Homecoming, festival pronounced successful

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Brenda Burris, Delma Molina and Doloris Hooten chat at Molina’s booth for A Krafty Taste of New Mexico at the Peanut Valley Festival. A Krafty Taste of New Mexico is one of the variety of homemade craft vendors at the festival.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Spirits and attendance were high during this past weekend’s homecoming festivities, according to officials. Events included Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming parade and football game and Portales’ 43rd Annual Peanut Valley Festival. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president for Business Affairs, said the weekend was a success “from all accounts.” […]

Department of the week: Finding a workforce is a lot of work

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Roosevelt County Human Resources Administrator Debbie Olds does paperwork Monday morning at her office. Olds said she strives for an “open-door policy” and confidentiality to maintain a confident county workforce.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. Staff report When it comes to the Roosevelt County Human Resources office, Administrator Debbie Olds said “it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.” Putting together a dedicated workforce is one of the key aspects […]

ENMU to present pair of plays

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University theater department will soon be presenting the community with two unique productions with gender-based perspectives, according to officials. Glengarry Glen Ross, playing at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the University Theatre Center, features an all male cast — a characteristic that […]

Business feature: Local restaurants may face avocado shortage

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Avocados in La Espiga De Oro Supermarket in Clovis remain in stock, despite the grower strike in Mexico and recent rise in prices.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Local restaurant owners agree: You can’t serve Mexican food without avocados. They aren’t so sure, however, what to do if faced with an avocado shortage. The staple of Mexican cuisine is rising in demand amid a recent farmers strike in Mexico, meaning prices are soaring for suppliers. According to […]

Pages past — Oct. 18

On this date … 1976: Regional corn crops appeared strong, but milo harvests were disappointing, the Clovis News-Journal reported. A front-page photo showed 48 trucks full of corn lined up outside a grain elevator in Bovina. Officials said harvest was barely half finished. Milo growers, however, said they were done in by an early freeze […]

Peanut Valley Festival entertains

Staff photos: 
Kurt Munz-Raper
Henry Bonds, 6, playfully attacks Michael Hernandez, a member of the Blackwater 
chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism, during the Peanut Valley Festival Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Live entertainment and a variety of handmade crafts attracted residents to the first day of the 43rd Annual Peanut Valley Craft and Music Festival Saturday morning. Travis Irwin said he and his family — his wife Crystal and his two children, John David, 7, and Beau, 3 — attend […]

Past ENMU graduates reunite at homecoming

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Kim Osborne tosses a bag while playing cornhole as Shirlee Seaton looks on during Saturday afternoon’s tailgate time at Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhound stadium.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University’s 2016 homecoming festivities were a prime opportunity for many alumni of different backgrounds to come together with their fellow Greyhounds, according to attendees. Jeff Gartz, who graduated in 1972 with his bachelor’s degree in business administration, noted that he had come to Portales with […]

To do list — Oct. 16

Tuesday • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Lego challenge. Information: 575-356-3940 • Books & Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 0-3. Book: Monster Mayhem. Information: 575-356-3940 • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in commission room at county courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 16

ENMU Board of Regents The following were actions taken at the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents meeting Friday morning in the university Administration Building: • ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr reported to regents $1.23 million raised through fundraising efforts during the 2015-16 school year, saying the foundation will continue to work on scholarships as […]

Candidate Q&A: US Representative District 2


Jack McGrann Republican Jack McGrann is a write-in candidate for New Mexico’s second congressional district election. McGrann is a real estate agent in Ruidoso. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo in the 1970s, where he served in the aeronautical division. He became interested in […]

ENMU building renamed

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Marjorie Gennaro, wife of the late Eastern New Mexico University professor Tony Gennaro, speaks about her husband’s legacy at the re-naming ceremony for the Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro Natural History Museum at the ENMU Roosevelt Science Center Friday afternoon.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Friends and loved ones of a prolific Eastern New Mexico University professor gathered Friday afternoon at the ENMU Roosevelt Science Center to honor his memory and see a building dedicated in his name. ENMU’s Natural History Museum was re-named the “Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro Natural History Museum” in honor […]

Homecoming candidates compete

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Candidates for the 2016 Eastern New Mexico Homecoming, headed up by senior forensic anthropology major Ashley Moseley (green dress), model their formal wear during the Homecoming Pageant Thursday night in the Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Students from varied grade levels and majors running for homecoming honors presented themselves before the Eastern New Mexico University community Thursday night. The 2016 ENMU Homecoming Pageant saw candidates participating in school spirit, talent and formal wear competitions, as well as a question and answer portion provided by a […]

Court of Appeals candidates talk priorities

The following are Q&As with the candidates for the New Mexico Court of Appeals — Republican Stephen French and Democrat Julie Vargas. Both candidates were asked the same questions. Stephen French Court of Appeals Judge Stephen French said he has worked over 2,000 cases in court on both the state and federal level. French said […]

Volunteer’s work has grown

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series profiling local volunteers. By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Some people are simply born to help others. For Casey Peacock, her volunteer work started 10 years ago when she helped with the local Ag Expo, but her volunteer work has grown to include United Way, Relay […]

Johnson: Hyper dog may have gut microbia

Maybe it’s the short or near absent attention span, the frenzied activity level that never seems to taper, an inability to listen, follow or retain instructions or exert any self control even in the face of negative consequences. No matter how much you love them, dote on, train or correct them, they jump on people, […]

Pages past — Oct. 15

On this date … 1976: Clovis and Curry County officials were debating whether to pass ordinances aimed at curbing the sale of pornographic material. A new bookstore established outside the city limits had sparked the discussions. Assistant District Attorney Bill Bonem said he had determined that all material in that bookstore was harmful to minors […]

Bobcat at Hillcrest Park Zoo laid to rest

STAFF REPORT Hillcrest Park Zoo in Clovis said farewell this week to one of its bobcats. Ozzie the bobcat was euthanized Tuesday, Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said. Ozzie was 15, Yannotti said, and spent his last 14 years at the zoo. “He just had a bunch of age complications,” Yannotti said. “He was blind, […]

Gearing up for weekend festivities

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales is alive with activities this weekend as people celebrate community and university culture. As students put it earlier this week, Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming is a time for people to come together. Sophomore Carlos Alvidrez referred to it as a “kind of a huge party the entire […]

To do list — Oct. 14

Today • Brown Early Childhood Center fall carnival — 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Armbands available before the event for $8 or the day of for $10. Food tickets also available. Information: 575-356-7074 Saturday • ENMU choir Europe tour fundraiser — All day at Something Diff’rent Grill. Information: 575-562-1011 • ENMU Homecoming — 11 a.m. parade, 3 […]

Feeding the local masses

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Next Saturday, low-income families will have the opportunity to obtain food, while also allowing volunteers to make a difference in their community. A special food distribution will be held from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 22 at Central Christian Church with nearly 300 families receiving free food, according to Patricia Bazar, […]