Kernan to ENMU graduates: Cling to your goals

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University graduates were urged Saturday to cling to their goals and continue doing their homework. Commencement speaker State Sen. Gay Kernan, R — Chaves, Curry, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt –compared the university’s 322 graduates to the man largely credited as the political figure responsible for founding […]

Passage of dresses becoming tradition for annual Maypole

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Portales High School 2009 Valedictorian Amanda Wood did not have to look far to find the perfect gown to wear for Maypole this year. The mint green dress was worn last year by another student. According to Maypole coordinator Marilyn Stratton, this is one of at least 22 dresses that […]

Commission to hear business owner’s parking request

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is set to approve a preliminary budget and hear from a business owner who is unhappy with the parking situation created by the county courthouse parking lot remodel. The commission is scheduled to discuss those and other matters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the […]

May 31, 1951

Twenty

May 30, 1967

Twenty-year-old Wichita Falls, Texas, resident Gary Stewart was being held in the Roosevelt County jail after being unable to pay a $165 fine imposed on him for reckless driving and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle. Stewart, who would also lose his driver’s license for 30 days, was traveling to California and was in […]

May 29, 1966

Roosevelt and Curry counties were the two New Mexico counties included in President Johnson’s action to extend the federal food stamp program to 29 counties in 15 states. The program would begin in Roosevelt County on June 3.

May 28, 1942

Portales police searched for a man who broke into the Doc Stafford Magnolia Station earlier in the morning and saturated the interior with what police thought was as much as 20 gallons

May 27, 1965

The Rev.

May 26, 1939

About 750 farms in Roosevelt County had not signed estimate sheets to receive payments from the Triple A for the year 1939. If the sheets were not signed by June 1,

May 25, 1952

The Portales Daily News reported that two Eastern New Mexico University students would attend the University of Oslo, Norway, in the summer, after receiving scholarships from Norwegian industrial firms. The students were William J. Evans, a graduate student from Clovis, and Keith Green, a junior who had completed a year as the editor of the […]

May 24, 1947

May 24 was set as Poppy Day in Portales and throughout the U.S. The public was asked to wear a memorial poppy in honor of those who died in the two world wars. The Auxiliary and Campfire groups of Portales distributed the handmade, crepe paper flowers created by veterans of the wars.

May 23, 1979

The Floyd FFA chapter held its annual banquet in the school gym rather than the cafeteria, where it had been held before.

May 22, 1982

The Tower Twin Theatre was showing “Conan the Barbarian,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “The Road Warrior,” the American name for the Australian action film “Mad Max 2.”

May 21, 1972

May 20, 1967

Eastern New Mexico University held its second annual Indian Day in the Campus Union Building ballroom. According to the Portales News-Tribune, the main attraction was ENMU

May 19, 1942

The Portales Daily News hosted a cooking school that was one of the largest, most-attended schools of its kind held in Portales history. Products from the Portales area were used for most of the ingredients.

May 18, 1981

The Portales Business and Professional Women’s Club installed new officers for its ’81-’82 year. Fomer president Oliver Frear installed Ann Kohler as president, Sara Wilson as vice president, Kathie Keller as second vice president, Donna Powers as recording secretary and Pauline Clark as treasurer.

May 17, 1969

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Chavez, who had recently moved to Portales from Melrose, was hit and killed by a spray plane

May 16, 1954

Four Eastern New Mexico University students were elected to the State Baptist Union council at a BSU state retreat. Don Wiley of Portales would serve as president, Jay Wilkey as music chairman, Pat Shields as pianist and Robert Whitaker as Sunday School representative.

ENMU regents approve $51.9 million budget

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents approved a $51.9 million budget on Friday, about $5,000 less than the budget for the 2008-2009 school year. ENMU President Steven Gamble warned the budget will be