Good things come from pursuing endeavors

Joshua Lucero

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Coming across positive, motivated people that share my interests seems to be close to impossible, for me anyway. That’s why it was so nice to travel to the always-exciting land of Albuquerque to cover the 2015 NMAA state basketball championships March 12-14. The tournament is one of my favorite times […]

Dora school news — April 3

Track • Saturday — Varsity meet at Fort Sumner, 8 a.m. Baseball • Monday, April 13 — Dora Varsity and JV play at Floyd 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Spring break • Dora Schools will be closed for spring break, beginning today. School will resume on Monday, April 13. Testing • Dora Elementary and Junior High School classes […]

Weird things go on in my tractor

By Audra Brown Down on the farm What might you hear if you were to pass by the tractor that I’m driving back and forth through the field? A loud rumbling roar of the diesel engine, I suspect. What you might see is quite another thing altogether. Disregarding what you might be doing driving in […]

Pages past — April 3

On this date … 1960: Music fans were looking forward to a performance by Soprano June Johnson at the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building. Johnson, a member of the School of Music faculty, was to perform an all-German program, including selections by Schumann, Carl Maria von Weber and Bach. 1945: Bill Vance of Portales […]

Graduate lived pro golf dream

Steve Spray

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Each year, Steve Spray would tell his mother he wanted to quit college and play professional golf. His mother insisted he needed to be the first in the family to graduate from college before giving pro […]

To do list — April 3

Saturday • Easter egg hunt — 2 p.m., softball complex on Industrial Drive. For ages 10 and under. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1018. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the Library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public […]

Easter celebrations hosted around town

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Sharon Cissell, left, and Doris Welch visit the “The Altar of Burnt Offering,” the second station at The Tabernacle at Central Christian Church. The live tabernacle is one of the church events going on in conjunction with Easter at local churches.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer Local churches will be celebrating Easter with a variety of special events throughout the weekend. There will be a special Easter Polynesian program presented by Eastern New Mexico University and featuring Polynesian football players at the Portales Church of Nazarene. “They’re a program of around 15-17 people and six […]

Covering a lot of ground

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Eastern New Mexico University Grounds Services Manager Dent McGill trims rose bushes Wednesday in the greenhouse at the physical plant.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With more than 150 acres of turf to care for, Eastern New Mexico University’s grounds services department has their work cut out for them. The department, which is part of the university’s physical plant, is responsible for maintaining a clean and aesthetically pleasing campus for students and faculty year […]

Working summer for many students

By Derek Major Staff writer Taylor Hamner, a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University, plans on making some extra money this summer. “I’m gonna try to find a better job,” Hamner said. “Not necessarily to replace the one I have now, but I work part-time now, so I might try to find something full-time.” […]

Enchanting Miss pageant returns

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Portales appears to have become a hub for pageants in 2015. Miss Portales was held last month, and Miss New Mexico will be coming to Portales in June. But a different kind of pageant will be held in Portales on April 11 where every contestant walks away with a […]

Future student veteran house leased

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Eastern New Mexico University Student Veteran Organization Coordinator Lori Brunsen talks to student veteran Alex Massey about their plans for a house on South Avenue F Wednesday. The organization plans to use it as a headquarters to help veteran students.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR People would likely guess that a hole-in-the-wall shack on South Avenue F is about to become something really special. The house has been leased to the Eastern New Mexico University Student Veterans Organization, which is about to turn it into a university USO-type (United Service Organization) facility for student […]

Our graduates — April 2


Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of interviews with graduating high school seniors. Floyd Seniors Tanessa Watson, 18, plans to obtain a degree in both nursing and EMS sciences in hopes of becoming a flight nurse. “I want to help improve the lives of people in my community,” Watson said. Watson said that […]

Our differences something to celebrate

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Sometimes when people ask me what my tattoo means, I will brace myself for an unpleasant conversation — you never know who may be opposed to equal rights. My tattoo is a simple, small equal sign that cost me around $70 and half an hour at a Knoxville, Tennessee, tattoo […]

Pages past — April 2

On this date … 1975: Clovis police said the death of a 66-year-old man who fell 25 feet from the Hull Street Overpass was probably an accident. Perfecto Hildago was found near railroad tracks and died at Memorial Hospital about two hours later. A retired railroad worker, Hildago lived about six blocks from where the […]

First United Methodist puts on Last Supper production

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Not many people get to tell Jesus that he should lean forward and reach out a bit more to his disciples, or to admonish those disciples to stay healthy and not get sore throats. Jan Smartnick of Portales’ First United Methodist Church has had both opportunities recently, directing rehearsals for […]

To do list — April 2

Today • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Child Find screening — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only at Floyd schools. Information: 575-478-2211. • Living Last Supper — 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church. A live depiction of the Last Supper. Information: 575-356-8597 • Stuff the Truck food […]

Miss New Mexico U.S. crowned

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Christy Waite, former ENMU student, wins Miss New Mexico United States 2015 at pageant in Albuquerque Sunday.

Staff report Former Eastern New Mexico University student Christy Waite took the crown for Miss New Mexico United States 2015 last Sunday at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. Waite competed against 10 other women in categories of interview, cocktail dress, swimwear, evening gown and a 30 second or less on-stage question. Waite said […]

Honor rolls — April 2

Portales Municipal Schools Sixth grade A honor roll Emmely Armendariz Laura Blaeser Mattison J. Blakey Uriel Fernandez Chase David Ford Daniel Xavier Galvan Rudy C Garcia III Mackenzie Marie Garcia Mercedes Anahi Garcia Samuel Augustis Gore Ruben Granados Joshua Charles Haman Raylynn Jasmine Heflin Julian Andrew Herrington Kevin Ivarbol Madlyn Nicole Kemp Olivia Kia Valen […]

Learning to launch successful careers

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Guest speaker Arel Moodie tells students how to conduct themselves during job interviews Tuesday evening during the professional development dinner.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University students looking for a competitive edge when entering the job market were in luck Tuesday night as guest speaker Arel Moodie explained how to interview for and retain a job. Moodie, a speaker who travels the country talking to students about getting to college, through […]

Armed robbery suspect apprehended

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Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, helps a customer Tuesday afternoon. One of Johnson’s employees was held at gunpoint Friday night when the store was robbed.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR It didn’t take long for Portales police to arrest a man suspected of robbing a Portales smoke shop at gunpoint last week. Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, said his employee recognized William Valdez, 22, when he walked into the store at 10:30 […]