Chinese banquet organizers anticipate record turnout

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University will have the largest turnout it has ever seen for its annual Chinese banquet, according to event coordinator and graduate student Kaiwen Xu. Xu said the event, presented by ENMU’s international Chinese students, usually draws in a little less than 200 people but this year, there will be well […]

Coordinator hoping for growth with Elida’s Christmas on the Square

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Alisa Boswell Elida’s Christmas on the Square event will be held for the second year on Dec. 3. Michelle Ward, owner of The Little Things in Elida and the main coordinator for the event, said the first year was successful with visitors from not only Roosevelt County but also from Clovis, Muleshoe and Roswell. “A […]

Yam Theatre to host music series

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Alisa Boswell New entertainment is coming to Portales in the form of a new music series at the YamTheatre. The Yam Music Series will include a band performance at the theater once a month with the series beginning Sept. 20 and running through March. According to Sandy Van Der Veen, promotions coordinator for the Roosevelt […]

New Teen Court coordinator named

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The new Teen Court coordinator says the juvenile alternative sentencing program teaches civics and gives teenagers a second chance. The Portales City Council approved Mary Poynor to replace Barbara George as the coordinator earlier this month. In the Teen Court program, middle- and high-school students volunteer to serve as attorneys and jury members in a […]

New chamber promotions coordinator looks forward to meeting people

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Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce promotions coordinator and Portales MainStreet director says she loves meeting people and hopes to give others fond memories like those she has of community events. Sandy Van Der Veen started work June 1. “So far it’s been really fun,” she said. Although she works at the […]

Students chalk it up

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Alisa Boswell Students ranging from seventh to 12th grade sat and colored pictures of owls, flowers, butterflies, anime and more Saturday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales as part of the second annual K-ENMU Sidewalk Chalk Competition. Event coordinator Dawn Wolf-Taylor, nursing education coordinator for Eastern New Mexico University, said she thought the turnout […]

Our people: Nicole Thornton represents Portales as the city’s community affairs coordinator

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Nicole Thornton was the Community Affairs Coordinator for the city of Portales until Friday. Her husband received orders from the Air Force back to Florida so the couple will be returning home. Thornton said there is no such thing as a typical day for the community affairs coordinator. “I enjoy that every day is different […]

ENMU’s Howard comes through bypass surgery well

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, who underwent triple bypass surgery on Monday night in Lubbock after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day, appears to be doing well and should make a full recovery, ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday. “It went well,” Ribaudo said Tuesday of the […]

ENMU’s offensive coordinator recovering from heart surgery

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Freedom New Mexico Two nights after his play-calling helped Eastern New Mexico University open its season with an impressive win, longtime Greyhounds offensive coordinator Mike Howard was recovering from heart surgery Monday at a Lubbock hospital. Howard underwent a triple bypass at Methodist Hospital, according to Greyhounds head coach Mark Ribaudo. Ribaudo said Howard would […]

It’s their job: Michael Terry

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Michael Terry is the new Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System-Visions coordinator for Portales Municipal Schools. He said he reports student data — including demographics and test scores — to the state Public Education Department, verifies the information and puts test data into a usable format before distributing it to teachers. He feels his work influences […]