ENMU psychology grad living retired life


Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Barry Smith has kept busy in retirement. A resident of Eugene, Oregon, who earned his undergraduate degree at Eastern New Mexico University in 1967, Smith helps maintain the city’s police vehicle fleet as a volunteer and […]

Brown: Easy to forget things are different in other parts

Down on the farm The natural geography and landscape of a place is a defining aspect of identity. In the wide West, it is easy to forget how different topography can be. A recent visit to verdant Alabama demonstrated a definite contrast to eastern New Mexico. The reliance on visual navigation common to the Plains […]

Lucero: Stop a minute to look at the cause

Let’s start looking into the reasons something has happened instead of just looking at the result and the reaction. There has been a rash of posts online this week concerning flag burning in the wake of more police shootings of unarmed individuals and, as usual, people are quick to condemn. Looking at this issue as […]

Range accident victim identified

Staff report Cannon Air Force Base has identified a service member killed Monday in a utility task vehicle accident at Melrose Air Force Range. Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis, a flight engineer with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, died Tuesday afternoon of head trauma at University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a release from the […]

ENMU hitting graduation milestones

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University has hit another record with graduates this semester with 614 seniors graduating Saturday. President Steven Gamble said the amount of graduating students has been steadily going up the last several years, but this semester is the first time it has reached over 600 students. “One […]

PHS MESA students take top honors

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Portales High School sophomores Nicholas Brown, left, and Tyler Eslick, right, set up the robot they used to take first place in the firefighting event at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE 2015 competition.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com High school, elementary, middle school and college students came from around the world to compete at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE International 2015 May 2, but members of Portales High School’s MESA program took home top honors. Portales sophomores Nicholas Brown and Tyler Eslick, under the team name SALT, spent one year […]

Foster care youths may be eligible for scholarships

STAFF REPORT Current and former foster care youth between the ages of 17 and 25 who have been in the New Mexico foster care system for at least six months are eligible to apply for an educational scholarship. The scholarship is being awarded by New Mexico Friends of Foster Children, a nonprofit organization that was […]

Notebook — May 14

High achiever… • Four days a week, Clovis mom Rachel Gutierrez commutes to and from Santa Fe — about four hours one-way — to ensure her 4-year-old daughter Lorena can attend the New Mexico School for the Deaf. Gutierrez has also taken advantage of the trip to further her education and help her daughter — […]

To do list — May 14

Today • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Portales administration building. Information: 575-562-2377. Saturday • Eastern New Mexico University commencement — 10 a.m. to noon at Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-562-2377 or http://www.enmu.edu/services/registrar/graduation/directions.html Tuesday • Books and […]

Williamson: Last bronze cast makes long journey home

A bit of good news A mystery that has puzzled a Roosevelt County family for 13 years was solved this spring, and with it came the long-awaited casting of the final figure sculpted by the late Barry Lambirth. Barry, a nationally recognized western artist and sculptor of the statue of Washington Lindsey by the Roosevelt […]

Letters to the editor — May 14

Zias will still be Zias to me When it comes to names of female athletic teams, some of my favorites are the Vixens, TexAnns and Zias. Zias is a perfect name for a school from New Mexico. It’s feminine yet classy. Now I don’t take change very well. I am kind of set in my […]

Wilson: Working on ‘Facebook to English Dictionary’

I’m working on a book. It’s not much of a read, though. A reference item, really. Picture this: You’re browsing on a social networking site, and you see something over and over. You wonder, “What are they really trying to tell me?” Well, now you’ll know with the “Facebook to English Dictionary.” Here are a […]

Pages past — May 14

On this date … 1975: Petitions were being circulated in eastern New Mexico asking Gov. Jerry Apodaca to use his power and influence to “prevent the entrance of Vietnamese refugees into the state of New Mexico.” The economy was already burdened, said organizer Leroy Radcliff of Elida. He said the nation should first take care […]

Our graduates — May 14


Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Portales Seniors Sarah Griffis, 17, plans on moving to Durango, Colorado after graduation to attend Fort Lewis College. “I want to be around mountains, and they have more opportunities there,” she said. Griffis said she would like to be a […]

Dora school news — May 14

Elementary field trips Tawnya Craig, fourth grade teacher, will be taking her class to Portales to attend the Kids, Kows and More today. Awards assembly • Today — High School Awards Assembly at 2 p.m. in the auditorium; Athletic Awards Banquet at 4 p.m. in the Luscombe Gymnasium Prom Joe Fletcher, class sponsor, and the […]

One dead, one injured at Cannon

STAFF REPORT An accident at the Melrose bombing range killed one air commando and injured another on Monday, Cannon Air Force Base public affairs said in a release emailed on Wednesday. Names of the victims won’t be released until 24 hours after next of kin have been notified, according to the release. The release said: […]

County departments move back to courthouse

STAFF REPORT County departments were open for business on the first and basement floors of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Tuesday morning. County officials spent all day Monday moving the treasurer, clerk, assessor, maintenance and flood plain management offices back into the building. “It’s gone relatively seamless,” said County Manager Amber Hamilton. “They’ve (county officials) gone […]

You can vacation, even on a budget

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Summer is on the horizon and both families and individuals looking to vacation can do so affordably with a bit of planning and research, according to Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor of Management Matthew Haney. Haney said the key to affordable summer vacations is planning weeks in advance […]

Notebook — May 13

Still seeking help … • As a followup on our story about attempts to create a memorial for the former Clovis hospital at the Matt 25 Hope Center that has since taken its place: Brenda Brooks reports a good response so far. Specifically, she said the memorial still needs two mannequins and a display case. […]

Take a cue from Dr. Seuss, graduates

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you chose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…” These are not my words. These are from Dr. Seuss, in his keepsake book, “Oh, […]