Recent road work deteriorating rapidly

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The road leans one way, then another, has bumps and cracks in spots. A stretch of N.M. 206 has been the object of some debate over the past four years. And while the road’s been worked on several times to fix problems, David Groves is not happy with the […]

11-8 PJHS news

Essay winner Junior High seventh grader Ashlynn Idsinga recently won first place in the Rotary 4-Way Test Essay competition. For her hard work, she received a $50.00 award. Her English teacher is Mrs. Donna Hammons. Congratulations Ashlynn.

Choir news

Students make all-district choir Congratulations to the following students for making All-District Honor Choir. They will be singing in Artesia on Nov. 20th with other students from around the district. The students rehearse all day and performed that evening with more than 100 students in each choir. Choir director Franklin Smith wishes to express how […]

Social work fund established at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new agreement is funding classes and internships for Eastern New Mexico University students planning to work in public child welfare. The university and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department have established at Title IV-E Traineeship Stipend Program. ENMU will receive money from Title IV-E of the […]

Nobel prize justly awarded to pioneers

Freedom New Mexico With all the hoopla over the fellow who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the prize in Economic Science for 2009 has received less attention than usual. The recipients, Elinor Ostrom of the University of Indiana and Oliver Williamson of the University of California-Berkeley, did pioneering and practical work in understanding how […]

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 […]

Commander’s Action Line

When I PCS to Cannon, will I have to store my firearms at the Base Armory or will I be allowed to store them in my personal Gun Safe? Also, I have my Concealed Weapons permit so how will that work if I’m required to keep my pistol in the armory? Will I need 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 […]

H1N1 cases identified at Hurlburt AFB

By Amy Oliver: 1st SOW Public Affairs Four Hurlburt Field Airmen have tested positive for the H1N1 virus and 59 others currently have symptoms consistent with the H1N1 virus. Most of the illnesses are clustered within one work center and a few are roommates with members who are from that work center. All are recuperating […]

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 […]