Local students learn about playas, wildlife

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

During the Playa Festival at Dora Municipal School on Monday, presenter Jim Steiert lets one of the students help with an erosion demonstration.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Fourth and fifth grade students from Dora, Elida and Floyd schools were given a wealth of scientific knowledge on playas and their inhabitants on Monday. Ogallala Commons hosted a playa festival at Dora Municipal Schools, which gave students a chance to learn about playas, the animals and insects that […]

Addiction: A mother’s perspective

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Vicki Williams Jinks with her son, Seth.

Editor’s note: Vicki Williams Jinks is a 1978 graduate of Muleshoe High School. This excerpt is from a speech she’s written in hopes of helping those who struggle with addictions. In November 1993, I looked at my third baby and saw a face of pure sweetness. Little did I know all that I would learn […]

ENMU actors perfect comedy production

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Actors Kyle Thomason, left, and Brendan Moore rehearse a scene from the play “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” a story which 
highlights nine writers using comedy to 
overcome difficult 

By Anna George PNT CORRESPONDENT anna.george@enmu.edu Eastern New Mexico University actors, leaders and technical workers alike laugh in the face of difficult situations as they perfect their production of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Laughter on the 23rd Floor, which premieres today at the University Theatre Center, recounts Simon’s own experience as a […]

New company opens in former Sunland plant

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Gov. Susana Martinez, center, cuts the ribbon for the Ready Roast peanut plant on U.S. 70 with owner Tom Finn, right. The company owns three facilities in California.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com After two years, Portales is again home to a major peanut processor. Ready Roast Nut Company officials announced their plans Monday to create up to 200 jobs at a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of the former Sunland Peanut company. Sunland Peanuts closed its doors in […]

Eastern students fare well at annual rodeo

PNT correspondent: Matthew Shelly

 David Bonner, left, and Landon Bryant help at the Eastern New Mexico University College Daze Rodeo.

By Rae Arnett PNT correspondent The Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team came out on top at the 50th annual ENMU College Daze Rodeo this past weekend . One competitor, Tawny Barry, winning goat tying and Kacey Clark placing second in breakaway roping according to ENMU rodeo Coach Albert Flynn. The ENMU men’s rodeo […]

Dog waste station trial successful

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Gustavo Tijerina with the city of Portales pours cement Friday morning as Richard Viera and Aaron Duran hold a dog waste post at La Buena Vida Park. The posts are being put into place as part of the clean and beautiful grant.

STAFF REPORT After a successful trial run, Portales began installing doggie waste stations at every park in the city in an effort to keep the spaces clean and beautiful. According to Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste, the city had originally started by including one station at the Portales walking trail when they landscaped it in […]

CCC celebrates with trip back in time

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Natalie Daggett, CCC’s director of institutional advancement, holds up a copy of old software from the time capsule sealed in 2000; that was the 10th anniversary of the school’s start to dropping its association with Eastern New Mexico University as a branch campus.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A video presentation that led off Clovis Community College’s celebration on Friday featured dated television commercials, retrospectives and a home video of the 1990 scene at the Curry County Courthouse. That was when a 42-vote margin paved the way for the school’s separation from Eastern New Mexico University. “I […]

Parent program at James underway

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 Alisa Boswell
James Elementary Principal Deanne McKinney talks to parents Tuesday night at the school about the benefits of the school’s new parent 
program, which teaches parents about disciplining their children.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It was all too familiar territory for Portales parents Tuesday night as they watched a video demonstrating scenarios with children behaving badly. Some Portales parents received discipline training Tuesday at James Elementary School where the school held the first session for its six-week parent program. James officials joined forces […]

ENMU offers insider look at radio show production

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Actors from the radio play "Committed" rehearse in the Eastern New Mexico University Communications Building on Wednesday afternoon. The play is free admission and open to the community today and Friday at 7 p.m.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is giving the community a chance to look behind the scenes of how a radio play is produced in real-time. “Committed” is a radio play written and directed by ENMU Professor James Lee. Admission is free for the play, which will be performed live at […]

Clovis Music Festival crowd turn out low

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon

Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner, headlined the Clovis Music Festival on Saturday night. Gramm sang many of his hits, including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice” and “Midnight Blue” and came back to the stage for an encore performance of “Hot Blooded.”

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Despite spending more money on marketing than in previous years, the 2015 Clovis Music Festival turnout was “disappointing,” Clovis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos said on Monday. “We had a little more (attendance) Friday night than we did Saturday night,” Kos said. “We were hoping to have […]

College Daze Rodeo happening this weekend

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The annual College Daze Rodeo kicks off at Eastern New Mexico University’s Lewis-Cooper Arena Thursday and runs through Saturday.

By Matthew Asher and Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITERS For the 50th year, Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the first event in the Southwest region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The College Daze Rodeo will be held Sept. 17 through Sept. 19 at the Lewis-Cooper Arena. The three-night event starts at 7 p.m. […]

FFA student talks about her passion

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Kassie Waller of Clovis, a Future Farmers of America ambassador, gave a presentation at Portales Public Library Friday. She demonstrated with a chart that things which impact agriculture have a domino effect, impacting every other aspect of life as well.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The agriculture industry affects every aspect of a person’s life, according to Kassie Waller, an Eastern New Mexico University student from Clovis. As a Future Farmers of America ambassador, Waller is one of 22 college students nationwide to go around giving talks to groups about the importance of agriculture. […]

Clovis Music Festival wraps up

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon

George Tomsco, former lead guitarist for Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs, performs a song for tourists at Norman Petty's Seventh Street studio on Saturday during the Clovis Music Festival. Tomsco said he met Buddy Holly after coming back to the studio from a food break at Foxy's Drive-In. Holly had picked up Tomsco's Fender Stratocaster, propped his foot on Tomsco's amplifier and began playing his guitar. That was the first and last time Tomsco had spoken to Holly before his death in 1959.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Chevrolets, old band members and a few Fireballs came to Clovis for one reason this weekend: To rock out and celebrate the Clovis Sound that Norman Petty perfected almost 60 years ago at his world-famous Seventh Street studio. Clovis’s weekend tourists could start the day off early with a […]

Local residents remember September tragedy

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell

Major Robert Clay, commander of the 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony behind Portales J.P. Stone Bank Friday morning.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Close to 30 local residents gathered at J.P. Stone Community Bank on First Street in Portales Saturday morning to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the day in which more than 3,000 people […]

High school soccer team hosts camp

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Portales High School soccer player Toby George, left, kicks around the ball as he waits in line at practice. George said he loves everything about soccer and enjoys sharing that with others.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Starting today, the Portales High School soccer team will be hosting a soccer camp for Portales children to teach them the basic principles of the game. “I’ll be honest, my biggest thing is for them to gain interest in playing the game, especially the little ones,” said Soccer Coach […]

Clovis Sound at stage center

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Chubby Checker teaches Clovis how to twist in the 2010 Clovis Music Festival

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com The roster of those who’ve performed at the Clovis Music Festival reads like a rock and roll fan’s guest list for a fantasy dinner party. Leann Rimes, Carl Perkins, Chubby Checker, Buddy Knox, Bobby Vee, The Crickets and Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs have all been on a Clovis […]

‘Noon-Time Basketball’ 20 years strong at ENMU

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
‘Noon-Time Basketball’ group members met on Tuesday at the Greyhound Arena to play a game. The group meets every weekday at noon in the north gym and games are open to the community.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com A variety of Portales community members and Eastern New Mexico University faculty, staff and students can be found every weekday at noon in the Greyhound Arena, where they meet up for an hour to play basketball. Although the number of participants varies each day, eight members met up in […]

Enthusiasts compete for biggest fish

Matthew Johnson has his fish weighed by park staff member Gabriel Garcia during the Oasis State Park Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. The fish weighed in at 14 ounces.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com For the seventh year, Oasis State Park hosted the Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. True to its name, fishing enthusiasts competed to see who could catch the biggest catfish, with $450 handed out to the event winners. The event didn’t start until 5 p.m. but because of a […]

Clovis Music Festival kicks off Friday

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The Kentucky Headhunters played the 2014 Clovis Music Festival. Some of their hit songs include “Dumas Walker,” “Redneck Girl” and “Walk Softly (On This Heart of Mine).”

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Ask anyone in town to define the “Clovis Sound,” and you’re sure to get dozens of different answers. Some say it’s the local flavor that bands from west Texas and eastern New Mexico produce around town. Others say it’s the music Norman Petty produced in his studio on Seventh […]

Ice cream social introduces Multicultural Affairs

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Kyree Mackey, left, and Rochelle McClenton represent African American Affairs on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty gathered at Greyhound Fountain in the center of campus Thursday for the Multicultural Affairs annual ice cream social. Maria Garcia, the director of International Affairs, one of four offices involved with Multicultural Affairs, said the event is designed to allow members of ENMU […]