Jazz Fest pushes the limits of musical talent

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Eastern New Mexico University Director of Jazz Studies Richard Schwartz directs the ENMU jazz ensemble during Jazz Fest rehearsals Monday afternoon in the Music Building on campus.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com This year’s Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Fest the two day event is a display of style, skill, and emotion from students and faculty alike. The annual event begins Friday night at 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall with performances from the ENMU jazz ensemble, jazz combo, students from Clovis […]

Big changes coming for local libraries

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The heavily used computers in the main section of the Portales Public Library will be updated with the funds from the library’s biennial $30,381 grant from a New Mexico government obligation bond. Library officials said the computers need to replaced every three years.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Portales Public Library recently received their biennial grant from the state through government obligation bond. “It’s a great relief on the city of Portales that the library receives this funding, and it doesn’t have to come out of the general fund budget that the city uses to support all […]

Portales resident featured on ‘Strange Inheritance’

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“Strange Inheritance” host Jamie Colby interviews Portales’ John Wall about the doll collection his mother left him.

Editor’s note: Jamie Colby is host of Fox Business Network’s new reality series, “Strange Inheritance.” In the show, Colby travels the country in search of people with unusual inheritances. An episode filmed in Portales will air at 7:30 p.m. Monday, featuring Portales resident John Wall and his inheritance of 5,000 dolls. What made John’s inheritance […]

Easter celebrations hosted around town

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Sharon Cissell, left, and Doris Welch visit the “The Altar of Burnt Offering,” the second station at The Tabernacle at Central Christian Church. The live tabernacle is one of the church events going on in conjunction with Easter at local churches.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Local churches will be celebrating Easter with a variety of special events throughout the weekend. There will be a special Easter Polynesian program presented by Eastern New Mexico University and featuring Polynesian football players at the Portales Church of Nazarene. “They’re a program of around 15-17 people and six […]

Future student veteran house leased

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Eastern New Mexico University Student Veteran Organization Coordinator Lori Brunsen talks to student veteran Alex Massey about their plans for a house on South Avenue F Wednesday. The organization plans to use it as a headquarters to help veteran students.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com People would likely guess that a hole-in-the-wall shack on South Avenue F is about to become something really special. The house has been leased to the Eastern New Mexico University Student Veterans Organization, which is about to turn it into a university USO-type (United Service Organization) facility for student […]

Learning to launch successful careers

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Guest speaker Arel Moodie tells students how to conduct themselves during job interviews Tuesday evening during the professional development dinner.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students looking for a competitive edge when entering the job market were in luck Tuesday night as guest speaker Arel Moodie explained how to interview for and retain a job. Moodie, a speaker who travels the country talking to students about getting to college, through […]

Armed robbery suspect apprehended

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Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, helps a customer Tuesday afternoon. One of Johnson’s employees was held at gunpoint Friday night when the store was robbed.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It didn’t take long for Portales police to arrest a man suspected of robbing a Portales smoke shop at gunpoint last week. Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, said his employee recognized William Valdez, 22, when he walked into the store at 10:30 […]

County wanting to use volunteers

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Capital projects and health care Administrator Mandi Park, left, and county Manager Amber Hamilton review a file together Monday afternoon in the county Administration Office, which is currently looking to utilize volunteers for secretarial work.

Staff report Beginning April 1, Roosevelt County residents will have the opportunity to become more actively involved with their local government. According to County manager Amber Hamilton, there is currently an opportunity within the courthouse administration. Due to the budget crisis, the courthouse office has dropped in personnel from 97 employees in July 2014 to […]

League seeking logo

The current Roosevelt County Little League logo.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A redesign is underway for the county’s baseball little league logo, but it’s not league officials who will be designing it. It’s you. “We had been talking about designing a new logo; we’ve had the same logo for a number of years,” said league board member Becky White. “We […]

Floyd’s Hinrichs honored

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Floyd Lions Club citizen of the year award winner Bruce Hinrichs accepts a plaque from Floyd Lions Club president Paul Benoit.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com When Bruce Hinrichs, like everyone else in the crowd at the Floyd Jamboree Saturday night, was anticipating the announcement of the 2015 Floyd Lions Club citizen of the year. He just didn’t expect to hear his name. “It’s one of those speechless moments,” Hinrichs said. “I was just humbled […]

Mirrors of chalk

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Janet Walker, left, pauses her chalk art as she and friend Idaly Velez talk to another friend Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University Sidewalk Chalk Competition. Walker won first place in the college division category.

By Derek Major and Alisa Boswell Staff writers Janet Walker’s eyes welled up with tears when she was announced the first place winner of the college division for the fifth annual Sidewalk Chalk Competition held Saturday in front of the Eastern New Mexico University Administration Building. “I can’t believe it,” Walker said. “I am so […]

High school juniors preview ENMU

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ENMU held its annual Junior Preview Day on Saturday for high school juniors and their parents to learn about the school.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com High school juniors filled the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Saturday for Junior Preview Day to see what the college has to offer. Parents joined their juniors at the event in an opportunity to learn more about ENMU from the faculty and staff. President Steven Gamble said the […]

Individuals, businesses honored

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Workhorse of the Year award winner Megan Hamilton, left, talks with Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong as they prepare to have their photo taken by Hamilton’s husband Bobby Hamilton, right, Friday night during the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the YAM theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Honored and surprised were a couple of the words that came to mind for Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong Friday night during the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Birdsong, Eastern New Mexico University’s Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment, said her heart […]

Jamboree opening jumping

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Portales native Will Banister sings “Cold, Cold Heart” during the opening night of the Floyd Jamboree. Banister has put out two albums and has toured across Europe.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com FLOYD — There was no denying the usual air of excitement Thursday night during the opening night of the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. The new addition of a dinner hour before the show gave long-time attendees a chance to catch up with old friends and reminisce about their […]

Steps to success

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District Judge Donna Mowrer takes questions Thursday after her speech at the Sandia Room of the ENMU Campus Union.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com District Judge Donna Mowrer told those attending a Women’s History Month luncheon Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University the most important key to success is to give back. Mowrer talked about her childhood and gave the mostly female audience three steps to becoming a successful woman. Maria Garcia, director […]

Golden Gloves glory

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Isabelle Garcia avoids the mitt of her trainer Juan Chavez as he simulates a boxer throwing a punch during their training session last Saturday.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Isabelle Garcia doesn’t mind getting punched in the face and likes to throw a few punches of her own. “It doesn’t bother me,” said Garcia. “I think it’s fun, it doesn’t hurt.” Garcia, 16, has been boxing since she was 9 and this weekend will have her first fight […]

Students talk about spring break

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(From left) Eastern New Mexico University students Alix Russel, Carla Anaya, and Eddie Rios take a selfie while in Las Vegas, Nevada for spring break last week.

By Joshua Lucero and Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITERS For Eastern New Mexico University junior Ashley Pipkin, spring break was a last minute adventure that included her first trip to the ocean and hiking in a national park. Pipkin, who left for California with friends when ENMU’s spring break began March 14, said her trip began […]

A special anniversary for a long-time event

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The annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree is approaching later this month with live classic and modern country music performed by locals. The event will be $7 per ticket and will be March 24-26 at the Floyd schools gymnasium.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com This year marks a special anniversary in Roosevelt County — it’s been 65 years since the annual fundraiser Floyd Lions Club Jamboree began. “It’s like an institution around here. Sixty-five years is a pretty good longevity,” said Master of Ceremonies Dave Nash. “If there’s anything longer than that, we […]

Here she is …

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Miss Portales 2015, Jessica Baird, is crowned by Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen Lindsey Day, left, and Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, right, during Saturday’s Miss Portales pageant.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Miss Portales pageant judges, choosing one winner from what they said was a pool of beautiful and intelligent young women was a difficult task. The pageant, which returned this month for the first time after a 21-year hiatus, featured seven Miss Portales contestants as well as five contestants […]

Breaking horses his living

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Tripp Townsend of Earth, on board Dallas Fort Worthy, shows what the horse can do at Friday’s afternoon Ranch Horse Competition & Demonstration at the Curry County Events Center. Townsend took first place in the competition.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Tripp Townsend grew up on a ranch, riding horseback and managing livestock in Earth and later on the Blackwater Ranch east of Portales. His dad urged him to do something else with his life and get a different job, but ranching is just in his blood. “It’s just all […]