Cultural education kicks off

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Guest speaker Toyese Oyeyemi Jr. talks to students and members of the public about social determinants of healthcare for African Americans Monday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building as part of ENMU’s African American Affairs Black History Month events. African American Affairs’ Black History Month events will focus on the culture and accomplishments of African Americans.

Staff report With Black History Month in full swing, Eastern New Mexico University’s African American Affairs is looking to promote cultural awareness. During February Multicultural Affairs and African American Affairs will host multiple seminars and activities aimed at entertaining and informing the public about African American culture. African American Affairs Director Rochelle McClenton said the […]

Putting on a big show

Jacob “Lil Show” Brooks dives off the ropes to slam Philip “Lil Nasty Boy” Campbell during the final round of Friday’s Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation Show.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer They may not be the same size as your average wrestler, but the men who make up the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation are dedicated to giving their fans the biggest and best shows they can muster every week. Such was the case Friday evening at the YAM Theatre as […]

Helping lives at 55

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United Way volunteer Joseph Arora helps unload school supplies at the Clovis Municipal Schools main office during UWENM’s annual Stuff the Bus event in 2013.

Staff report Whether it’s feeding a hungry family or helping residents pay bills, United Way of Eastern New Mexico has been making a difference in Clovis and Portales for 55 years. United Way is beginning 2015 by celebrating 55 years in the area and the accomplishments it has made in aiding local communities. United Way […]

New York Polyphony to perform at ENMU

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The New York Polyphony will be playing at Eastern New Mexico University at 7 p.m. tonight at Buchanan Hall. The concert is free.

By Derek Major Staff writer The New York Polyphony will be making its second trip to Eastern New Mexico University for a performance at 7 p.m. tonight at Buchanan Hall. The group has been together since 2006 when it formed to record a Christmas album for a radio show. The group has recorded four […]

Trek of a lifetime brings couple closer together

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Darren Hooker gives a Power Point presentation to the Friends of the Portales Public Library about his trip with his wife Cecily last summer.

By Derek Major Staff writer Roosevelt County Undersheriff Darren Hooker and his wife were sitting at home early last year and picked out a movie to watch. The movie was about a doctor who goes to France after his son was killed while walking the Camino de Santiago, a Catholic pilgrimage route to the […]

Press problems resulting in late papers Thursday


To our readers: Thursday’s newspapers will be several hours late because of press problems this morning. We had to print the papers in Roswell. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Access will be available to our online replica edition for free. Just click on “ePaper Login” at the top of the page on our website. […]

School board election votes tallied

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Portales Junior High School physical education teacher Ann-Marie Bucksath casts her vote in Portales’ Position 5 school board race Tuesday afternoon in the Zia Room on the PJHS campus. Incumbent candidates in both Dora and Portales retained their school board seats after the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Two incumbent school board members in Portales and Dora retained their positions after the final votes were tallied during Tuesday’s countywide school board elections. Thirty-four votes allowed Portales’ Mary Rowley to keep her Position 5 seat on the Portales Municipal Schools board. Rowley’s opponent, Cody Brown, received 14 votes. […]

ENMU increases tuition by 6.5 percent

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Eastern New Mexico University cashier Debra Crozier tells freshman Tessa Ferguson her account balance and updates her student ID activity sticker Monday afternoon at the Administration Building. ENMU student’s will see a 6.5 percent increase in tuition starting this fall 2015.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Students at Eastern New Mexico University will be greeted with a 6.5 percent increase in tuition and fees this fall. ENMU’s board of regents approved the increase during a Jan. 23 meeting in Santa Fe. Scott Smart, ENMU’s vice president of business affairs, said the tuition and fees increase […]

A man’s treasure

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A vintage gas pump sits in Charlie Smart’s back yard. Smart has a collection of old gas station items, cigarette posters and other relics from yesteryear.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about antique collectors in Portales By Derek Major Staff writer From the outside, Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart’s house looks like any other — cars in the driveway, a manicured lawn and nice neighbors. But if you’re lucky enough to see his back […]

Road repair slow process

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Portales street department workers Bill Cicero, right, and John King fill in potholes on East Lime Street last month after Portales received more than 8 inches of snow. Road crews have spent the past three weeks clearing and repairing moisture-damaged roads, according to city and county officials.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With two weekends in a row full of moisture, Roosevelt County and city of Portales employees have been struggling to clear and maintain roads. County Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato said the snow and rain the region has received in recent weeks has led to the deterioration of roads around […]

Rams cheer team brings home championship

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Portales Cheer coach Amy Green celebrates with her team afer winning the high school intermediate bracket at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 24.

By Derek Major Staff writer The Portales Rams cheer team won a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Championships competition at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 24. Portales won in the cheer high school intermediate bracket, defeating teams from Texas, Tennessee and Florida. “It was really exciting to win this year,” said team member Anja […]

Red or green?

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Marissa Hyde, new media coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University, sports her New England Patriots jersey at her desk Friday afternoon in the ENMU Administration Building. Hyde said she wears her Patriots attire during the week leading up to every Patriots game.

By Joshua Lucero New England Patriots fan Marissa Hyde has her fan outfits planned out for the weekend in preparation for her team’s appearance in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX. Hyde, like most football fans, will be glued to a television set Sunday to watch the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots go head […]

Hard work has rewards

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Elida Middle School teacher Paula Tibbs works with Logan Victor on Thursday afternoon in their seventh-grade social studies class.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor After claiming local and state awards, an Elida middle school teacher is waiting to see if she won at the national level. Paula Tibbs was nominated for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for middle school teacher of the year. Tibbs said fellow teacher […]

Renovation bond gets approval

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Students sit in the Golden Library Wednesday. A $18 million bond 
proposal to renovate the library, apartments on west campus and to 
build a multi-purpose athletic center was approved by the New Mexico 
Higher Education Department.

Derek Major Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University received approval for a $18.66 million bond to make renovations to the Golden Student Success Center, apartments at west campus and to help build the multi-purpose athletic center. Scott Smart, ENMU’s Vice President of Student Affairs and President Steven Gamble made a presentation to the New […]

Work-ready students

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Portales High School students Isaac Vigil, left, and Tanner Rawdon, right, cut copper to inlay in a belt buckle Tuesday afternoon during the school’s vocational Metal Working Engraving class. Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district is looking to add more vocational classes in the fall for students who don’t plan on attending college and those looking to get a jump start on earning college credit.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Portales High School students may have more vocational options beginning in the fall. Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district is looking into adding more vocational classes to it’s course offerings for students who don’t want to attend college after graduating and students looking to get a […]

Small businesses in small towns not safe from hackers


By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Residents got an education Tuesday at the Yam Theatre when Richard Bradfute told them just how vulnerable they are to having their technology systems hacked. Bradfute, who has 24 years of experience in information technology management and has spoken at similar venues around the U.S., told more than 150 […]

Audience called acrobat performance ‘incredible’

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Xiao Limeng balances himself with one hand on top of a rod while fellow performer Bai Eryong grabs bricks for Limeng to add to his balancing act Monday night in the CUB ballroom. Limeng added two bricks to each rod while performing acrobatic stunts while balanced on top of them.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Incredible and unique were a few of the words Eastern New Mexico University freshman Michael Poynor used to describe the acrobats of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobat team. ENMU’s Multicultural Affairs invited the acrobat team from the Bureau of Lectures & Concert Artists to perform Monday evening as part of […]

ENMU students happy to be back on campus

Kyle Harmon and a friend work out their schedules while 
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Lindsay Bost lounges on a couch and reads a book Monday at the ENMU Campus Union.

Derek Major Staff writer While many students at Eastern New Mexico University spent the semester break on their couch or visiting friends and family, Kyle Harmon of Rio Rancho spent his break helping a family member. “I helped my family out a lot,” said Harmon, a digital film major. “My grandma is old and […]

‘Confetti’ takes prize

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Senior division winner Alyssa McAlister hugs spelling bee judges Friday afternoon after taking the win with the word confetti. McAlister won a $500 scholarship, a plaque, and a spot in the New Mexico State Spelling Bee March 21 in Albuquerque.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With a scholarship and a trip to the New Mexico State Spelling Bee on the line, Dora seventh-grader Alyssa McAlister looked down at her notepad and spelled “confetti” to take the 2015 Roosevelt County Spelling Bee championship. “God gave me a gift,” McAlister said of her spelling skills. “I […]

ACA newest tax change

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Clovis CPA John Schonberger looks over 
several hundred pages of Affordable Care 
Act guidelines Friday afternoon in his 
office. Schonberger said the ACA will be 
one of the hardest parts of filing taxes this year.

By Alisa Boswell and Joshua Lucero Staff writers With tax season kicking off this week and W-2s piling in, the question that may be lingering in is what do I need to know about filing this year? Local Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are warning taxpayers the Affordable Care Act is the biggest change with filing […]