Gunman robs U.S. Bank in Clovis

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By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A gunman wearing blue jeans, a green camouflage jacket and green mask pulled off the second bank robbery in Clovis in less than two years early Tuesday. Police said the man escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The robbery of U.S. Bank, 2501 N. Prince St., […]

Portales High students to put on show

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Sarah Durand, left, and Ryann Privett  discuss the suspected murderer in “Trifles.” Privett and Durand worked together as doo-op girls last year in the Portales High School theater department’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

By Anna George Staff correspondent On Sept. 14, a tight knit group of student actors at Portales High School began rehearsals for production of two one-act plays. And four weeks into those rehearsals, director Bill Strong said they are really pulling the plays together. “The kids have their characters well-developed and are almost off script,” […]

Taco Bell hoping to open doors this week

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The newly constructed Taco Bell restaurant on West First Street is receiving the finishing touches this week as it is prepared for the first day of business. The restaurant is expected to open by the end of the week if state and city inspections are completed in time according to Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC Asset Manager Laura Chacon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com After about a six-month delay, Taco Bell is hoping open its doors to the Portales community this week. The restaurant is looking to open for business by Thursday, according to Laura Chacon, asset manager for the restaurant’s parent company, Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC. Chacon said construction got off […]

Eyes on the prize

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Elida Tigers coach Darrell Chenault talks to his team during a timeout against the Floyd Broncos Thursday night. The Tigers defeated the Broncos in three games and have won all 16 games they’ve played this season as they attempt to win a fifth straight state title.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com When senior Kenzee Criswell was a freshman, she was pushed into a starting role and expected to be a leader while the Elida Tigers were trying to win their second straight state championship. Now, three years later as a senior, Criswell is following in the footsteps of those before […]

5 things to know about pumpkins

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Just-picked pumpkins at C&T Produce west of Clovis Thursday afternoon. The farm grows pumpkins

 on about 200 acres for distribution to large buyers, and only sells locally at area farmers markets.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Pumpkins have already been a local headline-grabber across the globe, thanks to a local account of pumpkins stolen from Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The headline at The Guardian read, “New Mexico pilferers plunder Portales preschool pumpkin patch.” Here are a few facts about the fall vegetable, […]

Raising awareness through athletics

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Texico and Portales seventh-graders graders take to the court adorned in pink uniforms for the “Volley for the Cure” games Thursday afternoon in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com For Texico eighth-grader and volleyball player Brianna Barnes, local “pink-out” athletic events are more than just an excuse to play in a pink uniform. Barnes, 14, said the annual breast cancer awareness “Volley for the Cure” game between Portales and Texico volleyball teams hits home because her aunt is a cancer […]

Dedication has rewards

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Dustin Seifert, Eastern New Mexico University band director and New Mexico Music Educators Association Music Educator of the Year 2015 winner, leads the Greyhound Sound marching band Saturday Sept. 27 during ENMU’s homecoming parade.

Eastern New Mexico University Music Department Chair Dustin Seifert’s work educating musicians at Eastern for more than 13 years has not gone unnoticed. Seifert is the 2015 recipient of the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s Music Educator of the Year Award. The Music Educator of the Year Award is based on nominations from NMMEA members. […]

Candidates for district attorney weigh in

Reeb, a Repub-lican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election.

Editor’s note: Andrea Reeb is an 18-year prosecutor appointed district attorney when Matt Chandler resigned March 1. Jennifer Burrill is a criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Reeb, a Repub-lican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election. They answered […]

Right on schedule

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City of Portales Public Works Director John DeSha goes over plans for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant Thursday afternoon at City Hall. DeSha said the plant’s construction is 30-percent complete.

Staff report Construction of the new wastewater treatment plant and reuse facility is moving along smoothly, according to city officials. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said construction of the $27 million plant is on schedule. The plant, which began construction in July, is slated for completion in August, according to DeSha. The wastewater treatment […]

ENMU alumnus comes to KENW-TV

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ENMU graduate Allan Crawford, who got his bachelor’s degree in broadcast production, is back on campus, this time as producer and director of KENW-TV.

By Desiree Cooper ENMU Communications Eastern New Mexico University graduate Allan Crawford has returned as the producer and director of KENW-TV. Crawford, who graduated from ENMU with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast production in 2001, is looking forward to “bridging the gaps between different aspects of production, like the news side and the editing side.” […]

A sweet lesson

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Hispanic Affairs office assistant Edgar Munoz, center right, lifts and lowers a piñata as students attempt to burst it open Monday afternoon at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com What started as a ritual meant to bring a prosperous harvest has progressed into a game reserved for special occasions. Monday afternoon, Eastern New Mexico University students were treated to the history of the piñata by Hispanic Affairs Director Doreen Chavez. Chavez, who presented a slide show on the […]

Carlos Mencia talks small cities, TV, Robin Williams

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Carlos Mencia has been in standup more than a quarter century, with a career that’s spanned movies, HBO and Comedy Central specials, his own television series (”Mind of Mencia”) and a share of controversies. Mencia, who performed in Clovis in late 2011, spoke with us this week about the show and his last three years […]

October busy month in area

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National Peanut Board mascot Buddy McNutty will be at the 2014 Peanut Valley Festival to hug, high-five, and take photos with children and their parents. The festival will include games and entertainment for all ages.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com October is shaping up to be a month chock full of events in the eastern New Mexico area, starting with busy weekends in Portales and Clovis. Comedian Carlos Mencia returns to the area Friday when he performs 8 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Tickets are $37.50, according to the Clovis/Curry […]

Community mission

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U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, talks about the importance of supporting Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Thornberry was invited by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce to speak at the luncheon and is also visiting New Mexico military bases.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry advised community members and leaders at Thursday’s chamber luncheon to support Cannon Air Force Base or there could be a risk of losing it. The Texas Republican said a tour of Cannon before the Roosevelt County Chamber’s quarterly event reminded him how important it is […]

Spreading holiday hope

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Elvina Kravchuk, far right, packs shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Kravchuk will be speaking at 6 p.m. Sunday about Parkland Baptist Church helping her receive a shoebox when she was growing up in Ukraine.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Every year in November, churches and organizations in Curry and Roosevelt County start Christmas a little early. Packed with personal hygiene products, candy, toys and other goodies, the shoeboxes are shipped around the world to children in need. All the shoeboxes made in this area go to the Parkland […]

Still going strong

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Duane Ryan, director of broadcasting at Eastern New Mexico University’s public broadcast station, KENW, works on Monday in the control room. Ryan said working in the control room is one of his favorite things to do.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com After 40 years working at Eastern New Mexico University’s public broadcast station, KENW, Duane Ryan still loves his job as director of broadcasting. That’s because he still gets to go into the control room and direct the show. Ryan said he has seen changes and gone through obstacles to […]

ENMU battles crime with cameras

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Dozens of high-definition security cameras are located around the campus of Eastern New 

Mexico University with the goal of deterring crime.

ENMU Communications The Eastern New Mexico University Police Department is trying to reduce crime by utilizing approximately 100 interior and exterior video cameras, located around campus. The high-definition cameras have infrared capabilities, are responsive to changes in light and provide a live feed of the campus. Here’s what ENMU Police Chief Brad Mauldin has to […]

A bull rider’s best friend

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Tony Alarcon, a bullfighter from El Paso, Texas, prepares for the chute to open during the bull riding event Friday afternoon at the ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Don’t call them clowns. There’s not a lot of comedy in trying to protect a rodeo cowboy from an angry, 2,000-pound bull. Tony Alarcon, 21, and Dakota Ebare, 23, are professional bullfighters. They take their jobs seriously. “I’ve got two broken ribs, but I can’t sit out because I’m hurt,” Alarcon, […]

Rodeoers excited to start season

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Portales’ Jose Rodriguez, left, and Miguel Barrera  take down a Texico receiver during last week’s game.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Despite the rain from tropical storm Odlie, the Eastern New Mexico University “College Daze” Rodeo kicked off Thursday with the bareback riding, calf roping, breakaway roping and steer wrestling events. While most of the ENMU team will participate later in the weekend, it didn’t stop them from being excited […]

Renovation end date set

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Jay Espindola, project manager from Williamson Renovations, shows Roosevelt County staff and commissioners the preliminary schedule for construction. Espinosa said the end date for the project, including getting the portables out of the parking lot, will be June 17.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning renovation at the Roosevelt County Courthouse will be done by June 17, according to a preliminary schedule by Williamson Renovations, including the moving of the portables. Williamson Reno-vations’ Jay Espindola, project manager, gave an update on Thursday in front of Roosevelt County employees […]