New system speeding up call process

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer If your child skips classes at a Portales school, you’ll hear about it pretty quickly. Emergency notices and other important messages will also be able to be sent to large groups of phone numbers quickly. The Portales Municipal School District has a new school messaging system that will make […]

Junior high students compete in Penny Wars

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales Junior High School students are racking up a big chunk of change for Thanksgiving dinners from the Dream Center. The seventh- and eighth-grade classes are competing against each other a Penny Wars fund-raiser. Student Council members, who are leading the effort, plan to count the collected money this […]

Local Brief Sept. 28

Hunter education classes offered Hunter education classes will be offered Oct. 10-12 at the Jake Lopez Community Center in Portales. Registration will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Jake Lopez Community Center. Cost is $5. Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate or their Social Security card. Participants age 11 or younger […]

It’s Their Job, Weston Pierce

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Name: Weston Pierce Job: Peanut butter plant manager at Sunland Inc. Time on job: Nine years Background: Pierce has scientific training in food services and food science training from Safeway and University classes in Microbiology. Pierce’s career began at Safeway milk plant and Froze Fruit Quality Assurance in Clovis. He has always been in the […]

Storm spotting classes slated in Clovis, Portales Tuesday

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Following last year’s devastating trail of tornado destruction in Clovis, Roosevelt and Quay counties, interest in storm spotting is expected to be particularly high this year. The National Weather Service will conduct free storm spotter courses Tuesday in Clovis and Portales. Anyone interested in becoming a storm spotter or […]

ENMU spring semester begins

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The first day of spring semester classes at Eastern New Mexico University didn’t seem to be too much of a problem for many students returning to school. Many students had less than a handful of classes while getting set in their new surroundings for the spring semester. “(I’m) just […]

Program offers chance at diploma

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Single mom Lorena Tarango, 27, is taking steps to provide a better future for her and her children through the General Education Development Preparation lab located in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For the past three months, Tarango has been working on a series of tests that will prepare […]

Women gain toned abs, credit from belly dancing class

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A rhythmic jingling sound like coins in a pocket bounced around the walls of the dance studio. Wearing belts beaded with coins, women of all ages flutter their hips in concert with the Middle Eastern song filtering through the room. Belly dancing is one of the popular health and […]

Classes should be offered upon airmen’s return

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My family is in the thick of the reintegration process. You know that semi-awkward, “I love you, I hate you” time when an airman returns home from a four-month deployment. I’m so happy my husband is home and I’m trying to be patient. But, that’s not easy since half of […]

Oct. 14, 2007 Local Briefs

Hunter education offered There will be registration and orientation for persons interested in hunter education classes from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The classes are sponsored by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service, according to a news release. Classes will […]

Clovis Community College institutes tuition break

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Part-time students can afford to take more classes at Clovis Community College in the spring semester. The tuition reduction, which affects students taking less than seven credit-hours, is part of the school’s 2007-2008 strategic plan approved Wednesday by CCC Board of Trustees during their monthly meeting. CCC president John Neibling […]

Classes begin at ENMU

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BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter The Eastern New Mexico University campus was bustling with activity as classes for the Fall semester began on Monday. Criss-crossing the campus, students were walking to classes and various other activities on the campus. For freshman students and roommates Sabrina Villanueva and Desiree Sena, the first day of college […]

Steiner Elementary delays start by one week

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor First-graders at Steiner Elementary School got a week’s reprieve from hitting the books as classes will be delayed for a week due to roofing work, according to a press release from Portales Municipal Schools. Instead of beginning classes today as planned, Steiner will start Monday, according to the release. […]

Getting in gear

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Administrators, teachers and support staff at area schools are gearing up to welcome students back to class next week. “We’re looking forward to a great year,” Lindsey Middle School Principal Rick Segovia said. A new music teacher at Lindsey will teach choir and a beginning guitar class, Segovia said. […]

Area prepares for upcoming school year

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Area schools will soon be filled with students as officials prepare for the start of the upcoming school year. As August approaches several activities will take place in preparation of the new school year. La Casa Family Health Centers will be offering backpacks filled with school supplies to area students. […]

Local tobacco costs rising

By Janet Taylor-Birkey It costs to smoke in today’s society, and the prices continue to soar. A recent law passed in Texas increased the cost of cigarettes by more than $1 per pack, leaving smokers a bit uneasy about their own future going up in smoke. But Cannon smokers shouldn’t see those increases come to […]

Bundles of knowledge given to parents-to-be

Janet Taylor-Birkey Approximately 50 moms-to-be and a handful of dads-to-be attended Bundles for Babies at the Airman and Family Readiness Center Jan. 18. Many are looking forward to the birth of their first baby, some are expecting twins and a few are second time parents. Most are due around March. All were ready to participate […]

Weather delays, cancels schools

Several area schools have announced Monday cancellations or delays because of the weather: • Portales Municipal Schools – Delayed two hours • Clovis Christian Schools – Classes canceled • Clovis Community College – Classes canceled • Clovis Municipal Schools – Classes canceled • Eastern New Mexico University – Classes start at 10am • Farwell ISD […]

Summer youth program back for second summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff The Portales Recreation Center is conducting a summer youth program for the second year in a row. The program offers activities such as games, arts and crafts, movies and physical education for children between the ages of 5 and 13. “I like the rock climbing wall and the computers,” 8-year-old […]

Roosevelt County kids learn hunting safety and competition

By Tony Parra Some may be asking, if a 10-year-old can abide by the hunting safety rules and not harm anyone then why can’t Vice President Dick Cheney? Too bad Cheney is too old to enroll in the Roosevelt Youth Hunter Educational Challenge which is for the Roosevelt County youth between the ages of 10-18. […]