Graduation guest speaker stresses importance of higher education

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how families are beginning to establish traditions of higher education at the university. “Many of these students have come from […]

Students, staff say farewell

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Teachers, students and staff are wrapping up the final semester at W.E. Lindsey Elementary School before moving into a new Lindsey-Steiner school building in the fall. For current and former students, it seems hard to let go of the building where they made the transition from sixth grade to junior high. Choir, reading and English […]

Melrose village council fills vacancy

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Former EPCOG worker gets 10 years for embezzling

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Calling Lori Howard a “crook,” District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced the 40-year-old former Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG) employee to 10 years in prison Wednesday after she admitted stealing $145,000 in tornado victim relief money. Howard pleaded guilty to 72 counts of embezzlement and fraud and […]

ENMU to induct seven into Hall of Honors

Freedom New Mexico Seven former ENMU athletics have been selected to go into the school’s Hall of Honors during the Greyhounds’ opening 2010 football game against Southwest Nazarene on Aug. 28. They include Julie Baxter (volleyball), Gabe DeHoyos (baseball), Jamaal Hunnicutt (men’s basketball), Rachel Mohler (softball), Treena Royston (women’s basketball), Jim Harmon (support, posthumous) and […]

Former superintendent dedicated life to educating others

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Former Portales Municipal Schools superintendent Willis Firman Haynie loved children, devoted his life to education and was service-oriented, according to his family and friends. Haynie, a Portales High School graduate who led the school district from 1964-1968, died Feb. 19 in Houston at age 91. “He was very much […]

Help for veterans available

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Service Officer George Vargas of the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services is available to help current and former service members, their families and their surviving spouses 9:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. every other Thursday at the Portales Senior Center at 501 N Industrial Drive. His next visit is […]

State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a […]

Jan. 26, 1954

According to the Portales Tribune, Jack Carrasco, former Portales resident, visited Portales yesterday to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico.