Construction finished at Portales McDonald’s

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer calloway@pntonline.com Tessa Smith said her four children had been asking for months about going to McDonald’s during their daily drive past the construction site. Tuesday’s opening of the newly constructed restaurant put an end to the inquiries and begging from her children. “We homeschool so we figure now is […]

Liar liar, yoga pants on fire

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“They can’t put something on the Internet that isn’t true.” “Where’d you hear that?” “The Internet. Oh look, here comes my date. I met him on the Internet. He’s a French model.” “Uh … bon jour.” — State Farm commercial, 2012   Be it Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, Conan, Fallon or Ferguson, I don’t watch any […]

ENMU sets new enrollment record

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jessica Bryan said choosing to attend Eastern New Mexico University this fall was an easy choice for her. “It’s cheaper and I also got a scholarship. It’s not home but it’s close to home,” said Bryan, a freshman from Clovis. “I liked the student to teacher ratio and […]

Farmers seeing green

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It isn’t rocket science. All farmers said they needed was precipitation for so many problems to be answered and the rainfall over the summer delivered more rain in three months than most farmers received in all of 2012. For Floyd farmer Allen Deen, the 16 inches of water […]

Couple claims prestigious honor

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year award is a prestigious honor that is given to the longest tenured members of the county. Winners are recognized at the Roosevelt County Fair by the Pioneer’s Association. Two awards are given, one to a single person, Evelyn Cater this […]

Radio drama to play out on stage

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A group of Eastern New Mexico University students, alumni and professors are excited to give area residents a new experience when it comes to listening to “the radio.” The group will simulate a radio show at 7 p.m. today at the ENMU University Theatre Center’s Main Stage, complete […]

Chinese student finds Portales friendly

Eric Norwood Jr.; Portales News-Tribune
Meiqi Zhao, 20, who goes by the name Acelin, works at the office of San Juan Village on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. Acelin is a transfer student from China who has been living in Portales for a year. She also works as a resident assistant on campus.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series about Portales transplants.  By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Every year, new people move to Portales from all over in hopes of attaining a degree, or due to them serving their country, or even for work. Meiqi Zhao, 20, who goes by the […]

House finch a delight in color and sound

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Males with the brightest feathers are highest in social rank among house finches.

By Tony Gennaro PNT Outdoors columnist Have you noticed a bird with red feathers on the head and breast in your yard? If so, you were observing a male house finch, a beautiful bird that is with us year-round. In addition to a show of color, the male announces the arrival of spring by uttering […]

Joining in harmony

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Choir participants play a name game to get to know one another better as they warm up for their first rehearsal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Heather Vest said the best thing about directing Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir is that all of her participants are excited to be there. It’s certainly the case for 10-year-old Emma Lazara of Clovis because no matter where she lives in the country, music is the one universal […]

ENMU stadium support sought

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
President Steven Gamble speaks at a Portales town hall meeting Tuesday on a proposal to use student fees to help pay for a new football and all-puprose stadium on campus at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com His audience at Tuesday’s town hall meeting was minuscule, but that didn’t stop Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble from spreading the message that the school needs help from students to fund a new on campus football stadium. Gamble covered the financial overview of the project, […]