Xcel coal plant wins award

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Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station opened its doors to nearly 100 people for tours Tuesday after it was named the Plant of the Year by a national coal trade group early this year. The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group recognized the power plant, located near Muleshoe, citing its safe operations, high reliability and [...]

For whom the (hand)bell tolls

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Argen Duncan A Portales man has been honored for his contributions during more than 30 years of handbell ringing and handbell choir directing. Bill Wood has received the 2010 Ring of Fame award from Area 11 of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He said he was honored in June but learned of the [...]

Fifth-grade teacher wins award

By Linda Long: PNT Correspondent Becky Duran, a fifth-grade teacher at Valencia Elementary School, has received the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award last week. Valencia Principal Michael Terry recommended Duran for the award. “I recommended her in about February or March,” Terry said. ““Ms. Duran works with students [...]

ENMU’s Lee wins top volunteer award

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University FM News Director James “Jim” Lee received the New Mexico Volunteer of the Year award on April 16 for his work. The award was given to Lee for his efforts working with the Roosevelt County Teen Court program the past eight years. Lee said the [...]

Kenna native wins welding award

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Kenna native Rod Lambirth’s welding techniques are now award winning. Lambirth took two top awards in March for his welding at the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association competition in Tulsa. Lambirth won a silver award in the driveway gates category and a bronze award for interior railings ferrous [...]

Steiner teacher wins Golden Apple Award

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer Portales has another Golden Apple Teacher. Marea Smith, a first-grade teacher at Steiner Elementary School, has won the 2010 Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She learned of her selection March 3, and is scheduled to receive the award April 16 in Albuquerque. “It’s pretty exciting. I do [...]

Portales firefighter honored

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales firefighter Dathan Culpepper was named Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico. Culpepper was presented the award Saturday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles fireman and law enforcement appreciation awards banquet in Clovis. He said the announcement of his award was a complete surprise. “It’s a good [...]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico honors Nancy Taylor for volunteer work

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer cal food bank, Nancy Taylor received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet Thursday night. The event at Eastern New Mexico University also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the local United Way organization, recognized current and past contributors and looked toward the [...]

Dora news

Student wins Gold Key award Karen Cone, English teacher, announces that Dora eighth grader, Katie Bickley, has earned recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2010. Of 154,000 submissions, only 1,111 earned Gold Keys this year.

ENMU earns state emergency certification

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cplank@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is the first university in the state to earn a National Incident Management System compliance certification. It means the university is prepared to handle a variety of emergencies, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble, who confirmed the award Tuesday. “We will be better prepared to handle things that are out [...]