Dawg Days kicks off

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days kicked off Saturday morning with ENMU faculty, staff, and student groups helping freshmen move into their dorms. “It (Dawg Days) is a great way for (freshmen) to get involved in school.” said Dawg Days counselor Diana Gallegos. Gallegos added, “It’s a fun way […]

Cashing in

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J’Lea Fuqua of Clovis awaits her chance to auction off her first-place heifer, Lilly, on Friday at livestock auction. It was Fuqua’s second year in a row taking first place and her fourth year showing heifers.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Lynnae Allen, 17, has spent much of her life raising dairy heifers; but it was her piggy bank that prevailed during the Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening at the Curry County Events Center. Allen sold her reserve grand champion dairy heifer for $7,250 — the most she’s ever […]

Ready or not

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Bill Strong, the theater teacher at Portales High School, and sophomore Emily Brown reminisce about her days in theater as a child at the school’s open house. Brown just transferred to PHS from an out-of-state public school.

By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com After 19 years of teaching, theater teacher Bill Strong was ready on Wednesday for another school year to start with the Portales Schools’ annual open house. Today is the first day of the new school year. “Ready or not, here the year comes,” Strong said. With 17 new teachers, […]

Program helps area educators learn about the lives of military students

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Educators from the local community were able to sample various MREs (Meal Ready to Eat) during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories,providing educators with a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell PNT correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Oper-ations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

‘Round-Up’ establishes student connections

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By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Approximately 65 fourth-12th grade students attended Cannon’s first Student Connection Round-Up, a day-long event designed to help military children at Cannon Air Force Base meet new friends before the start of the school year. “Our main goal for the event was to put […]

School board OKs bond tax increase

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The Portales Ram Athletic Center went through a series of renovations over the summer. School officials took a tour of the facility on Monday with Athletic Director Mark Gallegos presenting the debut of fresh paint to the gym’s walls. Other renovations include new fixtures in the locker rooms, new Ram graphics in the gym and locker rooms, and an updated Wall of Champions.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com An oversight of the Portales Municipal Schools funds pushed the Board of Education to vote in favor of a tax increase Monday on a general obligation bond. Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district’s financial advisors, RBC Capital, had a different figure for the district’s debt service than […]

Q&A: California transplant ready to get started

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A recent California transplant, LeAnn King was working with her horses when she received a call about a job opening for a DWI prevention specialist. The call came from Rikki Seat, Roosevelt County DWI Program coordinator. “She asked if I could come down to the office for an interview […]

Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

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Robin Williams died on Monday. He was 63. Here, the actor is pictured on the set of "The Crazy Ones" at 20th Century Fox Studios in November 2013.

Staff and wire reports Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay […]

Fun, games at health fair

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By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com Kimberly Bates and her 3- and 5-year-old sons went to La Casa’s health fair to get their child wellness check-ups and immunizations Saturday, but the children were more entertained by Sparky the fire dog. Sparky is the mascot at the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department, which participates in […]

Show of appreciation

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Organizers of Cannon Appreciation Day in Clovis were thrilled to have a turnout Friday of about 3,000 people, and it helped a little that the weather was nice too. Clovis Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said she appreciated the overcast sky that kept the crowds cool while celebrating Cannon Air […]

Cannon works to improve reputation

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Air Force Times received lots of backlash over its recent ranking of Cannon Air Force Base as number 10 out of 68 stateside bases in best bases to be assigned. The ranking prompted negative comments on military social site pages.

By Alisa Boswell CNJ correspondent Life at Cannon Air Force Base has room to improve but it’s getting better all the time, according to base officials. And there is evidence to support the claim. On July 28, the Air Force Times ranked the eastern New Mexico Special Operations base as the 10th best Air Force […]

School supplies supplied

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Danielle Swopes, left, and Lydia Wolf volunteer on Saturday for United Way’s Stuff the Bus. Wolf was volunteered by her mother but said she enjoys the work and cannot wait for next year’s event.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Robert Graham came to Wal-Mart on Saturday to drop off Eastern New Mexico University’s boxes of school supplies they collected for United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s Stuff the Bus campaign. Graham, coordinator of Alumni Affairs at ENMU, saw United Way needed help so he volunteered on the spot. […]

Days are loaded

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By Lillian Bow lbowe@pntonline.com A busy August kicks off this weekend, with both Stuff the Bus and the state’s tax-free weekend signaling a return to class. But there’s fun to be had as well. The Stuff the Bus campaign, a United Way of Eastern New Mexico effort at both the Portales and Clovis Wal-Mart locations, […]

On call around the clock

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Ashley Standish, left, Arise Sexual Assault Services advocate coordinator talks to Alexandra Miller, center, and Susan Morrison about the pamphlets they can hand out at the Arise office. Miller and Morrison volunteer for the Arise hotline.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Susan Morrison knows victims of sexual assault need someone to talk to. Having gone through the same things as the people who call the Arise Sexual Assault Services hotline, Morrison tries to […]

Teen wins title

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Kynzi Creighton, left, of Elida has been named the state’s junior beef ambassador for the 2014-2015 year.
Right of Creighton are Heather Stacy, Kaitlyn Farmer and Sage Mijares.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kynzi Creighton has held a lot of leadership roles growing up in an agricultural environment but she hopes to come into her own with her newest title. The 16-year-old from Elida won the honor of becoming the state’s new junior beef ambassador at a summer conference held by the New […]

Young player getting an early start

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Preston Jeffs, 9, received MVP for his position of defensive end at a football camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. Winning this award allows Preston to go to the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Preston Jeffs’ one dream is to play in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He already knows what college he wants to play football with as well — Oregon University. Preston, 9, is already preparing for his future by going to the Offense-Defense Football Camp, which hosts […]

Identification please

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By Lillian Bowe Staff photo lbowe@pntonline.com Over many years, photographs have been donated to Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library’s special collections, but these photos have no names to the people in them. The foyer of the library had open display cases that needed to be filled this summer and Catalog Librarian Debbie Lang had […]

Chemical-burned pug recovering

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Clovis, a pug found July 22 in Clovis, rests after undergoing eye surgery in Colorado Sunday. Lindsay Campbell, vice president of Colorado Pug Rescue, said Clovis is expected to make a full recovery in one to two months. Donations to cover costs are welcome.

Staff report A pug found suffering from chemical burns in Clovis has received eye surgery, according to Lindsay Campbell, vice president of Colorado Pug Rescue. Campbell said that the Colorado Rescue received the 2-year-old pug Saturday and had to take it in for emergency surgery Sunday after ulcers in the dog’s eyes ruptured. Campbell said […]

Some areas get more rain than others

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Tuesday’s flooding had drivers avoiding cones washed up from construction on South Knoxville Street.

Staff report Clovis and Portales received nearly one inch of rain each during Tuesday morning’s thunderstorms. Although scattered flooding was reported in Portales, city officials in Clovis reported only standing water from the steady rain that began about 8 p.m. Monday and continued through early afternoon Tuesday. De Baca County officials, however, were forced to […]

County treasurer, assessor and clerk’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday

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Several Roosevelt County offices will be moving into these portable buildings Thursday and Friday while the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s HVAC system is being replaced. The project is projected to take nine months.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A few offices located in the Roosevelt County Courthouse will be temporarily closed this week in preparation for a move to portable offices. The county treasurer, assessor and clerk will close at noon today and Wednesday before being relocated to portables in the courthouse parking lot for about nine […]