Education feature: PHS students prepare for Calamity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students in the Portales High School dramatic arts program are working hard on their latest stage production “Calamity Jane” the annual spring musical. Student performers have been rehearsing since January for the three-day play, which starts March 20. The musical comedy involves 35 students volunteering their time to run [...]

It’s Their Job: Crisanta Armijo

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Name: Crisanta Armijo Job: Service center employee at Russell’s Super Save Background: Armijo is a lifelong Portales resident and attended Clovis Community College for a year. Time on job: One year What does your job entail?: Armijo sends Western Union money transfers, cashes checks, processes and takes payments on utility bills and serves as a [...]

Motocross takes off in Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Dixon motocross track has been gaining momentum in popularity, drawing racers and spectators from across New Mexico and west Texas. On one recent weekend, the track had more than 342 entries and 200 riders participating in the races. Owner Dustin Dixon said it was the most entries they have [...]

CSF take-over bill survives House vote

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hopes that Santa Fe will have a four-year public university next fall were kept alive Monday as the House of Representatives voted 49-16 for a bill authorizing a state institution to take over the College of Santa Fe campus. However, the proposal still faces a major hurdle: Clearing the [...]

March 3, 2009 ENMU briefs

Employee and alumni briefs Manuel Varela, professor of biology, and his laboratory people have had an article accepted for publication in refereed journal Archives of Microbiology. Co-authors are post-doctoral fellow Sanath Kumar, collaborator from India Ammini Parvathi, graduate student Ricardo Hernandez and undergraduate student Kathleen Cadle. Jordan Kobritz was recently interviewed on the “Papa Joe [...]

March 3, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 18 Golden parachutes: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a measure (HB538) sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, that would prohibit state agencies from giving extra money to employees who are terminated for cause or who resign. Under the bill, the state still could buy out an employment contract. During debate [...]

County Commission to meet

Roosevelt County Commissioners are to meet at 9 a.m. today at the County Courthouse. The agenda includes a request from the City of Portales to locate a monument, a presentation by Larry Lundberg of Wells Fargo Brokerage and approval of changes to the county personnel policy.

Garage sale to benefit youth

A garage sale to help the family of Kacee Lovato, who died in a car wreck earlier this year, start an organization to help youth is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 at 1115 S. Abilene St. The non-profit organization, Focused and Full of Hope: The Kacee Lovato Foundation, will offer Eastern [...]

La Hacienda open again

La Hacienda Mexican food restaurant reopened Monday after being closed since late last year. New owner Nick Bara said he kept the same menu but changed prices. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

ENMU won’t renew men’s coach Scanlan

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is looking for a new men’s basketball coach. The school announced Monday that it will not renew the contract of Shawn Scanlan for the 2009-10 season. Scanlan went 102-143 in nine seasons at the helm, but was done in by a 10-44 overall record and [...]