Spring symphony, symphonic band concert at ENMU

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The Eastern New Mexico University wind symphony and symphonic band will present their annual spring concert Sunday.

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Department of Music will host a spring wind symphony and symphonic band concert Sunday. Director of Bands Dustin Seifert and Assistant Director of Bands Benjamin Fairfield will conduct both bands during the concert. Gary Garner, director of bands emeritus at West Texas A&M University, will be a guest conductor […]

Society arranges ARISE fundraiser

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Will Banister performs April 26 at the Yam Theater. The fundraiser for ARISE also featured a raffle.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When Eastern New Mexico University social work student Michelle Howard found out the Arise sexual assault program needed money to keep an important piece of equipment, she came up with a plan to help. Howard, a member of Phi Alpha, a social work honor society, helped persuade the group […]

Citizens questioning city officials

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales’ city manager said the only direction to move is forward with the beautification of the Portales Cemetery, but citizens aren’t sure officials are on the same page as their needs. An Arbor Day rally was held last week to gain support in rehabilitating the 90-year-old elm trees in […]

Bookmobile great part of rural living

By Betty Williamson PNT columnist There are five basic necessities of life: Food, water, clothing, shelter, and (of course) books. For most of my lifetime, that fifth need was filled by highly-anticipated monthly visits from the Rural Bookmobile East, the mobile, home-sized library on wheels that has operated out of Tucumcari since 1956 as a […]

Events calendar — May 1

Today Louise Shoemaker presentation on Trip to Cuba — Noon, Meeting Room of the Portales Public Library. Meeting is a brown bag lunch. Information: 356-3940. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Tuba/Euphonium Studio Recital — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s […]

Charitable effort with a little help from friends

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Joni Anthony stitched together her latest charitable effort through cyberspace. When the Clovis resident sought to learn how to use an embroidery machine she’d bought for herself, she found the lessons she needed on YouTube. When she wanted even more information, she joined online groups Stitches of Love and […]

Police blotter — May 1

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 1:51 a.m.: Officer requested, 500 block of South Avenue A. • 2:22 a.m.: Fire rural, 300 block of Clark Street. • 2:41 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1000 block of North Abilene Avenue. • 3:13 a.m.: Bolo, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 3:24 a.m.: […]

Common Core meeting draws nearly 150

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Regina Watson, with the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Mathematically Connected Communities, addresses parent and teacher concerns during a breakout session.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]

A hundred years ago we needed raincoats

By David Stevens PNT Editor Raincoats sold for $3.95, men’s blue suits were $14.95 and canvas gloves cost a nickel a pair. William C. McDonald was New Mexico’s first governor and Woodrow Wilson was our 28th president. Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day on May 9 that year. Franz Ferdinand was the archduke of Austria […]

Lovington win gives Portales district title

Staff report The Lovington Wildcats finished off the District 4-3A race Tuesday night, sweeping Ruidoso in a doubleheader to take second place in the district. The Wildcats’ 7-1 win in the opening game gave Portales (12-12, 5-3) the district championship. Lovington (15-11, 4-4) rallied for a 5-4 win in the nightcap, and put the Warriors […]

Job fair offers one-stop browsing

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Kelly Schaf, a personal trainer from Portales, speaks with Patty Vaughn, human resources officer for the non-appropriated funds office at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair the Clovis Civic Center job fair. Schaf, who just finished her work for a doctorate in veterinary science, said she was looking for anything in regards to a job.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com For Clovis native Emily Anaya, Tuesday’s job fair at the Clovis Civic Center was more than an opportunity to rub elbows with representatives from big companies, educational programs and a bustling Air Force base. After years of having several jobs, for Anaya, the job fair meant a first step […]

ENMU student organization collects national honor

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The 35 active members of the  Associated Student Activities Board bring events such as magicians, bands and ziplines for Eastern New Mexico University students. ASAB was awarded the Best Campus Program for 2014 by Campus Activities Magazine.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Texas native Diane Resendez arrived in Portales three years ago as a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University not knowing anyone. Through the Associated Student Activities Board, Resendez said she got the opportunity to meet plenty of new people and make new friends. Her experience and that of others […]

Second round of tests at courthouse on tap

Staff report A second round of air testing should take place either today or Thursday to determine if mold levels inside the Roosevelt County Courthouse are elevated enough to require remediation, according to County Manager Charlene Webb. Webb said Tuesday an air testing consultant was en route to Portales to conduct the tests. A private […]

Barrel racing helps airman connect with community

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mari Sylvester, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron force management technician, walks her horse Muddy Girl before racing April 12 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Arena. Sylvester has forged new connections with the community surrounding Cannon.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs In an arena filled with dirt, three 55-gallon barrels are arranged in a triangle. Airman 1st Class Mari Sylvester, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron force management technician, and her horse Muddy Girl race toward the rightmost barrel, then loop around it at […]

ENMU professor tested students

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Freshman year. My instructor came in with a somber look on her face. Either somebody died, or a TV series got canceled. “Before we begin today’s scheduled lesson, I think I need to emphasize the need to read the material I assign you. I’ve suspected that you weren’t doing that, […]

Events calendar — April 30

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Teens’ choice. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. […]

Police blotter — April 30

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 6:18 a.m.: Traffic hazard, NM 236 and Roosevelt Road T. • 6:50 a.m.: Burglary, 1000 block of East Brazos Street. • 7:08 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:16 a.m.: Burglary, 1000 block of East Brazos Street. • 7:42 a.m.: […]

Vet opposes cuts to commissary

By Tom Philpott Military Update A retired Army sergeant first class living in Northeast El Paso, Texas, says he and his wife will stop shopping on Fort Bliss if the Department of Defense, as planned, allows commissary prices to climb within 10 percent of local grocers. “I am not the only one here who thinks […]

Educational opportunities better investment

Evidently, not all money spent on early childhood care is created equal. A recent Legislative Finance Council report has found that prekindergarten programs provide more benefit than money spent for child care. The state is spending more money on child care rather than education for youngsters. By studying where dollars go and what works, New […]

Texico avenges early loss to Rams

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Rams center fielder Omar Legarda makes a diving catch in the fourth inning of Monday’s game at Texico.

Staff report TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines took an early lead this time and maintained it, avenging their only loss of the season. Jonah Walls hit a two-run double in the first inning and senior left-hander Jarron Hill struck out 14 in a complete-game performance as Texico defeated the Portales Rams 7-3 on Monday night. […]