All that jazz

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Eastern New Mexico University Director of Jazz Studies Richard Schwartz will be one of the coordinators for this weekend’s New Mexico Educators All-State Jazz Conference being hosted by ENMU. The conference will include four performances open to the public.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University will play host to a musical tradition more than 30 years old this weekend. The annual New Mexico Jazz Educators All-State Jazz Conference kicks off on campus today with music educators from across the nation attending to work with high school jazz performers from all […]

Residents march in memory of MLK

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Portales residents and Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students begin the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march down South Abilene Monday night in honor of the historical figure.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Festivities honoring a historical icon began Monday with an oak tree. But this was no ordinary oak tree, according to Portales City Councilor Oscar Robinson. “Our purpose of putting this tree here is to link the city of Portales to the university. This tree is in line with the […]

ENMU students getting back in gear

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Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Cathy Gray, left, and freshman Tia Urioste have lunch at the Campus Union Building Monday afternoon. Monday was the first day back for ENMU students following the winter break.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The 2016 spring semester kicked off Monday for Eastern New Mexico University students. With some students just one semester away from graduation and some completing their first ever semester of college, each Greyhound had different thoughts, hopes and expectations for their spring 2016 classes. Tyler Howard is studying business […]

Universisty staff trains for shooter

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Lt. Shawn Gore teaches Eastern New Mexico University faculty and staff on Friday about the behaviors and 
strategies of active shooters.

By Anna George Correspondent With students flooding back to Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) for the spring semester, ENMUPD is spending their final days of break preparing faculty and staff for the terrifying possibility of an active shooter. “It’s one of the big, pressing topics of society today,” said ENMU Lt. Shawn Gore. Lt. Gore […]

9-year-old double bee champ

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Alyssa Neighbours, 9, receives a plaque from ENMU Languages and Literature Department Chair Carol Erwin Friday afternoon after the bee. On top of $50 in Barnes & Noble gift cards, Neighbours will also have a $500 
scholarship waiting for her at ENMU.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A 9-year-old Portales student took the win for not only the junior division of the Roosevelt County spelling bee but also came out of the senior division victorious after out-spelling junior high students. Alyssa Neighbours of Valencia Elementary championed both divisions, taking two $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards […]

Chamber awards residents, businesses

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Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County extension home economist, right, accepts the Warm Heart of the Sunbelt Award from Sheryl Borden Thursday night at the annual chamber of commerce banquet. Moyers is retiring in March after many years with the extension office.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce presented Connie Moyers with the Warm Heart of the Sun Belt award, given when “someone goes over and above,” according to outgoing Chamber President Don Thomas. “The banquet committee is charged with making sure that the person receiving this award has made a […]

Governor shares dairy disaster plan

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez talks with dairy producers on Wednesday at Rajen Dairy west of Clovis. Martinez said she is working with federal officials in hopes of helping dairy farmers who suffered heavy losses 
during the Christmas weekend blizzard.

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff Writer dhartsfield@cnjonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez told eastern New Mexico dairy producers on Wednesday she is seeking a federal disaster declaration she hopes might help those who suffered financial losses during the Christmas weekend blizzard. Funds may be available for producers, she said, “depending on how they view the industry. … We’re […]

Don McAlavy remembered as writer, actor

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Don McAlavy wrote about a dozen books related to eastern New Mexico history.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Most of eastern New Mexico knew Don McAlavy as an actor, a prolific writer, a painter and the unofficial historian of Curry County for decades. Kim Siewert always thought of him as a storybook hero. “He is my cowboy,” she said in announcing her father’s death from pneumonia at age […]

City, ENMU teaming up for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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City of Portales and Eastern New Mexico University will be joining forces again this year to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a walking parade and a ceremony at the university.

By Anna George Correspondent As nationally recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Alumni Director Robert Graham said he finds his thoughts of civil rights and freedom mixed with thoughts of science fiction. Graham, who attended King’s alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, said he thinks about stories such […]

Spelling Bee set for Friday

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The Roosevelt County Spelling Bee will be held Friday at Eastern New Mexico University with senior and junior divisions including third grade through junior high from Portales, Dora and Floyd schools.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee is being held Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. The spelling bee, to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all students in Roosevelt County from third grade to junior high, which also includes students from the […]

Powerball attracts dreamers

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Talico Video Manager Sarah Scioli on Friday hands over Powerball tickets purchased by Debbie Herring of Clovis. Scioli said the day’s sales of tickets are higher than normal. Herring said she’s a regular lottery player.

From staff and wire reports Tonight’s record-breaking $800 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams … daydreams with little chance of coming true, of course. Some things to think about for fun anyway, just in case: The odds of winning: It’s about one in 300 million. To put that in perspective, it’s about the […]

New trial date set for teen accused of murder

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DeAngelo Montoya, now 18, will remain in custody until his new 
murder trial begins in February.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A new trial date has been set for a Portales teen accused of killing an Eastern New Mexico University student, but DeAngelo Montoya will remain in custody until the trial. Montoya, now 18, was arrested in 2010 when he was 13. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2011 […]

Stadium completion expected by mid-year, official said

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Matthew Asher
Eastern New Mexico University Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart said the new university stadium will still be complete sometime in July, but the 
university needs about $2 million more for the project.

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University’s new Greyhound stadium is still on schedule to be completed by mid-2016, according to officials. Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs, said the completion time frame for the $8 million stadium is set for mid to late July. While the new facility will be completed in time for […]

Students return to class with ‘winter brain’

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Valencia Elementary school teacher Jane Combs prepares material for her class with her student teacher Emily Roberts. Combs said when coming back into school, she keeps a work sheet with goals for her students.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Portales school teachers spent Monday and Tuesday gearing up to return to their classrooms today as they prepared themselves to deal with “winter brain” in their students. Local teachers said while students are out of school and not burdened with the responsibility of homework and classes, many can experience […]

Area dairy cattle laid to rest

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Dairy cows are offloaded Monday afternoon for burial at the Clovis Landfill.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Clovis’ city landfill has become a cemetery for more than 800 cattle. That’s how many have arrived so far  since the winter storm nicknamed Goliath hit on Dec. 26, Public Works Director Clint Bunch said. Almost all day Monday, trucks full of muddy, stinking carcasses pulled up one after another […]

City fares well through storm

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The city of Portales fared well through the weekend’s snow storm overall, but some individual businesses and homes suffered some 
damage. A carport on North Kildgore was blown off a driveway on Dec. 26.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com In the wake of last weekend’s snow storm, the city of Portales and various residents are assessing the damage sustained to property. City Manager Sammy Standefer said the city received minimal damage from the weekend blizzard, which entailed 60 mph winds. “Most of the damage was sporadic. We had […]

Area’s first 2016 baby born

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Parents Danielle Sharick and Antonio Enriquez stand with their son, Sebastian James, in a family photo at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sitting in front are Sebastian’s siblings, 5-year-old Jeremiah Sharick and 4-year-old Ivy Ann Enriquez.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The area didn’t have to wait long after the ball dropped for its first baby of the new year. Sebastian James Sharick Enriquez joined the party at 2:33 a.m. after about four hours in labor at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sebastian, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, […]

Year in review: Stars shone bright in 2015

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Dwight Yoakam graced the stage at the Curry County Events Center in October.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Some of eastern New Mexico’s proudest history includes legendary entertainers in our midst. Norman Petty’s recording studio made hits for Buddy Holly. Actor/musician Ronny Cox honed his skills growing up in Portales and taking acting classes at Eastern New Mexico University. Willie Nelson has performed at ENMU. Gene Autry received […]

Storm takes toll on area dairies

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Equipment, people and cows at Mid-Frisian Dairy south of Clovis were hampered by the blizzard.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com The Christmas weekend blizzard across eastern New Mexico is not being blamed for any loss of human life. But area dairies may have lost thousands of milk cows, according to an extension agent with New Mexico State University. “Cows have literally been buried alive for two days,” Robert Hagevoort told […]

Region survives winter storm

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Road crews clear the snow on New Mexico 206 into piles on Monday morning.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com No fatalities or even serious injuries were reported by Tuesday, but eastern New Mexico saw one of the worst storms in decades over Christmas weekend. That included 60 mph winds that built 6-to-8-foot snow drifts in front of multiple homes and businesses. The storm called Goliath hit Saturday night […]