Fire burns 1,900 acres

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Arch firefighter Jody Nix prepares to battle Thursday’s grass fire.

STAFF REPORT About 1,900 acres of grassland near the New Mexico-Texas border was taken out by a Thursday fire that required about a dozen entities and eight hours to control. Lt. Scott Watson of the Portales Fire Department, commander of the effort, said the blaze was called in about 10:15 a.m. and knocked out around […]

A legend is lost


By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Legendary country singer Merle Haggard died Wednesday in his Northern California home on his 79th birthday. Haggard reportedly died due to health complications from pneumonia. With musical accomplishments spanning more than 60 years, Haggard’s career includes more than three dozen Number One country hits on the Billboard charts, music […]

CYFD looks to network

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Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson outlines her department’s mission during a public engagement meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Monique Jacobson said one of the biggest stumbling blocks to helping children in New Mexico is overcoming existing perspective. The state’s Children, Youth and Family Department secretary made that point and others during a 75-minute engagement meeting with various community entities Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Jacobson, the […]

Senior volunteers honored

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Adam and Dolores Gutierrez, who volunteer in the retired senior volunteer programs, attend the Community Services Center’s reception on Tuesday afternoon. The reception was held to recognize the efforts of senior volunteers in the area.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Tuesday afternoon saw the Portales Community Services Center holding a reception to recognize the efforts of its senior volunteers, all of whom play diverse roles in the community. Volunteers at the CSC are part of three programs that serve various purposes: The foster grandparents, which has volunteers tutoring students […]

Builder still looking for business tenant

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 Jerimy Funk of Nixon Enterprises puts up a board at the top of the former Twin Tower building on Avenue A and First Street Monday afternoon.

Staff report For the last month, the sounds of hammers and drills have been heard by those walking down First Street near South Avenue A. The once-upon-a-time movie theater on the corner of Avenue A and First Street is being renovated to hold a new business, but what that business will be has not been […]

PHS puts on ‘Mary Poppins’

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From left, Mary Poppins (Ryann Privett), Mrs. Corry (Rebekah Christensen) and Bert (Bryan Gore) end the song and dance number, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” at a Saturday dress rehearsal for the Portales High School Mary Poppins musical.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent If you’re feeling a little “Supercalifragilisticexpialodocious” next weekend, Portales High School may have the cure. The high school’s production of Mary Poppins will have performances Friday-Sunday. Ryann Privett, 17, who will play Mary Poppins, said she is excited to perform the play for the community. “I think that it’s really exciting. […]

Awajun people a paradox

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Michael F. Brown of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe admires a plaque given to him by the Eastern New Mexico University Anthropology Department.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER For the last 40 years, the Awajun people of Eastern Peru have been full of surprises, according to Michael F. Brown, president of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. Brown gave a lecture at Eastern New Mexico University Friday on the impact of missionary work on the […]

Drive-in movie planned for Draggin’ Main

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The week-long Draggin’ Main event in Clovis will start June 20. The event expected to feature a drive-in movie, contests, car show and longer route.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Plans for the third annual Draggin’ Main are kicking into high gear, with a drive-in movie in the works for the upcoming event. This year’s Draggin’ Main, scheduled for June, will implement several new festivities and be a week-long affair. The event aims to bring together car enthusiasts and […]

Fostering career success

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Tom Cordova, left, senior recruiter for Los Alamos National Laboratory, talks to Eastern New Mexico University students Krysten Finney, center, a biology major, and Makayla Gordon, a business major, during the ENMU Job Fair Thursday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Career Fair on Thursday afternoon had around 75 students attend within the first two hours, according to ENMU’s Career Counselor Jacquelyn Campbell. “We are trying to turn student success into career success,” said Campbell. The career fair was held in the Campus Union Building Ballroom from […]

Ellen Rowe to headline Jazz Fest

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The annual Jazz Fest at Eastern New Mexico University is happening next weekend. The event entails workshops for New Mexico high school jazz students and includes two concerts open to the public.

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University’s Music Department will be paying tribute to what music professor Richard Schwartz calls “one of the only musical art forms that was created solely here in America.” The annual Jazz Fest is approaching and will be held April 8 and 9 at the ENMU Music Building. Jazz is a […]

Music scholarship finalists perform

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Eastern New Mexico University music student Angela Rudd, accompanied by professor Kayla Paulk on piano, sings “Una Voce Poco Fa” by Gioacchino Rossini at the Friends of Music Scholarship Competition at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall.
The Friends of Music Scholarship is awarded to music students for outstanding performances at the competition.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer Finalists in the Friends of Music Scholarship Competition performed Monday night in Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Saxophonist Duncan Miller said that he decided to compete to utilize his full potential while being rewarded for hard work. “It’ll be really helpful to get through school without having to […]

Families fishing for money

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Alexis Carpenter, left, and Dylan Carpenter wait patiently as they fish on Saturday morning at the Spring Trout Derby at Oasis State Park with their dad, Devin Carpenter.

By Rae Arnett PNT correspondent The seventh annual Spring Trout Derby opened Saturday morning at Oasis State Park with a crowd of fishermen ready to catch some cash. The $5 fee to enter the event covered both Saturday and Sunday attendance, according to Park Manager Jim Whary. There are certain tagged trout which correspond to […]

Floyd’s Colin Chandler honored

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Collin Taylor, right, hugs Paul Benoit after receiving the Floyd Citizen of the Year Award at the annual Floyd Jamboree Friday night. Benoit and others said Taylor is “always willing to get up and go to anyone who needs help.”

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER At the 66th annual Floyd Jamboree, the Floyd Lions Club presented its Citizen of the Year award to Colin Chandler, who was a Floyd village councilor for eight years and Floyd mayor for six years. “He’s been on the Floyd Fire Department for 13 years and an EMT for […]

Jamboree performers walk memory lane

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Alisa Boswell
Chek Rippee plays the fiddle Thursday night
during the opening night of the Floyd Jamboree at the Floyd High School gymnasium. The show  continues through Saturday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor For veterans of the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree, the annual country music/blue grass concert is like a musical family reunion. The 66th annual jamboree kicked off Thursday night at the Floyd High School gymnasium with a lot of familiar faces on stage, along with one or two new […]

Area set for Easter egg hunts

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Portales Deputy Clerk Veda Urioste puts candy inside plastic Easter eggs Tuesday at city hall in preparation for this Saturday’s Easter egg hunt. She said the city has collected between 3,000 and 4,000 eggs.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales children are usually ‘eggstatic’ about the Portales city Easter egg hunt that takes place each year at the softball complex, according to city Deputy Clerk Veda Urioste. The seventh annual egg hunt put on by the city of Portales takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Portales […]

Working class dogs

Rita, a border collie owned by Ricky Kennedy, 
displays her moves during Cow Trials at the 24th annual Ag Expo, located at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Cattledogs and their owners came from across eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Saturday to compete in the Tumbleweed Classic Dog Trials at the 24th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales. The competition, according to its promoter Amanda Clayton, is a sanctioned event of the Southwest Cattledog […]

Consistency important in horse training

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Chelsea Howard gives a presentation on how to train horses during  the Ag Expo Friday at the Idsinga Pavilion at the fairgrounds.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roxy bowed to applause Friday morning after her dance routine in the Idsinga Pavilion at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The unusual thing about this behavior is that Roxy is an American Quarter Horse. She followed the signals of her dance partner, Suzette Howard, closely Friday morning as Howard directed […]

Two bodies found in burned structure

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Investigators go in and out of a charred house on North Avenue J Wednesday morning. Two bodies were found in the home after firefighters put out the flames early Wednesday morning.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Portales emergency workers responding to a house fire early Wednesday found two people dead inside. Police said they did not know the cause of the deaths and had not identified the bodies. Portales Police Officer Charlie Smart said officials responded to the structure fire at 1:30 a.m. in the […]

Local artwork shown

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Eastern New Mexico University has the K-ENMU Juried Art Show on display through March 25 in the Runnels Gallery at the Golden Library. The art show displays the artwork of kindergarten through college senior students throughout eastern New Mexico.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The artwork of local artists, ranging from kindergartners to seniors in college, is now on display at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library. The 7th Annual Juried K through ENMU art show, displayed in conjunction with National Youth Art Month in March, received nearly 225 submissions this year, according […]

University students showcase talents

Mareli Celis of Hobbs sings at the Romantico Festival talent show at Eastern New Mexico University Friday.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent A 32-year tradition was a celebration of culture Friday at Eastern New Mexico University with music, dancing and fun. The 32nd Annual Romantico Festival, held in the ENMU Campus Union Building, received rave reviews from participating students. “It’s been a lot of fun. You get to meet different people and see […]