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 […]

Rams open with sweep

Eric Norwood Jr.: Clovis Media Inc.

Portales sophomore pitcher Grant Wagner delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Rams’ season opener Tuesday against Santa Fe Indian School.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Portales Rams started the 2014 baseball season on a dominant note, beating Santa Fe Indian School by two 10-0 mercy-rule victories on Tuesday at Ram Field. Junior outfielder Darin Bonem went 4-for-6 with nine runs batted in over the two games, while sophomore pitchers Grant Wagner […]

Shootout at noon

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Players prepare for a rebound Tuesday during a pickup game in the Greyhound Arena’s north practice gym.

  What started as casual games of basketball has flourished into a daily tradition of camaraderie, exercise and fun; and the players say if you’re not there, you’re missing out. Every weekday at noon, people from the Roosevelt and Curry county communities gather to play pickup games of basketball at Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound […]

A life’s work

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Patricia Saylor works on her lesson plan for one of her classes she teaches at Eastern New Mexico University. Saylor teaches and is the program director of ENMU’s social work program. Saylor has been working at ENMU for five years.

  Patricia Saylor, a professor and social work director at Eastern New Mexico University, has more than 30 years experience in the field. Saylor worked with the State of New Mexico, Children, Youth and Families Department and the State of Oklahoma. Saylor said social work field include working in hospitals, prisons, hospice, universities, schools and […]