Vacation Bible school a staple of the season

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Students at Calvary Baptist Church’s 2015 Vacation Bible School dance and sing. Calvary Baptist is one of several local Portales churches to hold VBS programs each summer.

By Anna George Staff Writer Right alongside the beach vacations and family vacations are the vacation Bible schools held by Portales churches. A variety of church denominations host these events as a way to help minister to children, according to church officials. “Religion is so important, and we need to feed these kids’ souls […]

Pet of the week — May 27


Border collie mix Gender: Female Age: About 4 months old Breed: Border collie mix Personality: Calm, friendly This puppy was found as a stray. According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, she’s a big attention seeker, very friendly and playful. Martinez says this pup is great for a family that doesn’t want a large dog […]

Veterans groups to honor fallen

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The Portales American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations hold Memorial Day ceremonies each year to honor military members killed in the line of duty. Both organizations will be holding ceremonies on Monday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With Memorial Day happening this Monday, local veteran’s organizations are set to hold events honoring their fallen brothers and sisters. The Portales American Legion’s annual Memorial Day program will take place at the Portales cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Col. Ahave Brown of Cannon Air […]

Gearing up for summer

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Grace Coy, assistant children’s librarian at Portales Public Library, prepares their meeting room on Tuesday for the library’s youth summer program, titled ‘Ready, Get Set, Read’. The program begins June 1 and is  one of numerous activities for Portales children.

By Anna George Staff Writer With temperatures rising and local schools letting out, Portales organizations are preparing for the summer rush of children. The Portales Recreation Center is holding their annual summer programs, for members only, called Kidz N’ Motion. The program, which has two sessions, one from June 6 to July 1 and […]

PHS graduates finish chapter

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Miguel Barrera receives his diploma at the 2016 Portales High School graduation Friday at Greyhound Arena.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer As they walked across the stage Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena, the 159 Portales High School graduates appeared to be glowing with thoughts of the future. PHS graduate and National Honor Society member Ryann Privett gave a thoughtful introduction to the ceremony. “As a […]

Graduation only the beginning

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Salutatorian Neiry Mendoza delivers her salutatory address at the 2016 Floyd High School graduation Saturday afternoon.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Taking the next step into the rest of their lives proven to be an emotional experience for the 2016 graduates of Floyd High School at their commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon. “This is the part where I tell my classmates, ‘We did it. We’re finished. Congratulations.’ All those things might […]

Something to brag about

Ariel Kokoricha, left, and Christina Benitscheck

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Christina Benitscheck never gets tired of confirming the correct spelling of her name. “I think that’s how I became such a good speller … having to spell out my name all those years,” she said, laughing. Benitscheck is one of the best spellers in eastern New Mexico history, as […]

ENMU, CCC host Kids’ College

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The Kids’ College program will be offered at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College starting June 6, and both will last for six weeks. Classes and activities offered will include swimming, science projects and other physical activities, according to Ciara Gilliland, coordinator of dual enrollment and continuing education at ENMU.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Area children will once again have the opportunity to be occupied with activities, both educational and recreational, as Kids’ College comes to local college campuses. Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will hold its Kids’ College from June 6-July 29 with participants 6-12 years old. Children will be able […]

A day in the life on patrol

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Portales Police Officer James Beatty writes a report Tuesday afternoon in his patrol unit. Beatty said that he is a police officer because he wanted to protect his community.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories about local police officers for National Law Enforcement Week. STAFF REPORT A day in the life of a patrol officer is a combination of several different parts, and that combination is constantly changing., according to Portales Police Officer James Beatty. For Beatty, a nightly shift […]

Q&A: Air Force Secretary visits Cannon

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James takes time Tuesday afternoon at Cannon AFB to answers a few questions from the media during her visit.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. She agreed to a short interview before an aerial tour of the facilities. Can you tell us about your mission here? What do you want to see? What have you seen already? Well, this is my first trip to Cannon Air […]

Family starting local winery

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Joe Archuleta, a “jack-of-all-trades among Max Merrick’s employees, files down the poles at the beginning and end of the Enchantment Vineyard rows on Monday. He said this allows them to fit caps on top to prevent rust within the poles.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer At today’s Portales City Council meeting, city councilors are set to decide when a new Portales vineyard can start producing wine. Max Merrick and his daughter, Megan Hamilton, enjoyed a walk on their five-acre family grape farm Monday morning as they talked of their excitement over the prospect of […]

Elida seniors take stage

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Hannah Bilbrey gives her valedictorian speech Saturday evening at Elida High School graduation. Bilbrey talked to her fellow graduates about overcoming fears and letting God guide your life.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer Elida High School’s senior class took the stage Saturday evening to receive their diplomas before their friends, family and faculty. According to guest speaker Shannon Norris, of the Department of Agriculture, graduation is an opportunity for the students to strive for continued success in the future. “If God created […]

Looking to the future

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Cassidy Dogherty of Melrose, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism, receives her degree at Eastern New Mexico University’s 2016 spring commencement on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER On Saturday morning, Eastern New Mexico University celebrated its largest commencement ceremony yet, with over 1,100 students graduating, according to President Steven Gamble. After presenting faculty with awards and recognizing retirees, Gamble introduced commencement speaker Gary Tonjes. Tonjes, a 1978 graduate of ENMU himself, is the current president of […]

Dora graduates looking forward

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Dora High School senior Lindsey Fletcher, right, accepts her Salutatorian Award Saturday afternoon before giving her speech at the Dora High graduation. See more graduation photos on page 3B.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Focus was the theme of the day for guest speaker Caleb Gustin at the Dora High School graduation Saturday. Gustin opened his speech by telling audience members and graduates to hold out their hands, then turn them upside down with thumbs pointed out, then cross them and hook their […]

Ranchvale school celebrated

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Former Ranchvale students of the 1950s (from left) Carolyn Tate Harris, Irene Davis Jones, Wesley Myers, Sonja Madera Myers and Kenneth Davis reminisce in front of their old school during the “Ranchvale Through the Years” farewell event.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER RANCHVALE — A farewell gathering at Ranchvale Elementary School on Friday afternoon drew more than 80 decades’ worth of students. Current and former teachers, staff members and students gathered in the school’s gym for “Ranchvale Through the Years” — a celebration honoring the legacy of the school and its […]

ENMU students protest funding cuts

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From left, Eastern New Mexico University students Stephen Yung, Jonathan Benedetti and Christine Collins hold a Houndwaves sign and copies of the university newspaper, The Chase, as a means of protest against the Student Fees Board cutting the two entities from their funding. The student body has been divided on the issue all week with board members standing by their decision while other students say they violated the rights of members of The Chase.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Being told the Eastern New Mexico University newspaper would be fully funded one way or another next school year was not enough to discourage students from protesting on Thursday. Three ENMU students stood on school grounds behind the Campus Union Building Thursday afternoon holding a sign that said “Houndwaves” […]

Junior high hosts life choices program

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Portales Junior High students wear “preggy suits” and hold plastic babies to simulate parenthood at the junior high gym on Tuesday.
The activity was part of the Roosevelt County Health Council’s “Maze of Life” event.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Tuesday brought several community organizations to Portales Junior High School to discuss issues that teenagers face, including the risks of drug use and teen pregnancy, an experience that Portales DWI Program Director Riki Seat described as “really intense.” The event, which was coordinated by the Roosevelt County Health Council, […]

ENMU seniors to walk Saturday

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Eastern New Mexico University student Purificacion Mendez takes advantage of the shade to use her computer on campus Monday afternoon. ENMU holds its graduation ceremony Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Family and friends of Eastern New Mexico University seniors will converge on the Greyhound Arena Saturday to celebrate their loved ones’ graduation. The commencement ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Greyhound Arena and will be immediately followed by a reception, is the event that seniors have been […]

Local college students have job opportunities

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Many regional businesses offer summer internships and jobs as possibilities for local college students. The city of Portales is always in dire need of lifeguards for the city pool, according to Public Works Director John DeSha.

By Alisa Boswell and Brooke Finch Staff writers For those college students looking for work to fill their summer to keep the cash flow coming in, they don’t have to look very far. There are numerous summer internship and job opportunities awaiting them in Portales, Clovis and west Texas. Eastern New Mexico University Career Counselor […]

Unique show debuts at ENMU

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Nickkole Williams, an Eastern New Mexico University senior, puts her make up on for a performance of the experiment film and dance concert, Identity, in which she is a dancer.

By Anna George Correspondent A show unlike any performed at Eastern New Mexico University in recent years debuted this weekend after over a year of planning, preparing and student-teacher collaboration. The dance and experimental film concert titled “Identity” contained three parts depicting the stages of life, each with multiple experimental films and dance numbers. The […]