ENMU briefs — Jan. 18

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ENMU grad headed to Africa ENMU alumni Andrea Elizondo, who graduated in December, is headed to Ghana, West Africa, in February to work with the City of Refuge Ministries until April of this year. The ENMU Foundation picked up the tab and ENMU Alumni Affairs arranged for the design and printing of T-shirts for the […]

One killed in crash north of Portales

One man was killed and his wife and 9-month-old child were taken to Roosevelt General Hospital with serious injuries in a crash on U.S. 70 about 5:30 tonight.

Our people: Living in the moment

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Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all over the world in this job,” Russ, 30, said. She enjoys working outside most of all. Her job duties include coordinating […]

Scars mark life of working with animals

I never claimed to be a cowman and I’ve got the scars to prove it! Frostbit fingers, baler twine blisters, and an odd scrape in the side of my head where the hair won’t grow back from when my good ol’ horse slipped down on an ice slick on the calving lot. I went out […]

Working holiday

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By Sharna Johnson Working on Labor Day is no big deal compared to other holidays, according to Eastern New Mexico University junior Adriana Soto. It was a little different when she worked July 4, was rushing to leave work, left her friends waiting and almost missed the fireworks. “That affected me,” the 21-year-old said with […]

Clovis pastor working to import hay from Iowa

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With a surplus in Iowa and a shortage in the Southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need. “We’re gauging the need and seeing where we can be the hands in God’s work. You never know until you ask,” said Bonita Knox, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, […]

Our people: Clovis resident Tina Vassar enjoys working with children

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Clovis resident Tina Vassar has two jobs. One as the Clovis High School principal administrative assistant and another as a children’s director at Highland Baptist Church with her husband. The second she doesn’t even consider work. At both jobs, Vassar helps people and she enjoys being able to help people every day. Vassar said she […]

In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

Conference focusing on abilities

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Alisa Boswell The Eastern Plains Council of Government is holding a Focusing on Abilities (FOA) conference today at Eastern New Mexico University. According to EPCOG Technical Support Coordinator David Brown, the meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is geared towards teaching the working community that people with disabilities, such as […]

PACT Working Group set to meet

27th SOW Public Affairs The Cannon Patient Advice and Consultation Team (PACT) Working Group will meet on 10:30 a.m. to noon on May 31 at the Landing Zone on base. The PACT is an open forum that meets monthly to address the medical challenges that impact Cannon’s military families. The group assists individuals who are […]

Local groups plan Easter egg hunts

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Alisa Boswell Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across lawns for children to hunt in Clovis, Portales and Texico on Saturday. All egg hunts are free and open to the public. Joan Martinez-Terry, a member of the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said she thinks the annual Portales Easter egg hunt is a good […]

Massive fire almost contained (Updated)

Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out and sparks from […]

Air Commando Association: Cannon airmen working to start local chapter

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Master Sgt. George Lowe, left, and Master Sgt. John Hearn examine banners intended to spread the word about the new association at the Air Commando Association meeting last week. Liliana Castillo Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base are working to create a chapter of the Air Commando Association at the […]

Our people: Music fan

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Clovis native Randy Petty has been working at Triangle ACE Hardware since he was 11 years old. Petty is now 47 and spends his time as general manager of ACE, a volunteer with Faith Christian Family Church and is involved with the annual Clovis Music Festival. Petty grew up around Norman and Vi Petty, no […]

Letters to the editor: Illegal immigrants danger on road

Illegal immigrants danger on road It is my opinion that our senators have forgotten whom they are supposed to be working for and protecting. They have the mistaken idea that the illegal immigrants are the true New Mexicans they are elected to serve. Because of their mistaken allegiance to illegals, the New Mexico driver’s license […]

Portales resident enjoys helping

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Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his clients. In his free time, Lopez enjoys golf, travel, exercise and playing cards.

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

Jury awards Clovis man $1.9 million in BNSF lawsuit

Freedom New Mexico A Texas jury found BNSF Railway negligent Friday and awarded $1.9 million to a Clovis man for back injuries sustained working for the company. James Phillips’ award came following a four-week trial held in Fort Worth, Texas, in which the 30-year railroad employee made a case that degenerative disc disease in his […]

Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]