ENMU stadium accord reached

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales Municipal Schools’ role in the construction and operation of Eastern New Mexico University’s new stadium as part owners was confirmed Monday when ENMU’s Board of Regents approved a Joint Powers Agreement. The agreement says Portales schools, one of the largest contributors to the stadium’s $8 million cost, […]

Surprised Patterson named Floyd’s top citizen

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Fred Patterson, left, receives the Floyd Lions Club’s 2014 Citizen of the Year award from Paul Benoit, president of the club. Patterson is the Floyd Jamboree director and has been a part of the Lions Club since 1997.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A hard worker from the start is how many describe the 2014 Floyd Lions Club’s Citizen of the Year Fred Patterson. During the intermission of the Floyd Jamboree on Saturday, club President Paul Benoit presented the award to a shocked Patterson. “I never thought I would get this […]

Freshman Friday

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com For a long-standing tradition, the Lions Club Floyd Jamboree’s organizers love newcomers. Celebrating 64 years, Lions Club member Fred Patterson said new acts give the show and the house band a breath of fresh air. Friday night’s show featured two freshmen on the Jamboree stage among the mix of other veteran […]

Officials: 58 truckloads of peanut butter in Clovis landfill

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullucks
A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Lifetime of agriculture

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Portales High ag teacher Jerry Faver shows students how to identify different herbs for a horticulture produce contest. Faver said he likes to teach with a hands-on approach instead of from a book.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Most of Jerry Faver’s life has revolved around agriculture. Growing up on a ranch near Tucumcari and being involved in FFA while in high school helped him decide to become an […]

Grouse makes threatened list

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A male lesser prairie

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com In a decision the Fish and Wildlife Service admits isn’t appealing to governors of its five affected states, and a decision that local officials think may deserve an appeal, the lesser prairie chicken has been selected for placement as a threatened species. The decision by Fish and Wildlife […]

Sunland changes hands

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Community leaders say after days of uncertainty, they’re happy that Sunland Inc. has a new owner and are excited to work with the new community partner. Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll said Thursday the sale of the defunct peanut giant to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods Ltd., with […]

Learning to teach

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Amanda Jasson prepares her lesson plan for her student-teaching at Valencia Elementary. Jasson has to do a lesson plan for math, science and social studies for the fourth-grade class.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A native of Mexico, Amanda Jasson only knew how to speak Spanish when she enrolled in Dora schools at age 15. She remembers struggling to learn English. “My teachers were really patient with me and showed me what a teacher can really do,” Jasson said. After graduating high […]

Saxophonist Brad Leali jazzes up ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University music students rehearse music for their upcoming concert with saxophonist Brad Leali for Thursday’s Jazzfest program.

Of the many guest musicians that have traveled to Eastern New Mexico University throughout the years, ENMU’s music faculty is excited to bring saxophonist Brad Leali to Portales this week to work with its students for ENMU’s Jazzfest. Leali, a native of Denver and a professor of jazz saxophone at University of North Texas, has […]

Preservation effort

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
City officials met with concerned citizens Wednesday at the Portales Cemetery to determine if the 90-year-old elm trees can be revived.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The city has put a halt to cutting down ailing, 90-year-old elm trees at the Portales Cemetery after a group of concerned citizens interested in preserving them brought in an expert to show city officials the trees are salvageable. Portales business owner Micah Thompson said preserving the past […]