Renovation bond gets approval

Derek Major: Staff photo
Students sit in the Golden Library Wednesday. A $18 million bond 
proposal to renovate the library, apartments on west campus and to 
build a multi-purpose athletic center was approved by the New Mexico 
Higher Education Department.

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University received approval for a $18.66 million bond to make renovations to the Golden Student Success Center, apartments at west campus and to help build the multi-purpose athletic center. Scott Smart, ENMU’s Vice President of Student Affairs and President Steven Gamble made a presentation to the New […]

Natural Chem asks officials for open minds

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Natural Chem CEO Robert Salazar sent a letter to state officials Tuesday asking them to keep an open mind about their New Mexico project. The company interested in building a biodiesel plant in Portales has been trying to negotiate with Abengoa to purchase its ethanol plant to include as […]

To do list — Jan. 29

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents special meeting — 10 a.m., Regents Room in the Administration Building. Information: 575-562-1011. • First annual ENMU Men’s Choir Festival — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buchanan Hall at the ENMU Music Building with […]

Turkey Day patriarch Gail Cissell delivered with kind heart

By Betty Williamson Local columnist If you’ve ever helped with or attended Turkey Day (a statement that applies to about 2,000 of us in a typical year), count yourself among those people whose lives were touched by Gail Cissell, who died Monday in Portales. While Gail will likely be eulogized at his funeral later today […]

Honor rolls

Portales Municipal Schools Seventh grade A honor roll Kinsey Jo Bilberry Kade Michael Blackwell Abigail Renae Cameron Isaiah J. Conrow Marisela J. Garcia Esabelle Makayla Jimenez Matthew Wayne King Kerstiy Laman Timberlyn MaKae Neece Ignacio Gerardo Perez Ashley Paige Riccardi Zara Isabella Roy Payton R. Santillanes Atiana Tapia Adam Mac Clure Utley Reanna Faye Ward […]

Privatized military housing may not escape BAH changes

By Tom Philpott Military Update Families living in privatized military housing units will not escape the impact of moves Congress made last month to dampen the value of Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), says a Defense Department housing expert who is coordinating with service branches to implement the changes. The result will be that families […]

Chambers organize meetings with state on visitors center

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Concerned executives at the area’s two Chamber of Commerce organizations want answers from the state about the fate of the Texico visitor center. The building has been locked since September with a sign directing travelers to the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce. The sign also indicates the closure was only […]

Police blotter — Jan. 29

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 9:23 a.m.: Alarm activation, Address unknown • 11:06 a.m.: Assault report, 200 block South Knoxville Street • 2:14 p.m.: Warrant service, 100 block Airport Road • 9:19 p.m.: Warrant service, West Lime Street/North […]

Work-ready students

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales High School students Isaac Vigil, left, and Tanner Rawdon, right, cut copper to inlay in a belt buckle Tuesday afternoon during the school’s vocational Metal Working Engraving class. Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district is looking to add more vocational classes in the fall for students who don’t plan on attending college and those looking to get a jump start on earning college credit.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Portales High School students may have more vocational options beginning in the fall. Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district is looking into adding more vocational classes to it’s course offerings for students who don’t want to attend college after graduating and students looking to get a […]

Sheriff finds blessings in law enforcement

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series with a local law enforcement and fire officials to introduce the community to their personal side. Name: Malin Parker Occupation: Roosevelt County Sheriff What was your first thought when you found out you won the election to become sheriff? My first thought was giving thanks to […]

Small businesses in small towns not safe from hackers

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By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Residents got an education Tuesday at the Yam Theatre when Richard Bradfute told them just how vulnerable they are to having their technology systems hacked. Bradfute, who has 24 years of experience in information technology management and has spoken at similar venues around the U.S., told more than 150 […]

Yankees may be right, but still have to pay Rodriguez

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer How ridiculous is the situation between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees? It’s got me learning Latin. First, a quick review of MLB’s unhappiest relationship. The New York Yankees acquired the power-hitting shortstop from the Texas Rangers prior to the 2004 season. Things started rocky, but Rodriguez settled in. […]

To do list — Jan. 28

Today • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • ENMU Board of Regents special meeting — 10 a.m., Regents Room in the Administration Building. Information: 575-562-1011. • […]

Police blotter — Jan. 28

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 8:03 a.m.: Driving on revoked or suspended license, Address unknown • 10:29 a.m.: noise disturbance, 1000 block West 1st Street • 2:09 p.m.: Theft report, 1300 block North Avenue A • 5:49 p.m.: […]

Dora school news — Jan. 28

Progress reports Students received Progress Reports to take home Tuesday. These reports show academic progress as of the third week of the third grading period. Free books Members of the Portales Altrusa Club will be visiting the second and third grade classrooms Thursday afternoon. Each student in these classes will receive a new book donated […]

Meetings watch — Jan. 28

Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents The following took place at the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents meeting Jan. 21 in the Regents Room: • Reports were heard from the presidents of the Portales, Roswell and Ruidoso campuses. • The board approved the annual authorization of officers who have signature authority. • Stephen Gamble […]

Audience called acrobat performance ‘incredible’

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo

Xiao Limeng balances himself with one hand on top of a rod while fellow performer Bai Eryong grabs bricks for Limeng to add to his balancing act Monday night in the CUB ballroom. Limeng added two bricks to each rod while performing acrobatic stunts while balanced on top of them.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Incredible and unique were a few of the words Eastern New Mexico University freshman Michael Poynor used to describe the acrobats of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobat team. ENMU’s Multicultural Affairs invited the acrobat team from the Bureau of Lectures & Concert Artists to perform Monday evening as part of […]

ENMU students happy to be back on campus

Kyle Harmon and a friend work out their schedules while 
Derek Major: Staff photo
Lindsay Bost lounges on a couch and reads a book Monday at the ENMU Campus Union.

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com While many students at Eastern New Mexico University spent the semester break on their couch or visiting friends and family, Kyle Harmon of Rio Rancho spent his break helping a family member. “I helped my family out a lot,” said Harmon, a digital film major. “My grandma is old and […]

Cannon housing new Osprey aircraft

Staff report Cannon Air Force Base is the temporary home for three new CV-22 Osprey aircraft, according to a joint press release Monday from Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. Four more Ospreys will also be housed at Kirtland Air Force Base until they can be permanently based in the U.S. Pacific Command, the release […]

Not enough words to thank military, law enforcement

As the movie ended, the credits rolled across the theater screen in absolute silence. No music playing, not one sound from the full house audience. My throat was constricted and I brushed my tears away calmly, not wanting to make even the slightest move that would interfere with the emotions those around me were experiencing. […]