ENMU fine arts performances set

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 As is tradition with the Eastern New Mexico University Music Department, they have multiple performances open to the public in store for the fall 2016 semester, most of which are free.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com There is excitement to be had for upcoming Eastern New Mexico University fine arts events including those hosted by the jazz bands according to ENMU music professors. Assistant Professor of Jazz and Saxophone Studies Richard Schwartz said the ENMU jazz band will be performing on Sept. 28 at 7 […]

University classes get started

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Eastern New Mexico University upperclassmen Colton Stewart, left, and Mason Thomas, who is graduating in May, strike up a conversation on the first official day of classes Tuesday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Excitement and memories abound for Eastern New Mexico University students beginning their school year. Classes for the university kicked off on Tuesday. Biology student Blanca Alexander said she is excited to start her last semester at ENMU but will miss her supportive biology professors after graduation. “They focus on […]

Dora, Floyd students back at class

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On Monday, fourth grade students at Dora Schools developed “a social contract” to establish rules for their class for the rest of the year. Monday was the first day of school for Dora and Floyd schools.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The first day of school brings a new experience for students in Roosevelt County school districts — an opportunity to improve from the previous year. Students of the Floyd and Dora school districts returned to campus Monday for the start of the 2016-17 school year. Kasen East, a seventh-grade […]

Intro to college

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From left, Stephanie Sena, Kevin Macdonald and Aaron Flores operate the soundboard at the Eastern New Mexico University Community Fair Saturday evening.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The first day of Dawg Days at Eastern New Mexico brings with it excitement and a little bit of anxiety about the college experience, according to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Incoming students said they are most excited about meeting new people on a small and friendly campus. But […]

Reading, writing, arithmetic

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Valencia Elementary School Teacher Amy Barlow gives third graders a tour of the library Friday morning on the first day of school.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The start of the school year brings with it excitement and confidence, according to local elementary school students and their parents. Fourth- and fifth-grade students who started school Friday said they look forward to the activities and subjects they’ll study during the school year. Valencia Elementary fourth-grade 9-year-olds Darren […]

Thanks to our military

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James Burns and Raymond Mondragon speak about door prizes to be raffled off during the event. Items included various TVs, a grill and smaller gifts with a combined value of about $5,000.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It’s nice to be appreciated. But sometimes it’s nicest to grab a bite and take an hour of two away from all of your duties and stresses. The men and women of Cannon Air Force Base got a little of both, as volunteerism came […]

School days begin

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Portales High School Science Teacher Jack Willis readies a projector for a presentation Thursday in preparation for the first day of school. Classes for Portales Municipal Schools begin today.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com With the first day of school getting underway in Portales today, teachers will be meeting and greeting the students that will be in their classes for the school year. In order to make the next year a positive experience for the students and themselves, area teachers said that they […]

Local artist on the rise

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Portales High School student Derek Gonzales, 15, won third place in the U.S. division of the International Aviation Art Contest.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A Portales High School student recently claimed a shot at an international art competition, one of many accolades he has claimed in his short art career. Derek Gonzales, 15, took third place in the U.S. division of the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest after his piece depicting a man […]

Educators get lesson in ‘Capturing Kids’ Hearts’

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Education Consultant Rose Jones explains how to develop social contracts to area educators at the Capturing Kids’ Hearts training program Tuesday morning at the Dora Schools library.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com In preparation for the new school year, local educators gathered Tuesday for a training program that “creates a student-centered culture in the classroom while re-igniting their passion for teaching,” according to Brandon Hays, principal of Dora Schools. The program, called “Capturing Kids’ Hearts”, “reminds them why they go into […]

Community gathers four generations

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Family and friends who formerly lived in New Hope — a small town that was south of Dora — join together for Sunday afternoon’s New Hope Centennial Celebration in Pep, New Mexico.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Memories of hard work and determination brought together four generations of family members who grew up in the small town of New Hope, New Mexico. New Hope was a small community located south of Dora, off of Roosevelt Road T. A centennial celebration of the town began Wednesday and […]

Local National Guard unit reunites

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Retired Brig. Gen. Jack R. Fox speaks at the first ever 642nd OD CO CRC (-) banquet. Fox spoke about the importance of remembering the National Guard members who came before.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Members of a local National Guard unit reunited at Eastern New Mexico University Saturday to gain a greater appreciation of their history and honor those who have supported them. At the first ever 642nd OD CO CRC (-) banquet at ENMU’s Campus Union Building, guest speaker retired Brig. Gen. […]

Almost there

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Ted Fares, left, and Wendel Sloan inspect the artificial turf on ENMU’s new football field, which is a multi-colored artificial turf that feels like grass.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After 11 months and $14.6 million spent, the new Eastern New Mexico University multi-purpose stadium will be completely operational by Aug. 15. Officially called the Al Whitehead Field at Greyhound Stadium, named in honor of the biggest donor for the project, the stadium is set to house ENMU football, […]

La Casa marks milestones

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Staff members of La Casa Family Health Center and Molina Healthcare register fair participants Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Employees and patients of La Casa Family Health Center all seem to agree that since founded 40 years ago, the facility has focused on the community and providing family-oriented service. “We’ve been able to serve a population that otherwise wouldn’t afford treatment,” said Marketing Director Kaitlyn White. “That’s our […]

Shoppers take a tax break

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Buz Goodson, owner of Bar G Western Wear, straightens straw hats Saturday during tax free weekend.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Portales businesses and customers alike reaped from the savings available during tax-free weekend Saturday as school supplies and clothing were bought. Several businesses, including Family Dollar, Bar G Western Wear and Bealls observed the state-wide weekend that suspends gross receipts tax. Jennifer Herrington, a supervisor at Bealls, said that […]

USDA shares drought relief resources

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USDA Farm Service Agency Program Specialist Anthony Chavez makes a presentation during Friday’s Agriculture Resource Fair at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and officials from a trio of USDA umbrella agencies huddled with local farmers and ranchers Friday as a means of potentially providing some relief from the stifling heat. “Based upon the drought conditions we’re facing in our communities and the devastating winter that […]

‘Hell or High Water’ makes debut

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com LUBBOCK — Chris Pine said he was proud of the work and awestruck by Jeff Bridges. Bridges said he just loves telling stories, especially when they’re about Texas. “Hell or High Water” came to the big screen Monday night in the form of a pre-screening at Alamo Drafthouses across […]

Amateur historian teaches Civil War lessons

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Paul Fischell, left, gives all the extra baggage a Civil War soldier would carry to Paul Acosta, 13, Saturday as part of his demonstration on bivouacking (camping) during the war between the states.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com       Paul Fischell put on his Union soldier uniform, picked up his musket and supplies and began to “bivouac” Saturday at Oasis State Park. Fischell, an amateur historian from Fort Sumner, went over the daily routines, materials soldier’s carried and the reality of a Civil War battlefield during his Civil […]

Retired Upward Bound director recognized

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Retirees from the Upward Bound program attended a reunion Tuesday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University to celebrate the efforts of retired director JoAnn Gibson.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Retirees and former employees of the Eastern New Mexico University Upward Bound program reunited to celebrate the efforts of retired director JoAnn Gibson Tuesday at the university’s Campus Union Building. Attendees of the ceremony worked with Gibson from the 1980s through the 1990s, according to Gibson. “I am humble,” […]

Car enthusiasts unite at show

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Cecil Burch strolls among the collector cars at the Portales Courthouse Monday during the Cruise in Car Show.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Classic car enthusiasts brought their blood, sweat and tears to the Third Annual Cruise in Car Show Monday, with 54 cars being shown off in the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot. Jerry Bailey, the president of the Desert Cruzers car club and director of the show, said they had […]

Entertainment variety planned for county fair

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4-H program is one of the most important parts of the Roosevelt County Fair, according to fair officials. The fair is next month.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The annual Roosevelt County Fair is approaching next month with a variety of entertainment, new and old, and some “family fun”, according to fair officials. The fair will be held Aug. 22-27, and according to Extension Office Secretary Sherri Best, daily ticket prices for the fair are $6 for […]