Work-ready students

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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 
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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. […]

To Do List

Today • Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Newspaper penguins for grades kindergarten through sixth. Information: 575-356-3940. • Cyber crime workshop — 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Yam Theatre. Class to inform about what’s happening in cyber crime and data security for business. Information: 575-607-9261. Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales […]

Jail log

* RECORDS OFFICE WAS CLOSED Jail Log As of 7 a.m. Monday Released in the past 24 hours: Cesar Aceves, 19, Released on bond Isaiah Alvarado, 19, Released on bond Adrine Baker, 18, Released on bond Nicholas Bliss, 24, Released on bond Reed Johnson, 57, Released on bond Booked in the past 24 hours: Cesar […]

Elida Municipal Schools honor roll

Elida Municipal Schools High School A honor roll Cambree Bargas Hope Bilbrey Baylee Oder Kasyn Creighton Megan Falcon Kayley Mitchell Landry Truex Brianna Bargas Taylor Epps Reagen Truex Hannah Bilbrey Jaime Woods A/B honor roll Colton Ferguson Will Haley Ashley Mitchell Logan Victor Heather Buzard Sadei Chenault Madison Ferguson Kaull Burton Lacy Ferguson Lyle Logemann […]

‘Confetti’ takes prize

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Senior division winner Alyssa McAlister hugs spelling bee judges Friday afternoon after taking the win with the word confetti. McAlister won a $500 scholarship, a plaque, and a spot in the New Mexico State Spelling Bee March 21 in Albuquerque.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With a scholarship and a trip to the New Mexico State Spelling Bee on the line, Dora seventh-grader Alyssa McAlister looked down at her notepad and spelled “confetti” to take the 2015 Roosevelt County Spelling Bee championship. “God gave me a gift,” McAlister said of her spelling skills. “I […]

Chamber director talks economics

Editor’s Note: Karl Terry has worked as the executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce in Portales since 2011. We asked him a series of questions about business and economic issues affecting Portales and Roosevelt County. This year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature is now underway in Santa Fe and will […]

Police blotter — Jan. 25

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 1:47 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of North Kilgore Street • 2:49 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of East Amazon • 6:22 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, location unknown • 7:55 […]

To do list — Jan. 25

Monday • Community grief support meeting — 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church. Information: Dr. Keith Wilks at dr.keithwilks@yahoo.com or 575-356-8597. Tuesday • Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Newspaper penguins for grades kindergarten through sixth. Information: 575-356-3940. • Cyber crime workshop — 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Yam Theatre. Class to inform […]

ENMU continues Chinese New Year tradition

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Maria Garcia, the International Affairs Director at Eastern New Mexico University, wants International students at the college to feel comfortable in expressing their traditions. As a result, the college’s Multicultural Affairs group is celebrating the Chinese New Year with two upcoming events. “Our biggest population of international students are Chinese […]