To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales […]

Floyd’s Hinrichs honored

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Floyd Lions Club citizen of the year award winner Bruce Hinrichs accepts a plaque from Floyd Lions Club president Paul Benoit.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com When Bruce Hinrichs, like everyone else in the crowd at the Floyd Jamboree Saturday night, was anticipating the announcement of the 2015 Floyd Lions Club citizen of the year. He just didn’t expect to hear his name. “It’s one of those speechless moments,” Hinrichs said. “I was just humbled […]

Mirrors of chalk

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Janet Walker, left, pauses her chalk art as she and friend Idaly Velez talk to another friend Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University Sidewalk Chalk Competition. Walker won first place in the college division category.

By Derek Major and Alisa Boswell Staff writers Janet Walker’s eyes welled up with tears when she was announced the first place winner of the college division for the fifth annual Sidewalk Chalk Competition held Saturday in front of the Eastern New Mexico University Administration Building. “I can’t believe it,” Walker said. “I am so […]

High school juniors preview ENMU

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
ENMU held its annual Junior Preview Day on Saturday for high school juniors and their parents to learn about the school.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com High school juniors filled the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Saturday for Junior Preview Day to see what the college has to offer. Parents joined their juniors at the event in an opportunity to learn more about ENMU from the faculty and staff. President Steven Gamble said the […]

Portales High School cheerleaders take second

Staff report Portales High School went one better at the state spirit competition, claiming second place at The Pit in Albuquerque. Portales’ two-day total for the event was 180.92 — 97.78 on Friday and 83.14 on Saturday. The squad finished third last season, cheer coach Amy Green said. “They’ve worked really hard on being cleaner […]

Animals getting active at Hillcrest Park Zoo

File photo: Tony Bullocks
Sooner the tiger, shown smashing a pinata for a birthday celebration, is one of the top attractions at the Hillcrest Park Zoo.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. Now that the weather is heating up, so is the activity of the animals at Hillcrest Park Zoo in Clovis. Reason to go: The state’s second-largest zoo is home to more than 100 species of mammals, […]

Military move less stressful when shared

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist I asked my sponsor at the embassy in India what consumables we should ship with our household goods. “Make sure you bring toilet paper,” she said. “Is the curry that spicy?” I replied. “It’s not for that,” she said, not acknowledging my attempt at humor. “Toilet paper is expensive here […]

Challenge accepted

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor We all know that much like any other social scene, social media is all about trends. Each time a challenge is issued, people take to it like bees to honey, and it spreads like wildfire. There was the infamous ice bucket challenge, which a total of eight people challenged me […]

Pages past — March 29

On this date … 1975: A surprise snow storm that dumped about 5 inches across eastern New Mexico was reported as “generally beneficial to area farmers,” by Curry County Extension Agent Phil Crystal. “I’m sure the farmers would rather have a storm like this than a sandstorm any day,” Crystal said. 1960: Portales defeated Causey, […]

To do list — March 29

Today • Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree — 2 p.m., Floyd High School gym. Admission: $7 each show. Information: 575-356-8541. • Spring Trout Derby — 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Oasis State Park. Registration open at 7:30 a.m. daily at park office through derby dates. Information: 575-356-5331. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., storytime for […]

Individuals, businesses honored

Staff photo: 
Joshua Lucero
Workhorse of the Year award winner Megan Hamilton, left, talks with Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong as they prepare to have their photo taken by Hamilton’s husband Bobby Hamilton, right, Friday night during the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the YAM theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Honored and surprised were a couple of the words that came to mind for Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award winner Ronnie Birdsong Friday night during the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Birdsong, Eastern New Mexico University’s Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment, said her heart […]

Obesity for N.M. children down

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The third grade obesity rate in New Mexico has dropped 20 percent since 2010 because of programs like Healthy Kids Curry County. “We’ve made such a difference in our work and facing childhood obesity,” said Mitch Gray, program coordinator. According to a press release from the New Mexico Department […]

City candidate has second interview

STAFF REPORT City commissioners and Clovis Mayor David Lansford held a second, two-hour interview Friday with a finalist for the Clovis city manager position, former Roswell City Manager Larry Fry. “It was a very nice interview with Mr. Fry,” Lansford said after the group emerged from an executive session. “We did want to meet with […]

Pages past — March 28

On this date … 1975: Snow blanketed the region and low temperatures came in at 16 degrees. Nine traffic accidents were blamed on the early-spring storm, including one that sent three people to Memorial Hospital in Clovis. Fort Sumner’s Irene Stout reported 45-mph winds uprooted three telephone poles, blew street signs down and tore off […]

Mom’s name wasn’t Johnnie

By Grant McGee Local columnist Does your mother-in-law have a nickname for you? I got to thinking about this the other day when I heard that some of my cousins still refer to my momma as “Aunt Johnnie.” Johnnie was not my momma’s name. It was a name given to her by my grandmother, my […]

Animals accurate disaster detectors

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies They can’t be seen, but when they are around, they can pack a powerful punch. Don’t let the name fool you; positive ions have been associated with agitation, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity and restlessness. Known as serotonin syndrome, these symptoms can surface in living creatures when there is an […]

Jamboree opening jumping

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Portales native Will Banister sings “Cold, Cold Heart” during the opening night of the Floyd Jamboree. Banister has put out two albums and has toured across Europe.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com FLOYD — There was no denying the usual air of excitement Thursday night during the opening night of the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. The new addition of a dinner hour before the show gave long-time attendees a chance to catch up with old friends and reminisce about their […]

Steps to success

Staff photo: Derek Major
District Judge Donna Mowrer takes questions Thursday after her speech at the Sandia Room of the ENMU Campus Union.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com District Judge Donna Mowrer told those attending a Women’s History Month luncheon Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University the most important key to success is to give back. Mowrer talked about her childhood and gave the mostly female audience three steps to becoming a successful woman. Maria Garcia, director […]

To do list — March 27

Today • Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree — 7 p.m., Floyd High School gym. Admission: $7 each show. Information: 575-356-8541. • Annual Chamber banquet — 6 p.m., Yam Theatre. Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per person advance, $185 table of eight. Blackwater Band entertaining. Information: 575-356-8541. Saturday • Sidewalk Chalk Competition — 10 […]

ENMU grad now published author

Paula Moore

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. As a Portales sixth-grader, Pamela Moore put down writer as her career choice. It took a while, but the 1964 Eastern New Mexico University graduate has written poems, short stories and published three books, including the […]