It’s winter: Make room on the couch

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Well that came out of nowhere. Sure, they were predicting some wintry weather, but when you’ve gotten past Halloween without so much as frosty breath and the sweaters are still packed away, it can be a little difficult to gauge what, exactly, that might mean. Now we know. It means […]

Victim’s sister: ‘She did everything for her kids’

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Sergio and Tracy Silguero, owners of Modas Locas & Designs at 209 N. Prince St. in Clovis, show T-shirts memorializing Ariel Ulibarri. Sales will go to help with funeral expenses for the young mother. The shirts are $10 each.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Leanna Montano has a request: “I want people to quit lying about my sister and making up their own horror stories.” The tragedy of Ariel Ulibarri’s slaying in a Clovis city park on Sunday has put enough strain on those who loved her; they’re tired of hearing wild rumors that […]

POPS performer discusses favorite musics … and pops

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Construction at the intersection of South Avenue B and 3rd Street awaits better weather before Portales road department workers can pour concrete. Public Works Director John DeSha said the construction at the intersection is part of a city wide road improvement project that will pour concrete pads at heavily trafficked areas to prevent wear and tear.

Eastern New Mexico University Professor of Voice Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas is preparing to perform Saturday evening with ENMU students and staff during the 47th Annual POPS Dinner Concert at the Campus Union Building ballroom. The concert features the University Wind Symphony conducted by ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert. Ornellas said the band will perform favorites […]

Cold-weather items hot sellers with first snowfall

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Eastern New Mexico was dusted with its first snow of the season Wednesday, sending residents to fetch heavy coats and into hardware stores for pipe-repair parts and space heaters. The storm system produced reports of up to a half-inch of snow two miles northwest of Clovis and two-tenths of an […]

Road work on cusp of completion

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Construction at the intersection of South Avenue B and 3rd Street awaits better weather before Portales road department workers can pour concrete. Public Works Director John DeSha said the construction at the intersection is part of a city wide road improvement project that will pour concrete pads at heavily trafficked areas to prevent wear and tear.

Staff report As winter weather makes its way into Portales, city officials plan to wrap up construction and prepare for snow and ice. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said the city will be finishing out road work at the intersection of South Avenue B and Third Street by the end of November, weather permitting. […]

Teachers, administration dissatisfied with evaluation methods

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Teachers and school administrators agree New Mexico’s system of teacher evaluation is unfair and puts too much emphasis on standardized test scores. Their views are similar to those of the New Mexico National Education Association, which sued New Mexico’s Public Education Department last September. The case has a request […]

To Do List — Nov. 14

Today • Friends of the Library book sale — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sale room, foyer at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Saturday • Friends of the Library book sale — 8 a.m. to noon, Sale room in the foyer at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • POPs concert — 7 p.m., ENMU Campus […]

‘Messiah’ massive undertaking

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By Betty Williamson Correspondent Wayne Anderson says the upcoming production of Handel’s “Messiah” is “the best one I have ever experienced.” He is in a position to know. Anderson directed choirs and prepared soloists for 40 years, including 23 at Clovis High School and another decade at the First Baptist Church in Portales. With five-full […]

Brown: Farmer’s to-do list never seems to end

Feed the dog and bring in the mail. Yeah, there’s a bit more to it than that. When considering an overnight departure from the place, a farmer must find someone to check up on things while away. This job can’t be trusted to just anyone, and just anyone probably wouldn’t want it anyhow. It starts […]

Cantwell: Prayer call not to be ignored

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Election 2014 is over. But is it really? Politics is like a roller coaster. The party that is up will soon be down. Is there anything God requires of us, his children, to do between elections?  I believe we are called to pray for those whom we have elected to recognize their authority is from […]

Portales embraces early pool play start

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Lady Rams won’t be caught napping by the 8 a.m. start of pool play in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament today in Rio Rancho. Portales coach Ruth Chavez has scheduled early practices throughout the season, according to senior setter and team captain Brooke Lopez. “We’re used to […]

Students organize drive

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, the season for giving is in full swing and a student group at Portales High School is getting in on the action. Fourth year science teacher and girls junior varsity basketball coach Rebekah Mitchell has been a part of a student group called […]

Fundraiser supports library programs

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales Public Library is holding its annual book sale this week. The library will be selling hardcover books for 50 cents, paperbacks and children’s books for 25 cents. The library will also sell DVDs and VHS movies as well as cassette tapes and CDs. The sale runs from […]

‘Messiah’ worth cost of admission

By Betty Williamson Local columnist George Frideric Handel penned his masterpiece, “Messiah,” in 24 days, but it has taken considerably longer to put together the 2 1/2-hour performance of that work set for 3 p.m. Sunday in Clovis’ Marshall Auditorium. Its the final 2014 event for Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Christy Mendoza, director […]

To do list — Nov. 13

Today • Preschool storytime — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Tween programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Friends of the Library book sale — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sale room located in the foyer at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Friends of the Library book […]

Area lakes expected to retain depth

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Area lakes are resting at comfortable depths after relatively plentiful rainfall this summer and last fall. Officials who oversee Sumner and Conchas lakes are expecting those depths to remain desirable with better-than-average snowpacks predicted this winter. Sumner Lake is expected to keep its volume within 1 percent of capacity […]

Former ENMU student drawn to comics

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Matt Haley quit school at ENMU in 1988 to attend Comic-con in San Diego, which resulted in being hired to draw for Dark Horse on their comic, Ghost. Haley has also worked for DC and Marvel.

By Amy Waltner Communication Services Matt Haley left Eastern New Mexico University from in 1988 to pursue a career as a comic book artist. “I originally went to Eastern to get away from Albuquerque; that’s where I’m from,” Haley said. “I really enjoyed the instructors, but I was already committed to drawing comics, so I […]

Crop production — Nov. 13

National Agriculture Statistics Service New Mexico highlights Based on Nov. 1 conditions, all cotton production in New Mexico is expected to total 80,000 480-lb bales, up 21 percent from 2013, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Upland cotton harvested acreage is forecast at 35,000 acres, up 4,000 acres […]

Honoring our vets

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Reta Neal, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s College Success program, places the names of veterans by flags at DeBaca Park Tuesday morning after the university’s Field of Flags event honoring veterans. Neal said her husband served in the military for 28 years and her son is a current member of the National Guard.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Jim Warnica, Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor veterans who are still living for their service to the United States. Warnica, a World War II veteran who attended the American Legion’s 68th annual Veterans Day program Tuesday morning, said the day is important to honor those who’ve […]

Stadium nearly funded

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The multi-purpose stadium planned on the Eastern New Mexico University campus is beginning to take shape. The Capital Campaign, the main fundraising effort for the stadium, has almost reached its goal of $11 million. And ENMU President Steven Gamble is hoping for more money. “We have about $11 million, […]