Music series has slow start

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Alisa Boswell The Yam Music Series, started by the Portales MainStreet Program, has seen a decline in attendance since the first concert in September, according to MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen. “The first band had a big fan base and the second play a lot and the third doesn’t have a very big fan […]

Family remembers father as fighter

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Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. He died Saturday in Portales from complications caused by his cancer. He was […]

Anniversaries —

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Padilla Alfonso and Rosalia Padilla of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 30 in Albuquerque with their children. The couple was married September 23, 1961, in Clovis. Their children and spouses are Sylvia (Nick Jr.) Griego, Alfoso A. (Annette) Padilla and their deceased daughter Raquel Padilla. They have nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. […]

Food bank misses donation quota

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has not received adequate donations to make any commodity deliveries during September, according to food bank officials. However, the food pantry program will be in operation. Information: Teresa Wilcock, 763-6130.

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the […]

Drought could extend fire season

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Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would mean the end of fire season is approaching for Roosevelt County. But according to state and local fire officials, that may not be the case this year. “This fire season is very comparable to the fire season in 2006,” said Dan Ware, spokesperson for the New Mexico Forestry […]

Dec. 5 —

A Dec. 17 hearing is set for a woman accused of abusing her stepdaughter last year. Athena Shepherd is charged with abusing her then-10-year-old stepdaughter in September 2009, according to information from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Mern Shepherd, her husband and the child’s father, pleaded guilty to abuse or abandonment of the girl […]

Melrose clinic groundbreaking set for September

Kevin Wilson When you’re sick, a short drive beats a long one any day of the week. That’s the philosophy behind nearly five years of work, $500,000 in grant money and a five-month construction process that will result in a health clinic for Melrose. The facility, which would be run by a contracted health care […]

Entries sought for ENMU digital art show

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Arts will be displaying a national art show, and the deadline for entries is fast approaching. The exhibit will be on display in September at the Runnels Gallery of the Golden Library, with a July 30 entry deadline. The exhibit, “Axium of […]

Our people: Teacher of the Year

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Bio Name: Drew Hatley Birthday: September 20, 1984 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Assistant baseball coach, football coach and World History teacher Family: My wife Christal and I have been married for three years. We don’t have kids but we have a golden retriever named Allie Gator.