Students answer questions posed to city council candidates

Editor’s note: Portales schools decided to challenge their students with answering the same questions that were posed to potential Portales City Council candidates by the Portales News-Tribune. The following were the student answers sent in by Portales schools. The questions were slightly altered in wording for the understanding of the students. The following were the […]

Lasting campus love story

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Eastern New Mexico University Professor of Voice Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas and her late husband, Jerry, are pictured here with former ENMU student and their “informally adopted daughter,” Chris. The couple met each other 31 years ago after Ornellas came to ENMU to teach.

Editor’s note: This story has been cut down from its original version. To read the full length version, visit By Wendel Sloan ENMU Communication Services No matter how ill-fated your life, all it takes is one person to turn it around. Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas, ENMU music professor and opera singer, met her life-changer 31 years […]

Host of events at ENMU for Black History Month

STAFF WRITER Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of African American Affairs is celebrating Black History Month by taking a look into the culture of Africa. “The theme that we are working with this year for Black History Month is ‘Africa: A Look into African American Memory, Roots and Ancestry,’” said African American Affairs Director Rochelle […]

School news

ENMU Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for the 2016 spring semester is 5,290 students, according to an ENMU press release. The increase of 93 students over last spring’s 5,197 students represents an increase of 1.8 percent. The numbers include 3,885 undergraduates and 1,405 graduates. “With enrollment in New Mexico universities on a downward […]

To do list — Feb. 11

Today • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Explosive Valentine. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Love Bugs. Information: 575-356-3940 • Jesse Cook concert — 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium, Clovis. Admission: $20 general. Information: 575-769-4031 • Harlem Globetrotters — […]

Pages past — Feb. 11

On this date … 1956: The weekend had seen four arrests in Clovis so far, most for alcohol-related issues. A Muleshoe woman was being held in the city jail “for being drunk at Rogers Tamale House,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. 1946: Officials were working on a plan to make the highway between Clovis and Texico […]

Williamson: ENMU respins ‘Cinderella’

There may not be a more familiar story than the centuries-old tale of Cinderella, but the version being served up just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend by the ENMU School of Music is fresh and funny, and not to be missed. “The True Story of Cinderella” is a winner on many fronts. First off, […]

Legislative roundup

Days remaining in session: 7 Marijuana amendment A proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for recreational use squeaked out of a Senate committee Wednesday. The Senate Rules Committee voted 6-4 to pass Senate Joint Resolution 5 to its next committee without any recommendation. An initial vote on whether to endorse the measure deadlocked in […]

Guest pianist from Sweden shares love of music


Swedish pianist Matti Hirvonen, professor of piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, will be performing a recital of Nordic music at Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hirvonen will be performing with Assistant Professor of Voice Anna Hersey and violinist Luis Fernandez. ENMU Friends of Music, Finlandia […]

Trump, Sanders take New Hampshire primaries

By Julie Pace and Kathleen Ronayne The Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring voters’ insistence on shaking up American politics. While New Hampshire is known for its political surprises, Trump and Sanders […]

Students share thoughts on city council issues

Editor’s note: Portales schools decided to challenge their students with answering the same questions that were posed to potential Portales City Council candidates by the Portales News-Tribune. The questions were slightly altered in wording for student comprehension. Following are the student answers. Alyssa Neighbours Fourth grade Valencia Elementary If you are elected to be a […]

ENMU instructor brings ‘Lincoln’ to stage


Patrick McCreary, Eastern New Mexico University instructor of technical theater and design, will be performing his one man show titled “Lincoln” at the university’s Drama Festival on Feb. 18. The performance will be at 5 p.m. at the University Theatre Center. McCreary has been performing Lincoln for the last 25 years and has toured nationally […]

Pages past — Feb. 10

On this date … 2006: A fifth consecutive month without significant moisture had area farmers and ranchers concerned. Dale Miller, who grew wheat and grazed cattle 13 miles north of Portales, said his cattle production stood to decline 50 percent if the rains did not come. Said Joe Whitehead, district conservationist with the U.S Department […]

We want to hear from you — Feb. 10

With Portales City Council elections quickly approaching, newspaper staff would like to have another question and answer session with candidates. We’d like to hear from you on what kind of issues you would like to see your ward candidates asked about. Contact Managing Editor Alisa Boswell at or bring questions to the Portales News-Tribune […]

Local briefs — Feb. 10

Free cancer retreat to be held in Albuquerque Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Family Cancer Retreat will be held April 22-24 at the Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North Hotel, according to a press release. This free program provides New Mexico adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with tools and information they need to manage the […]

Rodriguez: Days of Lent have begun

Mondays are Manic or Miracle Mondays. Tuesdays are Taco Tuesday, or Tejano Tuesday, as I call them. Today, Wednesday, is Hump Day. I hate that term. Thursday is Throwback Thursday and Friday is … well … what more need I say? As for today though, today is the day after Fat Tuesday, also known as […]

Meetings watch — Feb. 10

Portales Municipal Schools The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met together in regular session Monday at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The following was action taken during the meeting: • Board Members Antonio Sanchez and Alan Garrett were recognized by the board for receiving the Exemplary Award from the New Mexico School Boards Association. […]

To do list — Feb. 10

Today • Community Services Center public forum — 1:15 p.m. at the center’s meal site, 1100 Community Way. The forum is to gather public information on citizen’s needs in city, county. Information: 575-356-8576 • Teen game day — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool story time […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 9

Days remaining in session: 9 Medicaid probe Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas on Monday delivered results of his investigation that cleared 10 of the 15 behavioral health care providers that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration had accused of committing $36 million in potential Medicaid fraud and over-billing in June 2013. The announcement set off competing […]

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 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 […]