Special first at Cannon

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Maj. Michael J. Jensen, right, assumes command from Col. Kurt W. Buller at assumption of command ceremonies Thursday at Cannon AFB.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com A new squadron at Cannon Air Force Base made a memorable entrance Thursday morning near a base hangar. The 26th Special Tactics Squadron — the first special tactics squadron to call Cannon Air Force Base home — parachuted from an MC-130J Commando II into its own activation ceremony. The […]

Work with passion

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Emily Vickers tells the students to put their fingers to their lips while she tells them the days activities on Thursday at the Portales Recreational Center. Vickers coordinates the  activities of each day and where employees will be assigned.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com T.J. Garcia loves to work with children, so naturally he is seeking a degree in education at Eastern New Mexico University. Garcia, a sophomore from Albuquerque, saw there was an opening at […]

Veterans fighting different battle on campus

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 Eastern New Mexico University
student veteran Penny Ortega tells attendees at the Student Veteran 

Organization ribbon cutting
Thursday that the organization plans to be active in student affairs.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There are a lot of obvious differences between a college classroom and a war zone, but Alex Massey knows he’s one of the few walking Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to experience the latter. After the 27-year-old and father of two gave four years of service to the Marine […]

Helton leaving Hounds

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Andrew Helton, right, has put in his resignation, effective next Friday, from Eastern New Mexico University. Helton went 63-72 in five seasons at ENMU.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com On the heels of a major hire for its athletic program, Eastern New Mexico University got a major vacancy. Men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton has resigned from the university for personal reasons, effective next Friday. Helton, a first-time head coach when he was hired by ENMU in 2009, leaves […]

Life preparation

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Miguel Chavez, left, sweeps the floor of the cafeteria with the help of Joseph Montoya.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com An injured knee didn’t stop Portales High School sophomore Joseph Montoya from going to Lindsey-Steiner Ele-mentary School on Wednesday to work with its custodians. “I really like working here and it is fun,” said Montoya as he swept the floor of the cafeteria. Montoya, 16, is part of a pilot […]

Comcast gives back

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Local Comcast employees Jantzen Darnell, left, and John Bamforth sand the cubbies they built for the Portales Recreation Center. The project is part of Comcast Cares, an initiative to provide service to the local community.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Gabriel Rivera feels the contributions he can make to the community’s children, no matter the size, will have an effect on their future. “Our youth are so important to us,” said the Comcast technician and father of two. “They’re going to be the next presidents, senators, doctors, journalists.” Rivera […]

Earth Day antics

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Eastern New Mexico University students enjoy their picnic lunch Tuesday as part of an Earth day celebration. Artesia High School students were also served a meal before their band competition.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University student Sarah Cogar feels she knows the importance of keeping the Earth clean. She rides her bike to her classes and she tries to help out the environment every way she can. “We have one Earth and we should not abuse it. We need to […]

Tradition returns

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Tonight marks the return of live call-in bidding to the KENW-TV auction. Auctioneers will be standing in front of the cameras at this studio between 7-10 p.m. today, Thursday and Saturday, auctioning items to raise money for programming.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For Clyde Powell, the annual KENW-TV Auction has always been about raising money for the local public television station. The live call-in bidding part of the auction, that was about fun. The retired director of instructional television for Eastern New Mexico University and KENW participated in the first ever […]

Inner strength

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 Tanya Baca spends time at home with her children on Friday on her day off. Baca has been cancer-free for three years and said she takes every day moment by moment.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Tanya Baca said she felt about a million different emotions at once when the 33-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer; shock, anger, sadness and other feelings she could not name. Baca, now 35, has been cancer-free for three years and said she’s thankful for every day. Baca has been […]

Celebrating our planet


By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]