Colorado man talks to athletes about his former life

Staff photo: Derek Major

Colorado man Ethan Fisher talks to ENMU athletes Sunday about his former substance abuse and how it damaged his life.

Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Ethan Fisher’s story has taken a lot of twists and turns, most of them bad. It began with a promising high school athlete going to college to play basketball and turned into a man drinking 18 beers a night and doing ecstasy every day. Things continued to spiral downward for […]

ENMU meetings watch

Eastern New Mexico University board members met Friday in the Regents Room at the main campus in Portales. They took the following action: • Approved recommendation for student fees activity allocation in ENMU-Portales. • Approved 2015-2016 proposed housing and board rates for ENMU-Portales. Jeff Long, vice president for student affairs, made a recommendation for a […]

It’s a plague

Business owners, we need to talk. I just don’t see how we can continue on in the same old fashion with me continually handing over so much money to you. What is your company name doing splashed all over jerseys of little league teams? If you can afford to buy all those shirts, you’re making […]

Pages Past

April 28 On this date … 1965: Quay County Sheriff H. A. “Curly” Fiscus was receiving treatment for a bite suffered when a mental patient bit him on the arm. Fiscus said he had received 22 shots of penicillin and a series of oral antibiotics to halt infection after his arm began to swell. 1881: […]

Clovis Media Inc receives awards

Clovis Media Inc. newspapers earned 20 awards at the annual Panhandle Press Association’s gathering on Saturday in Amarillo. The Clovis News Journal received the top honor — general excellence in the large-newspaper division — for the fourth straight year and for the 11th time since 2002. CNJ earned 14 awards, including six for first place. […]

Commission grapples with lawsuit costs

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A primary discussion at Friday’s county commission workshop was whether continuing a wildlife battle with the federal government is really worth it. Commissioner Kendell Buzard appeared to be torn between not giving up the fight and not incurring more costs from it. County Manager Amber Hamilton said the county […]

Notebook — April 26

Meeting on Monday … The Clovis parks, recreation and beautification committee meets 5:30 p.m. at city hall. The advisory committee will continue to discuss the five-year update to the parks master plan. There will be a report on trash cleanup at Guy Leeder Softball Complex and a memorial at Goodwin Lake Trails, along with a […]

Cold, allergy season upon us

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With flu season on its way out, cold and allergy season is on its way in as spring comes to full bloom in eastern New Mexico. Roosevelt General Hospital Clinical Care Manager Kim Burrow said flu season reaches its downslope in April and is phased out in May. Burrow […]

Projects go on without state funding

Editor’s Note: Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer recently discussed several current Portales city issues on behalf of Portales Mayor Sharon King. Now that this year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature has finished, what is the status of the legislative requests for the city of Portales? Before the legislative session, the top five priorities […]

Community art puts new twist on recycling

Staff photo: Derek Major
Bryan Hahn works on his piece during the community art ptoject Saturday at the ENMU Arts and Architecture building.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com From the outside of the Eastern New Mexico University Arts and Architecture building it looked like a normal weekend of inactivity, but inside people of all ages were creating art using recycled material that will go on display later this summer. The ENMU Community Art Project, hosted by the […]

To do list — April 26

Today • ‘Both Sides’ compilation of plays — 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the University Theatre Center at ENMU. General admission: $5. Information: 575-562-2253. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 […]

ENMU hosts banquet for Multicultural Affairs students

Staff report Students from diverse cultural backgrounds gathered in the Eastern New Mexico University ballroom Friday evening to honor Multicultural Affairs’ graduating students during the Honoring Graduates Banquet. The event was organized by the university’s Hispanic Affairs and featured a silent auction, Latin dancers, and a sash ceremony. Hispanic Affair Director Doreen Chavez said the […]

Boswell: I’ve grown stronger, wiser in 30 years

It’s funny how the various phases of your adult life never turn out to be exactly what you think they will be. Most people get depressed at the idea of their 30th birthday, but I was excited about the idea of reaching mine a few months ago (shhh, don’t tell), because somewhere in the back […]

Pages past — April 26

On this date … 1960: A Portales News-Tribune reporter counted 129 bicycles parked at the city’s three grade schools and junior high. Reporter Dave Thornton, reporting on Bicycle Safety Week, found that 29 of the bikes had lights and none of the lights he tested worked. He found many of the bikes had broken pedals, […]

Roosevelt County budgets to undergo extreme cuts

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A moment of tense silence filled the meeting room at the Portales schools administration offices Friday morning as County Manager Amber Hamilton filled county commissioners in on the bad news. It’s time for layoffs. In planning the 2016 fiscal year budget, it has finally reached that moment when all […]

Zia name, symbol dropped

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents approved President Steven Gamble’s request to discontinue use of the Zia Sun Symbol and the Zia name from women’s athletics at the regents’ Friday meeting. Gamble said in addition to a 67 percent vote from students, in addition overwhelming votes from the […]

Judge Stephen Quinn retiring

Stephen Quinn

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com In a little more than two months, the judicial district that covers Curry and Roosevelt counties will have a new judge behind the bench. Judge Stephen K. Quinn will retire from the bench on June 30, marking an end to a legal career spanning more than 40 years. Quinn, […]

Notebook — April 25

Notebook Tooting our horn… • Clovis Media Inc. Editor David Stevens on Friday was inducted into the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame during the organization’s 105th annual meeting in Amarillo. Stevens, 55, and Kayla Parvin, publisher of The Booker News the past 20 years, are the 75th and 76th inductees. Stevens began his journalism […]

Johnson: Animals expect fairness, equality, too

The concept is a basic one that takes root among some of the earliest human thought processes. Young children demonstrate it without words pretty often by throwing tantrums or even trying to take what they believe should be theirs from other children, then almost as soon as they learn to talk, they can be expected […]

Pages past — April 25

April 25 On this date … 1950: Burglars took about $800 in cash and checks from the Fort Sumner Lumber Co. Police said the door of the office safe had been blown off, The Associated Press reported. 1938: Gene Autry performed at Clovis’ Lyceum and Mesa theaters. The Clovis newspaper did not review Autry’s performance, […]