That’s using your head

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Team "Batmen" members Nacho Perez, Kalob Nichols, Parker Yi and Steven Newell were one of two teams of Portales Junior High School students who placed first at the Destination Imagination state tournament on April 11 in Albuquerque and will be advancing to the global finals in Tennessee on May 20-23.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Seven Portales Junior High School students will be traveling to Tennessee to compete in what is called the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world. The competition, which is called Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, is being held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on May […]

ENMU professor to give mentalist performance

Jon Barr

Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, who will be performing a mentalist show at noon on Wednesday at the Portales Public Library. Can you explain what mentalism is? It’s sort of related to magic, but instead of using props, the premise […]

Family digs prehistoric open house

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Clark Earle, right, of Portales helps his son Quinten Earle set up a spear on an atlatl during Saturday’s Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric open house at the Blackwater Draw dig site.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com After an invite from a neighbor, Portales resident Clark Earle decided to take his children to the Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric Open House Saturday for the first time to see what all of the fuss was about. The annual open house, which has been held for more than […]

Cycle, car clubs come together for cause

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Ricky Ornelas, left, helps Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club members as they wash vehicles Friday evening to raise money for Ornelas’ father, Ricky Ornelas, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com When Los Reyes Car and Motorcycle Club President Ricky Ornelas was injured during a motorcycle accident last Sunday club members wasted no time organizing a fundraiser to help him get back on his feet and back on his bike. Los Reyes Vice President Vale Sotelo said Ornelas was caught […]

Mapping out the county’s byways

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Roosevelt County Geographical Information Systems technician and flood plain manager Johnny Montiel works at his four-screened computer updating county maps Thursday afternoon.

Staff Report With more than 1,200 miles of maintained roads to map, Roosevelt County Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technician and flood plain manager Johnny Montiel has a work load that never stops. Montiel, who works alone in the county’s GIS and rural addressing department, spends his days gathering information from across Roosevelt County for use […]

How they grow

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Second grade students at James Elementary admire recently hatched chicks from the embryology program. The 
program teaches students about the life cycle.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The annual three-week embryology program held at James Elementary came to an end on Wednesday with a lot of broken eggs. According to Ryan Craig, a 4-H agent with the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service that sponsors the program, it has been in the community for 15 years and […]

Field day focus: Canola

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Sangu Angadi, a New Mexico State University crop physiologist at the Clovis Ag Science Center, showed farmers dryland and irrigated canola plants Tuesday at the Canola-Wheat Field Day.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com For the layman, fields of bright yellow canola are simply pleasant to look at. But for local farmers and agriculture researchers, the crop is becoming an important, drought-tolerant option for winter planting in the region. “Precipitation is unpredictable,” said Sultan Began, a research specialist at the Clovis Ag Science […]

Texico man dies in train wreck near Roswell

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Jesse Coburn III of Texico died in this Southwestern train wreck early Tuesday and another unidentified person was seriously injured near Roswell.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A family member has confirmed Jesse Coburn III, 48, of Texico was killed Tuesday when a freight train struck another train head-on in southeastern New Mexico. Another crew member seriously injured in the crash is also believed to be from Clovis, although officials haven’t released names of other victims. […]

Clovis restaurant listed as being unsatisfactory

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Employees at Kripple Creek clean up the kitchen after the Monday lunch rush. The New Mexico Environmental Department red-tagged the restaurant after an inspection on Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Patrons of Kripple Creek Restaurant were greeted Monday by a bright red notice above the door handle reading “UNSATISFACTORY.” According to a press release from the New Mexico Environmental Department, inspectors downgraded the restaurant from “approved,” to “unsatisfactory,” put the notice on their doors to inform the public and […]

Floyd schools says goodbye to long-time educators

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Retiring School Speech Pathologist Liz Smith, left, and her husband, Phillip, visit with former Floyd student Alex Mendoza, a family friend, Sunday at a Floyd schools retirement reception.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com For Floyd Municipal Schools, the end of the current school year marks a lot of good-byes for students and faculty. Four of the district’s own are retiring after more than 20 years of service. • Superintendent Paul Benoit has 29 years in education with 10 years at Floyd and […]

Colorado man talks to athletes about his former life

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Colorado man Ethan Fisher talks to ENMU athletes Sunday about his former substance abuse and how it damaged his life.

Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Ethan Fisher’s story has taken a lot of twists and turns, most of them bad. It began with a promising high school athlete going to college to play basketball and turned into a man drinking 18 beers a night and doing ecstasy every day. Things continued to spiral downward for […]

Community art puts new twist on recycling

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Bryan Hahn works on his piece during the community art ptoject Saturday at the ENMU Arts and Architecture building.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com From the outside of the Eastern New Mexico University Arts and Architecture building it looked like a normal weekend of inactivity, but inside people of all ages were creating art using recycled material that will go on display later this summer. The ENMU Community Art Project, hosted by the […]

Third strike for sign

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Michael Valdez, 29, fled on foot Wednesday morning after crashing his car into the “Welcome to Portales” sign that greets visitors entering Portales from the north, according to police. The sign sustained minimal damage and Valdez has been charged with multiple violations, including a fourth-degree felony battery charge for allegedly kicking a police officer.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF PHOTO jlucero@pntonline.com For the third time in four years the “Welcome to Portales” sign that greets drivers entering Portales from the north has been damaged by an out-of-control vehicle. The sign was struck about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning by 29-year-old Michael Valdez, of Portales, who fled the scene on foot and […]

ENMU Foundation awards scholarships

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Eastern New Mexico University student Anna George receives the Alpha Psi Omega Endowment for Theatre Arts and Digital Cinema Arts  scholarship from ENMU Foundation President Stephen Doerr Tuesday afternoon during the Endowment Scholarship and Awards Ceremony at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com For Eastern New Mexico University senior Desiree Cooper, the school’s annual Endowed Scholarships and Awards Ceremony allows her to focus on learning. The annual awards ceremony, organized by the ENMU Foundation, took place Tuesday afternoon and delivered scholarships to students from each of the university’s colleges. ENMU Foundation Executive […]

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 […]