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 […]

Council helps repair storm damaged homes

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Cleo Helker knew it was a matter of time before living in tornado alley would catch up with him. Helker’s Sheldon Street home suffered extensive wind damage to the roof during the March 23 tornado that blew through Clovis. Helker, 75, who is disabled, said he and his wife have […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Salvation army volunteers to ring this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing for tornado restoration donations this weekend. The nonprofit’s signature Red Kettles, which are traditionally used for Christmas, will be set up at locations throughout Clovis and Portales. According to Salvation Army officials, funds collected will be used to feed families affected by the March 23 tornado that […]

Cannon volunteers give a hand, hope to city in wake of disaster

Senior Airman Sarah Lunt, 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron moves a section of roofing into a trash pile while cleaning up tornado damage in Clovis Monday. By Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower After throwing the splintered remnants of a porch roof into the back of a dump truck, Senior Airman Donald Davis of the 27th Logistics […]

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 […]

Fireworks for the birds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the participants armed, watches synchronized and everyone issued portable two-way radios, it could have been a scene out of a caper movie. Instead the plan was a bit of bird roosting aversion therapy. More than 25 volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for a briefing […]

Oasis Park receives award

By Casey Peacock Recently honored with the “Exemplary Park” award, Oasis State Park will host the 16th annual “Kids Fishing Clinic” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Honored at an awards banquet in October, Oasis received the award based upon the park’s overall performance and commitment to providing a quality place for visitors […]

United Way sets event

What: United Way of Eastern New Mexico Day of Caring When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Greene Acres Park Why: To provide local organizations with volunteer assistance while promoting the spirit of caring throughout the community. Overview: United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the Big Brothers Big […]

Foster grandparent program benefits many in community

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For some families, grandparents are the ties that bind a family together. But that blood-bond isn’t there for every child. In Portales that’s where a special group of volunteers steps up to the plate. Today is Grandparents Day and local school faculty and staff from the Community Services Center […]

Operation: Celebration

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The anticipation surrounding today’s “Operation Kept Cannon” celebration was too much to bear for Linda Jackson. On Friday afternoon, Jackson was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the Clovis Civic Center, sunglasses pulled slightly down to afford a better view of the preparations. “I just couldn’t sit […]

Presbyterians open campus house

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By William P. Thompson It was more than 15 years in the planning stages, but a brand new $90,000 campus house for Presbyterian students at Eastern New Mexico University opened its doors Tuesday at the corner of South Avenue K and West University. Millie Boyle of First Presbyterian Church in Portales said a fund was […]

Cannon volunteers mentor nation’s future

Janet Taylor-Birkey Stationed on the high plains of eastern New Mexico, some Airmen may fume and complain there is nothing to do. But something must be happening somewhere nearby to keep more than 500 Cannon volunteers in demand. “I tell them if they’re bored to come visit me. I’ll keep them busy,” said Ellen Saccoia-Smith, […]

And the show did go on …

Airman Wardell Wheeler Jr., 27th Services Squadron, pulls down light panels after the Top In Blue show Feb. 16. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey thanks to Cannon’s hard-working volunteers As she eyed more than 52,000 pounds of equipment waiting to be unloaded and assembled, Senior Airman Shawnta Butler, 27th Operation Support Squadron said, “no way.” Although not […]

United Way hits Curry goal, Roosevelt is short

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. Roosevelt County residents […]

Community continues tradition

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For countless American generations, Thanksgiving has been known as a time of feasting and sharing. For the last three years, the Portales community has also been able to work in a little bit of cooperation. The Memorial Building, for the third year, played host to a free Thanksgiving dinner during […]

Community Thanksgiving open to all

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis volunteers are putting together a Thanksgiving feast for anyone as part of the third annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building. The meal is free and anyone can attend and eat turkey, […]

Volunteer firemen always on call

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the scene expecting the worst. “We got there and found a woman who had a bloody finger,” he said, laughing, “she had hit it on something and […]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

AADD saves lives with every phone call, car ride

Amn. Thomas Trower Vehicles become deadly weapons in the hands of a drunk driver. Hundreds of people die a year due to wrong decisions and unclear thinking leading to intoxicated people climbing behind the wheel of an automobile. A major way to prevent these accidents and save lives is to utilize the Airmen Against Drunk […]