Lunch and a recap

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District 64 Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, adds toppings to his bowl of chowder Friday afternoon at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber office prior to the start of his briefing of the recent legislative session.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Rep. Randy Crowder was the guest at “Chowder with Crowder,” as the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce helped him wrap up the recent legislative session. The luncheon for Crowder was sponsored by the chamber and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Crowder and Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, enjoyed bowls of […]

Protection bills made law

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Gov. Susana Martinez signs a bill into law Thursday afternoon at Southwest Cheese as supporters applaud.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez visited Southwest Cheese in Clovis Thursday afternoon to sign two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 72 and House Bill 270. A crowd from both agricultural and medical industries gathered around to witness the signing of these two bills. Senate Bill 72, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, […]

City correcting findings of audit

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Sen. Stuart Ingle, left, shakes hands with Webb Hutchens after Hutchens was honored for his 37 years of service as a coach at the Portales City Council meeting.

STAFF REPORT A presentation of results for the audit of fiscal year 2014-15 was given during the city council meeting on Tuesday night. According to Dahlia Garcia, senior accountant with Beasley, Mitchell & Company, the audit is comprised of three reports. “The main report of the audit is a report on the financial statements,” Garcia […]

Microbial research topic at meeting

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Wayne Baker, of the local chapter of the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association, comments to the room at large about the peanut industry in the region after a presentation Tuesday at the Peanut Growers annual meeting.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Microorganisms are the key to healthier crops, according to Systems Biologist Mary Lucero, who educated peanut industry officials on Tuesday. The annual New Mexico Peanut Growers Association meeting was held at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales Tuesday morning with Lucero as one of four presenters. During her Tuesday morning presentation, […]

Up ’til Dawn doubles goal

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Participants in the event line up for the paper plane flying competition on Friday evening.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University’s Up ‘til Dawn event, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, surpassed goal after goal this year, according to Up ‘til Dawn’s Director of Public Relations Tim Harris. “This was a more successful event than in previous years; it just grew exponentially. Last year, the […]

Much learned from Reality Check

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Science teacher Richard Hahn goes over an instruction sheet with students before they begin a Mad City Money simulation. The simulation was part of a program called Reality Check, an effort from volunteers, High Plains Federal Credit Union and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A set of folding chairs with a fictitious family name, surrounded by volunteer-manned tables, hardly resembles the real world. But for Clovis High School freshmen, it was more than enough for a Reality Check. The simulation had its fifth and final run Friday at the CHS Freshman Academy. Over […]

Lecturer discusses biblical dogs

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Guest lecturer Rob Wakeman, currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, delivers the presentation “Peacable Kingdom: The Place of the Dog in the Living Nativity Scene,” about the representation of canines in Biblical art and literature, at Eastern New Mexico University’s Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building on Thursday evening.

STAFF REPORT Why aren’t dogs holy enough to be depicted in drama? This was a question posed by guest lecturer Rob Wakeman, whose presentation “Peaceable Kingdom: The Place of the Dog in the Living Nativity Scene” sought to ascertain why the dog is not represented in most Biblical plays and living nativity scenes. Wakeman debated […]

Reading review, sock hop style

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Ludwig Celaya, 11, busts a move during the school’s sock hop event, which was geared toward reading while also making it fun.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com In a manner reminiscent of John Travolta in “Grease,” 12-year-old Diego Ramos flared out his jacket as he slid across the gym floor at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary school Wednesday morning. Ramos was not the only one proudly showing off his dance moves Wednesday during the Reading Rocks Sock Hop hosted […]

Local marks hundredth year

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Ethel Mullins, left, opens a birthday card on Sunday from Laverne Lee, who has been friends with Mullins since 1980.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Friends and family of Ethel Mullins celebrated her 100 birthday on Sunday afternoon. There were lots of phone calls from people who were not able to make it according to Christine Neal, who organized the party. “We planned for about a month and it did not take long to organize… I […]

FAFSA workshop held to aid students

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Portales High School senior McKenna Paxton, 17, works on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the PHS computer lab on Sunday.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Portales High School, in participation with the Eastern New Mexico University Talent Search Program, held a workshop on Sunday to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students, along with their parents, filled the PHS computer lab to work on the FAFSA. 18-year-old Chris Bargas, a […]

Comedian Eddie Griffin performing in Clovis

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Eddie Griffing brings his comedy stylings to the Clovis Civic Center on Friday. General admission tickets are available for $35 at the civic center for the 8 p.m. show.

Staff report As a high schooler, Eddie Griffin was always voted class clown, but his first love was dance. That changed when he was pushed to do an open mic night. A three-minute set turned into 15 minutes of Griffin killing it, and he was soon on a flight to Hollywood. Almost 30 years later, […]

City council recognizes student efforts

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The Portales Junior High School Future Farmers of America Opening Ceremony team provides a demonstration for the Portales City Council on Tuesday night.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The Portales city councilors recognized the recent efforts of students of Portales High School and Portales Junior High School at their meeting on Tuesday. Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain introduced the students. “Over time, we know that you recognize a lot of our athletic teams as they do […]

Celebrating with clarinets

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This photo shows participants in last year’s Clarinet Celebration held at Eastern New Mexico University. The event is Saturday and all clarinet players are welcome.

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University Associate Professor of Music Jennifer Laubenthal is giving clarinet players of all ages an opportunity to grow this weekend. The fifth annual Clarinet Celebration will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the university, and clarinet players of all ages from around the state will be […]

Kind, funny, Fred Chandler

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Fred Chandler is pictured here playing the fiddle in the 2011 Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Chandler, a long-time 
performer of the 65-year tradition, died last week.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Dave Nash, longtime emcee at the Floyd Lions Club Country Music Jamboree, said this is what it was like to be around Fred Chandler: “The air around him was just friendly and loving and positive and he never got twisted. “Everybody loved him. Everybody loved his music. The band enjoyed […]

ENMU program gearing up to aid students

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The Eastern New Mexico University Talent Search Program will be holding its annual financial aid workshop for local high school students on Sunday. The program is geared towards helping low income, first generation college students.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com An Eastern New Mexico University program geared towards helping high school students prepare for college is gearing up to hold its annual financial aid workshop. Annamaria Short, interim director of the ENMU Educational Talent Search, said the Talent Search program is mostly geared towards helping low income, first generation […]

Globetrotters excite with style

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Children attending the Thursday night Globetrotters game at ENMU’s Greyhound Arena play musical chairs with the team’s mascot, Globie, who cheated by moving chairs or laying across them.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Harlem Globetrotters brought their signature comedic style up against a new rival Thursday night at Greyhound Arena — The World All Stars. The famous basketball team returned to Portales on Thursday as part of their 90th anniversary celebration. Before the game started, the Globetrotters held a special “meet […]

Foster Grandparent Program turning 50

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Foster grandparent volunteer Paul Stradley poses for a photo with teacher Abby Culpepper at the Community Service Center’s celebration for the 50th anniversary of the foster grandparent program.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com It’s not just the Portales Community Services Center turning 50 this month. The center’s Foster Grandparent Program has also hit its 50th birthday with the center having celebrated the program last week. Foster grandparents, according to program director Lucia Benoit, are volunteers over the age of 55 who work […]

Citizens Bank gets special honor

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Kent Carruthers, president of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, accepts the Citizen of The Year Award at Friday’s night Clovis/Curry County Annual Banquet.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com It’s hosted two major motion picture productions and been the site of real-life drama in two downtown locations. And now, the century-old financial institution that promotes itself as “the best bank around” — in part because of its circular design — has made history again. Citizens Bank is the Clovis/Curry […]

Montoya convicted of second-degree murder

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DeAngelo Montoya, 18, heads away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse escorted by sheriff’s office Transport Officer Drew White. Montoya was convicted of murder for the second time on Friday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com DeAngelo Montoya, 18, was convicted of murder for the second time Friday afternoon. The Portales teen was accused of shooting and killing Portales college student Angel Vale, 21, in July 2010 when he was 13 years old. After being convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 and that conviction being […]

Expert: Montoya’s prints on Vale’s property

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DeAngelo Montoya is escorted away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Wednesday by Sheriff’s Deputy Lesley Tibbs. Montoya is on trial for the 2010 shooting death of Portales college student Angel Vale.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Closing arguments in the DeAngelo Montoya trial will commence this morning after Defense Attorney Chris Christensen declined to call any witnesses Thursday afternoon and rested with the state. Thursday may have been the turning point for the Montoya trial with fingerprint expert Bonnie Knoll of Santa Fe testifying to […]