Educators discuss early childhood education

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Robin Wells, left, and Erica Stubbs discuss Early Childhood Education at the ELAC meeting Thursday evening.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Early Learning Alliance Council (ELAC) held a town hall meeting at Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday evening. The meeting gave early childhood professionals and educators a chance to voice concerns to Chair of ELAC Erica Stubbs. This is the first year that ELAC has sent members to […]

Full house attends Wayland Baptist graduation

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Ashley Dawn Allen was among  graduates Friday morning from Wayland Baptist University, one of 13 who earned a master’s degree.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Almost all of the seats at Central Baptist Church were filled Friday morning with friends and family members waiting eagerly to see the newest graduates from Wayland Baptist University. Graduates were from all different backgrounds — some were active or retired military members, some had young families, some were […]

Pages past — Aug. 29

On this date … 1975: State game officials met in Portales and decided quail season would be 21 days shorter in eastern New Mexico than the rest of the state. Ranchers told game commissioners that cattle were accustomed to seeing vehicles with feed in January. That meant they followed vehicles, including those belonging to quail […]

Johnson: Been a good year for orb-weavers

Don’t freak out just yet because they’re not exactly taking over — it’s just a really good year to be a spider. It might be disconcerting to some, especially those suffering from arachnophobia, but with the optimal conditions on the High Plains in recent weeks, spiders are loving life, and the region is being decorated […]

Campus services at the ready

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com As professors and students ramp up to begin the school year, so do the sexual assault counselors and security agents on college campuses. While the threat of sexual assault on smaller campuses — like those at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College — may not be as […]

Young player shaping NFL dream

Courtesy photo: Jennifer Jeffs
Preston Jeffs, 10, attended the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in January after being named MVP for his position of defensive end at the Offense-Defense Football Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, last year.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com At 10 years old, Preston Jeffs is already working hard towards his dream of becoming a player for the National Football League. Last year, Preston attended the Offense-Defense Football Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, and was named MVP defensive end, which earned him an invitation to the All-American League Bowl […]

Roosevelt General hosts fundraiser

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Roosevelt General Hospital Foundation is hosting a fundraising skeet shoot at the Idsinga Dairy on Saturday morning. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and competitors can sign-up for the contest on Saturday. There will also be grilled food provided for $5 per meal, according […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 28

Inside today’s paper Our annual Pigskin Preview edition is here, just in time to kick off the area high school and college football seasons. Deputy Editor Kevin Wilson coordinated this year’s content, with plenty of help from staff members Matthew Asher, Tony Bullocks, Thomas Garcia, Jacob Sanchez and Dave Wagner. Scot Stinnett, Dan Ford and […]

Brown: Weather no small talk for farmers

How’s the weather been? Many a conversation has begun with this question and many mistake it for inconsequential small talk. For one involved in agriculture, it is a serious and important question. Walking around the fair, running into friends and acquaintances, most of the conversations started with a “Hey, how are you?” and then quickly […]

Pages past — Aug. 28

On this date … 1975: A Clovis firefighter suffered a fractured pelvis when he plunged 12 to 15 feet to the ground after a rope broke during a training session. Joe Bunce, 19, was in fair condition at the Clovis hospital. “The rope looked like it (would) hold two steers … but it broke,” Clovis […]

To do list — Aug. 28

Saturday • Miss New Mexico Style Show and Send-Off Party — 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. in CUB Ballroom at ENMU. Competition wardrobe modeling by Miss New Mexico, runner-up and Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico. They will also perform their talent. Tickets: $20 at the door. Information: 505-463-3678 • RGH Foundation Sporting Clays event — 9 […]

Dora school news — Aug. 28

Volleyball • Friday and Saturday — Varsity team to play in Eunice Tournament, pool play will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Football • Friday — JH and Varsity play at Melrose, 4 p.m./7 p.m. Discovery testing Sophomores and juniors will test in science on Monday. Progress reports Progress reports will be issued to Dora students […]

Tony Gennaro praised by friends, associates

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble seemed to say it best when he referred to former biology professor Tony Gennaro as a “very special person” last weekend. Over the last week, grief-filled posts have flooded the Facebook pages of local residents as they offer condolences and thoughts on […]

Licensing impacts business

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com With Eastern New Mexico University licensing all things greyhound earlier this year, many local business owners were concerned about the impact it would have on the community. “We felt confident about the decision we were making. It consolidates the school mascot and consolidation gives us a more uniform message […]

Officials outline improvement needs for 2017

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com County officials laid out their priorities for the fiscal year 2017 Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) at a public meeting held Tuesday in the county courthouse. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Darren Hooker told commissioners and County Manager Amber Hamilton that his office’s main priorities for capital funds […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 27

Check it and see If you’re hot blooded enough, cold as ice enough, or if you’ve ever had double vision, you might be interested in the latest press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. It reports tickets are on sale for the 2015 Clovis Music Festival, headlined by Lou Gramm, former lead singer […]

Pages past — Aug. 27

On this date … 1975: Attorney Ed Tatum was heading the annual Curry County United Way campaign. Tatum, an Oklahoma native, came to Clovis when he was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base after entering the Air Force. In addition to United Way, he was active in Boy Scouts, Rotary Club and was president of […]

Williamson: Era’s gone by with passing of Jakie Howard

Jakie Howard might have made his living as a rancher, a brand inspector, and a water well driller, but for 68 of his almost 80 years he made his life as a musician, coaxing tunes from a rosin-frosted fiddle that fell silent on Aug. 13. Jakie’s mother, Ruby, taught her boy to fiddle when he […]

Former educator, coach B.B. Lees dies

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B.B. Lees, in white, is pictured with Kenny Prince, Mike Maguire and Don Elder during the 2012 homecoming golf tournament. Lees organized the annual tournament.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com When describing B.B. Lees, it might be simpler to list the things he didn’t do for Eastern New Mexico University. Lees, a former teacher, coach, and athletic director for ENMU, died Monday night at 84. University President Steven Gamble said the school will work with the family to hold […]

Fair numbers compare with past years

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Luis Alvarez, left, and Viridiana Nunez play the water gun race game at the Roosevelt County Fair on Aug. 19.

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Fair wrapped up on Saturday and, according to Extension Agent Patrick Kircher, this year’s event was right on track with past years. “It all varied,” Kircher said. “Some departments were up, some departments were down, but as a whole, exhibit numbers and turnout were pretty good.” The upside included food […]