Student of the week: Student tries to work hard


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local students each week. Jude Urioste, 13, an eighth grade student at Portales Junior High School, enjoys participating in a subject that students typically find challenging. “I like to do math and stuff. A lot of people don’t really like it, but it makes me feel […]

Educator of the week: Teacher motivated by her students


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. STAFF REPORT With 14 years under her belt as a teacher in Portales Municipal Schools, Becky Duran stays motivated with help from her students. A fourth grade dual-language teacher — she teaches half the day in English, and the other half in […]

Education: Curry County to address childhood obesity

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer In the wake of September being designated National Child Obesity Awareness Month, myriad of statistics support addressing what health care personnel call a serious concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates for the past decade for children and adolescents age 2 to 19 are approximately 17 […]

Education: CCC board approves service animal policy

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Miniature horses are now welcome to roam Clovis Community College campus. During its regular meeting Wednesday, the CCC Board of Trustees was presented with a policy establishing guidelines that allow service animals for students or staff with disabilities. Among the allowable animals are service dogs and qualified service miniature […]

Education: New Mexico students to bond over music

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University male choir members are gearing up for a day of musical bonding, according to Director of Choral Activities Jason Paulk. The third annual Men’s Choir Festival will be all day Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a free concert at 4 p.m. Monday in […]

Education: Student of the week


Itzel Hernandez, 16, is a junior at Portales High School. The subject she is most interested in is math, which she likes because she is good at it. She said she enjoys math, because “it’s just mostly been easy for me since going through all of my classes since fifth grade.” Hernandez is an athlete, […]

Education: New ENMU faculty say Portales pleasant place


By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales has been a pleasant experience so far for two new Eastern New Mexico University faculty members. Assistant Professors Jenny Dean and Darrell Roe of the ENMU Communication Department both said they admire the friendliness of Portales residents. Dean, who recently transferred from the University of Oregon in Eugene, […]

State your purpose

New Mexico high school students were making their own rules this week but not before passing them through congressional houses in a series of lively debates. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Bianca Soliz, center, governor of New Mexico Girls State, writes her speech Thursday afternoon for that evening's inaugural ball. She enlisted the help of Darci […]

Students display growth through art show

Recent Eastern New Mexico University graduate Mikaela Lombardo will be showing her flesh pottery and murals at the Show Me Your Venus art exhibition at the Yam Theater throughout this week. The exhibition is a collaborative effort among Lombardo, who heads the group, and five of her university friends comprised of graduates and graduating seniors. […]

CCC students take next step

Family, friends and faculty packed the Clovis Civic Center as Clovis Community College honored this year's graduates at a commencement ceremony held Friday evening. CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson Student speaker Ami Kowalski pauses before making a point during her speech at the Clovis Community College commencement ceremony Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. Kowalski, […]

Lectureship unites sci-fi, fantasy writers

Aliens, witches, vampires and goblins were common topics of discussion this week as science fiction and fantasy authors, young writers and fans of the genre descended on Eastern New Mexico University for the annual Jack Williamson Lectureship. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway A panel discusses science fiction classics in television, film and literature Friday at […]

Legend featured in Lectureship

Prepare for a science fiction invasion as authors, aspiring writers and lovers of the genre alike flock to Eastern New Mexico University Thursday and Friday to celebrate one of the genre's pioneers, Jack Williamson. CMI file photo Jack Williamson, who died in 2006, is celebrated annually with the Lectureship that carries his name at Eastern […]

“Fun, loud brass” promised for Jazz Fest

Students performing in this year's Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Fest describe the music as "fun, loud brass." At least that's what they hope it sounds like to the audience tonight and Friday night in the ENMU's Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. PNT photo: Christina Calloway Eastern New Mexico University students, from left, Jeremy […]

Clovis school board to consider graduation date change

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers is bringing in the Board of Education to help make a decision on changing the date of the CHS graduation. The event, slated for May 18, falls on the same day as the final day of the state's spring athletic championships. The board will hold a special meeting March […]


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Dora news: Aug. 28

Volleyball season begins Dora volleyball coach Caleb King, Assistant coach P.J. Bryant and the Lady Coyotes begin their season by hosting games two nights this week. Today, Dora hosts JV and varsity teams from Eunice, at 5 p.m. On Thursday, Dora hosts junior high, JV and varsity teams from Lake Arthur at 4:30 p.m. Pre-kindergarten […]

ENMU anticipates record enrollment

Officials at Eastern New Mexico University anticipate a record enrollment for the fall semester. Clovis Community College officials said enrollment is about the same as last year. Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble anticipates enrollment at ENMU will go up 5 percent when the final numbers are counted on Sept. 7. Gamble expects the […]

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Freshmen educated on financial aid

A new financial aid program at Eastern New Mexico University is targeting financial literacy for freshmen, and is one of a few changes on the first day of instruction for the college's fall semester. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Josh Cunningham, left, a junior who just transferred to Eastern New Mexico University this semester from Golden […]

Schools focusing on attendance

One of the main focuses for Portales High School faculty this school year is keeping students from missing class time, according to Principal Melvin Nusser. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Portales High School officials are saying they are preparing to "crack down" on the issue of high school students missing school by educating parents and students […]