1-15-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: John Kropp Job: Firefighter/EMS paramedic Time on the Job: Since July 1997 Background: He began as a volunteer firefighter at Floyd in 1996. Q: Describe what your job entails? A: It begins with 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty. “Monday is clean the station day.” Training and more training, Q: What is […]

1-11-08 It’s their job

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Name: Kelly Salaz Job: Sales representative, Valley Furniture on the square in Portales Time on Job: Seven years. Background: Salaz grew up in Portales, graduated from Portales High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University. She moved away for a time but came back about 10 years ago to raise her three children. “I felt […]

It’s their job: Michelle Miller

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Name: Michelle Miller Job: Part-time fiber optic sales representative at Yucca Telecom Time on job: Two years Background: Miller has lived in Portales her whole life and currently attends Eastern New Mexico University. She’s worked at a snow cone stand and also at The Buckle in the mall in Clovis in the past. Job description: […]

It’s their job: Lyda Essary

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Lyda Essary Job: Admissions Specialist for Heartland Continuing Care Center. Time on the job: Since 2000 Background: Essary has worked in medical records and as a receptionist. She has worked in the same building for the past 15 1/2 years and has held positions with the old Roosevelt […]

Nov. 18 Honors

Marks Seaman Apprentice Maurice G. Marks completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2006 graduate of Rio Rancho High School. He is the brother of Anthony R. Garcia of Portales. During the eight-week program included classroom study and practical study on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water […]

Goodwill coming to Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico A nonprofit organization that uses proceeds from its retail operations to fund workforce development training programs plans to open a branch in Clovis. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico will open a facility Dec. 6 at 2005 N. Prince St. (the old Hancock Fabric location), according to Shauna O’Cleireachain, marketing […]

10-28 Honors

Pearson Army National Guard Pvt. Seth G. Pearson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. Pearson earned the distinction of honor graduate during his training. His nine weeks of training included ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Pearson […]

It’s their job: Yolanda Sanchez

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Name: Yolanda Sanchez Job: School librarian and also assists the school secretary. Time on the job: Since August Background: Sanchez worked as an educational assistant for the Portales Schools. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Helping kids check books out, putting them (books) away and keeping the library up. Q. What is a typical […]

It’s their job:Tatiana Saucedo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Tatiana Saucedo Job: San Juan Village receptionist Time on the job: Since August Background: Saucedo is a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University studying biology. She previously worked in the ENMU math department, grading papers, and at the front desk in Lincoln Hall before it closed. Q. Describe […]

It’s their job: Yvette Tapia

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Yvette Tapia Job: Assistant manager at McDonald’s Time on the job: Five years Background: Before being employed at McDonald’s, Tapia was a stay-at-home mom and also worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Everything. Basically I do a lot of cashiering, management, […]

It’s their job: Monica Calamaco

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Monica Calamaco Job: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Time on the Job: 11 months Background: Before moving to Portales from Arizona, Calamaco was a stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for a farm. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I run the RSVP program. I oversee 72 […]

It’s their job: Al Bettina

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Name: Al Bettina Job: Volunteer in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Community Services Center. Time on the Job: Bettina has been a volunteer for various programs in the community for many years. Background: Retired as the dean of the College of Technology at Eastern New Mexico University in 1982. Q. Describe what your […]

It’s their job: Chelsea Pinedo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Chelsea Pinedo Job: Receptionist at Fitness and More Gym and server at Pizza Hut. Time on the Job: Three weeks at Fitness and More, and one week at Pizza Hut, though she previously worked at Pizza Hut for nine months before starting back to work for them again. […]

It’s their job: Tressie Stroud

Name: Tressie Stroud Job: Co-owner, along with her daughter, of NoWhereElse Unique Gifts Time on the job: The store opened in November 2005 Background: Has worked as a bookkeeper for Parks Plumbing since the early 1980s. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Managing a gift store Q. What is a typical day on the […]

It’s their job: Nicole Wilkening

PNT staff Name: Nicole Wilkening Job: Community Affairs Coordinator for the City of Portales Time on the job: Since May 2007 Q. Describe what your job entails/ A. I’m administrative support for the mayor and city manager, also do grant writing, set-up for events, PR, press releases. Anything that basically has to do with community […]

It’s Their Job: John Bridges

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Name: John Bridges Job: Director of Cardiopulmonary at Roosevelt General Hospital EMS Division Chief at Portales Fire Department Current acting Fire Chief Time on the job: PFD: 19 years Background: Since 1983, Bridges has been involved in the medical field, starting out at the old Roosevelt General Hospital. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. […]

Officials embrace arrival of new mission

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations Command. Leaders commented in a public hearing held at Clovis Community College. The Air Force hosted the meeting to gather input on the environmental impact of the […]

United Way seeks volunteers

Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking volunteers to serve on a fund distribution panel. The panel will be responsible for reviewing applications submitted by area programs and recommending funding levels, According to Executive Director Erinn Burch, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. “We (United Way) need people to help us […]

Cessation of smoking group’s priority

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Community residents who have made the New Years resolution to quit smoking or cease using tobacco of any kind, will soon have the opportunity to participate in a support group, to help reach their goal of quitting. The first step in that process is a tobacco cessation facilitator training, […]

Plan for unified medical care rejected

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Air Force opposition has scuttled Army and Navy plans to merge the three services’ large medical bureaucracies, led now by three surgeons general, into a single Unified Medical Command. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England decided this month not to endorse such a major streamlining of the military health care system […]