2-12-08 Local Briefs

N.M. First announces town hall New Mexico First, a nonpartisan organization formed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in 1986 announced that its 2008 statewide town hall will address rural economies and rural-urban partnerships. The town hall, entitled “Business as UNusual: A Town Hall on Rural-Urban Economic Development” will be held in Ruidoso […]

2-10-08 Anniversaries

Smith Bill and Wilma Smith of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at University Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1012 W. 15th St. in Portales. The come-and-go celebration will be hosted by their children, Steve (Kathy) Smith and Karl (Melissa) Smith and their grandchildren, Jeremy, Timothy, Daryn, Valon […]

Portales to host economic forum

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales will play host to one of five regional forums on rural economic development from 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The forum is sponsored by New Mexico First, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization designed to engage citizens in public policy, which was co-founded 20 years ago by New […]

Yoda impersonator

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Eli Washburn, 7 months, visited Eastern New Mexico University’s Curry Hall Wednesday night in a Yoda costume, accompanied by Lindsey Mansell. The hall was busy with costumed children trick-or-treating, enjoying face-painting and a variety of games and crafts.

Portales seeks public’s input on downtown

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Friday evening marks the kickoff for the Portales Downtown Plan that will include a public forum for the improvement of the downtown area. The city received a $55,000 livability grant to develop a safer and more accessible downtown area, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said. “We’re pretty excited,” Lee […]

ENMU boasts full fine arts calendar

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Fall Fine Arts Events calendar includes faculty and guest recitals, plays, art shows and concerts. “I think this is probably the fullest calendar we’ve had booked for fall in a while,” said Joyce Stagg, secretary for the dean of the fine arts department […]

Labor Day: Some work, some play

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For many in Portales, Labor Day signified another day to work, rather than to play or enjoy an extra day off from work. Adam Gutierrez, manager of Soapy Springs Car Wash, was busier than normal helping customers and working to keep the facility cleaned up on Monday. “It’s been […]

Portales Karate instructor inducted into Hall

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A local Portales man was honored earlier this month in California for dedication to his sport, as well as dedication to making his community a better place to live. Shannon Schaefer, 32, teaches karate at the Kenmoitsu Dojo on the square in Portales, and has been involved in the […]

Area residents inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

PNT Staff Report LAS CRUCES — Three Roosevelt County 4-H leaders and supporters were among 15 inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame at New Mexico State University recently, according to a NMSU Cooperative Extension news release Roosevelt County Extension Agent Floyd McAlister and volunteers J.M. and Fay Jeffries of Portales received the honor […]

Annual Jana Stanfield charity concert comes to Portales

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Singer, songwriter and inspirational speaker Jana Stanfield will be back in Portales Saturday for her annual concert sat the Portales High School Auditorium. The event benefits children with muscular dystrophy. “I am looking forward to seeing old friends, family, and making new friends, as well as performing with the […]

City of Portales dedicates garden to former employee

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is hoping to honor a long-time employee while promoting water conservation with the dedication of new landscaping at city hall. Last Friday city officials and employees dedicated the new xeriscape garden at city hall in memory of Dan Swopes, who died in 2005. “Dan had […]

Miss New Mexico warns of ID theft

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A victim of the growing identity theft problem, Miss New Mexico 2006 Christina Hall is helping others avoid a similar situation. “When I was 19 my identity was stolen by a girl who renewed her driver’s license under my name,” said Hall, a 2005 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. […]

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the De Baca renovation in a capital projects list to the New Mexico […]

New Mexico First seeks school’s priorities

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Five recommendations for improving the state’s higher education were the main focus at Friday’s New Mexico First community meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. New Mexico First Associate Director Heather Balas met with nearly 40 Portales and Clovis community and business leaders and educators to discuss the recommendations, stating […]

New Mexico First to discuss higher education at ENMU

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Preparing New Mexicans for the future by using higher education will be the premier focus at the New Mexico First community meeting taking place Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. According to their press release, New Mexico First was founded in 1986 by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in […]

Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been […]

June 11, 2006 Anniversaries

Banks Loyd and Darlene Banks of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 with a come-and-go reception at the Holiday Inn Express, 1901 W. Second St. in Portales. The celebration is hosted by their children Beverly Hall, Janet Fields and Lynda DeFoor, along with their grandchildren. The couple […]

June 6, 2006 Obituaries

Vera Johnson Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, Portales. Vera Alice Johnson, 85, of Clovis died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Born Oct. 25, 1920, in Bokchito, Okla., to Zephery and Samuel North, she grew up in Ogden, Okla. She was active in the school choir that performed at […]

Portales firefighters complete training exercise at Lincoln Hall

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Sirens blared and lights flashed Wednesday as Portales Fire Department firefighters jumped from their trucks and rushed into an Eastern New Mexico University dorm Wednesday as part of a training exercise. In the scenario, two firefighters were lifted to the seventh-story window of Lincoln Hall at Eastern New Mexico […]

Town hall meetings bring teen drinking to light

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shone on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]