Zia Pueblos say they want symbol used respectfully

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Eastern New Mexico University students voted to drop the Zia symbol from their women’s athletics on April 9 due to the Zia Pueblo people no longer wanting it used 
commercially, according to university officials.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students voted April 9 to discontinue the use of the name Zias for women’s athletics — much to the disappointment of some alumni. The ENMU Alumni Association Board backed the decision as well as a majority of the student body, who voted to change the […]

Professors ride to fund student trip

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Eastern New Mexico University Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mary Ayala races fellow professors Friday afternoon during the ENMU American Choir Directors Association Stages of Life Relay race at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With nothing but their pride on the line, Eastern New Mexico University professors took to their tricycles Friday afternoon for a fun fueled race to help choir students fund a trip to Carnegie Hall. Professors at ENMU were enlisted by American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) students to race in […]

Foreign students enjoyed time at university

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Students wearing sashes to represent their native countries Friday at the International Graduation Ceremony.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Jehmaine Brooks never heard of Portales until he got a scholarship offer to play soccer at ENMU. After four years he calls it his home. “I came here not knowing what Portales was at all, but I came on a soccer scholarship,” Brooks said. “If it wasn’t for Eastern […]

ENMU gives highest honor

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Eastern New Mexico University Employee Bryan Hahn accepts his Spirit of Eastern Award on stage at the ENMU theater Wednesday during the awards ceremony. Award recipients from 2014 presented the awards to this year’s recipients.

STAFF REPORT There is no higher honor than the Spirit of Eastern Awards, according to President Steven Gamble. “Every person at Eastern is important to the university, no matter where he or she works,” Gamble told his audience of staff and faculty members Wednesday afternoon during the 2015 awards ceremony in the campus theater building. […]

Mobile home goes up in flames

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Chuck Wells surveys his fire-ravaged home on South Roosevelt Road P Tuesday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com A few stray sparks was all it took for Portales native Chuck Well’s home to go up in flames Saturday afternoon. Wells, who was cutting through metal with a plasma cutter beside his home, became the second person in Portales to lose their home to fire in less than […]

Dogs train to protect

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Amber Roos Holds back her German Shepherd Armino Sunday after she gave him the command to be in defensive stance against her pseudo attacker.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Mountain Cur Mattie Ross is just your ordinary house dog, relaxing in the sunshine in her backyard as owner Alison Hales scratches her ears — at least on most days. When the Blackwater K9 Protection Club meets on weekends, Mattie can turn from household pet into vicious attack animal […]

County little league gets new logo

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These two logos were the two finalists out of 75 entries for the new Roosevelt County Little League logo. On opening day Saturday, league participants voted for the logo on the right as the new league logo.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Little League baseball now has a new logo for their 2015 season, an original work of art by local artist Joshua Pacheco, of Avenor Design. “All the board members that I talked to picked this one as their favorite, so we’re happy with the county’s vote.” RCLL […]

Jazzing up the nights

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Assistant Professor of Music Richard Schwartz performs a solo during the festivals opening Saturday evening. Schwartz directed the jazz ensemble and played saxophone during Saturday’s performance.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Once a year, Eastern New Mexico University’s Jazz Fest brings a different style of music to the ears of students and locals. During the event’s Friday and Saturday night shows, attendees were able to experience original and standard jazz compositions performed by ENMU’s jazz ensemble, jazz combos, and local […]

Lectureship comes to close

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From left, authors Connie Willis, Laura Mixon and Steven Gould talk literature with young writers Saturday morning at Portales Public Library. The writer’s workshop was the closing event for the annual  Jack Williamson Lectureship.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The Jack Williamson Lectureship came to a close Saturday morning with a Young Writer’s Workshop at the Portales Public Library. Visiting authors Connie Willis, Laura Mixon and Steven Gould spent the morning “talking shop” with young readers and writers, covering topics like the unreliable narrator, who “lies” to readers […]

Portales home ravaged by fire

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Monica Baca, left, and her son Cory Baca, right, look through the charred remains of their house for salvageable items Thursday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Within 25 minutes Tuesday evening, Monica Baca’s 1416 North Abilene home of more than 25 years was engulfed in flames. Baca’s home, which she shares with her son Cory Baca, 25, was a charred mess of the family’s belongings, the results of a fire which started shortly after Cory […]

Working because ‘the trash don’t stop’

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City of Portales sanitation worker Cess Cano greases the hydraulic arm of a garbage truck Thursday afternoon at the Portales Public Works Complex. The city hauls an estimated 10,000 tons of garbage to the Clovis landfill annually, according to the City of Portales website.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With more than 3,000 Dumpsters to empty each week, the City of Portales sanitation department has its work cut out. The department, responsible for the disposal of the city’s solid waste, employs six full-time workers for trash pick up and one full-time employee to run the city’s convenience center. […]

Engineering students get internship opportunity

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ENMU’s engineering group hired by ONCOR and instructor, from left, are Mike Urioste, Dr. Allamazedah,  ETT instructor, Laurie Jacoby, Ricardo Hernandez, Kuuleiokealo Vonschriltz, Jon Patman, Lance Miller, Shawn Martinez(sitting) and Mathew Encinias.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com A group of students from the electronics engineering program at Eastern New Mexico University have been hired for an internship with ONCOR Electric Delivery. ONCOR is a regulated electric transmission and distribution company that serves 10 million customers across the state. It’s Texas’ largest regulated electric delivery business and […]

Local teen vocalist takes top honor

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Carter, pictured on his album “Legends,” began playing the fiddle at age 7.

Staff report A Portales teen was named 2014 Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Coby Carter, 19, said he was honored to take the title. “I was shocked and thrilled,” Carter said. “I’d been singing for about a year and a half before I cut the album, and […]

Jazz Fest pushes the limits of musical talent

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Eastern New Mexico University Director of Jazz Studies Richard Schwartz directs the ENMU jazz ensemble during Jazz Fest rehearsals Monday afternoon in the Music Building on campus.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com This year’s Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Fest the two day event is a display of style, skill, and emotion from students and faculty alike. The annual event begins Friday night at 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall with performances from the ENMU jazz ensemble, jazz combo, students from Clovis […]

Big changes coming for local libraries

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The heavily used computers in the main section of the Portales Public Library will be updated with the funds from the library’s biennial $30,381 grant from a New Mexico government obligation bond. Library officials said the computers need to replaced every three years.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Portales Public Library recently received their biennial grant from the state through government obligation bond. “It’s a great relief on the city of Portales that the library receives this funding, and it doesn’t have to come out of the general fund budget that the city uses to support all […]

Portales resident featured on ‘Strange Inheritance’

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“Strange Inheritance” host Jamie Colby interviews Portales’ John Wall about the doll collection his mother left him.

Editor’s note: Jamie Colby is host of Fox Business Network’s new reality series, “Strange Inheritance.” In the show, Colby travels the country in search of people with unusual inheritances. An episode filmed in Portales will air at 7:30 p.m. Monday, featuring Portales resident John Wall and his inheritance of 5,000 dolls. What made John’s inheritance […]

Easter celebrations hosted around town

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Sharon Cissell, left, and Doris Welch visit the “The Altar of Burnt Offering,” the second station at The Tabernacle at Central Christian Church. The live tabernacle is one of the church events going on in conjunction with Easter at local churches.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Local churches will be celebrating Easter with a variety of special events throughout the weekend. There will be a special Easter Polynesian program presented by Eastern New Mexico University and featuring Polynesian football players at the Portales Church of Nazarene. “They’re a program of around 15-17 people and six […]

Future student veteran house leased

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Eastern New Mexico University Student Veteran Organization Coordinator Lori Brunsen talks to student veteran Alex Massey about their plans for a house on South Avenue F Wednesday. The organization plans to use it as a headquarters to help veteran students.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com People would likely guess that a hole-in-the-wall shack on South Avenue F is about to become something really special. The house has been leased to the Eastern New Mexico University Student Veterans Organization, which is about to turn it into a university USO-type (United Service Organization) facility for student […]

Learning to launch successful careers

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Guest speaker Arel Moodie tells students how to conduct themselves during job interviews Tuesday evening during the professional development dinner.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students looking for a competitive edge when entering the job market were in luck Tuesday night as guest speaker Arel Moodie explained how to interview for and retain a job. Moodie, a speaker who travels the country talking to students about getting to college, through […]

Armed robbery suspect apprehended

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Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, helps a customer Tuesday afternoon. One of Johnson’s employees was held at gunpoint Friday night when the store was robbed.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It didn’t take long for Portales police to arrest a man suspected of robbing a Portales smoke shop at gunpoint last week. Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, said his employee recognized William Valdez, 22, when he walked into the store at 10:30 […]