Enrollment springs at ENMU

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Tony Parra The enrollment for the spring semester was pleasant news for Eastern New Mexico University officials after the university hit its highest spring enrollment since the spring of 1996. The enrollment in the spring of 1996 was more than 3,500 students; this spring’s enrollment is 3,491. Enrollment increased by 6 percent this spring from […]

Lottery bill hopes fade

David Arkin With less than two days to go in the Legislative session, the future of a controversial Lottery Scholarship bill doesn’t look good for its supporters. The bill, submitted by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, would allow students who graduate from a New Mexico high school to wait a year before going to college and […]

Cannon bill moves to Senate

David Arkin Several Eastern New Mexico lawmakers have said funding for Cannon Air Force Base is among their top priorities this Legislative session. The goal is almost accomplished. Money has been approved for a variety of projects at the base, including funds for a special commission. The fate of funding for an overpass leading to […]

Dora students shocked over classmate’s death

Mike Linn DORA — Almost two dozen Dora High School students squeezed into the principal’s office Monday to remember Clayton Stokes, an energetic and mischievous junior who died late Saturday night in an automobile accident. Students were in shock throughout the day, where instruction in classes was exchanged for memorial talks about the funny, charismatic […]

Students prepare for national spelling bee

Ryan Lengerich Area students are “sanguine” about a chance to visit Washington, D.C. — and many of them can spell that word, too. Sanguine, an adjective meaning excited or optimistic, and obscure words like it could pop up in the upcoming weeks as eastern New Mexico elementary and junior high students participate in their school’s […]

Controversial bill would require ignition locks on all vehicles

David Arkin A bill packed with controversy and expense is headed to the Senate for consideration. The House on Monday approved a bill that would require ignition locks to be put on all new vehicles starting in 2008. Used vehicles would have to have the devices on cars for sale by 2009. The House approved […]

PHS cheerleaders fare ‘well’ at nationals

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Tony Parra The Portales Lady Rams cheerleading team’s first trip to the United Cheerleader Association’s national high school competition for the senior girls led to a 25th-place showing out of 63 teams on Feb. 7 – 8 in Orlando, Fla. “We did real well, considering our resources,” James Villanueva, first-year varsity cheerleading coach, said. “Other […]

County could profit from proposed bill

David Arkin If the House’s support is any indication, Roosevelt County’s wallet will be a little greener. A bill that amends part of the Small County’s Assistant Act passed the House late last week. If the bill holds up in the Senate and the governor approves it, Roosevelt County will see a benefit in the […]

Public Record 2-15

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: l Justin Daniel Hodges, 19, of Portales, and Tara Layne Lockmiller, 19, of Clovis. l Fernando Mendoza, 37, and Vahola Valenzuela, 33, both of Portales. l Christobal T. Salaz, 51, and Kimberly Mee, 28, both of Portales. The following dispositions were recently filed […]

Cannon officials defend airspace proposal

Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials say, allow for training that emulates live conflict. Cannon Commander Col. Robert Yates on Monday spoke in detail […]