Church youth group helping Ugandan women

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales teenagers is reaching out to struggling women a world away. The First United Methodist Church youth group is learning about living conditions in Uganda and working to help a group of women there by selling beads the women made. They’re participating in the BeadforLife program, which provides Ugandan women […]

It’s their job: Jerry Garcia

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Jerry Garcia of Portales said he enjoys working as a cook at Roosevelt General Hospital.

Boehner simply seeking working solution

Freedom Newspapers What came over U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio? The House minority leader suggested a compromise with Democrats on taxes. Within a matter of seconds, it seemed, the knives were out. His own party ripped him, and the White House fell back on that tired political clich

‘Whatever works’ isn’t working

Some may remember during the debate about federal government bailouts and stimuli the Obama regime made it clear that no ideology will be allowed to sway the administration. What is important, the president said, is that the government stick to a pragmatic policy — a policy of expediency, one concerned with what works, not with […]

Nursing program receives state grant

Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University program that allows working nurses to get their bachelor of science in nursing degree has received a state grant that will mostly go to scholarships. ENMU’s bachelor of science in nursing completion program received a $502,000 grant for the next two years. Executive Director of Planning and Analysis […]

Their view: Elected officials need to start working for good of public

Portales’ Kirby Rowan offers this view on politics and big-money interests:

Choir camp to perform in renovated theater

Freedom New Mexico Choir Camp at Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled to end on a high note today. At 2 p.m. in Buchanan Hall, choir campers will perform at the nearly renovated theater. A total of 85 students participated in the annual camp and have been working to prepare for the concert since Sunday. […]

Fundraiser for fireworks

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales residents Kaitlyn Robertson, 3, and her mother Michele Robertson are working to raise money for a fireworks display at the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash. Along with other friends, the duo are putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale Saturday at Wal-Mart. Robertson, a Roosevelt County […]

Artists moving in

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new artists-in-residence program kicks off in Portales next week. Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische, a married couple and visual artists working and teaching in Dallas, are set to spend Sunday through May 29 living and creating art in Portales. After a public reception and artists’ talk, their […]

Group working to preserve Portales Spring

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Lion’s Club is working to preserve Portales Spring, namesake of the city located on private land off N.M. 88 (Arch Highway). The Portales Lions are negotiating a lease with the landowner and plan to fence the site. There are also plans to build an observation landing for viewing […]

My hands ain’t soft anymore

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist So how are your hands after this past hard winter? A little rough? Do they have some cracks? I was pondering my hands as I was working some lotion into them. That ole’ dry skin was drinking that stuff up. I looked at the fingers with the impacted bicycle grease […]

It’s their job: Sophia Dunsworth

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Sophia Dunsworth, who has been working at Movie Gallery for seven months, said she likes the job because of the interaction with customers and the different types of customers.

Xcel reports scattered power outages

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas . “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

First person: Dispatcher works ’round the clock

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Carolyn Aragon of Clovis has a degree in computer science but the thought of working with computers bores her. She’s chosen to work as a dispatcher for the past 15 years. After working as a dispatcher in Clovis for 14 years, she moved to working in Portales last year. Stress diet: I love my job. […]

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take a holiday when it comes to public safety. Area fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies will be operating as they would any other day. “It […]

New organization working to clean up community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A new community organization at Eastern New Mexico University is working to clean and help Portales move toward recycling. The Neighborhood, which is a group of students, ENMU graduates and some Portales residents have one goal in mind — a clean and recycle-friendly Portales. James Pearson is an anthropology […]

It’s their job: PHS grad prefers working in retail

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Chris Tarango is head cashier at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Background: Tarango was born and raised in Portales and is the youngest of a large family. After graduating from Portales High School, he attended Texas Tech University and Georgia Tech for his bachelor’s degree. He received a master’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University. […]

Creative living: Pairing food, wine featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on working with paneling, pairing food and wine, and recipes made with grapefruit will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. and noon Thursday. If your home was built in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s, chances are you have paneling. Joan Hultman is going to […]

Housing relief may be near

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The next two weeks could see the beginning of relief for what many see as a housing shortage in Portales.. Mel Ottley, president of Mock Homes of Albuquerque, said he plans to begin building three model homes in the Baca Subdivision on University Drive west of Eastern New Mexico […]