Browsing backgrounds

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico With the rising ease of using social networks and public record databases online, people admit they’re doing informal investigations to know who they’re dealing with. Information on personal interaction, marital status, child support delinquencies and even criminal convictions is a click mouse away. Sharesse Sawyer of Clovis said she […]

Councilors accept housing money

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave quick approval to a grant agreement that officials hope to use for a project that will construct affordable housing downtown. The $250,000 grant agreement comes from state severance tax bonds that were approved in the 2007 Legislature. Another $200,000 was approved in this year’s Legislature […]

2-26-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Garrick Matthews Job: Online English teacher Portales High School. Time on job: Six years. Background: Matthews has a Bachelors Degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Masters in Education Administration from New Mexico Highlands. He also coaches JV volleyball and JV softball at PHS. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. It begins […]

Nursing goes online

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer State-of-the-art laptop computers and a first-of-its-kind online nursing pilot program is aimed at changing the face of the area nursing shortage and attracting more nurses to Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU’s nursing program purchased 25 brand new laptop computers with $90,000 of grant money from the New Mexico Higher […]

Renovations complete

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Students and faculty returning to Eastern New Mexico University for the spring semester will find a new look to their campus bookstore — and the online system, which took some hits last semester seems to be up-and-running with no hitches. The bookstore renovation began in November, most of the […]

This viewer ready for TV writers’ return

By Kevin Wilson Over the last few months, I thought nothing could be more boring than what the writers’ strike had done — old episodes of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” covering weeks-old news. I found out Monday night I was wrong. I was more bored by new episodes of “The Daily Show With […]

Cyber Monday coming

Freedom New Mexico Instead of waking up in the early hours of the morning on Black Friday to fight the mobs, shoppers can take their business online Monday. Retailers, such as Sears and Barnes and Noble, will offer promotions Monday geared toward anyone with a credit or charge card and access to the Internet, according […]

Separation process going virtual

Air Force News RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE — Enlisted airmen will no longer have to visit the Military Personnel Flight to apply for early separation after Oct. 29 due to the Personnel Services Delivery Transformation effort. On that date, enlisted airmen can apply for early separation through a program on the virtual Military Personnel Flight. […]

Blog: Verb, noun and new territory

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Welcome to my blog. Now that I’ve researched it, I think maybe I can blog. You’ll notice that I’ve used the word blog as both a noun and a verb. Pretty good for a word I couldn’t even find in my dictionary. OK, maybe I should buy a new […]

Technology finds place in schools

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Students with a laptop computer may find it easier nowadays to order electronic versions of textbooks, and make their college work lighter — literally. Electronic books, available for purchase online, come without the weight and wear of used textbooks, and one online site now offers a scratch-n-sniff sticker so the […]

Fight video troubling Clovis police, schools

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve seen […]

KENW auction now online only

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s time to bid and buy in KENW-TV’s 31st annual summer auction but you won’t be watching your television — instead, you’ll be watching your computer screen and clicking your mouse. The auction is going completely online for the first time this year because of the station’s ongoing transition […]

College purchases new WebCT server

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University has purchased a new WebCT server that will be housed on the Portales campus. Having the new server on the ENMU campus will allow daily backups and maintenance to be performed, said Distance Education and Outreach Director Trish McGuire. “I think it will be much […]

Server crash endangers ENMU data

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University officials are assessing the scope of a computer malfunction last week and whether lost academic data for thousands of students taking online courses can be retrieved. Data retrieval experts have been brought in to work on the server in hopes of saving some data, according to […]

Long gone are days of personal interaction

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It seems we’re rapidly trading all that is unique and interesting about our communities and our lives these days for better technology, more selection and better price. Some might say the homogenization all began with Wal-Mart but the first mass-marketer to actually come into a town where I lived […]

PHS logging on to new way of learning

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a month in Cyberspace, students are giving online classes an A-plus at Portales High School. The program, which is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year, is getting rave reviews from both students and teachers. “It’s better […]

Online tuition assistance to be available soon

Melanie Salazar Applying for tuition assistance will soon get easier for active duty college students. Beginning Oct. 1, students will no longer have to have to visit the education office to apply for tuition assistance, as the process will become available online. The same site students use to check the status of their Community College […]

Online courses alternative to traditional classroom

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the school year neared its conclusion at Portales High School in May, administrators and teachers had a wood shop with sheet rock walls and a mission. Three months later, that mission is nearing its beginning. The sheet rock is still underneath, but the wood shop is now home to […]

Online classes subject of open house

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents will have an opportunity to view online classes being offered to Portales High School student starting in the fall. Parents can view a pre-recorded session for one of the subjects the students will be working on during an open house from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the […]

Fowler hopes Eunice experience will translate

By Tony Parra Editor’s note: This is the second of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: Randy Fowler of Midland, Texas, is a field service agent for the Region 18 Education Services Center in Midland, Texas. Q: What aspects of your job will translate to the superintendent job? A: I […]