Residents replace Dora prom money

Tony Parra Students at Dora schools lost a classmate in an automobile accident last weekend. In a show of support to Clayton Stokes’ family, students donated more than $6,000 to help with their friend’s funeral expenses. That was money they’d been saving for their school prom. Now eastern New Mexico residents are responding to the […]

Falcon freed

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Mike Linn A small falcon trapped in the press box at Greyhound Arena gave biologist Tony Gennaro a frightened stare as he tried to coax it to safety on Wednesday afternoon. Talking gently to the bird as if it were a scared 6-month-old child, Gennaro was able to corner and catch the male American Kestrel […]

City awarded grant to help plan future

Tony Parra Portales has its grant, it has its city planner and tonight the community can help take the next step in coming up with a comprehensive plan for the city’s future. There will be a town hall meeting open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at The Roosevelt restaurant on the […]

Prices could rise at Oasis State Park

Mike Linn State officials are proposing price increases at Oasis State Park, and all state parks in New Mexico, to help supplement low admissions across the state due to drought conditions. Oasis State Park Director Jim Whary briefed the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting about the proposed changes, claiming the state is in the […]

Air Force promotes Col. Yates to general

Darrell Maurina When Col. Robert Yates leaves Cannon Air Force Base for his new post in Virginia, he’ll carry with him a new title: “brigadier general (select).” Yates’ name was included on the list of promotions to one-star general released Tuesday morning by the Air Force, and while he won’t get to replace the eagle […]

Enrollment springs at ENMU

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Tony Parra The enrollment for the spring semester was pleasant news for Eastern New Mexico University officials after the university hit its highest spring enrollment since the spring of 1996. The enrollment in the spring of 1996 was more than 3,500 students; this spring’s enrollment is 3,491. Enrollment increased by 6 percent this spring from […]

Lottery bill hopes fade

David Arkin With less than two days to go in the Legislative session, the future of a controversial Lottery Scholarship bill doesn’t look good for its supporters. The bill, submitted by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, would allow students who graduate from a New Mexico high school to wait a year before going to college and […]

Cannon bill moves to Senate

David Arkin Several Eastern New Mexico lawmakers have said funding for Cannon Air Force Base is among their top priorities this Legislative session. The goal is almost accomplished. Money has been approved for a variety of projects at the base, including funds for a special commission. The fate of funding for an overpass leading to […]

Dora students shocked over classmate’s death

Mike Linn DORA — Almost two dozen Dora High School students squeezed into the principal’s office Monday to remember Clayton Stokes, an energetic and mischievous junior who died late Saturday night in an automobile accident. Students were in shock throughout the day, where instruction in classes was exchanged for memorial talks about the funny, charismatic […]

Students prepare for national spelling bee

Ryan Lengerich Area students are “sanguine” about a chance to visit Washington, D.C. — and many of them can spell that word, too. Sanguine, an adjective meaning excited or optimistic, and obscure words like it could pop up in the upcoming weeks as eastern New Mexico elementary and junior high students participate in their school’s […]