Superintendent Johnnie Cain talks school

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Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain believes future teachers and schools will have to change at a faster pace and be more interactive to meet students’ needs.

Editor’s note: Johnnie Cain is beginning his second year as superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. He answered the following questions from Editor David Stevens via email last week: I understand the new football field will be ready by the fall of 2016. Why will it provide a better experience for the student athletes and their […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales

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Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., reads the U.S. Constitution as part of the event held on Friday at the Sandia Room at Eastern New Mexico University. Pearce went over what the document means and how it affects the country.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

Pumpkins roll in

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Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Pumpkins swiped from children’s center

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Lara Vaughan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center master teacher, looks at the damage caused to the pumpkin plant on Tuesday at the garden. Vaughan said four pumpkins were taken.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Learning how plants grow was one of the fun activities Lara Vaughan taught the children at Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The children tend to gardens and, since June, they had been growing a pumpkin plant. Vaughan said every day they would go outside and observe the […]

ENMU grad returns to comedy roots

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Steven Michael Quezada, a former ENMU student, said his comedy act is about family.

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communication Services Former Eastern New Mexico University student Steven Michael Quezada is returning to the Portales campus for a comedy act at 7 p.m. Monday in the ENMU Theater. The actor is known for his role as Steven Gomez on the Emmy-Award winning series “Breaking Bad.” “The show was not […]

Cannon appreciation day set

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Cannon children will be supplied with pumpkins to decorate during the annual Cannon Appreciation Day 
scheduled for Saturday in Portales. These unidentified youngsters were beneficiaries last year.

Staff report The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to show Cannon Air Force Base personnel how much they mean to the citizens in and around Portales. The Chamber’s annual Cannon Appreciation Day is scheduled Saturday and will feature games, live music, and food for CAFB personnel and their families. Karl Terry, the […]

Reunion brings Farwell native home

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Farwell’s Clayton Corn has toured as a keyboarder with Phil Vassar and Pat Green. He joins Vassar for tonight’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Clayton Corn loved the Friday night lights of West Texas, so much so that he would do triple duty at Farwell football games — offense, defense and halftime marching band. “I was awful at all of them,” Corn said. “Make sure in the article that I’m not claiming to be a […]

Cultural conclave

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 Maria Garcia, left, shows Annabel Jauregui a scrapbook of the Multicultural Affairs Office’s activities at Eastern New Mexico University.

Editor’s note: This series profiles the people behind the groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Annabel Jauregui, a sophomore majoring in communicative disorders and minoring in Spanish, is surrounded by multiple cultures and languages. She works in the Eastern New Mexico University Hispanic Affairs office, part of the […]

New dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, found mostly complete

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Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, a paleontologist at Drexel University, talks about the humerus of Dreadnoughtus schrani and its many muscle scans. Dreadnoughtus, which means "fears nothing," was discovered in Argentina by Lacovara.

Staff and wire reports It just might be the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed, according to a report released Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports. That’s why the discovery of a mostly complete Dreadnoughtus in Argentina is making headlines around the world. But that’s not why the curator at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum in […]

Saving science fiction

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 Gene Bundy, Eastern New Mexico University special collection’s librarian, puts away one of Jack Williamson’s books. Bundy spoke about the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at a convention held in August at Washington D.C.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A year ago, the special collections librarian at Eastern New Mexico University, Gene Bundy, received an email from the Society of American Archivists about how their convention has never hosted a panel on archiving science fiction. Since the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library is the third largest science fiction […]

Just another day at work

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Portales Fire Department firefighter Reylon Wimbish, far right, checks on the meat firefighters prepared Monday afternoon. Wimbish said firefighters who had to work the Labor Day shift took time to prepare a holiday dinner for their families.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For many Portales residents, Labor Day is a day off to spend with friends and family. For others, the holiday is just another day to earn money or provide a vital service to the community. Portales firefighter and EMT Reylon Wimbish, 25, spent his Labor Day at the Portales […]

Nice to be home

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Shawn Carter, right, is Portales High School’s new media arts teacher. She helps senior Kasha Saltz with one of her assignments on Thursday.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Shawn Carter is no stranger to the halls of Portales High School. She was the third generation of her family to graduate from the school, where her son also graduated. Carter came back to her old school to teach media arts and is excited for the year to get […]

Music fest kicks off September

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Night Ranger was the headline act at last year’s Clovis Music Festival.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com If it’s entertainment you seek, September may be the month for you in eastern New Mexico. Fall’s first month will be highlighted by the Clovis Music Festival, which celebrates its 27th anniversary with a three-day run beginning Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Marshall Law and Will Banister and The […]

Home team pride

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The Portales High School Rams prepare for the football 
season wearing the school’s signature red and black colors during their Tuesday afternoon practice. Local high school football fans will be able to cheer on their hometown teams  beginning  Friday.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Two things come to mind when Michael Doerr thinks about high school football in Roosevelt County: pride and unity. “People align themselves with the team and feel like they are a part of it. It creates a sense of unity,” Doerr said. Portales Rams fans will have to travel […]

Heard that before

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Drivers take a detour Wednesday afternoon while construction crews prepare to reopen the outside lane of West Second Street. The construction, which has taken nearly 27 months to complete, is said to be wrapping up in about two weeks, but a few business owners are skeptical of the expected completion date.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem […]

Fairly good numbers

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Fair goers walk through the Roosevelt County Fair’s south entrance during the third day of the fair. According to officials, 2014 fair attendance was up 28 percent compared to 2010.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year. Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010. Officials said 4,756 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting […]

Road to happiness

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Advanced Concrete’s Robert Lane, 22, readies concrete for sealing Tuesday afternoon as part of the U.S. 70 highway reconstruction project. 
Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said he expects all four lanes to be open in a couple of weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Twenty-seven months after it began, the U.S. 70 reconstruction project is coming to a close. The project, which began in May 2012, is expected to have the finishing touches completed over the next two weeks, Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said. Guldemann said traffic will be switched onto the […]

Melrose rallies to aid clinic

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The Melrose Health Clinic’s roof was torn off and its offices flooded on Aug. 15. Community members helped remove equipment and supplies. The clinic is being operated out of temporary offices at Melrose City Hall and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When the roof of the Melrose Health Clinic was blown away by a storm on Aug. 15, the clinic started to flood, leaving equipment in danger of damage. Joy Garner, the clinic’s administrator who lives in Clovis, got a call about the damage and rushed to Melrose. When she […]

Experts: Outbreak unlikely

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Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

Deeply rooted

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KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan with the KENW staff in the 1970s. Ryan said more than half of his staff stayed with the station for 25 years. The  station’s roots go back to 1967, prior to reaching PBS status.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Duane Ryan came to Portales six decades ago with a vision to start a radio and television program from the ground up. KENW was born as a public broadcasting station 40 years ago, but Ryan, the station’s director of broadcasting, said there were challenges along the way. KENW broadcasts […]