ENMU grads prepare for life journey

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Eastern New Mexico University students said they were happy to share the graduation moment Saturday with family and that getting their diploma is a stepping stone in their journey to a career. “It’s a stepping stone for me,” Theo Watson, who graduated with a degree in psychology, said. […]

CCC’s 20th commencement graduates 110 students

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers For Philippa Holmes, the evening was monumental and emotional. Holmes received her diploma Friday evening during the 20th Clovis Community College commencement ceremony. Friday was her first experience ever donning a cap and gown for a graduation ceremony. Originally from Newbury, England, Holmes said graduation ceremonies are rare in […]

Area ENMU grads inspired to finish

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There are more than 50 students who graduated from local high schools will be receiving another diploma Saturday, this time from Eastern New Mexico University and they said they wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of family, friends and ENMU staff. New Mexico Lt. Gov. […]

Portales man pleads guilty in murder case

By Tony Parra A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial had been scheduled to […]

Murder trial set to begin in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The trial of one of the men accused of first-degree murder of a Portales teen girl begins on Monday in the Roosevelt County District Courthouse. Clifford Baca, 21, will be on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Clifford Baca is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and contributing to […]

Lawyer Change means further delay in trial

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn granted a public defender’s motion to withdraw as counsel for a 19-year-old Portales man charged in the slaying of a teenage woman in April 2004. Raton attorney Ray Floersheim stepped down as Richard Baca’s lawyer on Friday during a hearing at the Roosevelt County […]

Local students prepare for university graduation

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students have their eyes on the prize — a diploma — and their eyes on the day after when they go into the workforce. Of the 330 graduation candidates set to graduate Saturday from Eastern New Mexico University, 36 of them have their education roots […]

Teenager given maximum sentence

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis teenager pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with the shooting death last year of an acquaintance. Adam Crespin, 19, killed Lavon Harris with a shotgun in the early morning hours of March 3, 2004, at the Clovis Apartments, […]

Second man arraigned for murder charge

By Tony Parra A second Portales man was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Monday in connection with the death of a Portales woman who was found buried in a back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19, in the north part of Portales. Baca faces one count […]

Yarbrough always willing to help

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Nina Yarbrough brought liberty to the heart of those that encountered her 5-foot-2 stature whether it was through her educational training or her virtuous example of friendship. Nina Yarbrough died at the age of 97 on Dec. 8, 2004. Family members described Yarbrough’s demeanor as being spunky, feisty, stubborn, persistent […]

ENMU student takes long path to degree

By Kevin Wilson When Eric Duran receives his degree from Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday, his mother won’t be there as a spectator — and he couldn’t be happier. Instead, Jolene Duran will join her son as an ENMU graduate, 22 years after she first started her college studies. The Durans are two of […]

Navarro remembered as asset to students

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Minnie Navarro played a key role at Eastern New Mexico University leaving behind a legacy of life for all those that were affected by her deeds of service and devotion. Navarro died on Nov. 30, 2004. In 1976, she worked for the College of Liberal Arts and Science as a […]

Dec. 2 Obituaries

Minnie Navarro, 70 Ms. Minnie E. Navarro, 70, of Portales, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Jan. 30, 1934, near Lake Arthur, to Minnie and Daniel A. Calhoun. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1952. She moved to Portales in the late 1960s. In August […]

Gomez part of ENMU nominees

PNT Staff After graduating from high school in Bloomfield in 1977, Brenda (Worley) Gomez came across the state to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Basically, she’s never left the area. Gomez, the girls basketball coach at Portales High School since 1985, is one of six individuals scheduled for induction into the ENMU Hall of Honors […]

ENMU students commence with next journey

By Helena Rodriguez It took Kristine Kelley of Roswell four-and-a-half years to earn a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University. Like many students, she earned her degree while also flipping burgers, and said she’d do it all over again if she had to. “The hardest part was balancing work and school, […]

Friends of Eastern pay tribute to alumni, Gov. Richardson

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming festivities began with the 28th Annual Friends of Eastern Foundation Breakfast honoring Gov. Bill Richardson and four ENMU alumni at the Campus Union Ballroom on Saturday. ENMU presented Judge Robert C. Brack with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Brack graduated from ENMU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree […]

Obits 7/10

Dale Blandford, 70 Mr. Dale Blandford, 70, of Gisela, Ariz., died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Blandford. He grew up in Portales. After high school he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean […]

Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: •Jacinto Gaxiola, 22, of Portales, to Mirna Trillo, 15, of Portales. •Michael David Van Wettering, 21, of Portales, to Stacy Delynn Stewart, 23, of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: •Reydesel Avita Calderon, 39, was convicted on […]

Eastern graduates class of 2003

By Janet Bresenham JD Brown beamed with joy as he clutched his Eastern New Mexico University diploma Saturday and greeted a proud circle of relatives and friends at Greyhound Arena. “It feels great,” said Brown, who received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture. “It’s about time. Eastern was wonderful. My instructors were amazing, and […]

Senior grows with college experience

By Mike Linn They’ve met significant others; learned to function on little or no sleep; and have merrily embraced the university social scene during their time at Eastern New Mexico University. Now they move on, a degree on their resume and memories to last a lifetime tattooed safely in their minds. Some call it the […]