Hall of honors 2013

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CMI staff This year, Eastern New Mexico University inducts five new members into its Hall of Honors. The five selected, in alphabetical order, are: Phil Clabaugh, former ENMU baseball coach Lindsey Davison-Masiarek, former Zia volleyball setter Mike Maguire, former ENMU volleyball coach and athletic director Elizabeth Richards-Capps, former Zia basketball forward Tommy Joe Smith, former […]

PHS topples Clovis

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Nothing specific was really on the line when Clovis played Portales in volleyball on Thursday night at the Ram Athletic Center. That doesn’t mean the teams didn’t go hard at each other in what amounted to a rubber match for the season. Staring at a likely 2-1 deficit […]

The community has taken up a collection for Sunlands laid off employees

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Marnee Stratton stood at the beginning of a line, placing bars of soap in empty boxes that were passed to her Thursday morning. Stratton was part of a volunteer assembly line that packed the boxes with household essentials to distribute to the 100 laid-off workers from the Sunland […]

Gallery is local art staple

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Art Department intern Betsi Ordonez Santos refreshes the Runnels Gallery guest book to prepare for a new exhibit that started Wednesday featuring the works of Santa Fe artist Patricia Pearce.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library has been an art staple in the community, not just at the university. The space provides a home for a variety of artwork to be shared with students and the community, and features an array of artists that […]

My Turn: Curious Chris ‘edu-tains’ locals

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For 15 years, Chris Harrell taught elementary students in Portales and Clovis, reinforcing lessons with clever original songs performed on guitar, harmonica and jug band instruments. When he retired in May from Bella Vista Arts Academy in Clovis, Chris happily closed his grade book and waved farewell to “all the hoopla that goes along with […]

Portales couple carries on family tradition of grinding own red chile powder

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For the last 37 years, Corrine Gonzales goes through a day-long process of cutting, toasting and grinding red chiles. The year supply produces about eight to 10 large jars of chile powder, about the amount her family can consume in a year. It’s a tradition she inherited from […]

Communty program addresses dangers of teen impaired driving

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Melvin Nusser said in the 12 years he’s been principal at Portales High School, he’s thankful that none of his students have died in an accident caused by drinking and driving. He hopes that will remain unchanged through awareness brought to his students and the school’s community through […]

Portales school board non-committal on proposed $1 million share of stadium financing

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 Whether Portales schools decides to support an $8 million Eastern New Mexico University football stadium by paying an eighth of its cost through a bond election is only up for discussion right now, says the district’s Superintendent Johnnie Cain. After ENMU was able to secure half the funding […]

Music, shopping at peanut festival’s second day

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The main walking area at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was lined with food vendors, leading to musical entertainment on the concrete slab. The fairgrounds hosted the annual Peanut Valley Festival, which continues 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds offers a chance to grab something to eat, dance to local musicians and fill the Christmas stockings without fretting about a Black Friday that’s a month away. Or, for brevity’s sake, it’s time to go nuts. The 40th running of the Peanut Valley Festival, […]

Sunland preparing for bankruptcy since April

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The Sunland peanut plant closed on Oct. 7.

Officials say ‘things happened’ Oct. 7 to force closing By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com and Christina Calloway CMI Senior Writer ccalloway@pntonline.com   Defunct peanut processor Sunland Inc. may have stunned and surprised Portales and much of eastern New Mexico by declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors this month. But documents filed in federal […]