PHS choir is runner-up in state competition


By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A state-wide choir competition had never been held in New Mexico until this year. Portales High School’s choir took advantage of the chance to compete and came away as the runner-up in Class 3A.

Hot supper, cool bowl


By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Some like it hot — others just like it tasty. Either way, members of the Portales High School Art Club plan to have chili-lovers’ tastes covered at the fifth annual Chili Cookoff Feb. 22 at Portales High School Cafeteria. The event started as a way for art students to […]

Parents learn to jump start education


By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Ready To Learn workshops are helping to jump start children’s education in Eastern New Mexico. Improving a child’s learning skills and vocabulary at an early age are two of the reasons that Isabel Zupancic, the Ready To Learn coordinator, conducts the workshops, a service of the Public Broadcasting System. […]

Technology finds place in schools


By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Students with a laptop computer may find it easier nowadays to order electronic versions of textbooks, and make their college work lighter — literally. Electronic books, available for purchase online, come without the weight and wear of used textbooks, and one online site now offers a scratch-n-sniff sticker so the […]

Wayland graduates celebrate


By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Recognized for their personal sacrifice and challenges overcome, more than three dozen men and women marched across the stage at Central Baptist Church Friday morning. The 39 students received degrees during the commencement exercises for the Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University. This year, Wayland celebrates 10 years in Clovis […]

Getting in gear


By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Administrators, teachers and support staff at area schools are gearing up to welcome students back to class next week. “We’re looking forward to a great year,” Lindsey Middle School Principal Rick Segovia said. A new music teacher at Lindsey will teach choir and a beginning guitar class, Segovia said. […]

University hires new vice president


PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University has hired Judith Haislett as the new vice president for student affairs. She succeeds Gary Musgrave, who retires Sept. 30. Haislett, who has been the vice president for student affairs at Black Hills State University in South Dakota since 1994, is expected to start at ENMU in mid-August. […]

CSI Portales? Forensic science added to ENMU majors

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers High-tech crime-solving science called forensics is a big part of TV crime dramas these days. But as the science as evolved over the last few years in the real world, the supply of forensic scientists hasn’t kept up with the demand. It’s that demand that faculty and administration at Eastern […]

ENMU regents OK tuition hike

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Higher education costs are going up across the state and nation, and Eastern New Mexico University will be no different. The ENMU Board of Regents took care of a lengthy agenda Friday, much of which involved discussion of tuition, fees and boarding increases at the university. The meeting also […]

Dora students take state title


By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Rising to the challenge of continuing a tradition, students from the Dora chapter of Future Farmers of America won the Sweepstakes Award during the annual state contest recently held in Las Cruces. Walking away with the sweepstakes award was a huge accomplishment for the Dora teams. Twenty-three students qualified […]

Area colleges have upgraded security measures

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In the wake of shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., experts on security are saying acts of violence on college and school campuses can and do occur in communities of all sizes. Officials at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College said Monday they […]

Overcrowded county jail forced to transfer imates

Tony Parra If three is a crowd then what does 76 mean? Unfortunately that number means overcrowding for the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The facility has a 58-person capacity, so currently many of the 76 inmates are crammed three to a cell and some are having to sleep on the floor, county officials said. “We’ve […]

Caught red-handed with bluebonnets

By Helena Rodriguez I promised last month to tell the story of how bluebonnets almost got me in trouble with the Texas law. You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas!” Well, them Texans don’t like you messin’ with their state flower either, even if you’re a Nuevo Mejicano only visiting the state for 2 […]