News Briefs (Nov. 17)

Banquet goes on tonight
The Annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Banquet will start at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Portales High School Cafeteria.

T.J. Casey will be the featured entertainment for the night. Casey is a singing cowboy from Billings, Mont. Casey has been a singing entertainer for more than 30 years, according to a press release from Cowboy Enterprises.

There will be door prizes and Mark’s Eastern Grill workers are preparing the food, which is barbecue beef and barbecue chicken. Tickets are $15 in advance per person and $20 at the door. People can purchase tickets at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce building and for more information people can call 356-8541.

ENMU hosts biofuel expert
Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host a biofuel expert from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday in Room 108 of the Science Building.

Plamen B. Atanassov, professor of chemical and nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico, will speak on “Glucose/air enzymatic biofuel cell.”

Atanassov is one of the leading researchers in the field of biofuel cells. Robert Long, ENMU assistant professor of chemistry, has been collaborating with him during the past five years in the field of fuel cells. Atanassov also served as a post-doctoral supervisor to ENMU assistant chemistry professor Juchao Yan in the field of nanostructured materials and biosensors.

This seminar is supported by the ENMU Chapter of Sigma Xi and the ENMU Department of Physical Sciences. The public is welcome free of charge. For more information, contact Yan at 562-2494, or e-mail

Future Educators confab at ENMU
Title V Cooperative in collaboration with Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Education is hosting the 2005 New Mexico Future Educators Association state conference at Eastern today and Saturday in the Campus Union Building.
This event will bring junior high and high school students from around the state who share an interest in the field of education. The conference will include a variety of speakers, including the 2005 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Carlsbad High School math teacher Ron Christopherson, as well as numerous faculty members from ENMU, and teachers from around the state.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, educational activities, and competitions, as well as a college fair. This year’s theme is “Fulfill the Dream — Teach!”

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit

Cannon Bazaar this weekend
The Community Center at Cannon Air Force Base is sponsoring the annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Hangar 208 on the base. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Various vendors will be selling merchandise at the event, including food, homemade crafts and other items.
All non-military persons wishing to attend should enter the base from the front gate, off U.S. 60/84. For more information, call the 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office at 784-4131.