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Articles from the September 28, 2009 edition


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  • Udall: Improved technology will allow for quicker emergency response

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state’s E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve its current emergency response system to account for the large increase of emergency calls originating from cell phones or Internet-connected telephones. ...

  • Press release: Main Street switching to two-way on Wednesday

    Beginning Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Main Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from the current one-way traffic configuration. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has partnered with the City of Portales to complete the transition from the one-way to two-way street. The NMDOT and the City of Portales will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project will also include rebuilding the signal system, new signing and re-striping....

  • Commission to vote on improvements plan

    Sharna Johnson

    Curry County commissioners are expected to approve a five-year, $56.1 million capital improvement plan during a special meeting Tuesday. The Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan — which outlines capital improvement requests the county will make from 2011 to 2015 — shows a focus on road improvement. The commission will meet at 9 a.m. in the commission room at the courthouse. For 2011 there are 14 items the county plans to seek money for, with the top six,...

  • Seniors should hear all sides of Obamacare

    Freedom New Mexico A flap over what critics are calling a gag order on a major provider of Medicare Advantage health insurance policies raises immediate questions about a bureaucracy constraining First Amendment free-speech rights — and a longer-term concern about whether deepening government involvement in health care could mean curtailing informed discussion of policies on an ongoing basis. Humana, Inc., a major provider of Medicare Advantage plans, which allow Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in health plans with...

  • Lula Washington dance theatre celebrates its 30th in New Mexico tours to seven NM cities

    Los Angeles, CA – September 17, 2009 – In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off a 17-theatre national tour in New Mexico. Returning to the state for the first time in 10 years, the contemporary modern dance company will travel around New Mexico from October 15 to 30, 2009, performing four popular works, teaching master classes, and holding dance workshops for children. The Company will perform in Socorro, Silver City, Albuquerque, Taos, Clovis, Raton and Kirtland. “Ode t...

  • 9-29 business digest

    Freedom New Mexico Brumfield recognized as state's top Realtor Clovis Realtor and Mayor Gayla Brumfield has been named as the 2009 Realtor of the Year, the highest honor given by the Realtors Association of New Mexico. According to an association press release, Realtor of the Year is awarded to “an outstanding leader who has committed time, talent and expertise to the Realtor organization, their community and to furthering the real estate profession.” Brumfield received her award at the state association’s annual confe...

  • Portales couple charged child abuse

    Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral and notification by the Children, Youth and Families Department spurred police to begin an investigation, and after an interview with Oasis, forensic interview specialists, it was determined the... Full story

  • Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

    Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father. Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September. What’s the most common source for the dings and dents you repair? The grocery store. You’ve got the baskets and when they open their doors into another car. What are the tools for the trade in auto body work? DA’s — which is a dual...

  • Retirement reception set for longtime bank employee

    Wells Fargo Bank in Portales will honor bank employee Jan Griffith on her retirement with a public reception Thursday. Griffith has been a bank employee for 34 years and will be honored from 2-4 p.m. at the Wells Fargo branch at 316 W. Second St....

  • Hounds break away in second half for 5-1 win

    CNJ staff

    PORTALES — Freshman midfielder Diego Santos scored two second-half goals Sunday to help the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team pull away from winless Adams State 5-1 at the ENMU soccer pitch. The Greyounds (7-2-1) and Grizzlies (0-7-3) played to a 1-1 tie in the first half, but ENMU dominated the second stanza. The Hounds converted on four of their five second-half shots on goal. Freshman forward Sam Haynes put ENMU in front for good, picking up the rebound of a shot by freshman midfielder Kal Herbert less...

  • Hounds break away in second half for 5-1 win

    Freedom New Mexico Freshman midfielder Diego Santos scored two second-half goals Sunday to help the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team pull away from winless Adams State 5-1 at the ENMU soccer pitch. The Greyounds (7-2-1) and Grizzlies (0-7-3) played to a 1-1 tie in the first half, but ENMU dominated the second stanza. The Hounds converted on four of their five second-half shots on goal. Freshman forward Sam Haynes put ENMU in front for good, picking up the rebound of a shot by freshman midfielder Kal Herbert l...

  • Sept. 29 ENMU Briefs

    Employee, alumni briefs • Professor of Special Education Michael F. Shaughnessy and Gerard Casey of University College, Dublin, Ireland, have a paper accepted for publication in the International Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving.... Full story

  • Clovis believes graduation numbers correct

    Eric Butler

    File photo Clovis HIgh's graduation rate of 78.8 percent compares favorably with the national average of 70 percent. The Clovis municipal school system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Public Education Department over the release of tentative 2008-09 graduate rates. With rates exceeding the national average, Clovis doesn’t have much of a reason. But other schools in eastern New Mexico have lower marks and aren’t happy about the preliminary numbers. The state’s Public Education Secretary, Veronic... Full story

  • Church provides MNF option

    [email protected] Seven days a week, the room with a few tables and chairs is called Fellowship Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church. For a few hours each Monday, it could also be called football central. Like they’ve done since 2008, a few people at the church are using the small room to give a different option for the weekly ESPN broadcast, with a 100-inch projection screen to show the game. “It’s starting to grow a little bit,” church council president Thomas Weingates said early in Monday’s contest b...

  • Portales Main Street switching to two-way traffic

    Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal system, new signage and re-striping. According to a release from the city, the change is made to improve traffic flow in line with the city’s downtown master p... Full story

  • Zias post fourth consecutive shutout

    Kevin Wilson

    Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Zias midfielder Andrea Elizondo makes a play on the ball from the ground after a collision with New Mexico Highlands forward Kimberly Hutchings in the first half of Monday’s women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. PORTALES — A letdown wasn’t a fear, or an option, in the Zias’ minds. Two days after upsetting rival West Texas A&M to open Lone Star Conference play, Eastern New Mexico picked up right where it left off, pushing its shutout streak to four in a 3-0 victory over New...

  • Zias post fourth consecutive shutout

    Kevin Wilson

    A letdown wasn’t a fear, or an option, in the Zias’ minds. Two days after upsetting rival West Texas A&M to open Lone Star Conference play, Eastern New Mexico picked up right where it left off, pushing its shutout streak to four in a 3-0 victory over New Mexico Highlands on Monday at the ENMU pitch. The game was never in doubt for the Zias (6-4), who scored twice in the first 10 minutes and locked down on defense for their fifth straight win. Senior Samantha Lawrence scored 4:21 into the contest on a centering pass by Dan... Full story

  • Portales couple charged with child abuse

    Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral and notification by the Children, Youth and Families Department spurred police to begin an investigation, and after an interview with Oasis, forensic interview specialists, it was determined the...

  • Main Street converted to 2-way

    Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal system, new signage and re-striping. According to a release from the city, the change is made to improve traffic flow in line with the city’s downtown master p...

  • PMS satisfied with projected grad rates

    Eric Butler

    The Portales Municipal Schools system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Department of Education over the release of tentative graduate rates. With rates exceeding the national average, Portales doesn’t have much of a reason. But other schools in eastern New Mexico have lower marks and aren’t happy about the preliminary numbers. The state’s Public Education Secretary, Veronica Garcia, released a statement late last week saying that numbers released in August would probably go up when the certifi... Full story

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