Kind, funny, Fred Chandler

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Fred Chandler is pictured here playing the fiddle in the 2011 Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Chandler, a long-time 
performer of the 65-year tradition, died last week.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Dave Nash, longtime emcee at the Floyd Lions Club Country Music Jamboree, said this is what it was like to be around Fred Chandler: “The air around him was just friendly and loving and positive and he never got twisted. “Everybody loved him. Everybody loved his music. The band enjoyed […]

ENMU program gearing up to aid students

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The Eastern New Mexico University Talent Search Program will be holding its annual financial aid workshop for local high school students on Sunday. The program is geared towards helping low income, first generation college students.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com An Eastern New Mexico University program geared towards helping high school students prepare for college is gearing up to hold its annual financial aid workshop. Annamaria Short, interim director of the ENMU Educational Talent Search, said the Talent Search program is mostly geared towards helping low income, first generation […]

Globetrotters excite with style

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Children attending the Thursday night Globetrotters game at ENMU’s Greyhound Arena play musical chairs with the team’s mascot, Globie, who cheated by moving chairs or laying across them.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Harlem Globetrotters brought their signature comedic style up against a new rival Thursday night at Greyhound Arena — The World All Stars. The famous basketball team returned to Portales on Thursday as part of their 90th anniversary celebration. Before the game started, the Globetrotters held a special “meet […]

Foster Grandparent Program turning 50

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Foster grandparent volunteer Paul Stradley poses for a photo with teacher Abby Culpepper at the Community Service Center’s celebration for the 50th anniversary of the foster grandparent program.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com It’s not just the Portales Community Services Center turning 50 this month. The center’s Foster Grandparent Program has also hit its 50th birthday with the center having celebrated the program last week. Foster grandparents, according to program director Lucia Benoit, are volunteers over the age of 55 who work […]

Citizens Bank gets special honor

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Kent Carruthers, president of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, accepts the Citizen of The Year Award at Friday’s night Clovis/Curry County Annual Banquet.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com It’s hosted two major motion picture productions and been the site of real-life drama in two downtown locations. And now, the century-old financial institution that promotes itself as “the best bank around” — in part because of its circular design — has made history again. Citizens Bank is the Clovis/Curry […]

Montoya convicted of second-degree murder

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DeAngelo Montoya, 18, heads away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse escorted by sheriff’s office Transport Officer Drew White. Montoya was convicted of murder for the second time on Friday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com DeAngelo Montoya, 18, was convicted of murder for the second time Friday afternoon. The Portales teen was accused of shooting and killing Portales college student Angel Vale, 21, in July 2010 when he was 13 years old. After being convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 and that conviction being […]

Expert: Montoya’s prints on Vale’s property

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DeAngelo Montoya is escorted away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Wednesday by Sheriff’s Deputy Lesley Tibbs. Montoya is on trial for the 2010 shooting death of Portales college student Angel Vale.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Closing arguments in the DeAngelo Montoya trial will commence this morning after Defense Attorney Chris Christensen declined to call any witnesses Thursday afternoon and rested with the state. Thursday may have been the turning point for the Montoya trial with fingerprint expert Bonnie Knoll of Santa Fe testifying to […]

They came to play

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Richard Schwartz, director of jazz studies at ENMU, teaches music educators how to teach extended jazz saxophone techniques Saturday morning during the all-state jazz 
conference held at the university this weekend.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The New Mexico Jazz Educators All-State Jazz Conference was held at Eastern New Mexico University over the weekend and participating students were excited to be here. “It’s awesome, it’s amazing, it’s everything that I hoped it would be,” said 16 year old saxophone player Evan Zigmond, from Las Cruces, about his […]

Eighth-grader floats first place in bee

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Ariel Kokoricha won her fifth consecutive Curry County Spelling Bee title on Friday.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Ariel Kokoricha survived the melee on Friday morning, impervious to words most of us can’t define, spell or use in a sentence. In the end, buoyancy sent the Clovis Christian School eighth-grader to Albuquerque for the fifth consecutive year, representing Curry County in the New Mexico Spelling Bee. Ariel overcame […]

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 […]