Common Core meeting draws nearly 150

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Regina Watson, with the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Mathematically Connected Communities, addresses parent and teacher concerns during a breakout session.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]

ENMU student organization collects national honor

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The 35 active members of the  Associated Student Activities Board bring events such as magicians, bands and ziplines for Eastern New Mexico University students. ASAB was awarded the Best Campus Program for 2014 by Campus Activities Magazine.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Texas native Diane Resendez arrived in Portales three years ago as a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University not knowing anyone. Through the Associated Student Activities Board, Resendez said she got the opportunity to meet plenty of new people and make new friends. Her experience and that of others […]

Barrel racing helps airman connect with community

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mari Sylvester, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron force management technician, walks her horse Muddy Girl before racing April 12 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Arena. Sylvester has forged new connections with the community surrounding Cannon.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs In an arena filled with dirt, three 55-gallon barrels are arranged in a triangle. Airman 1st Class Mari Sylvester, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron force management technician, and her horse Muddy Girl race toward the rightmost barrel, then loop around it at […]

Musical complement

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Kayla Paulk, vocal coach, left, accompanies her student, senior Helen Gun of China, on one of her pieces on Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Paulk also helped Gun on pronunciation of the German words she was singing.

Kayla Paulk fell in love with music at an early age when she started to play the piano. Paulk also had always loved to sing and so when she attended Stetson University, she decided she wanted to accompany performances and be a vocal coach. Paulk got her bachelor’s degree of music education in piano in […]

Beef prices high, cattle counts low

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Rising beef prices are changing the buying habits of shoppers at local markets.

By Joshua Lucero and Rick White Staff writers Retired school teacher Joyce Pollard said her shopping choices have changed to compensate for the rises in the price of beef, which are the highest in almost three decades. “You kind of have to do a replacement with the beef,” Pollard said. “So you do turkey, chicken, […]

Service day attracts families

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Emily Vickers tells the students to put their fingers to their lips while she tells them the days activities on Thursday at the Portales Recreational Center. Vickers coordinates the  activities of each day and where employees will be assigned.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The annual Comcast Cares Day at the Portales Recreation Center on Saturday was a family affair for many of the volunteers. Candace Heidlebaugh and her sons, Ethan, 11, and Noah, 13, were busy painting the new cubbies that were built by Comcast employees later in the week. “It is […]

Prosecution will seek lesser murder charge

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By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com The prosecution amended Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s first-degree murder charge to second-degree on Friday, after failing to establish two key points during four days of testimony. According to Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover, first-degree murder is when someone plans to kill someone. Second degree-murder, he said, is an intentional act to harm […]

Cancer battles forged friendship among vets

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Cancer survivor Grayson Boerio, 2, dances with his aunt, Kaitlan Massey, during the 2014 Portales Relay for Life event Friday night at Greyhound Arena.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Old friends Harold Goodrich and Dennis Darrow sat side-by-side Friday night in a row of chairs that rimmed the top of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena wearing matching purple shirts. While the two caught up, leaning in to share a few words over the rhythmic pop music blaring through […]

Special first at Cannon

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Maj. Michael J. Jensen, right, assumes command from Col. Kurt W. Buller at assumption of command ceremonies Thursday at Cannon AFB.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com A new squadron at Cannon Air Force Base made a memorable entrance Thursday morning near a base hangar. The 26th Special Tactics Squadron — the first special tactics squadron to call Cannon Air Force Base home — parachuted from an MC-130J Commando II into its own activation ceremony. The […]

Work with passion

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Emily Vickers tells the students to put their fingers to their lips while she tells them the days activities on Thursday at the Portales Recreational Center. Vickers coordinates the  activities of each day and where employees will be assigned.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com T.J. Garcia loves to work with children, so naturally he is seeking a degree in education at Eastern New Mexico University. Garcia, a sophomore from Albuquerque, saw there was an opening at […]