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Floats, sports, royalty mark homecoming

Correspondent photo: Anna George
Past Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming King Rafael Reyes crowns 2015 ENMU Homecoming King Rey Cross Friday night at the university bonfire. Eduardo Alvarez was first runner up and Ryan Harris was second runner up.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER The 81st ENMU Homecoming has come to a close. The theme this year was “1950s: Sock Hops, Malt Shops and Happy Days,” which included 1950’s costumes on Thursday’s pageant, classic logos throughout the weekend and classic cars during Saturday’s parade. The parade was the singular event continuously mentioned when […]

Alumni game walk down memory lane

Correspondent photo: Anna George
Eastern New Mexico University alumni volleyball players Kaitlyn Maddams, left, and Bree'Anna Lucero go for a block on Friday during their alumni game against the ENMU Greyhounds team.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Memories filled the volleyball court on Friday during the Eastern New Mexico University alumni game. Players from the Eastern Greyhound volleyball team squared off against past Greyhounds for four sets, coming out on top all four times. Stephanie Willett, a setter from 2006 to 2007, said even though the alumni […]

Sen. Ingle talks education, energy

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, has been a lawmaker for 30 years. His Senate District 27 consists of portions of Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, De Baca and Lea counties. The governor says she has a new energy plan that […]

Notebook — Oct. 4

Good memories, sad time: Some things you might like to know about Clovis’ Kevin Mason, 44, who was killed Thursday in a military plane crash in Afghanistan: • He was a high school basketball star and continued to follow his beloved Altivista High School (Virginia) Colonels. TV station WDBJ7 reported Mason led the team to […]

Boswell: ENMU still feels like home

This year made five years since I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University. Perhaps it’s the fact that I went straight from college to working in a field heavily involved with education venues, but Eastern never stopped feeling like home for me. I remember ENMU President Steven Gamble getting embarrassed once, because he asked me […]

To do list — Oct. 4

Tuesday • Books & Babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Giggle and Wiggle. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at Portales Memorial Building council chambers. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 Wednesday • Preschool Storytime —10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Big or Little. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program […]

Pages past — Oct. 4

On this date … 1990: Clovis City Commission approved, by a 4-2 vote, a proposal to move a liquor license from the 200 block of Prince Street to 701 Prince. Bar owner Dixie Elizabeth Pettigrew said she needed to move the license because of a lease dispute at the location she’d occupied for 20 years. […]

Project funding found in unexpected places

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER After looking closely at workman’s compensation and International City Management Association (ICMA) retirement funds for city employees, Clovis Mayor David Lansford and City Manager Larry Fry found around $4 million the city can use to improve infrastructure and “quality of life,” Lansford said. Lansford gave a presentation and held […]

Notebook — Oct. 3

Jazz for the soul: The Department of Music at Eastern New Mexico University is bringing some soul and jazz music to the stage on Wednesday. ENMU Music Director Richard Schwartz and 20 undergraduates will be performing the jazz ensemble and student combo. Students have been practicing for the concert since late August, Schwartz said. “My […]

Johnson: Not easy being a tarantula

Crouched around a hole in the ground, a group of boys would dangle a blob of chewed bubblegum on a string, plunking it into the darkness until… Bingo! Out she would come in a huff to attack the invader only to find herself hoisted upward, her fangs (and anything else that made contact) stuck to […]

Pages past — Oct. 3

On this date … 1983: Katherine Davalos Ortega, a 1957 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, was sworn in as U.S. treasurer. “Being treasurer gives one a certain immortality, because it’s the treasurer’s name which appears on all new paper currency,” President Ronald Reagan said. “I can’t think of a better name to have on […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 3

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 ENMU Foundation President Stephen Doerr. Doerr said the foundation has raised a little over $2 million this past year. $1.5 million […]

Audit: State responsible with taxpayer dollars overall

STAFF REPORT There are improvements to be had with state finances and entities, but “report cards” are still looking good for many, according to New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller, who spoke at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Thursday. Along with briefly touching on what he does as an auditor, Keller shared what […]

Peruvian culture subject of presentation

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Danny Pinedo of the University of Florida talked to Eastern New Mexico University students about the Akakmbut people from the Amazon Thursday afternoon at the Campus Union Building.

STAFF REPORT Indigenous tribes are not so indigenous anymore as Eastern New Mexico University students learned this week when they were given a taste of culture. Danny Pinedo of the University of Florida, who has researched and facilitated in issues of community and customary management of natural resources in Peru for more than a decade, […]

Governor: Economy improving slowly

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Despite recent reports by legislative analysts that New Mexico’s economy is recovering much slower than other states, Gov. Susana Martinez says things are looking up for the state. The Legislative Council Service stated in a recent Associated Press article that “a lot has to go right” for a recent […]

Editor’s notebook — Oct. 2

Xcellent: An eastern New Mexico native is the new director of design and construction for Xcel Energy’s Texas North operating division based in Amarillo. Chester Brown, 31, who grew up in San Jon, “represents the best of a new generation of leaders at Xcel Energy,” said Brad Baldridge, senior director of Distribution Operations for Xcel […]

Portales man held on sexual assault charges

Jose Zamora

STAFF REPORT A Portales man convicted last year of raping a 14-year-old girl was arrested a week ago for allegedly assaulting a different girl, authorities said. Jose Zamora, 32, was still on probation for the previous crime when he was arrested last Friday in Hobbs and charged with 13 counts of sexual penetration of a […]

Brown: Life on the farm an adventure

The big, mean, lime-green machine that rolled in to sub for big red, had no brakes, nor muffler, nor air. It came with a story instead. Things started off alright, glad to be back in the field, because the plowing needed done. There was plenty of plowing and no time to waste, but while it […]

Pet of the week — Oct. 2


Gender: Male Age: 1-1 1/2 years old Breed: Rottweiler mix Personality: Very friendly Story: The animal shelter found him as a stray about a month ago. This pup has an outgoing personality, according to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, who said he could use someone very active. The owner needs to devote lots of time […]