It’s their job: Student says she has passion for houses

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Name: Karla van der Ploeg Job: Prudential associate broker for Portales homes Background: I am originally from Holland. Six years ago I moved to and started attending high school in Clovis. I stayed there for two years and then moved back to Holland for a year. Then I came back and started to attend Eastern […]

Work study programs offer financial aid to students

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As functioning businesses, universities are exceptional in that much of their staffs are composed of the customers themselves. Students, particularly work-study students, at Eastern New Mexico University can be seen working the desks in virtually every department on campus. It’s a characteristic of university life that’s not likely to […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

Getting to know: Volunteer has served 12 years with Habitat for Humanity

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Greg Senn has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity since 1997, he estimates. For his day job, he teaches sculpture, jewelry making and design with the Eastern New Mexico University Art Department. Why do you work with Habitat? I believe people need to give back to the community, and this was a very rewarding way […]

Being tightwad proves to be expensive

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

Portales historian’s road marker dedicated

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Rosalie Powers White played the roles of teacher, wife, mother and leader, but it was her work as a Portales historian that brought her recognition Thursday. At the rest stop near the Blackwater Draw Museum on U.S. 70, the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative has placed a roadside […]

Getting to know: Retiree devotes time to Dream Center

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Gail Keener, 68, is a resident of Pep who regularly drives 25 miles to Portales for work with the Dream Center. The main task for that charitable group right now is to erect a new building for itself, at 222 N. Main. The old structure’s roof was torn off by high winds in April. The […]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have […]

New ENMU athletic director emphasizes need for strategic plan

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Before he begins to work on reviving Eastern new Mexico University’s lagging sports programs on June 15 — his official start date — new Athletic Director Jeff Geiser has another pressing bit of business. “First thing I’m going to do is go to the bookstore and buy some (Greyhounds […]

It’s their job: Office manager works her way up

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Deanna Banister is office manager at the Office Center Inc. She is originally from Clovis, but she has lived in Portales for 15 years. She is married and has two children. How long have you been at this job? I have been with the business almost 12 years. Why did you choose this job? My […]

New special ed director takes over July 1

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The incoming Portales special education director has a background in special education and said she plans to continue the current service and work with the gifted program. Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns, now Brown Early Childhood Center’s principal, is scheduled to officially take the place of current Director of Special Student […]

Local dairywoman honored for charity work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A Roosevelt County woman is the winner of a prestigious state agricultural award for her work helping several area children’s homes. Michelle Heavyside is the winner of the “Diamonds in the Rough” award presented once every two years by Women in Agriculture Leadership. The award was presented during ceremonies […]

Family dog has some issues with Bo

After nodding off a few times in my recliner after a hard day of yard work, I slapped the sleeping dog on my lap and told him I was tired and it was his turn to write this week’s column. Not doubting for a minute that the Dalmatian Flint could probably write a more interesting […]

Portales retiree spends time volunteering

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Steve Tuttle is a retired resident of Portales. Why type of volunteering work do you do? Donna, my wife, and I do a lot of volunteer work for Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. We are part of the comittee that plans the Ag Expo every year. We help set up, work and tear down everything […]

Librarian has life-long passion for books

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Marilyn Belcher, Clovis-Carver Public Library director, has been working in libraries since high school. She grew up helping her mother run the Elida Public Library. Then, in high school and college, she worked at both those libraries. Working in libraries is the only work she’s ever done, and she likes it that way. Interdepartmental work: […]

Plenty of work ahead on Ute water project

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By Kevin Wilson The Ute Water Project’s been approved. But there are plenty of details left to pour over. The dry facts: The Ute Water Project would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to the eight member entities of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. Those members are Clovis, Portales, Melrose, […]

Portales resident has 32 years of volunteer service

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Sidney Phillips has been a resident of Portales for 32 years and is president of the auxiliary at Roosevelt General Hospital. What other volunteering work have you done? This is a long time ago, but I used to work for the Chamber of Commerce, and we would always do a trash walk. I’ve lived here […]

This good buddy won’t be tweeting

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist While I do whistle while I work, I haven’t begun to tweet. Evidently tweeting is a new form of communication being applied by a new online software technology called Twitter, being used mostly through cell phones and other mobile devices. The other day my wife saw something on a news […]

ENMU faculty, students seeking volunteer work

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and staff are taking requests for free work from Portales residents as a way to give back to the community. The focus of the Eastern in Action program is doing things for people they cannot do for themselves, such as cleaning windows, painting and pulling weeds. There […]

Economic opulence not entitlement

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist As I drive to work in the morning, I pass a community college. For years now I have been struck by its opulence. This facility looks like a palace built for pharaohs, not a supplementary educational institution helping people with a few under-division college courses each term. California […]