Editor’s notebook — Aug. 28

Inside today’s paper Our annual Pigskin Preview edition is here, just in time to kick off the area high school and college football seasons. Deputy Editor Kevin Wilson coordinated this year’s content, with plenty of help from staff members Matthew Asher, Tony Bullocks, Thomas Garcia, Jacob Sanchez and Dave Wagner. Scot Stinnett, Dan Ford and […]

Brown: Weather no small talk for farmers

How’s the weather been? Many a conversation has begun with this question and many mistake it for inconsequential small talk. For one involved in agriculture, it is a serious and important question. Walking around the fair, running into friends and acquaintances, most of the conversations started with a “Hey, how are you?” and then quickly […]

Pages past — Aug. 28

On this date … 1975: A Clovis firefighter suffered a fractured pelvis when he plunged 12 to 15 feet to the ground after a rope broke during a training session. Joe Bunce, 19, was in fair condition at the Clovis hospital. “The rope looked like it (would) hold two steers … but it broke,” Clovis […]

To do list — Aug. 28

Saturday • Miss New Mexico Style Show and Send-Off Party — 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. in CUB Ballroom at ENMU. Competition wardrobe modeling by Miss New Mexico, runner-up and Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico. They will also perform their talent. Tickets: $20 at the door. Information: 505-463-3678 • RGH Foundation Sporting Clays event — 9 […]

Dora school news — Aug. 28

Volleyball • Friday and Saturday — Varsity team to play in Eunice Tournament, pool play will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Football • Friday — JH and Varsity play at Melrose, 4 p.m./7 p.m. Discovery testing Sophomores and juniors will test in science on Monday. Progress reports Progress reports will be issued to Dora students […]

Tony Gennaro praised by friends, associates

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble seemed to say it best when he referred to former biology professor Tony Gennaro as a “very special person” last weekend. Over the last week, grief-filled posts have flooded the Facebook pages of local residents as they offer condolences and thoughts on […]

Licensing impacts business

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com With Eastern New Mexico University licensing all things greyhound earlier this year, many local business owners were concerned about the impact it would have on the community. “We felt confident about the decision we were making. It consolidates the school mascot and consolidation gives us a more uniform message […]

Officials outline improvement needs for 2017

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com County officials laid out their priorities for the fiscal year 2017 Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) at a public meeting held Tuesday in the county courthouse. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Darren Hooker told commissioners and County Manager Amber Hamilton that his office’s main priorities for capital funds […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 27

Check it and see If you’re hot blooded enough, cold as ice enough, or if you’ve ever had double vision, you might be interested in the latest press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. It reports tickets are on sale for the 2015 Clovis Music Festival, headlined by Lou Gramm, former lead singer […]

Pages past — Aug. 27

On this date … 1975: Attorney Ed Tatum was heading the annual Curry County United Way campaign. Tatum, an Oklahoma native, came to Clovis when he was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base after entering the Air Force. In addition to United Way, he was active in Boy Scouts, Rotary Club and was president of […]

Williamson: Era’s gone by with passing of Jakie Howard

Jakie Howard might have made his living as a rancher, a brand inspector, and a water well driller, but for 68 of his almost 80 years he made his life as a musician, coaxing tunes from a rosin-frosted fiddle that fell silent on Aug. 13. Jakie’s mother, Ruby, taught her boy to fiddle when he […]

Former educator, coach B.B. Lees dies

Courtesy photo: Wendel Sloan
B.B. Lees, in white, is pictured with Kenny Prince, Mike Maguire and Don Elder during the 2012 homecoming golf tournament. Lees organized the annual tournament.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com When describing B.B. Lees, it might be simpler to list the things he didn’t do for Eastern New Mexico University. Lees, a former teacher, coach, and athletic director for ENMU, died Monday night at 84. University President Steven Gamble said the school will work with the family to hold […]

Fair numbers compare with past years

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
Luis Alvarez, left, and Viridiana Nunez play the water gun race game at the Roosevelt County Fair on Aug. 19.

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Fair wrapped up on Saturday and, according to Extension Agent Patrick Kircher, this year’s event was right on track with past years. “It all varied,” Kircher said. “Some departments were up, some departments were down, but as a whole, exhibit numbers and turnout were pretty good.” The upside included food […]

Lesser Prairie Chicken populations improve

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Lesser prairie chickens are pecking their way back to the top of their population game, but they still remain on the threatened species list — and that’s ruffling a few feathers locally. In 2013, Fish and Wildlife officials estimated the bird’s population hit a record low of 17,616, McClatchy […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 26

B.B. Lees, a former head football coach and longtime athletic administrator at Eastern New Mexico University, died Monday at age 84. This tidbit about the history of B.B., from the man himself, was first published after an interview with him in 2012: The B.B. in B.B. Lees’ name stands for something, but his name is […]

Pages past — Aug. 26

On this date … 2005: The federal military Base Closure and Realignment Commission agreed with the Department of Defense’s recommendation to close Cannon Air Force Base. The base would only be spared if a new mission could be found by 2010. Ten months later, DOD announced Cannon would become home to the Air Force’s 16th […]

To do list — Aug. 26

Thursday • Early Learning Advisory Council town hall meeting —5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in CUB Ballroom at ENMU. ELAC wants to hear from you. All Eastern New Mexico communities welcome. Information: 575-562-2264 Saturday • Miss New Mexico Style Show and Send-Off Party — 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. in CUB Ballroom at ENMU. Competition wardrobe modeling by […]

City faces easement issue with part of pipelines project

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Part of Phase II of the Ute water pipeline project is currently at a standstill because of easement issues. A pump station near Dairy Farmers of America, which is set to carry water from Ute Lake to Elida, is not being constructed because of a recent discovery by Portales […]

Teen curfew not a priority for the region

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez said this month she plans to ask for state law that would allow communities across New Mexico to enact curfews. But it’s not an issue high on the priority list for local entities. And state Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is not a fan either. Government, he […]

Pageant send-off coming to Portales


STAFF REPORT Miss New Mexico 2015 Marissa Livingston is headed to the Miss America Pageant but not before the Miss New Mexico Scholarship Organization celebrates her send-off with the Miss New Mexico Style Show and Send-Off Party Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from […]