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 [...]

United Way celebrates giving

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
 The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard opens United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s banquet Tuesday evening with the posting of colors.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Portales churches banded together to help the 100-plus people laid off after Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy in October, local pastor Brad Morgan said the $7.60 donation of one 10-year-old boy spoke volumes of the community’s giving spirit. It was a reminder that no donation is too [...]

Sunland going to auction again

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ordered a new auction for an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a 2012 salmonella outbreak. The trustee overseeing the liquidation of the now defunct Sunland Inc. in Portales had asked to be able to consider a $25 million cash offer that came in [...]

New CMI publisher no stranger to challenges

Tony Bullocks: Clovis Media Inc.
Mike Jensen comes to Clovis Media Inc. after a career of newspapers that most recently included his second stint at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Nearly 20 years ago, Mike Jensen took on a challenge he didn’t want or expect. It was an average Friday — April 30, 1994 — when a woman walked into Jensen’s office at the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyo., locked the door and pulled out a .22-caliber [...]

Juniors get first taste of ENMU

Lillian Bowe: Portales News Tribune
High school juniors and their parents look over booths of the different colleges Saturday at the Campus Union Building of Eastern New Mexico University. The event was part of ENMU’s annual junior preview day.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com High school junior Nicholas Gilbert of Clayton has been looking at universities across New Mexico that will fit his dream of becoming a nurse. He traveled three hours with his mother, Shella Gilbert to attend Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Junior Day preview day on Saturday. Gilbert was [...]

Springing into action

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Danny Lujan, Shane Cole, and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dave Baker, from left, work on getting the fountain pump out of Greene Acres Park Lake on Friday morning. The fountain pump repairs is part of the department spring work assignments.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com It’s officially spring in eastern New Mexico, and local entities are taking to the streets and parks to do a little sprucing up to get ready for a successful summer season. From manicuring green areas to clearing weeds, city crews in both Clovis and Portales are already hard at work maintaining [...]

Session reviewed

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Community members eat a barbecue lunch Thursday at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, held at the Yam Theatre.

Area lawmakers updated a packed room of community leaders on a wrapped-up legislative session before bidding farewell to one of their own Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Though some of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon was spent on the decision of Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, to step aside after 20 years, the [...]

Congressman’s immigration stance protested

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Somos Un Pueblo Unido organizer Marina Pina uses a bullhorn to work up the crowd of protesters.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rocio Vargas’ worries extend beyond that of the average mother’s. In addition to making sure her family is safe and sound, the 37-year-old fears she’ll be ripped away from the family she supports here in Portales because she’s a Mexican immigrant. Vargas said she’s seen it happen to [...]