Texico man dies in train wreck near Roswell

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Jesse Coburn III of Texico died in this Southwestern train wreck early Tuesday and another unidentified person was seriously injured near Roswell.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A family member has confirmed Jesse Coburn III, 48, of Texico was killed Tuesday when a freight train struck another train head-on in southeastern New Mexico. Another crew member seriously injured in the crash is also believed to be from Clovis, although officials haven’t released names of other victims. […]

Clovis restaurant listed as being unsatisfactory

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Employees at Kripple Creek clean up the kitchen after the Monday lunch rush. The New Mexico Environmental Department red-tagged the restaurant after an inspection on Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Patrons of Kripple Creek Restaurant were greeted Monday by a bright red notice above the door handle reading “UNSATISFACTORY.” According to a press release from the New Mexico Environmental Department, inspectors downgraded the restaurant from “approved,” to “unsatisfactory,” put the notice on their doors to inform the public and […]

Floyd schools says goodbye to long-time educators

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Retiring School Speech Pathologist Liz Smith, left, and her husband, Phillip, visit with former Floyd student Alex Mendoza, a family friend, Sunday at a Floyd schools retirement reception.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com For Floyd Municipal Schools, the end of the current school year marks a lot of good-byes for students and faculty. Four of the district’s own are retiring after more than 20 years of service. • Superintendent Paul Benoit has 29 years in education with 10 years at Floyd and […]

Colorado man talks to athletes about his former life

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Colorado man Ethan Fisher talks to ENMU athletes Sunday about his former substance abuse and how it damaged his life.

Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Ethan Fisher’s story has taken a lot of twists and turns, most of them bad. It began with a promising high school athlete going to college to play basketball and turned into a man drinking 18 beers a night and doing ecstasy every day. Things continued to spiral downward for […]

Community art puts new twist on recycling

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Bryan Hahn works on his piece during the community art ptoject Saturday at the ENMU Arts and Architecture building.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com From the outside of the Eastern New Mexico University Arts and Architecture building it looked like a normal weekend of inactivity, but inside people of all ages were creating art using recycled material that will go on display later this summer. The ENMU Community Art Project, hosted by the […]

Third strike for sign

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Michael Valdez, 29, fled on foot Wednesday morning after crashing his car into the “Welcome to Portales” sign that greets visitors entering Portales from the north, according to police. The sign sustained minimal damage and Valdez has been charged with multiple violations, including a fourth-degree felony battery charge for allegedly kicking a police officer.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF PHOTO jlucero@pntonline.com For the third time in four years the “Welcome to Portales” sign that greets drivers entering Portales from the north has been damaged by an out-of-control vehicle. The sign was struck about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning by 29-year-old Michael Valdez, of Portales, who fled the scene on foot and […]

ENMU Foundation awards scholarships

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Eastern New Mexico University student Anna George receives the Alpha Psi Omega Endowment for Theatre Arts and Digital Cinema Arts  scholarship from ENMU Foundation President Stephen Doerr Tuesday afternoon during the Endowment Scholarship and Awards Ceremony at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com For Eastern New Mexico University senior Desiree Cooper, the school’s annual Endowed Scholarships and Awards Ceremony allows her to focus on learning. The annual awards ceremony, organized by the ENMU Foundation, took place Tuesday afternoon and delivered scholarships to students from each of the university’s colleges. ENMU Foundation Executive […]

Zia Pueblos say they want symbol used respectfully

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Eastern New Mexico University students voted to drop the Zia symbol from their women’s athletics on April 9 due to the Zia Pueblo people no longer wanting it used 
commercially, according to university officials.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students voted April 9 to discontinue the use of the name Zias for women’s athletics — much to the disappointment of some alumni. The ENMU Alumni Association Board backed the decision as well as a majority of the student body, who voted to change the […]

Professors ride to fund student trip

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Eastern New Mexico University Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mary Ayala races fellow professors Friday afternoon during the ENMU American Choir Directors Association Stages of Life Relay race at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With nothing but their pride on the line, Eastern New Mexico University professors took to their tricycles Friday afternoon for a fun fueled race to help choir students fund a trip to Carnegie Hall. Professors at ENMU were enlisted by American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) students to race in […]

Foreign students enjoyed time at university

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Students wearing sashes to represent their native countries Friday at the International Graduation Ceremony.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Jehmaine Brooks never heard of Portales until he got a scholarship offer to play soccer at ENMU. After four years he calls it his home. “I came here not knowing what Portales was at all, but I came on a soccer scholarship,” Brooks said. “If it wasn’t for Eastern […]

ENMU gives highest honor

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Eastern New Mexico University Employee Bryan Hahn accepts his Spirit of Eastern Award on stage at the ENMU theater Wednesday during the awards ceremony. Award recipients from 2014 presented the awards to this year’s recipients.

STAFF REPORT There is no higher honor than the Spirit of Eastern Awards, according to President Steven Gamble. “Every person at Eastern is important to the university, no matter where he or she works,” Gamble told his audience of staff and faculty members Wednesday afternoon during the 2015 awards ceremony in the campus theater building. […]

Mobile home goes up in flames

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Chuck Wells surveys his fire-ravaged home on South Roosevelt Road P Tuesday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com A few stray sparks was all it took for Portales native Chuck Well’s home to go up in flames Saturday afternoon. Wells, who was cutting through metal with a plasma cutter beside his home, became the second person in Portales to lose their home to fire in less than […]

Dogs train to protect

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Amber Roos Holds back her German Shepherd Armino Sunday after she gave him the command to be in defensive stance against her pseudo attacker.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Mountain Cur Mattie Ross is just your ordinary house dog, relaxing in the sunshine in her backyard as owner Alison Hales scratches her ears — at least on most days. When the Blackwater K9 Protection Club meets on weekends, Mattie can turn from household pet into vicious attack animal […]

County little league gets new logo

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These two logos were the two finalists out of 75 entries for the new Roosevelt County Little League logo. On opening day Saturday, league participants voted for the logo on the right as the new league logo.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Little League baseball now has a new logo for their 2015 season, an original work of art by local artist Joshua Pacheco, of Avenor Design. “All the board members that I talked to picked this one as their favorite, so we’re happy with the county’s vote.” RCLL […]

Jazzing up the nights

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Assistant Professor of Music Richard Schwartz performs a solo during the festivals opening Saturday evening. Schwartz directed the jazz ensemble and played saxophone during Saturday’s performance.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Once a year, Eastern New Mexico University’s Jazz Fest brings a different style of music to the ears of students and locals. During the event’s Friday and Saturday night shows, attendees were able to experience original and standard jazz compositions performed by ENMU’s jazz ensemble, jazz combos, and local […]

Lectureship comes to close

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From left, authors Connie Willis, Laura Mixon and Steven Gould talk literature with young writers Saturday morning at Portales Public Library. The writer’s workshop was the closing event for the annual  Jack Williamson Lectureship.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The Jack Williamson Lectureship came to a close Saturday morning with a Young Writer’s Workshop at the Portales Public Library. Visiting authors Connie Willis, Laura Mixon and Steven Gould spent the morning “talking shop” with young readers and writers, covering topics like the unreliable narrator, who “lies” to readers […]

Portales home ravaged by fire

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Monica Baca, left, and her son Cory Baca, right, look through the charred remains of their house for salvageable items Thursday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Within 25 minutes Tuesday evening, Monica Baca’s 1416 North Abilene home of more than 25 years was engulfed in flames. Baca’s home, which she shares with her son Cory Baca, 25, was a charred mess of the family’s belongings, the results of a fire which started shortly after Cory […]

Working because ‘the trash don’t stop’

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City of Portales sanitation worker Cess Cano greases the hydraulic arm of a garbage truck Thursday afternoon at the Portales Public Works Complex. The city hauls an estimated 10,000 tons of garbage to the Clovis landfill annually, according to the City of Portales website.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With more than 3,000 Dumpsters to empty each week, the City of Portales sanitation department has its work cut out. The department, responsible for the disposal of the city’s solid waste, employs six full-time workers for trash pick up and one full-time employee to run the city’s convenience center. […]

Engineering students get internship opportunity

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ENMU’s engineering group hired by ONCOR and instructor, from left, are Mike Urioste, Dr. Allamazedah,  ETT instructor, Laurie Jacoby, Ricardo Hernandez, Kuuleiokealo Vonschriltz, Jon Patman, Lance Miller, Shawn Martinez(sitting) and Mathew Encinias.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com A group of students from the electronics engineering program at Eastern New Mexico University have been hired for an internship with ONCOR Electric Delivery. ONCOR is a regulated electric transmission and distribution company that serves 10 million customers across the state. It’s Texas’ largest regulated electric delivery business and […]

Local teen vocalist takes top honor

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Carter, pictured on his album “Legends,” began playing the fiddle at age 7.

Staff report A Portales teen was named 2014 Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Coby Carter, 19, said he was honored to take the title. “I was shocked and thrilled,” Carter said. “I’d been singing for about a year and a half before I cut the album, and […]