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 […]

Rain on the way

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Portales can expect up to 3 inches of rain over the next 48 hours, National Weather Service officials said on Wednesday night.

Staff report The National Weather Service is warning New Mexico to watch out for flash flooding. But Roosevelt County is mostly just looking to enjoy the rain. “We need this rain and I’m glad we’re getting it, especially with the drought we’ve been under for the last few years,” Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said […]

Sporting new kicks

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Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart hands out new shoes to brothers on Sept. 8.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Charlie Smart says Portales police are here to serve and protect. “And helping the community is part of the serving,” the police detective said. That’s why Smart has started “A Walk in Their Shoes,” which provides shoes to Portales school students in need of new footwear. The money for […]

Superintendent Johnnie Cain talks school

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Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain believes future teachers and schools will have to change at a faster pace and be more interactive to meet students’ needs.

Editor’s note: Johnnie Cain is beginning his second year as superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. He answered the following questions from Editor David Stevens via email last week: I understand the new football field will be ready by the fall of 2016. Why will it provide a better experience for the student athletes and their […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales

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Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., reads the U.S. Constitution as part of the event held on Friday at the Sandia Room at Eastern New Mexico University. Pearce went over what the document means and how it affects the country.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

Pumpkins roll in

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Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Pumpkins swiped from children’s center

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Lara Vaughan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center master teacher, looks at the damage caused to the pumpkin plant on Tuesday at the garden. Vaughan said four pumpkins were taken.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Learning how plants grow was one of the fun activities Lara Vaughan taught the children at Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The children tend to gardens and, since June, they had been growing a pumpkin plant. Vaughan said every day they would go outside and observe the […]

ENMU grad returns to comedy roots

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Steven Michael Quezada, a former ENMU student, said his comedy act is about family.

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communication Services Former Eastern New Mexico University student Steven Michael Quezada is returning to the Portales campus for a comedy act at 7 p.m. Monday in the ENMU Theater. The actor is known for his role as Steven Gomez on the Emmy-Award winning series “Breaking Bad.” “The show was not […]

Cannon appreciation day set

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Cannon children will be supplied with pumpkins to decorate during the annual Cannon Appreciation Day 
scheduled for Saturday in Portales. These unidentified youngsters were beneficiaries last year.

Staff report The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to show Cannon Air Force Base personnel how much they mean to the citizens in and around Portales. The Chamber’s annual Cannon Appreciation Day is scheduled Saturday and will feature games, live music, and food for CAFB personnel and their families. Karl Terry, the […]

Reunion brings Farwell native home

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Farwell’s Clayton Corn has toured as a keyboarder with Phil Vassar and Pat Green. He joins Vassar for tonight’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Clayton Corn loved the Friday night lights of West Texas, so much so that he would do triple duty at Farwell football games — offense, defense and halftime marching band. “I was awful at all of them,” Corn said. “Make sure in the article that I’m not claiming to be a […]

Cultural conclave

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 Maria Garcia, left, shows Annabel Jauregui a scrapbook of the Multicultural Affairs Office’s activities at Eastern New Mexico University.

Editor’s note: This series profiles the people behind the groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Annabel Jauregui, a sophomore majoring in communicative disorders and minoring in Spanish, is surrounded by multiple cultures and languages. She works in the Eastern New Mexico University Hispanic Affairs office, part of the […]

New dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, found mostly complete

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Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, a paleontologist at Drexel University, talks about the humerus of Dreadnoughtus schrani and its many muscle scans. Dreadnoughtus, which means "fears nothing," was discovered in Argentina by Lacovara.

Staff and wire reports It just might be the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed, according to a report released Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports. That’s why the discovery of a mostly complete Dreadnoughtus in Argentina is making headlines around the world. But that’s not why the curator at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum in […]

Saving science fiction

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 Gene Bundy, Eastern New Mexico University special collection’s librarian, puts away one of Jack Williamson’s books. Bundy spoke about the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at a convention held in August at Washington D.C.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A year ago, the special collections librarian at Eastern New Mexico University, Gene Bundy, received an email from the Society of American Archivists about how their convention has never hosted a panel on archiving science fiction. Since the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library is the third largest science fiction […]