Individuals, businesses honored

Staff photo: 
Joshua Lucero
Workhorse of the Year award winner Megan Hamilton, left, talks with Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong as they prepare to have their photo taken by Hamilton’s husband Bobby Hamilton, right, Friday night during the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the YAM theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Honored and surprised were a couple of the words that came to mind for Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong Friday night during the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Birdsong, Eastern New Mexico University’s Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment, said her heart […]

Obesity for N.M. children down

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The third grade obesity rate in New Mexico has dropped 20 percent since 2010 because of programs like Healthy Kids Curry County. “We’ve made such a difference in our work and facing childhood obesity,” said Mitch Gray, program coordinator. According to a press release from the New Mexico Department […]

City candidate has second interview

STAFF REPORT City commissioners and Clovis Mayor David Lansford held a second, two-hour interview Friday with a finalist for the Clovis city manager position, former Roswell City Manager Larry Fry. “It was a very nice interview with Mr. Fry,” Lansford said after the group emerged from an executive session. “We did want to meet with […]

Pages past — March 28

On this date … 1975: Snow blanketed the region and low temperatures came in at 16 degrees. Nine traffic accidents were blamed on the early-spring storm, including one that sent three people to Memorial Hospital in Clovis. Fort Sumner’s Irene Stout reported 45-mph winds uprooted three telephone poles, blew street signs down and tore off […]

Mom’s name wasn’t Johnnie

By Grant McGee Local columnist Does your mother-in-law have a nickname for you? I got to thinking about this the other day when I heard that some of my cousins still refer to my momma as “Aunt Johnnie.” Johnnie was not my momma’s name. It was a name given to her by my grandmother, my […]

Animals accurate disaster detectors

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies They can’t be seen, but when they are around, they can pack a powerful punch. Don’t let the name fool you; positive ions have been associated with agitation, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity and restlessness. Known as serotonin syndrome, these symptoms can surface in living creatures when there is an […]

Jamboree opening jumping

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Portales native Will Banister sings “Cold, Cold Heart” during the opening night of the Floyd Jamboree. Banister has put out two albums and has toured across Europe.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com FLOYD — There was no denying the usual air of excitement Thursday night during the opening night of the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. The new addition of a dinner hour before the show gave long-time attendees a chance to catch up with old friends and reminisce about their […]

Steps to success

Staff photo: Derek Major
District Judge Donna Mowrer takes questions Thursday after her speech at the Sandia Room of the ENMU Campus Union.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com District Judge Donna Mowrer told those attending a Women’s History Month luncheon Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University the most important key to success is to give back. Mowrer talked about her childhood and gave the mostly female audience three steps to becoming a successful woman. Maria Garcia, director […]

To do list — March 27

Today • Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree — 7 p.m., Floyd High School gym. Admission: $7 each show. Information: 575-356-8541. • Annual Chamber banquet — 6 p.m., Yam Theatre. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per person advance, $185 table of eight. Blackwater Band entertaining. Information: 575-356-8541. Saturday • Sidewalk Chalk Competition — 10 […]

ENMU grad now published author

Paula Moore

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. As a Portales sixth-grader, Pamela Moore put down writer as her career choice. It took a while, but the 1964 Eastern New Mexico University graduate has written poems, short stories and published three books, including the […]

No doubting sand storm when I see one

By Audra Brown Local columnist When it rains, the proper and reasonable course of action is to immediately call your friends, family and neighbors to ask them a critical question: “Hey, it’s raining where I’m at. Is it raining there?” The person whom you are querying might only be a short distance away, yet the […]

ENMU hosts annual Friends of Music competition

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University will be holding its annual Friends of Music scholarship competition Tuesday in Buchanan Hall. According to Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas, professor of voice, students in all different areas of music compete for scholarships during the competition. “The students perform in a preliminary audition and then students from the vocal, instrumental and […]

Pages past — March 27

On this date … 1975: The government’s peanut subsidy, which had cost more than $600 million to help farmers in the past 20 years, was about to cost taxpayers another $140 million — to dispose of surplus peanuts, The Associated Press reported. The Agriculture Department had a policy that it would not sell surplus peanuts […]

Capital outlay not agreed upon before end of legislative session

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Many county and city officials knew what they had requested for capital outlay from the New Mexico Legislature, but weren’t completely aware of the amended totals they had coming in Senate Bill 159. In their defense, what’s the point of looking up money that isn’t coming? Money for roads, […]

Pipeline failure carries high price tag

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Quarterly Workshop Thursday, engineers with CH2MHILL made the financial impact of the ENMWRS Ute Pipeline Project clear – there will be a huge cost if it doesn’t happen. Barbara Crockett of CH2MHILL said if it doesn’t happen it would cost $1.5 […]

Floyd schools superintendent to retire

Benoit

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The Floyd schools superintendent is retiring after 29 years in education. But although he is stepping down from the role he has played for the last 10 years, Paul Benoit said he’s not going anywhere. He plans to remain in Floyd. Benoit said he wants to take a short […]

Looking forward at ENMU

Staff report High school juniors can get a taste of what attending Eastern New Mexico University will be like Saturday at the seventh annual Junior Preview Day. According to officials, the event will give juniors the opportunity to learn more about academic programs, meet current ENMU students and faculty, tour residence halls and campus, and […]

Our graduates — March 26

Dillard

Editor’s Note: One in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Elida Seniors Kellie Yager, 17, says she will be attending Texas Tech University to pursue a degree in her area of interests, communication and theater arts. Yager has been a part of the National Honor Society and cheerleading during high school, which […]

City council pays off well

Staff report The Portales City Council held a special meeting Wednesday morning at the Memorial Building to approve budget adjustments for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Finance Director Marilyn Rapp said the main adjustment was to pay off the debt service for the Blackwater Well the city purchased about 15 years ago to add to its […]

Pages past — March 26

On this date … 1973: Josie had won the pedigree poodle class for dogs over 9 months old at the Eastern New Mexico Humane Society Dog Show. Josie, owned by Richelle Fawcett of Portales, also won best-dressed honors in a red skirt and red hat. 1960: New Mexico Secretary of State Betty Fiorina was spending […]