Raising awareness through athletics

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Texico and Portales seventh-graders graders take to the court adorned in pink uniforms for the “Volley for the Cure” games Thursday afternoon in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com For Texico eighth-grader and volleyball player Brianna Barnes, local “pink-out” athletic events are more than just an excuse to play in a pink uniform. Barnes, 14, said the annual breast cancer awareness “Volley for the Cure” game between Portales and Texico volleyball teams hits home because her aunt is a cancer […]

Dedication has rewards

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Dustin Seifert, Eastern New Mexico University band director and New Mexico Music Educators Association Music Educator of the Year 2015 winner, leads the Greyhound Sound marching band Saturday Sept. 27 during ENMU’s homecoming parade.

Eastern New Mexico University Music Department Chair Dustin Seifert’s work educating musicians at Eastern for more than 13 years has not gone unnoticed. Seifert is the 2015 recipient of the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s Music Educator of the Year Award. The Music Educator of the Year Award is based on nominations from NMMEA members. […]

Candidates for district attorney weigh in

Reeb, a Repub-lican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election.

Editor’s note: Andrea Reeb is an 18-year prosecutor appointed district attorney when Matt Chandler resigned March 1. Jennifer Burrill is a criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Reeb, a Repub-lican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election. They answered […]

Right on schedule

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City of Portales Public Works Director John DeSha goes over plans for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant Thursday afternoon at City Hall. DeSha said the plant’s construction is 30-percent complete.

Staff report Construction of the new wastewater treatment plant and reuse facility is moving along smoothly, according to city officials. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said construction of the $27 million plant is on schedule. The plant, which began construction in July, is slated for completion in August, according to DeSha. The wastewater treatment […]

ENMU alumnus comes to KENW-TV

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ENMU graduate Allan Crawford, who got his bachelor’s degree in broadcast production, is back on campus, this time as producer and director of KENW-TV.

By Desiree Cooper ENMU Communications Eastern New Mexico University graduate Allan Crawford has returned as the producer and director of KENW-TV. Crawford, who graduated from ENMU with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast production in 2001, is looking forward to “bridging the gaps between different aspects of production, like the news side and the editing side.” […]

A sweet lesson

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Hispanic Affairs office assistant Edgar Munoz, center right, lifts and lowers a piñata as students attempt to burst it open Monday afternoon at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com What started as a ritual meant to bring a prosperous harvest has progressed into a game reserved for special occasions. Monday afternoon, Eastern New Mexico University students were treated to the history of the piñata by Hispanic Affairs Director Doreen Chavez. Chavez, who presented a slide show on the […]

Carlos Mencia talks small cities, TV, Robin Williams

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Carlos Mencia has been in standup more than a quarter century, with a career that’s spanned movies, HBO and Comedy Central specials, his own television series (”Mind of Mencia”) and a share of controversies. Mencia, who performed in Clovis in late 2011, spoke with us this week about the show and his last three years […]

October busy month in area

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National Peanut Board mascot Buddy McNutty will be at the 2014 Peanut Valley Festival to hug, high-five, and take photos with children and their parents. The festival will include games and entertainment for all ages.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com October is shaping up to be a month chock full of events in the eastern New Mexico area, starting with busy weekends in Portales and Clovis. Comedian Carlos Mencia returns to the area Friday when he performs 8 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Tickets are $37.50, according to the Clovis/Curry […]

Community mission

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U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, talks about the importance of supporting Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Thornberry was invited by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce to speak at the luncheon and is also visiting New Mexico military bases.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry advised community members and leaders at Thursday’s chamber luncheon to support Cannon Air Force Base or there could be a risk of losing it. The Texas Republican said a tour of Cannon before the Roosevelt County Chamber’s quarterly event reminded him how important it is […]

Spreading holiday hope

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Elvina Kravchuk, far right, packs shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Kravchuk will be speaking at 6 p.m. Sunday about Parkland Baptist Church helping her receive a shoebox when she was growing up in Ukraine.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Every year in November, churches and organizations in Curry and Roosevelt County start Christmas a little early. Packed with personal hygiene products, candy, toys and other goodies, the shoeboxes are shipped around the world to children in need. All the shoeboxes made in this area go to the Parkland […]

Still going strong

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Duane Ryan, director of broadcasting at Eastern New Mexico University’s public broadcast station, KENW, works on Monday in the control room. Ryan said working in the control room is one of his favorite things to do.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com After 40 years working at Eastern New Mexico University’s public broadcast station, KENW, Duane Ryan still loves his job as director of broadcasting. That’s because he still gets to go into the control room and direct the show. Ryan said he has seen changes and gone through obstacles to […]

ENMU battles crime with cameras

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Dozens of high-definition security cameras are located around the campus of Eastern New 

Mexico University with the goal of deterring crime.

ENMU Communications The Eastern New Mexico University Police Department is trying to reduce crime by utilizing approximately 100 interior and exterior video cameras, located around campus. The high-definition cameras have infrared capabilities, are responsive to changes in light and provide a live feed of the campus. Here’s what ENMU Police Chief Brad Mauldin has to […]

A bull rider’s best friend

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Tony Alarcon, a bullfighter from El Paso, Texas, prepares for the chute to open during the bull riding event Friday afternoon at the ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Don’t call them clowns. There’s not a lot of comedy in trying to protect a rodeo cowboy from an angry, 2,000-pound bull. Tony Alarcon, 21, and Dakota Ebare, 23, are professional bullfighters. They take their jobs seriously. “I’ve got two broken ribs, but I can’t sit out because I’m hurt,” Alarcon, […]

Rodeoers excited to start season

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Portales’ Jose Rodriguez, left, and Miguel Barrera  take down a Texico receiver during last week’s game.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Despite the rain from tropical storm Odlie, the Eastern New Mexico University “College Daze” Rodeo kicked off Thursday with the bareback riding, calf roping, breakaway roping and steer wrestling events. While most of the ENMU team will participate later in the weekend, it didn’t stop them from being excited […]

Renovation end date set

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Jay Espindola, project manager from Williamson Renovations, shows Roosevelt County staff and commissioners the preliminary schedule for construction. Espinosa said the end date for the project, including getting the portables out of the parking lot, will be June 17.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning renovation at the Roosevelt County Courthouse will be done by June 17, according to a preliminary schedule by Williamson Renovations, including the moving of the portables. Williamson Reno-vations’ Jay Espindola, project manager, gave an update on Thursday in front of Roosevelt County employees […]

Rain on the way

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Portales can expect up to 3 inches of rain over the next 48 hours, National Weather Service officials said on Wednesday night.

Staff report The National Weather Service is warning New Mexico to watch out for flash flooding. But Roosevelt County is mostly just looking to enjoy the rain. “We need this rain and I’m glad we’re getting it, especially with the drought we’ve been under for the last few years,” Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said […]

Sporting new kicks

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Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart hands out new shoes to brothers on Sept. 8.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Charlie Smart says Portales police are here to serve and protect. “And helping the community is part of the serving,” the police detective said. That’s why Smart has started “A Walk in Their Shoes,” which provides shoes to Portales school students in need of new footwear. The money for […]

Superintendent Johnnie Cain talks school

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Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain believes future teachers and schools will have to change at a faster pace and be more interactive to meet students’ needs.

Editor’s note: Johnnie Cain is beginning his second year as superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. He answered the following questions from Editor David Stevens via email last week: I understand the new football field will be ready by the fall of 2016. Why will it provide a better experience for the student athletes and their […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales

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Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., reads the U.S. Constitution as part of the event held on Friday at the Sandia Room at Eastern New Mexico University. Pearce went over what the document means and how it affects the country.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

Pumpkins roll in

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Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]