Compensated diseases disputed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, last month to ask that he cancel a hearing on the secretary’s controversial decision to add three diseases to the list of Vietnam veteran illnesses presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange and […]

Military feature: Schools have veterans affairs certification officials

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University have veterans affairs certification officials on staff. James Smith at CCC and Margaret Estrada at ENMU said they enjoy helping veterans navigate the extensive GI Bill. “I feel like each veteran has earned these benefits so it’s an honor for me […]

Diseases linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam expanded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Protesters at base part of training exercise

Freedom New Mexico Protesters outside the gates of Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday were part of a training exercise, base officials said. The protesters, who were detained by base law enforcement, were staged outside the base, according to the public affairs office.

Organizer plans for ‘raw’ Black History Month celebration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t […]

Lawmakers share blame for delay

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki got a bipartisan hug from the House Veterans Affairs Committee last week as lawmakers accepted his plan to fix Post-9/11 GI Bill payment delays, and blamed their own rush to enact the complex education benefit last year for some of the challenges VA now faces. […]

Government can muddle simple affairs

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In matters of ethics, one is best equipped to understand when one is close up. Politics is different, as is law, although one reason for having courts is to hash out cases with all the details on view. Otherwise misjudgment lurks nearby. A recent incident brings to light […]

April 30, 1955

John Burroughs was named Roosevelt County Democratic chairman after former chairman John Joe Wilkinson was appointed assistant to state Democratic chairman Tom Brown of Artesia. During Brown’s illness, Wilkinson would be in charge of the party’s state affairs.

Timely budgets on secretary’s agenda

By Tom Philpott: FNNM columnist The new secretary of Veterans Affairs, retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, got a recent tour of the paperwork battlefield on which VA claim adjudicators serve every day.

Domestic partnerships battle resumes

Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act. While supporters say it’s a civil rights issue, opponents […]

Annual MLK march mixing it up

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The Martin Luther King Jr., Day Commemorative March is a 20-year tradition in Portales but this year it will be different. Oscar Robinson, a member of the Cultural Affairs Committee says, this year’s march will be staged in reverse because the Portales High School Choir is participating in a […]

ENMU Briefs, Sept. 24

Storyteller to share Hispanic talesHispanic Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University and the New Mexico Humanities Council are sponsoring Paulette Atencio, a professional bilingual storyteller and publisher of authentic stories, to share some traditional northern New Mexico stories that she heard growing up while living in Pe

ENMU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

PNT Staff Report The Hispanic Affairs Office at Eastern New Mexico University is holding 20 events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Multicultural Affairs Director Diana Cordova believes it is important for individuals to learn the history behind other cultures. “The more we understand each other,” she said, “the better we are going to synergize […]

Merger helps base office expand efforts

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The Cannon Public Affairs department has gone from just producing written stories and photographs to broadcasting video stories on the Commanders Channel in the last year. The multimedia department combined with the public affairs desk and grew from a staff of four people to 20 people, according to Public […]

ENMU names new Vice President for Academic Affairs

PNT Staff Report Jamie C. Laurenz has been named vice president for Academic Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. Laurenz, who will begin Aug. 1, is currently associate vice president for Research and Academic Support at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He has served in various positions at Kingsville since 1996. “Dr. Laurenz should be an excellent […]

Romney handled no-win situation well as possible

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, handled a no-win situation as well as could be expected in a speech Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas. Romney is facing a tough challenge from religious-right candidate Mike Huckabee in the Iowa Republican caucuses and decided to deal head-on with nagging […]

Office targets Native Americans’ needs

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Acclimation towards student life. Skills for moving on, or for giving back to reservations. Those are the focuses of the Native American Affairs Office at Eastern New Mexico University. “My prime focus is for my students to graduate with some work ethic and experience,” said Diana Cordova, multi-cultural affairs […]

Officials work to raise funding to replace stolen crown

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A recent break-in that occurred in the Campus Union Building on the Eastern New Mexico University campus has marred the upcoming Miss Native ENMU pageant scheduled for mid-November. “It was devastating,” said Diana Cordova, director of Multi-cultural Affairs at ENMU. During the Peanut Valley Festival, the crown was one […]

It’s their job: Nicole Wilkening

PNT staff Name: Nicole Wilkening Job: Community Affairs Coordinator for the City of Portales Time on the job: Since May 2007 Q. Describe what your job entails/ A. I’m administrative support for the mayor and city manager, also do grant writing, set-up for events, PR, press releases. Anything that basically has to do with community […]

University hires new vice president

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University has hired Judith Haislett as the new vice president for student affairs. She succeeds Gary Musgrave, who retires Sept. 30. Haislett, who has been the vice president for student affairs at Black Hills State University in South Dakota since 1994, is expected to start at ENMU in mid-August. […]