Eighteen of 20 degrees awarded by Wayland Baptist postgraduate

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Wayland Baptist University alumni Damon Pearce offered a special musical selection during Friday’s commencement ceremony. Pearce holds a master’s degree in Christian ministry from the school.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Master Sgt. Christopher Corralez knew he wanted to further his education, but wasn’t interested in online schooling. That led the active duty airman, stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and originally from Pecos, Texas, to pursue his bachelor’s in management at the Clovis branch of Wayland Baptist University. He received his […]

Lady Rams host SFIS in state opener

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Portales guard Francis Armijo reaches to try to knock the ball from Eastern New Mexico University guard Lakeeyscia Griffin during a scrimmage Thursday at Greyhound Arena. Griffin was part of a smattering of Zia basketball players helping Portales prepare for its Class 3A first round game tonight against Santa Fe Indian School.

BY KEVIN WILSON CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Kacie Terry’s memories at Greyhound Arena are worth forgetting. The senior guard, near the end of the Rams’ practice at Eastern New Mexico Thursday, could point to the exact spot a court over where she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament against Roswell High in the final seconds […]

Job search tools return

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David Douglas, a contractor for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board, installs a computer Thursday morning at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. The computer will be used for job services courtesy of the New Mexico Workforce Connection.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce staff and the Portales city manager are excited for the job searching tools and resources that have returned to Roosevelt County. Two computer kiosks were installed Thursday morning at the Chamber for the purpose of job searching to compensate for the closing of […]

Historic Free Fall – CannonConnections.com – March 7

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Historic 26 STS military free fall March 7, 2014 By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs History was made Feb. 28 at Melrose Air Force Range as two members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted the first Military Free Fall jump in conjunction with one of the many aerial assets […]

Science fair results

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Local results of the Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair that took place on March 1 at ENMU:  American Psychological Association Award: Kelsey Johns, Portales High School. Association for Women Geoscientists Award: Courtney Titus, Portales High School. Broadcom MASTERS awards: Jadyn Barnett, Charles Trammell, Miko Birdsong and Sofia Garbarino, Clovis Christian; Danielle van […]

Seeking ‘pop’ stardom

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Garret Hancock’s marriage proposal to his girlfriend Haley Perry was filmed and submitted to the Today show for a contest. The Portales couple is a finalist.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Haley Perry was underwhelmed by the apparent carpet shampooer she received from her boyfriend Garret Hancock for her 19th birthday last month — until she opened the box. Large balloons with wording popped up; the one that caught her eye had the word “marry” on it. Putting it […]

Brown Early Childhood applying for CYFD grant

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
This is one of the six classrooms in Brown Early Childhood Center that will be used if the school receives a state grant for a preschool for 4 year olds preschool.  Rebekah Flen, principal of Brown, said this is the first year Brown has applied for this grant.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Brown Early Childhood Center is applying for a grant from the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department that would create a public preschool for 4-year-olds. Rebecca Flen, the principal of Brown, has been writing the grant since February. “Brown has a Developmentally Delayed Pre-school for 2-, 3- […]

Salguero Ward A victor

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Ward A incumbent Antonio Salguero said he wants to get started on making those changes he vowed to make for his ward by improving the city’s cleanliness, streets and quality of life. The retired educator’s victory over opponent Veronica Pena in Tuesday’s Portales municipal election, 67 to 56 […]

Insurance seminar held

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Steve Morgan, front, sits with a La Casa outreach employee to assist individuals in signing up with the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange on Monday at the Yam Theatre.

  Roosevelt County farmer Robert Burnett feels the urgency to sign up for health insurance as the open enrollment deadline for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange nears. Burnett, like many other individuals in the state, is at risk of being penalized if he does not attain health insurance by March 31, per federal requirement. […]

Taking it to heart

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt General Hospital’s Director of Cardiopulmonary Health Alex Wynn, left, hooks up Francine Jimenez, a human resources assistant, to equipment conduct a stress test. Stress tests are often used to diagnose heart disease.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital’s staff will have ongoing conversations with its female patients about heart health given Roosevelt and Curry counties high rates of death cause by heart disease in women, according to RGH officials. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Roosevelt and Curry counties fall […]

Big crowd — scientifically speaking

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By Emily Crowe and Lillian Bowe CMI staff writers From figuring out the best way to shoot a basketball to testing which type of coin has more energy when used as a battery, young students from the region put their best scientific foot forward Saturday in Portales. Students, teachers, parents and judges converged on Eastern […]

Resale stores fuel charities

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Amber Hudson and her father Rick shop for light fixtures at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Clovis.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Disabled veteran Rick Hudson and his daughter Amber are working on fixing up his home, and managed to find a few affordable items at a resale shop in Clovis. Local branches of Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill have stores outfitted with gently used goods available at low prices to the public, […]

Cannon Connections – AFB News Feb 28

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Cannon honors Ratchet 33 February 28, 2014 By Senior Airmen Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Public Affairs Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing completed a ruck march and flag-folding ceremony, Feb. 18 at Cannon Air Force Base to commemorate the anniversary of “Ratchet 33,” a U-28A that crashed in Djibouti, Africa Feb. 18, 2012. […]

ENMU senior spreads message

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Eastern New Mexico University students Hailey Vandewiele, left, and Molly Chavez prepare for their performance in Vandewiele’s show at Columbus Elementary in Columbus. Vandewiele’s show focuses on themes of immigration and adolescence.

  Eastern New Mexico University’s Hailey Vandewiele never imagined a variety show about immigration in America she created for her senior project would gain such a big audience. The Oregon native just returned to Portales visiting several schools in New Mexico to share her story of Ariela, a Mexican teenager in the “1.5 generation” who […]

Boys behind the machines

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
From left, Jack Willis, Portales High School science teacher and robotics advisor, helps Nicholas Brown, Jaearold Asplund, Isaac Brown and Christopher Leap with designing the robot that will be used at the RoboRAVE competition in May.

Jaearold Aspulnd has always found robots interesting. He finds how they are built and programed to do certain tasks to be the most interesting. The freshman is a part of the Portales High School robotics program that consists of 12 students. These students participate in two main competition where they must design and program robots. […]

Lady Rams gain district tourney finals

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Getting ready to face rival Lovington again, the Portales Lady Rams have to feel better about themselves than they did after Friday’s relatively close win at Ruidoso. This time, PHS overwhelmed the Lady Warriors with aggressive fullcourt defense, built a 35-9 lead late in the first half and […]

Q&A: Artist paints from connections

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Sherry Shiner, left, and daughter Piandria Shiner talk about their art, which is being exhibited at the Golden Library as part of Black History Month. Sherry’s art consists of subjects, she finds inspiring and what she connects too.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University alumna Sherry Shiner’s art is being featured at the Golden Library as part of the Black History Month Celebrations. The art at the Golden Library, Shiner said, displays her heritage. “I love to paint animals, especially from Africa, because I feel connection with them […]

Lottery scholarship, texting bills among those passed during Legislative session

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Within the 30-day state legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed 10 bills including the compromised $6.2 billion budget. Here are a few of the bills that will affect the local communities:   Lottery scholarships The Legislature combined several ideas to save the state’s lottery-funded scholarship program, which […]

My turn: Lots to love, in spite of it all

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I shall be brutally honest. I have a love-hate relationship with this place. One moment I’m rejoicing, the next I’m scowling. Who wouldn’t be beside themselves with glee when they’re eating a chocolate pecan shake from Pat’s? But then there’s the business of driving home and bouncing over the pot holes and drainage dips … […]

Hounds’ upset bid falls short

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By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Tarleton State has been pretty successful this season riding its hot hand, whether it’s De’Andre Upchurch or Chuck Guy. Saturday night, the pair were more than enough to clinch a share of the Lone Star Conference regular season title. Upchurch had 23 of his career-high 38 points in […]