‘Messiah’ worth cost of admission

By Betty Williamson Local columnist George Frideric Handel penned his masterpiece, “Messiah,” in 24 days, but it has taken considerably longer to put together the 2 1/2-hour performance of that work set for 3 p.m. Sunday in Clovis’ Marshall Auditorium. Its the final 2014 event for Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Christy Mendoza, director […]

To do list — Nov. 13

Today • Preschool storytime — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Tween programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Friends of the Library book sale — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sale room located in the foyer at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Friends of the Library book […]

Area lakes expected to retain depth

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Area lakes are resting at comfortable depths after relatively plentiful rainfall this summer and last fall. Officials who oversee Sumner and Conchas lakes are expecting those depths to remain desirable with better-than-average snowpacks predicted this winter. Sumner Lake is expected to keep its volume within 1 percent of capacity […]

Former ENMU student drawn to comics

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Matt Haley quit school at ENMU in 1988 to attend Comic-con in San Diego, which resulted in being hired to draw for Dark Horse on their comic, Ghost. Haley has also worked for DC and Marvel.

By Amy Waltner Communication Services Matt Haley left Eastern New Mexico University from in 1988 to pursue a career as a comic book artist. “I originally went to Eastern to get away from Albuquerque; that’s where I’m from,” Haley said. “I really enjoyed the instructors, but I was already committed to drawing comics, so I […]

Crop production — Nov. 13

National Agriculture Statistics Service New Mexico highlights Based on Nov. 1 conditions, all cotton production in New Mexico is expected to total 80,000 480-lb bales, up 21 percent from 2013, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Upland cotton harvested acreage is forecast at 35,000 acres, up 4,000 acres […]

Honoring our vets

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Reta Neal, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s College Success program, places the names of veterans by flags at DeBaca Park Tuesday morning after the university’s Field of Flags event honoring veterans. Neal said her husband served in the military for 28 years and her son is a current member of the National Guard.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Jim Warnica, Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor veterans who are still living for their service to the United States. Warnica, a World War II veteran who attended the American Legion’s 68th annual Veterans Day program Tuesday morning, said the day is important to honor those who’ve […]

Stadium nearly funded

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The multi-purpose stadium planned on the Eastern New Mexico University campus is beginning to take shape. The Capital Campaign, the main fundraising effort for the stadium, has almost reached its goal of $11 million. And ENMU President Steven Gamble is hoping for more money. “We have about $11 million, […]

To do list — Nov. 12

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool storytime — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Tween programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Friends of the Library book sale — 5 […]

Jail log — Nov. 12

Wednesday As of 7 a.m. Tuesday Released in the past 24 hours: • Two released by court order Booked in the past 24 hours: • Zero booked Total number of inmates: 68

Boutique Air’s numbers continue upward path

Staff report Passenger numbers rose for the third-straight month for Boutique Air, which began service at Clovis Municipal Airport on July 16. According to a report provided to the city by Interim Airport Director Cody Mills, Boutique completed all 162 of its scheduled October flights, attracting 788 passengers. In September, the company completed all 156 […]

Students raise awareness about human trafficking

By Desiree M. Cooper Communication Services Students walking into the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University may have noticed something out of the ordinary as they passed Dallan Sanders Memorial Plaza on Wednesday: a large prison cell holding their classmates. Laura Dawson-Fend, an assistant professor of counseling educational studies, stood outside of the […]

City manager decides to stay

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Two months after announcing his resignation, Portales City Manager Doug Redmond has decided to retain his position. Redmond announced his resignation in September, citing an economic development venture in the private sector. Redmond’s final day was to be Dec. 31. Redmond said Monday his decision to remain city manager […]

Cold weather on way

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The first hard freeze has made its way to Roosevelt county, and won’t be leaving for a week, according to officials at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Meteorologist Jason Frazier said an arctic cold front moved in from the north late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, lowering […]

To do list — Nov. 11

Today • Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Veterans ceremony— 10:30 a.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St. in Portales.Information: 575-356-8541. • Field of Flags —10:30 a.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s DeBaca Park on U.S. 70 Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen programming — 4:30 […]

Police blotter — Nov. 11

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 7:24 a.m. — Alarm activation, 8100 block of N.M. 206. • 9 a.m. — Trespass report, 1000 block of East Brazos Street. • 10:57 a.m. — Neighbor problem, 800 block of East Second Street. • 12:38 […]

Veterans Week events — Nov. 11

Today •Open House — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., VFW Post 3015, Clovis. Information: 575-763-6561. • Veterans Day breakfast — 7 a.m.-11 a.m., American Legion Post 25 2400 W. 7th St., Clovis Information: 575-763-3435. • Veterans ceremony — 10:30 a.m., Memorial building, 200 E. 7th St. Information: 575-356-8449.  • Field of Flags — 10:30 a.m., Eastern New Mexico […]

Veterans’ sacrifices awe inspiring

By Sandy Fields Local columnist I was awake in dark, sure it was morning, waiting for my alarm to go off and prove me right. I was eager for the day to arrive because we would be touring Pearl Harbor for the first time. I knew this would be an emotionally charged day. What an […]

Meetings watch: Portales school board

Portales Municipal Schools board members met Monday evening at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices in Portales. They took the following action: • Listened to a report on the status of Eastern New Mexico University’s new football stadium. ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr said the university has come up with the $12 million for the project […]

No suspect emerges in Clovis homicide yet

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Despite a litany of interviews and tips, law enforcement officials said Monday they weren’t any closer to identifying any suspects in connection with the Sunday morning slaying of a 23-year-old Clovis woman. The body of Ariel Ulibarri was found around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Goodwin Lake walking trails […]

First wave of ‘Choice Cards’ mailed out

By Tom Philpott Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs has mailed its first medical “Choice Cards,” with letters explaining how to use them, to 320,000 VA-enrolled veterans who reside more than 40 miles from any type of VA medical facility. By late November, another 370,000 vets, those facing waits longer than 30 days for […]