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 […]

Dora news: Aug. 21

Preschool news Patty Mohon, preschool teacher, and her assistant, Elaine Schneider, are preparing for another school year for their students. Preschoolers in the Monday/Wednesday group will begin on Aug. 27, with the Tuesday/Thursday group starting on Aug. 28.

Educators prep for changes

Progress was the educational theme Thursday morning during a back-to-school conference held by Portales Municipal Schools. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Portales Municipal Schools faculty and board members piled into the Portales High School auditorium Thursday for a back-to-school conference in which state officials were invited to speak on educational progress in New Mexico. Guest speakers […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

At a Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the L.C. Cozzens Administration Building, board members: Heard a report on Drum Majors and Leadership Camp members by high school band director Jennifer Johnson. Johnson recognized student Tyler Howard for making the Conductor's Challenge at the camp and recognized Howard and Jennifer Saloman for […]

Portales schools show improvement under new grading system

Improvement, however big or small, is a good thing, according to Clovis and Portales school officials. The Clovis and Portales school districts flunked in the category of growth of lowest performing students in the new state School Grading System for school districts but saw overall improvements in math and reading. "Our scores are better overall […]

Student says she’s grateful for interest rate reprieve

Eastern New Mexico University student Alesha Jones is grateful that she doesn't have to take a second job while she pursues her degree in communication disorders. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Student worker Alesha Jones, 20, does inventory Monday morning in Eastern New Mexico University's Golden Library. She says she'll be able to rest easier […]

College keeps youths busy

Grace Helton held up a University of North Carolina T-shirt on Monday, telling friends she was making her T-shirt pillow case for her father because UNC is his favorite college basketball team. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Kids College students lay out home-brought T-shirts to make pillow cases with, an art project students said they were […]

Report gives N.M. schools low ranking

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble is confident his university offers a quality education even though a new report says New Mexico colleges and universities are under-achieving compared to other schools nationwide. File photo Colleges and universities in New Mexico received low rankings in the areas of academic performance and student success in a […]