Governor orders background checks on school personnel

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Local school officials say they are not concerned about orders from the governor’s office to review their policies for workers’ background checks. “It’s just standard procedure for us,” said Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain. “We probably go even further than a lot of schools do … Before we […]

New Mexico royalty puts on show

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston shows one of her visitation dresses after the Miss New Mexico Style Showcase and Send-Off Party on Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Miss New Mexico Style Show and Send-Off Party went off without a hitch Saturday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Ballroom. Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston will leave today for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then she will go on to New York City to appear on […]

City manager talks budget, Natural Chem

Editor’s note: Sam Standefer is the Portales city manager. He and other officials are regularly asked to respond to questions about recent issues: When the city was budgeting for this fiscal year, you mentioned there were areas the city was going to have to exercise being frugal in. Have you already begun cutting back or […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 30

Firefighters win: Remember the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive held earlier this month? Results are in. This is from Stephanie Seabrease, a United Blood Services representative from Roswell: “We had some great battles in Southeast New Mexico with Clovis taking the No. 1 spot for most donations collected during our Battle of the Badges […]

Pages past — Aug. 30

On this date … 1970: Clovis’ Aztec Bowl on Maple Street was recruiting for fall leagues. Mondays were for business and professional leagues; the “major leagues” would compete on Tuesdays; industrial leagues were scheduled for Wednesdays; and the “continental” league was slated for Thursdays. Individual bowling instruction was also available every Tuesday afternoon, according to […]

Grasshoppers, relatives beware

What to write, what to write, what to write … I had the same problem of feeling uninspired last weekend with my column, so I just didn’t bother to write one. I don’t see myself getting away with that two Sundays in a row. I have no Gavin stories left. I could share a few […]

PHS cheerleaders rosters

Here is the roster of Portales High School cheerleaders, as provided by the school: Varsity Teresa Albert Olivia Austin Haley Baca Alexis Bargas McKenzie Blackwell Gabrielle Browder Stephanne Chandler Xsara Gay Kelly Guthrie Kimberly Gonzalez Fa’arah Howard Amelia Legler Haylee McGill Zoe Morrison Kyandra Olivas Sophia Ornelas McKenna Paxton-Crescini Constance Perez Trista Phillips Lara Porter […]

To do list — Aug. 30

Monday • Men’s Choir concert — 4 p.m. at Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: free. Information: 575-562-2798 Tuesday • Roosevelt County commission meeting — 9 a.m. in Commission Room at courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 • Afterschool @ the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Flying saucers-themed activity. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 30

ENMU Board of Regents The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday in the Regents Room at the main campus in Portales. Regents took the following action: • Heard a report from President Steven Gamble. Gamble said the fall semester has started off well and there is a genuine good feeling among faculty, […]

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 […]