]

12-18-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 10 Children: 8 Special circumstances: “Ms. G” will not be able to afford presents this year because her income is used towards bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 14, medium and 3T. Girls pants sizes 1, 5 and […]

12-15-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B’s” income is barely enough to cover necessities. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pants size 12. Girls shoe size 2 1/2. Toys list: Scooter. The Empty Stocking Fund is a […]

12-14-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. A Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. A” has fallen behind on her bills because she has had to take out loans to help her sick mother-in-law in Mexico. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have presents for Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 24 month. Girls pants size […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. R

Today’s focus: “Ms. R” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. R’s” spouse died this year and she is having a hard time making ends meet. Her sister and niece also live with her. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 24 month. Girls pants […]

12-9-07 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. E” Household members: 9 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. E” has her daughter, sons and grandchildren living with her. She needs help buying Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have presents for Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 3T and 24 month. Girls pants sizes 3T and 24 month. […]

12-8-07 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. L” Household members: 5 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. L’s” bills amount to too much to provide a good Christmas for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 6T. Girls pants size 6T. Boys shirt size 6T. Boys […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mr. P

Today’s focus: “Mr. P” Household members: 4 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Mr. P” is a single father who was just awarded custody of his child. His holiday hopes: For his child to have have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls clothing size 10/12. Girls shoe size 3. Toys list: Sponge Bob The Empty Stocking Fund […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. H

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. H” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. H” is a single mother who recently moved to Clovis from Pennsylvania. She has been unable to work and is living with her mother. She has no money for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts at […]

Dec. 1, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom New Mexico Today’s focus: “Ms. I” Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. I’s” family has fallen on hard times. They recently moved from California and their house has needed major repairs. Her husband is unemployed because he is undergoing therapy for mental health problems. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. A

Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 6 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. A’s” hours at work are too short to cover Christmas expenses. Her husband’s paycheck is used toward other bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts under the tree at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes juniors 10-12, 14-16 and 16-18. […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. V

Today’s focus: “Ms. V” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. V” is a single mother. Her husband recently left and she has a low-income job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size L. Boys pants size 14-16. Boys shoe size 5. Girls shirt sizes […]