Painting is their passion

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Two artists are hoping to paint their way into a new business in Clovis. Childhood friends Tasha Hicks and Megen Graddy, both 22, decided they’d like to paint murals for a living. They started by offering their work for free — with a mural for a store on Grand […]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico honors Nancy Taylor for volunteer work

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer cal food bank, Nancy Taylor received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet Thursday night. The event at Eastern New Mexico University also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the local United Way organization, recognized current and past contributors and looked toward the […]

United Way, Comcast to build office space for Dream Center

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Comcast are teaming up to help build office space for the Portales Dream Center on April 24. It is part the United Way’s Day of Caring and Comcast’s Cares Day, which the organizations rotate between Clovis and Portales each year. Christina […]

United Way celebrating anniversary at banquet

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico is celebrating the last 50 years and looking into the next half-century at its annual banquet Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. The event celebrates the end of the annual fundraising campaign and, this year, the organization’s 50th anniversary. Erinn Burch, executive director […]

Richardson signs Ute Water Project legislation

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

United Way raises $514,694

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico campaign season ended with $514,694 raised in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a news release. The amount raised is 87 percent of the community-wide goal of $580,000 and is about $15,000 less than was raised last year, the release said. Of the $500,000 goal […]

Deadline nears for United Way donations

PNT Staff Report Monday is the last day to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, according to a press release. So far, $482,994 has been donated towards the $580,000 goal. Curry County has raised $407,791 toward its $500,000 goal and Roosevelt County has raised $75,203 toward its $80,000 goal. Information: 769-2103

Monday last day to donate to United Way

Freedom New Mexico Monday is the last day to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, according to a press release. So far, $482,994 has been donated towards the $580,000 goal. Curry County has raised $407,791 toward its $500,000 goal and Roosevelt County has raised $75,203 toward its $80,000 goal. Information: 769-2103

Cowboy poets appreciates rural way of life

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cowboy poet Baxter Black can’t stand spaghetti, but he greatly appreciates a rural, Western way of life for the values of its people. “That includes work ethic, independence, entrepreneurism, family, loyalty, patriotism,” he explained during a telephone interview Monday. “I could keep going and say belligerence, cantankerousness, etc. There’s […]

Schools utilizing text, e-mail notification systems

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer For area schools, new ways of communicating now mean just a few keystrokes can open the door to reaching the community. Floyd Municipal Schools is one example of schools changing the way they inform faculty, staff, parents and students when school is closed or delayed, as was the case […]

Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike

By Steve Herrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

United Way still taking donations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. United Way officials hope area residents continue to donate to help close the gap between current donations and the organization’s goal. Donations are at 76 percent of […]

Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A Portales teen was issued two moving violation citations Friday more than two months after police say he hit and killed 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge as she cross the road. Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Trevor Nuckols, 16, is being cited for careless driving and failure to yield […]

United Way short of fundraising goal

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is 26 percent short of its goal with 11 days left in the fundraising cycle, according to a news release. So far, $430,385 has been raised toward the community-wide goal of $580,000, the release said. Deadline for donations is Jan. 20. This year’s goal is […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]

Recent road work deteriorating rapidly

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The road leans one way, then another, has bumps and cracks in spots. A stretch of N.M. 206 has been the object of some debate over the past four years. And while the road’s been worked on several times to fix problems, David Groves is not happy with the […]

United Way director: Companies ‘bread and butter’ of fundraising campaign

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Anyone who works in a Clovis or Portales office with more than a dozen people is likely aware that “‘tis the season” for United Way fund drives. After all, it’s companies with several employees that Erinn Burch, executive director of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, calls the […]

United Way, CCC offering training

Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Clovis Community College are teaming up to provide non-profit training. Erinn Burch, director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the training will consist of nine monthly four-hour training sessions via instructional television. Topics will include strategic planning and marketing, staff management, financial management, […]

Census count on the horizon

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken in between, […]