ENMU building renamed

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Marjorie Gennaro, wife of the late Eastern New Mexico University professor Tony Gennaro, speaks about her husband’s legacy at the re-naming ceremony for the Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro Natural History Museum at the ENMU Roosevelt Science Center Friday afternoon.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Friends and loved ones of a prolific Eastern New Mexico University professor gathered Friday afternoon at the ENMU Roosevelt Science Center to honor his memory and see a building dedicated in his name. ENMU’s Natural History Museum was re-named the “Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro Natural History Museum” in honor […]

High school ‘Coffee Night’ draws full house

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Attendees line up for coffee and dessert Tuesday evening at the Portales High School Coffee and Jazz night. Attendees said they enjoyed the variety of desserts and the atmosphere.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Portales High School choir program performed for a house full of school officials and community members as part of a fundraiser Tuesday night. PHS hosted a “Coffee Night” to showcase their talented students and to help them prepare for upcoming performances and auditions. For residents and school officials, […]

Life, wife owed to twist of fate

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Chief Warrant Officer Rupert Gamble and his son Steven pose outside the ENMU President's House Monday.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Call it fate, call it destiny, call it just plain luck, but if a 1943 U.S. Air Force delivery in Indiana hadn’t gotten delayed, Eastern New Mexico University wouldn’t have its current president. That’s because Chief Warrant Officer Rupert Gamble met his wife, Dorothy, while he was waiting for […]

Local children to get fishing education

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The 26th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic will be hosted 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5 at Oasis State Park. Children ages 6-17 can register for the clinic, which includes demonstrations on fish cleaning, fish biology and line-casting among other activities.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local children will get the chance to learn “the tricks of the trade” with fishing at Oasis State Park, according to park officials. The 26th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic will be hosted 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the park. The clinic is available to children ages 6 to […]

University students: Homecoming is a time to come together

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Members of the Chi Omega Sorority perform a dance routine during SongFest at Eastern New Mexico University. SongFest was the first among this week’s homecoming events.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com For Eastern New Mexico University students, homecoming is a time for the campus to come together to celebrate their common bond as Greyhounds. According to senior forensic anthropology major Ashley Moseley, the pride that ENMU students have sets the university apart from larger schools. “I’m from Albuquerque, and this […]

Department of the week: Service to community is key

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Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry signs checks as one of her many community-oriented duties during a busy Monday morning.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Officials at the Portales City Clerk’s office say their service to the community is what counts the most. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said she has a lot of duties within […]

Firefighters promoting safety tips

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For the month of October, the Portales Fire Department holds tours of its fire station for Brown Early Childhood Center kindergarten students, and is bringing the “Fire Buddy” fire safety education program to James Elementary School. Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week by Mayor Sharon King at the Tuesday Portales City Council Meeting.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Although Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week in Portales by Mayor Sharon King at the Oct. 4 city council meeting, the city’s fire department is working all month to inform area youth of the importance of fire safety and the constant role that the department plays in […]

About 700 attend RGH Health Fair

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Doris McAfee points out the difference between candy and medicine in a guessing game during the Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com An interactive community and a friendly hospital staff made the sixth annual Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair worthwhile, attendees said. But those are just icing on the cake for attendees, where a variety of free health services were provided during the fair Saturday morning. “It’s a good way to […]

ENMU celebrates 82nd homecoming

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The Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade to be held next Saturday morning is one of several homecoming events open to the public.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com For their 82nd homecoming celebration, Eastern New Mexico University has a week-long schedule of events that will reinforce the bond between the university and the surrounding community. According to ENMU Alumni Director Robert Graham, the bond between the university and the Eastern New Mexico community is vital to the […]

Religion: Local Bible service thought-provoking

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Peggy Davis, member of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, teaches a discussion-oriented course on the New Testament Wednesday evening.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com For members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, every Wednesday night is a thoughtful and spiritual occasion. Church member Peggy Davis teaches a class called “Institute” at 7 p.m. Wednesdays to discuss the New Testament. Davis said she approaches the class with a discussion-oriented setting. […]

ENMU choirs prep for fundraising for European trip

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Jason Paulk, director of choral activities at Eastern New Mexico University, rehearses “Hort das lante Geton” by Franz Joseph Haydn with the ENMU University Singers Tuesday afternoon. The song will be performed at a choir concert program at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in ENMU’s Buchanan Hall.

STAFF REPORT The Eastern New Mexico University choir program is preparing for a number of fundraisers this fall as they gear up for a 10-day tour across Europe in May, according to Jason Paulk, director of choral activities. Paulk said the choir is selling CDs of recordings by the University Singers, Chamber Singers and Swanee […]

Department of the week: Clerk’s office ‘keeper of the keys’

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Stephanie Hicks, chief deputy clerk for Roosevelt County, tests voting ballot machines for early voting and election day as part of the duties of the Roosevelt County clerk’s office.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office is the “keeper of the keys” when it comes to many of the go-to needs of county residents. “We are the administrators of elections, and […]

Cyclists rally at Tour de Taco

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A group of cyclists, headed up by Daniel Miller of Albuquerque (wearing the taco suit), prepare to begin the Tour de Taco Saturday morning at the starting line at Taco Box in Clovis. The tour saw cyclists riding from Clovis to Portales and back, a total of 60 miles.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Cyclists of all skill levels, from both New Mexico and Texas, rode Saturday morning from Clovis to Portales and back, with many riding the full 60 miles. The Tour de Taco, which was organized by Taco Box owner Tom Martin, saw riders from both afar and the area, one […]

Dinner held to recognize senior volunteers

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Foster Grandparent Program and Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Debbie Bowman, left, recognizes FGP volunteer Victoria Jaramillo during a recognition dinner Wednesday afternoon, which recognized the efforts of senior volunteers in the FGP, RSVP and Senior Companion Programs for the Community Services Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Wednesday afternoon provided a well-organized and fulfilling evening for local senior volunteers. The Community Services Center hosted a recognition dinner for volunteers of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP). The dinner was hosted Wednesday at the Hydration Station […]

Employment opportunities showcased

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Farmers Insurance District Recruiting Manager Melissa Mendoza gives job seeker Jamal McCall of Cannon Air Force Base information about employment opportunities within her company Thursday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair in the Memorial Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Regardless of their backgrounds or skill sets, everyone flocking Friday afternoon to the Portales Memorial Building shared one common goal: To find employment. Joselin and William Gutierrez of Portales were not particular about the type of employment they were looking for as long as it would enable them to […]

Community, youth meet for prayer

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Portales community members, junior high and high school students gather around the flag pole at Portales High School to pray for their families, friends and community Wednesday morning at the “See You at the Pole” prayer event.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Community members, junior high and high school students gathered for a show of religious unity and prayer for the community early Wednesday morning. Portales churches held the event, “See You at the Pole,” at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Portales High School in conjunction with the Global Week of Student […]

Library programs growing with community

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Families and children gather for preschool storytime at the Portales Public Library. Preschool storytime is one of a number of children-oriented events hosted at the library.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com It’s exciting to see how the family programs at the Portales Public Library  have grown and how they engage the community, according to librarians. One such program is the Books […]

Business feature: Food trucks on a roll

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Clovis food truck owner Byron Beevers offers a bacon cheeseburger for a customer on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com When Aaron Crandall’s business is on a roll, it may mean he’s gone. Don’t worry. He’ll be back. Crandall owns one of the trendy mobile food trucks that are becoming popular throughout the Clovis-Portales area. When Crandall lost his job of seven years, he decided to try AJ’s Wings, […]

‘Other Desert Cities’ closes today

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From left, Eastern New Mexico University faculty members Patrick McCreary and Janeice Scarbrough, who play Lyman and Polly Wyeth, chastise senior Chloe Rae Hammock’s character Brooke Wyeth in a key emotional scene of “Other Desert Cities.” The play’s final show is at 2 p.m. today at the University Theatre Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Attendees of the Eastern New Mexico University Department of Theatre’s production of “Other Desert Cities” said the timely show left a strong impression. The play, written by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by ENMU theater professor Janeice Scarbrough, has its final performance at 2 p.m. today at the ENMU […]

Fit Camp serves Clovis, Portales

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Haleigh Bird figures young or old, there’s never a bad time to get healthier. And there’s no reason to do it alone. The Portales resident struggled with weight throughout her life, and started eating better. But nutrition only went so far, so she started a fit camp to help […]