Personalities Plus: Don Thomas

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Your name: Don Thomas Your job: The Print Shop Your age (and Birth Date): 38; Oct. 16, 1966 Your hometown: Portales. Your family: My Parents; Leroy & Gaynelle, two sisters; Cozetta & Thom Moore (they have 4 kids & 2 grandkids) Alowetta & Marc Terrien (3 kids, no grandkids) and one brother; Stan & Lorna […]

Rams struggle to beat NMMI, then get help for district title

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By Dave Wagner It wasn’t a very satisfying win, but it more than got the job done. Struggling for the second time this season against New Mexico Military, the Portales High boys led wire-to-wire but didn’t nail down the game until the closing moments in beating the undermanned Colts 46-37 on Friday at the PHS […]

Personalities Plus: Lisa Ribaudo

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Your name: Lisa Ribaudo Your job: Elementary School Counselor Your age (and Birth Date): 37 years old; May 2, 1967 Your hometown: Carson, Calif. Your family: Mark Ribaudo (husband), John Ribaudo (son), and Mary Ribaudo (daughter) Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: What do you think of Portales? “I enjoy the […]

James students jump to help victims

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By Tony Parra James Elementary students said they were jumping for joy and for a good cause during the Jumpathon to raise money for tsunami victims in southeast Asia. Students set up in teams of four and filled the James Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday afternoon to jump rope in support of tsunami victims. Students and […]

Police prepare for gift-giving season

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Portales Police Department kicked off its sixth annual Operation Santa Cop this year. The way that the program started was as a community services project, said Portales Police Captain Lonnie Berry. The police department, along with differentcommunity organizations and area businesses, gives toys and monetary donations. “The first year […]

Dec. 15 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The farmers are taking advantage of this weather to get milo combined and the hay in bales. Sunday kids day The elementary age children’s program will be this Sunday at the Dora Baptist Church. There will be a covered dish feast following their program. You are each invited to come join in […]

Cannon firefighter talks with students

By David Irvin CLOVIS — When roughly 150 young students Monday asked what it was like to be in war, Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. David Sanchez answered with an illustration: The Air Force firefighter asked the after school students at James Bickley Elementary to close their eyes and imagine themselves sitting on a […]

For some, home schooling has advantages

By Tova Fruchtman Before he started high school two years ago, 16-year-old Jeremiah Schultz wanted to explore what it would be like to go to a public school instead of being homeschooled. “He interviewed teachers, students and peers,” said his mom, Margaret Schultz. He also explored both of the high schools in the area of […]

Haunted houses await Portales residents

Laurie Stone It’s that time of year: Frankenstein or a deranged-looking clown just might be at your door the next time you open it. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said trick-or-treaters will be in neighborhoods celebrating Halloween on Sunday, the official holiday. In the past, the local ministerial alliance has asked the city to recognize […]

Astronaut visits ENMU campus

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By Tony Parra John Herrington has been in space. On Monday, he completed another important trip, answering questions from area students at Eastern New Mexico University’s Theatre Center. “It’s a great chance to come to a place, which I’m sure, not many astronauts have visited,” Herrington said after the presentation. “We (astronauts) want to share […]

Bond money stocks junior high library

By Laurie Stone A well-stocked library can be a cornerstone for students which opens a door of opportunity for a growing mind as their interests and education develops. Thanks to the general obligation bond issue that was passed in Nov. 2002, Billy Dixon, the Portales Junior High librarian, puchased $20,000 dollars worth of new books. […]

Teachers continue program of character-building

By Laurie Stone Teachers always try to instill responsibility in their students. It becomes even more of an issue this month, thanks to a long-standing Portales school system that focuses on character. Responsibility is one of the six pillars of Character Counts that is being focused on this month in Portales’ public schools. According to […]

Livestock sale nets $130,000 for local youth

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By Laurie Stone This year’s Junior Livestock Sale was a smashing hit raising more than $130,000 for the Roosevelt County youth. Darcee Chenault was the first person to show off her grand champion lamb who sold for $3,200 . As the auction got under way, Caleb Wideners, 15, who shows pigs, beamed with a smile. […]

Students do double duty during fair week

High school students from throughout Roosevelt County will be busy with classes, books and homework assignments next week. Some will also have another item to worry about — having their livestock animals in top condition for the livestock junior shows at the Roosevelt County Fair, which begins on Wednesday. For Portales students, school begins on […]

Sleep depravation helps spawn local junior rodeo association

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By Rick White CLOVIS — Keith Moore liked the idea of his son and daughter taking part in junior rodeos because it kept them out of trouble, he said. It was getting home at 3 or 4 in the morning from a junior rodeo and having to get up for work the next day that […]

Nothing changes in the NEA

By Neal McCluskey For an instant, the National Education Association (NEA) seemed poised to turn a corner. “Let me send my kids to the schools where yours go,” NEA president Reg Weaver exhorted a Florida crowd in May, sparking hope that the leader of the nation’s largest teachers union was about to demand school choice. No […]

Lifelong teacher bids for award

By Tony Parra Jane Lee devoted her life to teaching and has lived in Portales since 1932. These are some of the reasons Lee was nominated as a Pioneer of the Year award recipients, which will be given out on Friday at the Pioneer reception at the Memorial Building. Lee moved to Portales in 1932 […]

Analogies can be fun

By Bob Huber Throughout her career as a high school and college teacher, my wife Marilyn saved everything. Her multiple desks — she took over mine among others years ago — were stuffed full of scrawled love notes, chewed pencil stubs, dirty pictures, photos, class albums, and test papers, all taken from her students. I […]

Former ENMU star coaching

By Ferron Lucero A former infielder and relief pitcher at Eastern New Mexico University, Brian Cronk turned to coaching when he was released after playing one year in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. After a year as a student assistant at Eastern, Cronk is in his fourth season as an assistant baseball coach at Clovis High. […]

It’s time we bridge the generation gap

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Scholarly Stuff we’re looking into the vast chasm that exists today between kids and grownups. I mean why can’t kids understand that certain things are more pressing than ankle tattoos and body piercing? On the front line of this confrontation are teachers who every day must wage uphill […]