Elida grad appointed FFA president

Elida High graduate Ryan Best was recently named president of the National Future Farmers of America organization for the 2011-12 year at the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For the next year, Best and his national officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. They will travel throughout the country [...]

ENMU briefs — April 6

Grad students offering speech therapy services With a collaboration between the Eastern New Mexico University Child Development Center and Communicative Disorders Program, graduate practicum students have started providing speech-language therapy services to pre-school students at the CDC. The center serves 3-, 4- and 5-year olds and is located on campus. Each week, the CDIS practicum [...]

Football still in Portales High grad’s blood

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After more than two decades playing football, Portales native Raul Anaya said he’s done after this year. An all-state quarterback and safety at Portales and a two-year starter and linebacker at New Mexico State, Anaya plays for the New Mexico Crush, who will play the Curry County Cats on Saturday in a semi-pro football game [...]

Portales grad headed to Air Force prep school

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales High School senior has received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, from which he could continue to the academy itself. To get the appointment, Timothy Sando had to complete a lengthy Air Force Academy application process that included a medical exam, essays, teacher [...]

It’s their job: PHS grad prefers working in retail

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Chris Tarango is head cashier at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Background: Tarango was born and raised in Portales and is the youngest of a large family. After graduating from Portales High School, he attended Texas Tech University and Georgia Tech for his bachelor’s degree. He received a master’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University. [...]

PMS satisfied with projected grad rates

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Department of Education over the release of tentative graduate rates. With rates exceeding the national average, Portales doesn’t have much of a reason. But other schools in eastern New Mexico have lower marks [...]

Floyd grad to compete in national pageant

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Freedom New Mexico One of eastern New Mexico’s own is heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete in the Mrs. United States Pageant, held July 22 and 23. Noel Hunt of Clovis won the title of Mrs. New Mexico and is hoping to at least make it into the top 10 for Mrs. United States. [...]

Elida grad elected state FFA president

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer As the new state FFA president, an Elida High School graduate is aiming to make a positive difference in others’ lives and go on to national FFA office. Ryan Best, Elida’s valedictorian this year, was elected in June to his new office at the 81st Annual New Mexico State [...]