Bringing live music to eastern New Mexico

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Located between Clovis and Portales, The Hole is a small music venue for high school- and college-age students to hear local and out-of-state bands. Promoter Jonathan LeBlanc said being compelled to provide live rock music is why he helped create The Hole, celebrating its first anniversary at its current location […]

Rams lead small-school division at LeRoy Gooch Invitational

PNT staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Rams overcame windy conditions to take an eight-shot lead after the first round on Monday in the small-school division of the Leroy Gooch Invitational at Alto Lakes Country Club. Portales shot a four-man score of 335 in a seven-school field. Grants’ tally of 343 was good for second place […]

Portales boys win small school title at Lovington

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Freshmen Donavin Sanchez and William Archibeque led Portales High to the small-school boys team championship Thursday in the rain-delayed Black-Murphy Invitational golf tournament at Lovington Country Club. Sanchez posted the bracket’s second-best round, shooting 36-33 — 69 for 2-under par, while Archibeque came in third at even-par 37-34 — 71 to […]

War of wages: Some legislators proposing state minimum wage to combat with state’s poverty

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By Marlena Hartz Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side street. For every hour she spends there, she earns $5.75. That is 60 cents above the federal minimum wage level. The single mother of two teenagers said she can barely afford the apartment where she […]

Dora and Elida among quality school districts

By Marlena Hartz When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico, including Dora and Elida have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others […]

New Accion rep means better loan access in Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Accion New Mexico will soon have a new representative in southeast New Mexico who will help out entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to expand in the Portales and Clovis area. Pamela Nance was selected as the regional outreach coordinator for the Accion New Mexico, a non-profit organization that […]

Montoya adjusting to role of leadership

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer This wasn’t the plan when a small guard from a small town transferred to Eastern New Mexico University. Jolen Montoya wasn’t supposed to be the most experienced Greyhound on the 2005-06 basketball roster. “We recruited him to be a backup point guard and possibly spend some time at the […]

Elida and Floyd School News

Elida School News Two new teachers have joined Elida Schools: Mrs. Rita Small and Mrs. Dianne Kemp. Mrs. Rita Small is from Portales, New Mexico and is married to Mr. Wayne Small. They have three children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Mrs. Small previously taught in Clovis for seven years, six of which she […]

Wall enjoyes small town life in Portales

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Compiled by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Your name: Tina Marie Wall Your job: Victory Life Coffee House. Your age (and birth date): 41, June 22, 1964. Your hometown: Shelby County, Tennennesse  Your family: Husband James Wall, employed at MTS. Three children Derrick, Justin, and Jonathan. Two grandchildren; Braydon (2) and one soon to arrive. Your […]

Learning about more than language

By Helena Rodriguez Hola amigos, from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I’m coming to you from a half continent away, ironically, to learn something I probably could have learned while growing up as a child there in P-Ville. Myself and a group of students from Eastern New Mexico University have said hasta la vista to […]

Basketball camps to host 93 teams

By Dave Wagner A total of 93 teams are expected for Eastern New Mexico University’s summer basketball camps, scheduled to begin today at Greyhound Arena. ENMU men’s basketball coach and camp director Shawn Scanlan said the large school boys camp, which goes today through Wednesday, will have 16 teams while the large school girls camp, […]

Area fund-raising leaves family ‘overwhelmed’

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor DORA — When Kellie Bilbrey was getting the word out on a fund-raiser for her 3-year-old niece Hope Bilbrey, she tried to be realistic about the donations she and her family would receive. “We were hoping maybe we could get $20 each from the kids and get $2,000 or […]

Portales talks business with seminars

By Tony Parra Portales Small Business owners and entrepreneurs arrived at a workshop by ACCION representatives in Albuquerque in an effort to gain more knowledge about the small business world and how they can start one up or expand. The owners and entrepreneurs met with ACCION officials for three hours on Thursday. Linda Lee, Accion […]

Small business seminars offered

By Tony Parra Members of ACCION and West Corp. are targeting Portales small business owners and entrepreneurs in an effort to help them with their businesses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during a Thursday workshop in the Portales City Hall. There is no charge for the workshop and it is designed to inform business […]

Graduation a family affair for Smalls

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By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble summed up the graduation in way that you’d expect. “I think every one of our graduates has a unique and interesting story of how they arrived here today,” Gamble said in his closing statements. Though he meant all of the 220 receiving degrees from the […]

Office set to help new businesses

By Laurie Stone The Small Business Development Center of Clovis Community College is opening a satellite office beginning Sept. 10 in Portales. The Roosevelt County Enterprise Center, the official name for the office, will be located at the Business Welcome Center at 100 S. Ave. A and will be scheduling one-on-one appointments Friday from 9 […]

Getting a foot in the door

Jack King A conference for business owners on how to obtain government contracts will be held Thursday in Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Titled “How to Get Through the Government Contracting Door,” the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics will include the state of New Mexico’s procurement assistance program, Small Business […]

Falcon freed

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Mike Linn A small falcon trapped in the press box at Greyhound Arena gave biologist Tony Gennaro a frightened stare as he tried to coax it to safety on Wednesday afternoon. Talking gently to the bird as if it were a scared 6-month-old child, Gennaro was able to corner and catch the male American Kestrel […]

County could profit from proposed bill

David Arkin If the House’s support is any indication, Roosevelt County’s wallet will be a little greener. A bill that amends part of the Small County’s Assistant Act passed the House late last week. If the bill holds up in the Senate and the governor approves it, Roosevelt County will see a benefit in the […]

Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t […]