It’s their job: Steven Gamble

Name: Steven Gamble Job: Eastern New Mexico University President Background: I went to graduate school and got my Ph.D. in history, taught history and worked my way through administration and was the vice president for academic affairs at West Texas A&M University. I went to Southern Arkansas University and was president for ten years of […]

Museum offers free visits

Residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties receive free admission to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque during February. Proof of residency is required. Also, on Feb. 10, everyone is admitted free of charge. Admission to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater and Planetarium costs the regular amount in both of the […]

Feb. 5, 1956

The Portales Daily News reported that a snowstorm that hit eastern New Mexico was the “worst blizzard in recent history.” The storm

Portales woman has long history in singing

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer From the Democratic National Convention to a retirement home, and from fourth grade to age 96, a Portales woman has kept singing. Emily D’Agostino sang “La Golondrina” or “The Swallow” in Spanish on Wednesday evening at Beehive Homes, a Portales retirement center where she lives. The song recalled her […]

Historian preserves Cannon’s history

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Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s new historian loves his new job. “What’s not to like?” said Rick Shea, who took the position in February. “I like everything about this job: The opportunity to be a part of the Air Force, to watch, record and be a part of the growth of a new […]

Medical history vital information to election voters

Freedom New Mexico One dispiriting aspect of this endless presidential campaign has been the reluctance of the nominees of the major parties to provide anything resembling adequate information about their health and their medical histories. Being president of the United States is a physically demanding and stressful job (in part because we seem to expect […]

College professors take part in national program on history

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s not often that the teacher becomes the student, but it’s been happening for the past two summers in Portales. As part of a U.S. Department of Education program, Eastern New Mexico University history professor Don Elder and Clovis Community College history professor Mike Powers are giving Portales area […]

Cowboy hat remains constant icon

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico There are few items that signify the history of the Southwest or that carry the same iconic weight as the cowboy hat. Today’s cowboy hat has remained basically unchanged for more than a century. Some wear them for protection, some wear them for style, and others in tribute. C.L. […]

History shouldn’t trump private property rights

By Tibor Machan Never have I resided in or visited a locale in America where there hasn’t been an active historical preservation society. These are organizations that impose all sorts of restrictions on property owners about what may or may not be built, renovated, restituted within the borders of what the activists consider to be […]

Biography tells of cafe owner, Portales history

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer More than 30 friends and relatives — mostly relatives — gathered Friday at the Portales Public Library to learn more about Barbara Chesser’s most recent book and to remember “Mattie.” “Mattie” Smith Kinney, owner of Mattie’s Cafe in Portales, is the subject of Chesser’s book, “Remembering Mattie: A Legacy […]

Association of Counties brings meeting to Portales

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The New Mexico Association of Counties is meeting in Portales today for the first time in its history. The group plans to discuss issues ranging from county budgets and wildfires, to CPR training for state employees and federal benefits for jail inmates. Representatives from all of the state’s 33 […]

Cinco de Mayo a part of U.S. history

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Welcome to Cinco de Mayo 101. For today’s history lesson — which will not include step-by-step instructions on how to make the ultimate taco; watch the Today show for that — we’ll learn actual history. Some of you may ask, “Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in the U.S.?” […]

Bee colony latest addition at Natural History Museum

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A colony of buzzing insects will mind their own bees wax when they arrive at their new home inside the Natural History Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. However, the public will get a chance to check into the bees’ business. A bee hive has been constructed inside the […]

Dramatic reading brings history to life

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Margaret Waters doesn’t just read history. She re-enacts it and brings it alive, as she did on Thursday at the Portales Public Library when she presented her one-woman impersonation of “Ma’am Jones of the Pecos.” Barbara Culp Jones, better known as Ma’am Jones, was a pioneer woman from the […]

Artists honored during National Women’s History Month

To honor the originality, beauty, imagination, and multiple dimensions of women’s lives, the National Women’s History Project has chosen “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision” as the 2008 theme for National Women’s History Month in March. To ensure that a diversity of art and artists are represented, the 2008 honorees were selected based on their art, their […]

Women’s history program offered

PNT Staff Report The annual Women’s History program will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the meeting room of the Portales Public Library. According to a press release, there will be an art display by the La Escalera Art Guild and quilt works displayed by several local quilting organizations including Dora Soars and Red […]

Kids Day mixes education, history

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Where’s there’s food, you will find kids. And where there’s a nationally-recognized Smithsonian food exhibit, kids will get more than a full tummy. They’ll get lessons in history, as they did during Saturday’s Kids’ Day. “We’re celebrating food and we’re celebrating the ‘Key Ingredients: American by Food’ exhibit from […]

2-5-08 ENMU Briefs

Faculty/Alumni • Phillip Million, professor of Communicative Disorders, had an article, “Medical Concepts: Incorporating the Fundamentals In Graduate Training Programs,” published in the December 2007 issue of Advance for Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologists. • On Jan. 26 history students Jere Johnston, Cheryl Walker, Robert Hoefer, and Kevin Poulin, attended the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference […]

Imagination helps rebuild Portales Springs

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor I’ve grown up knowing that the city of Portales was named for Portales Springs. But I’ve always had trouble believing that there was a time, not too long ago, when springs bubbled to the surface on the eastern New Mexico plains. I remember old-timers saying after prolonged rains that […]

Professor offers Halloween history lesson

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The origins of Halloween are vastly different from the holiday celebrated today in America, according to an Eastern New Mexico University history professor. He promises to enlighten people on the holiday’s origins and myths in a noon lecture today in the Sandia Room at the Campus Union Building at […]