College, base library partner in English program

Janet Taylor-Birkey Clovis Community College and the Cannon library have partnered to offer a distance-learning program to learn English as a second language, with videos that can be checked out from the library and viewed at home. After watching a video, and completing a worksheet, the student can then check out the next video. Worksheets […]

ENMU classes begin Tuesday

Eastern New Mexico University will begin the spring semester on Tuesday. Classes will not meet on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but university offices will be open for the convenience of the public. Currently enrolled students, after visiting with their adviser, can register for the spring semester by logging on to […]

Young talents abound in Nutcracker

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A Christmas tradition is continuing for a pair of local schools, as audiences have four chances to catch “The Nutcracker,” starting tonight and running through Monday. Clovis’ Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy has the first performance, tonight and Friday. Sunday and Monday finds dance classes at Eastern New Mexico University’s Extended Learning […]

Hospital bans tobacco

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property in attempt to promote a culture of health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials […]

Speaking English vital work skill for area residents

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis residents who don’t speak English have access to free educational programs in their communities to help them learn. Instructors in the program say learning English is a vital skill in the workforce. Instructors hold English as a Second Language classes during the day as well as evenings to help […]

Dance instructors make business quickly

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer While they’ve found that building a business is rarely fun, Summer Wilson and Jennifer Spotswood of Portales believe that what their business teaches should be. Wilson and Spotswood, former instructors through Eastern New Mexico University’s Office of Extended Learning, have taken their know-how and turned a Portales hallway into […]

PHS logging on to new way of learning

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a month in Cyberspace, students are giving online classes an A-plus at Portales High School. The program, which is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year, is getting rave reviews from both students and teachers. “It’s better […]

Portales focuses on street repairs

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city officials will at least explore solutions to combat the wear and tear on First and Second streets in Portales. The decision was made during the city council meeting on Monday evening. They will do it with $250,000 received through 2005 capital outlay funds from Gov. Bill Richardson and […]

First day arrives for ENMU students

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor Nate Riley remembers what it was like to be a freshman. It was one of the reasons he was stationed at the front desk at the Campus Union Building on Monday during first day of fall classes at Eastern New Mexico University. He wanted to help incoming students get acclimated to […]

Dora returns to school after multiple delays

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Dora students had an eventful — and delayed — first day of school Monday. Instead of learning math and English sitting at desks in a room with a chalkboard, a leaky roof forced classes to be held in the stands of Guy Luscombe Gymnasium, among basketballs, basketball goals and championship […]

Online courses alternative to traditional classroom

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the school year neared its conclusion at Portales High School in May, administrators and teachers had a wood shop with sheet rock walls and a mission. Three months later, that mission is nearing its beginning. The sheet rock is still underneath, but the wood shop is now home to […]

Online classes subject of open house

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents will have an opportunity to view online classes being offered to Portales High School student starting in the fall. Parents can view a pre-recorded session for one of the subjects the students will be working on during an open house from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the […]

Elida superintendent has five years experience

Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: Jack Burch is the current superintendent at Elida Schools. Q: What aspects of your job will translate to the superintendent job? A: The aspects of being a superintendent will translate to the Portales Schools superintendent. […]

Learning to do nothing takes effort

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do! I miss my friends! When does school start again?” No these are not the words of my teenage daughter less than 24 hours after schools in Portales let out for the summer. These are words I have been biting my tongue over, trying to […]

School looks to its future

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico legislators took a look at what could be the future of public education when they took a tour on Wednesday of facilities which will be used for the online courses at Portales High School. Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) and the senate majority leader, Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs) […]

Hectic lifestyle can have bitter consequences

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our […]

School officials explain online program

By Tony Parra Portales administrators were happy with the 100 percent sign-up rate after their presentation on online courses on Thursday evening at the Portales High School library. The goal of the administrators was to assure parents that high school students would receive the same quality of education learning through online courses as the quality […]

PHS to offer online classes in fall

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School is starting online courses in August that will allow students to take core classes such as English, math and history at home. Portales Principal Melvin Nusser said the program provides students the option of a different classroom setting to learn. It will also give home-school students […]

Snow covers state

By Leslie Radford A powerful eastbound storm that blanketed most of New Mexico and parts of West Texas sent a reminder to the area that spring is still five days away. The Portales area received nearly half a foot of snow as of late Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, which caused a […]

March 13 Broad Horizons School News

Students and teachers of Broad Horizons were glad to get settled back into their regular class schedules this last week following the previous week’s state mandated testing requirements. School staff went an extra step to encourage attendance the week of testing by offering prizes in a drawing for those who were present. All currently enrolled […]