Portales Past: March 5, 1950

March 5, 1950: Portales Junior High girls were learning to folk dance during physical education classes. They’d mastered the “Golden Slippers,” “Boston Two Step” and “Five Foot Two,” among others.

Education cuts have dire consequences

By Dennis Roch: Guest columnist As the state Legislature deliberates over New Mexico’s budget shortfall, I have frequently heard the statement, “Every program must take its share of cuts.” This statement assumes every program is of equal value, and has an equal return for our future benefit, an idea which is far from the truth. […]

Feb. 9, 1977

According to the Portales News-Tribune, parents who attended the meeting of the Portales Board of Education last night were warmly received and found that doors would open into policy-making meetings at the administrative level, if the parents show an interest.

Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike

By Steve Herrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to deal with tragedy on the scale of the earthquake in Haiti, they must be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather and the possibility of an agriculture disaster. Curry and Roosevelt counties also face the possibility of ice storms and grass fires. The counties use […]

Southwest Cheese makes 25-year donation to Clovis Schools

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Southwest Cheese will donate $100,000 a year for 25 years to the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. The Education Foundation provides grants for teachers in the classroom to support innovative teaching. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, said the arrangement was added to contracts that […]

Superintendent’s contract renewed

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education renewed Superintendent Randy Fowler’s contract during their regular meeting Monday in the district Administration Building. The board voted to give Fowler another year on his three-year contract, so he will continue to serve in the 2012-2013 school year. Fowler is receiving no […]

Jan. 12 ENMU Briefs

Fitness classes available The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Distance Education and Outreach is offering numerous fitness classes to help people get in shape this spring. Yoga, zumba, aqua eerobics and aqua fitness are scheduled to begin the last week of January. Registration: Distance Education and Outreach office in the Education Building, Room 102.

Hunter education course scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A hunter education course is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30-31 in Portales The course includes firearm safety, bow hunting, hunter responsibilities, wildlife identification and management, and field survival. Under state law, anyone under 18 who hunts with a firearm must complete the course. A donation of $5 per […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Portales Board of Education to meet Monday

Freedom New Mexico On the agenda Monday for the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m.: • Recognition for Roosevelt General Hospital’s annual Christmas Card Project, a Special Olympics gold medalist the 3A volleyball runner-up Portales High School Rams. • Authorizing the of $1.9 million in general obligation school bonds to be […]

ENMU club seeking used shoes

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Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The Students Health and Physical Education Club at Eastern New Mexico University is looking for used shoes. The Used Shoe Drive collects worn shoes, which are sent to Nike for recycling. The shoe drive is going on until Friday. Mary Drabbs, Health and Physical Education chairperson, said the concept originated […]

Education feature: Students share class feast with family

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Twenty students in the first grade and ingredients for enough Thanksgiving dinners to feed three families — that’s Steiner Elementary School teacher Marea Smith’s recipe for a class feast. For seven years, since she began teaching at first grade, Smith has led her students in making Thanksgiving dishes from […]

International Education Week aims to unite students

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer International Education Week gives Eastern New Mexico University students a chance to learn about different cultures from international students. The week-long event kicks off Monday with a Ping-Pong double championship. ENMU students Taylor Berger and Bryan Summy are doubles partners in the Ping-Pong championship. Berger said the international week […]

School board honors PHS girls soccer team

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education honored the Portales High School girls soccer team during its regular meeting on Monday. The Lady Rams reached state quarterfinals before falling to Sandia Prep 4-0 last week. The board and people attending applauded the achievement of the team making the playoffs for […]

VA officals contacting veteran-students about new GI Bill

American Forces Press Service Representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs here will be telephoning veterans across the country to explain their education benefits under the new Post-911 GI Bill and ensure beneficiaries are able to receive payments due them. “The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of our highest priorities,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs […]

Special session: Richardson proposes education cut

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson on Saturday proposed a 1.5 percent cut in education spending as New Mexico lawmakers during a special legislative session decide how to backfill a $650 million hole in this year’s state budget. The proposal to cut public schools and colleges by at least $40 million was a turnabout […]

Hunter education classes scheduled

Freedom New Mexico Registration and orientation for hunter education classes is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Jake Lopez Building. The cost is $5. The session is limited to 25 students on a first-come, first-served basis. The hunter education classes are scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to […]

Education feature: Catholic center completed

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer After three-and-a-half years, the Thomas More Newman Center at Eastern New Mexico University has a new home. The center serves Catholic students and others at ENMU. The previous building housing the Newman Center, which has existed since the university’s early days, was sold in early 2006. The remodeled building […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education and administrators held a work session at Eastern New Mexico University Friday. The day included reports from the superintendent’s cabinet and discussion. • Executive Director of Personnel Rhonda Roberts spoke on Title 9, a federal mandate that school districts distribute resources evenly between boys and […]