ENMU stadium accord reached

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales Municipal Schools’ role in the construction and operation of Eastern New Mexico University’s new stadium as part owners was confirmed Monday when ENMU’s Board of Regents approved a Joint Powers Agreement. The agreement says Portales schools, one of the largest contributors to the stadium’s $8 million cost, […]

Surprised Patterson named Floyd’s top citizen

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Fred Patterson, left, receives the Floyd Lions Club’s 2014 Citizen of the Year award from Paul Benoit, president of the club. Patterson is the Floyd Jamboree director and has been a part of the Lions Club since 1997.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A hard worker from the start is how many describe the 2014 Floyd Lions Club’s Citizen of the Year Fred Patterson. During the intermission of the Floyd Jamboree on Saturday, club President Paul Benoit presented the award to a shocked Patterson. “I never thought I would get this […]

Freshman Friday

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com For a long-standing tradition, the Lions Club Floyd Jamboree’s organizers love newcomers. Celebrating 64 years, Lions Club member Fred Patterson said new acts give the show and the house band a breath of fresh air. Friday night’s show featured two freshmen on the Jamboree stage among the mix of other veteran […]

Officials: 58 truckloads of peanut butter in Clovis landfill

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A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Lifetime of agriculture

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Portales High ag teacher Jerry Faver shows students how to identify different herbs for a horticulture produce contest. Faver said he likes to teach with a hands-on approach instead of from a book.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Most of Jerry Faver’s life has revolved around agriculture. Growing up on a ranch near Tucumcari and being involved in FFA while in high school helped him decide to become an […]

Grouse makes threatened list

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A male lesser prairie

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com In a decision the Fish and Wildlife Service admits isn’t appealing to governors of its five affected states, and a decision that local officials think may deserve an appeal, the lesser prairie chicken has been selected for placement as a threatened species. The decision by Fish and Wildlife […]

Sunland changes hands

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Community leaders say after days of uncertainty, they’re happy that Sunland Inc. has a new owner and are excited to work with the new community partner. Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll said Thursday the sale of the defunct peanut giant to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods Ltd., with […]

Learning to teach

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Amanda Jasson prepares her lesson plan for her student-teaching at Valencia Elementary. Jasson has to do a lesson plan for math, science and social studies for the fourth-grade class.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A native of Mexico, Amanda Jasson only knew how to speak Spanish when she enrolled in Dora schools at age 15. She remembers struggling to learn English. “My teachers were really patient with me and showed me what a teacher can really do,” Jasson said. After graduating high […]

Saxophonist Brad Leali jazzes up ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University music students rehearse music for their upcoming concert with saxophonist Brad Leali for Thursday’s Jazzfest program.

Of the many guest musicians that have traveled to Eastern New Mexico University throughout the years, ENMU’s music faculty is excited to bring saxophonist Brad Leali to Portales this week to work with its students for ENMU’s Jazzfest. Leali, a native of Denver and a professor of jazz saxophone at University of North Texas, has […]

Preservation effort

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
City officials met with concerned citizens Wednesday at the Portales Cemetery to determine if the 90-year-old elm trees can be revived.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The city has put a halt to cutting down ailing, 90-year-old elm trees at the Portales Cemetery after a group of concerned citizens interested in preserving them brought in an expert to show city officials the trees are salvageable. Portales business owner Micah Thompson said preserving the past […]

United Way celebrates giving

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
 The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard opens United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s banquet Tuesday evening with the posting of colors.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Portales churches banded together to help the 100-plus people laid off after Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy in October, local pastor Brad Morgan said the $7.60 donation of one 10-year-old boy spoke volumes of the community’s giving spirit. It was a reminder that no donation is too […]

Sunland going to auction again

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ordered a new auction for an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a 2012 salmonella outbreak. The trustee overseeing the liquidation of the now defunct Sunland Inc. in Portales had asked to be able to consider a $25 million cash offer that came in […]

New CMI publisher no stranger to challenges

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Mike Jensen comes to Clovis Media Inc. after a career of newspapers that most recently included his second stint at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Nearly 20 years ago, Mike Jensen took on a challenge he didn’t want or expect. It was an average Friday — April 30, 1994 — when a woman walked into Jensen’s office at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo., locked the door and pulled out a .22-caliber […]

Juniors get first taste of ENMU

Lillian Bowe: Portales News Tribune
High school juniors and their parents look over booths of the different colleges Saturday at the Campus Union Building of Eastern New Mexico University. The event was part of ENMU’s annual junior preview day.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com High school junior Nicholas Gilbert of Clayton has been looking at universities across New Mexico that will fit his dream of becoming a nurse. He traveled three hours with his mother, Shella Gilbert to attend Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Junior Day preview day on Saturday. Gilbert was […]

Springing into action

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Danny Lujan, Shane Cole, and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dave Baker, from left, work on getting the fountain pump out of Greene Acres Park Lake on Friday morning. The fountain pump repairs is part of the department spring work assignments.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com It’s officially spring in eastern New Mexico, and local entities are taking to the streets and parks to do a little sprucing up to get ready for a successful summer season. From manicuring green areas to clearing weeds, city crews in both Clovis and Portales are already hard at work maintaining […]

Session reviewed

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Community members eat a barbecue lunch Thursday at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, held at the Yam Theatre.

Area lawmakers updated a packed room of community leaders on a wrapped-up legislative session before bidding farewell to one of their own Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Though some of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon was spent on the decision of Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, to step aside after 20 years, the […]

Congressman’s immigration stance protested

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Somos Un Pueblo Unido organizer Marina Pina uses a bullhorn to work up the crowd of protesters.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rocio Vargas’ worries extend beyond that of the average mother’s. In addition to making sure her family is safe and sound, the 37-year-old fears she’ll be ripped away from the family she supports here in Portales because she’s a Mexican immigrant. Vargas said she’s seen it happen to […]

Rams open with sweep

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Portales sophomore pitcher Grant Wagner delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Rams’ season opener Tuesday against Santa Fe Indian School.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Portales Rams started the 2014 baseball season on a dominant note, beating Santa Fe Indian School by two 10-0 mercy-rule victories on Tuesday at Ram Field. Junior outfielder Darin Bonem went 4-for-6 with nine runs batted in over the two games, while sophomore pitchers Grant Wagner […]

Shootout at noon

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Players prepare for a rebound Tuesday during a pickup game in the Greyhound Arena’s north practice gym.

  What started as casual games of basketball has flourished into a daily tradition of camaraderie, exercise and fun; and the players say if you’re not there, you’re missing out. Every weekday at noon, people from the Roosevelt and Curry county communities gather to play pickup games of basketball at Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound […]

A life’s work

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Patricia Saylor works on her lesson plan for one of her classes she teaches at Eastern New Mexico University. Saylor teaches and is the program director of ENMU’s social work program. Saylor has been working at ENMU for five years.

  Patricia Saylor, a professor and social work director at Eastern New Mexico University, has more than 30 years experience in the field. Saylor worked with the State of New Mexico, Children, Youth and Families Department and the State of Oklahoma. Saylor said social work field include working in hospitals, prisons, hospice, universities, schools and […]