Prosecution will seek lesser murder charge

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By Alisa Boswell The prosecution amended Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s first-degree murder charge to second-degree on Friday, after failing to establish two key points during four days of testimony. According to Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover, first-degree murder is when someone plans to kill someone. Second degree-murder, he said, is an intentional act to harm […]

Cancer battles forged friendship among vets

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Cancer survivor Grayson Boerio, 2, dances with his aunt, Kaitlan Massey, during the 2014 Portales Relay for Life event Friday night at Greyhound Arena.

By Christina Calloway Old friends Harold Goodrich and Dennis Darrow sat side-by-side Friday night in a row of chairs that rimmed the top of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena wearing matching purple shirts. While the two caught up, leaning in to share a few words over the rhythmic pop music blaring through […]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]

The cup runs over

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The CUP group enjoyed a roast beef sandwich, salad, French fries and cake as part of their celebration. They also received certificates for graduating the 16-week program.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer James Neal Van Winkle had only joined the Roosevelt County Detention Center’s Children Uniting with Parents program to be able to see his son Daemon and daughter Fiona, but he said he got so much more. “They not only got to visit me, but I learned how to raise […]

Perfect attendance

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Randy Rankin, director of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, looks through the home’s newsletters that are given to churches across the state. Rankin joined the Portales Rotary Club because he wanted to give back the community that has supported the children’s home.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Leroy Thomas has been a part of the Portales Rotary Club for the past 43 years and in that time he has never missed a meeting. Thomas said perfect attendance is encouraged […]

Clovis Man probaby not first inhabitant

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Excavated bones at the Blackwater Draw dig site’s Interpretive Center.

  George Crawford and David Kilby said it is unlikely Clovis Man was the first to inhabit the Americas. But they haven’t seen evidence to disprove the theory either. “Scientifically, there had to be somebody here earlier than the Clovis people,” said Crawford, director of the Blackwater Draw Historical Landmark, where Clovis Man was discovered […]

Fight over grouse continues

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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., tells an audience full of landowners to hold the federal agency responsible for listing the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” accountable Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Portales.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer The fight is not over for area landowners who say they’ve made sacrifices to conserve the lesser prairie chicken population in New Mexico. These are efforts they feel were undermined when a federal agency listed the bird as threatened on a federal registry of species last month. More than […]

Principals of success

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Rick Segovia, principal at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary,
monitors the halls during the break on Wednesday. Segovia said he makes sure that the students behave well while they go to their next class.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Lindsey-Steiner Elementary Principal Rick Segovia waited in his office for one of his students. When the student entered his office, he appeared nervous because a visit to the principal’s office doesn’t usually mean a student did something well. But in this case it did. While Segovia may have appeared […]

Portales softball cruises past Ruidoso

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Portales freshman Daizia Looney fires a pitch in the second game of Tuesday night's doubleheader at Portales.

Staff report Having a dominant pitcher in fast-pitch softball is nice. Having a backup plan is even nicer. That made Tuesday a very nice night for Portales, as it found a little bit of extra pitching while recording a 15-0, 16-3 doubleheader sweep of Ruidoso in the District 4-3A opener for both teams. Sophomore Kiersten […]

Spring cold snap

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Portales Recreation Center staff member Baron Barber lines up the center’s afterschool program participants Monday afternoon in 40-degree weather as they wait for the center shuttle at James Elementary. Barber and the students were bundled up in jackets and sweaters.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Lindsey-Steiner Elementary student Destinee Cerna said no one in her class was happy about spending recess indoors on Monday due to 30-degree weather. “We played basketball,” said 10-year-old Cerna. “I was annoyed that we couldn’t go outside.” Monday’s cold temperatures weren’t record-breaking, but slight snowfall and cool wind chills […]

Understanding, appreciation came over years

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Connie Belcher with her father, William Breech.

By David Stevens Editor William Creech died March 15, 2012. Clovis’ Connie Belcher has been thinking a lot about her dad lately. She tells about their relationship better than I ever could. “I am an Air Force brat and grew up on military bases around the country,” she wrote in an email. “We settled in […]