Drug court celebrates 100th graduation

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Judge Donna Mowrer, right, laughs with Percy Herrera as she presents her with a Hartley coin for graduating from the drug program. The coin is in honor of former Judge Teddy Hartley, who spearheaded the 9th Judicial District drug court program in 2006.

Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Participating in the 9th Judicial District drug court program is an “intense process” but one that is well worth it, according to numerous participants and graduates. There was no shortage of tears Wednesday afternoon as the main courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse played host to a full house for […]

Floats, sports, royalty mark homecoming

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Past Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming King Rafael Reyes crowns 2015 ENMU Homecoming King Rey Cross Friday night at the university bonfire. Eduardo Alvarez was first runner up and Ryan Harris was second runner up.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The 81st ENMU Homecoming has come to a close. The theme this year was “1950s: Sock Hops, Malt Shops and Happy Days,” which included 1950’s costumes on Thursday’s pageant, classic logos throughout the weekend and classic cars during Saturday’s parade. The parade was the singular event continuously mentioned when […]

Alumni game walk down memory lane

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Eastern New Mexico University alumni volleyball players Kaitlyn Maddams, left, and Bree'Anna Lucero go for a block on Friday during their alumni game against the ENMU Greyhounds team.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Memories filled the volleyball court on Friday during the Eastern New Mexico University alumni game. Players from the Eastern Greyhound volleyball team squared off against past Greyhounds for four sets, coming out on top all four times. Stephanie Willett, a setter from 2006 to 2007, said even though the alumni […]

Eastern’s 81st homecoming something special

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Eastern New Mexico University homecoming king and queen candidates Ed Alvarez, right, and Heather Kucinski, left, campaign by spreading the word in the Campus Union Ballroom on Wednesday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and alumni are in the midst of celebrating their 81st annual homecoming and preparing for what will be the last homecoming football game at Blackwater Draw. “Homecoming is always special, but I know a lot of alumni that don’t generally come are going […]

PHS homecoming just getting started

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Samantha Montoya, center, adjusts Sarah Lovato’s Homecoming Court sash as Savannah Sotelo looks on. The three girls are the sophomore, junior and freshman members of the 2015 Portales Homecoming Court.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The 2015 Homecoming Week for Portales High School has already started, but the majority of the festivities have yet to begin. Today and Friday are the busiest days, according to school faculty. With the underclass homecoming court already named, the 2015 Homecoming Queen will be announced today during this […]

Once in a blood moon occurrence

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A full moon lunar eclipse took place Sunday night, causing what is called a “blood moon” or “harvest moon” when the moon goes behind the sun’s shadow. Some ancient civilizations feared lunar eclipses as a sign of death or the end of the world.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It’s not exactly unheard of to see your neighbors pulling lawn chairs out in their front yard when they know a lunar eclipse is coming. There is always an air of excitement any time nature and the cosmos act in ways unusual to their daily — or nightly — […]

Local students learn about playas, wildlife

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During the Playa Festival at Dora Municipal School on Monday, presenter Jim Steiert lets one of the students help with an erosion demonstration.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Fourth and fifth grade students from Dora, Elida and Floyd schools were given a wealth of scientific knowledge on playas and their inhabitants on Monday. Ogallala Commons hosted a playa festival at Dora Municipal Schools, which gave students a chance to learn about playas, the animals and insects that […]

Addiction: A mother’s perspective

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Vicki Williams Jinks with her son, Seth.

Editor’s note: Vicki Williams Jinks is a 1978 graduate of Muleshoe High School. This excerpt is from a speech she’s written in hopes of helping those who struggle with addictions. In November 1993, I looked at my third baby and saw a face of pure sweetness. Little did I know all that I would learn […]

ENMU actors perfect comedy production

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Actors Kyle Thomason, left, and Brendan Moore rehearse a scene from the play “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” a story which 
highlights nine writers using comedy to 
overcome difficult 

By Anna George PNT CORRESPONDENT anna.george@enmu.edu Eastern New Mexico University actors, leaders and technical workers alike laugh in the face of difficult situations as they perfect their production of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Laughter on the 23rd Floor, which premieres today at the University Theatre Center, recounts Simon’s own experience as a […]

New company opens in former Sunland plant

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Gov. Susana Martinez, center, cuts the ribbon for the Ready Roast peanut plant on U.S. 70 with owner Tom Finn, right. The company owns three facilities in California.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com After two years, Portales is again home to a major peanut processor. Ready Roast Nut Company officials announced their plans Monday to create up to 200 jobs at a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of the former Sunland Peanut company. Sunland Peanuts closed its doors in […]

Eastern students fare well at annual rodeo

PNT correspondent: Matthew Shelly

 David Bonner, left, and Landon Bryant help at the Eastern New Mexico University College Daze Rodeo.

By Rae Arnett PNT correspondent The Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team came out on top at the 50th annual ENMU College Daze Rodeo this past weekend . One competitor, Tawny Barry, winning goat tying and Kacey Clark placing second in breakaway roping according to ENMU rodeo Coach Albert Flynn. The ENMU men’s rodeo […]

Dog waste station trial successful

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Gustavo Tijerina with the city of Portales pours cement Friday morning as Richard Viera and Aaron Duran hold a dog waste post at La Buena Vida Park. The posts are being put into place as part of the clean and beautiful grant.

STAFF REPORT After a successful trial run, Portales began installing doggie waste stations at every park in the city in an effort to keep the spaces clean and beautiful. According to Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste, the city had originally started by including one station at the Portales walking trail when they landscaped it in […]

CCC celebrates with trip back in time

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Natalie Daggett, CCC’s director of institutional advancement, holds up a copy of old software from the time capsule sealed in 2000; that was the 10th anniversary of the school’s start to dropping its association with Eastern New Mexico University as a branch campus.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A video presentation that led off Clovis Community College’s celebration on Friday featured dated television commercials, retrospectives and a home video of the 1990 scene at the Curry County Courthouse. That was when a 42-vote margin paved the way for the school’s separation from Eastern New Mexico University. “I […]

Parent program at James underway

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 Alisa Boswell
James Elementary Principal Deanne McKinney talks to parents Tuesday night at the school about the benefits of the school’s new parent 
program, which teaches parents about disciplining their children.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It was all too familiar territory for Portales parents Tuesday night as they watched a video demonstrating scenarios with children behaving badly. Some Portales parents received discipline training Tuesday at James Elementary School where the school held the first session for its six-week parent program. James officials joined forces […]

ENMU offers insider look at radio show production

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Actors from the radio play "Committed" rehearse in the Eastern New Mexico University Communications Building on Wednesday afternoon. The play is free admission and open to the community today and Friday at 7 p.m.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is giving the community a chance to look behind the scenes of how a radio play is produced in real-time. “Committed” is a radio play written and directed by ENMU Professor James Lee. Admission is free for the play, which will be performed live at […]

Clovis Music Festival crowd turn out low

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Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner, headlined the Clovis Music Festival on Saturday night. Gramm sang many of his hits, including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice” and “Midnight Blue” and came back to the stage for an encore performance of “Hot Blooded.”

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Despite spending more money on marketing than in previous years, the 2015 Clovis Music Festival turnout was “disappointing,” Clovis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos said on Monday. “We had a little more (attendance) Friday night than we did Saturday night,” Kos said. “We were hoping to have […]

College Daze Rodeo happening this weekend

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The annual College Daze Rodeo kicks off at Eastern New Mexico University’s Lewis-Cooper Arena Thursday and runs through Saturday.

By Matthew Asher and Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITERS For the 50th year, Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the first event in the Southwest region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The College Daze Rodeo will be held Sept. 17 through Sept. 19 at the Lewis-Cooper Arena. The three-night event starts at 7 p.m. […]

FFA student talks about her passion

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Kassie Waller of Clovis, a Future Farmers of America ambassador, gave a presentation at Portales Public Library Friday. She demonstrated with a chart that things which impact agriculture have a domino effect, impacting every other aspect of life as well.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The agriculture industry affects every aspect of a person’s life, according to Kassie Waller, an Eastern New Mexico University student from Clovis. As a Future Farmers of America ambassador, Waller is one of 22 college students nationwide to go around giving talks to groups about the importance of agriculture. […]

Clovis Music Festival wraps up

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George Tomsco, former lead guitarist for Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs, performs a song for tourists at Norman Petty's Seventh Street studio on Saturday during the Clovis Music Festival. Tomsco said he met Buddy Holly after coming back to the studio from a food break at Foxy's Drive-In. Holly had picked up Tomsco's Fender Stratocaster, propped his foot on Tomsco's amplifier and began playing his guitar. That was the first and last time Tomsco had spoken to Holly before his death in 1959.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Chevrolets, old band members and a few Fireballs came to Clovis for one reason this weekend: To rock out and celebrate the Clovis Sound that Norman Petty perfected almost 60 years ago at his world-famous Seventh Street studio. Clovis’s weekend tourists could start the day off early with a […]

Local residents remember September tragedy

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Major Robert Clay, commander of the 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony behind Portales J.P. Stone Bank Friday morning.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Close to 30 local residents gathered at J.P. Stone Community Bank on First Street in Portales Saturday morning to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the day in which more than 3,000 people […]