Jazz Fest pushes the limits of musical talent

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Eastern New Mexico University Director of Jazz Studies Richard Schwartz directs the ENMU jazz ensemble during Jazz Fest rehearsals Monday afternoon in the Music Building on campus.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com This year’s Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Fest the two day event is a display of style, skill, and emotion from students and faculty alike. The annual event begins Friday night at 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall with performances from the ENMU jazz ensemble, jazz combo, students from Clovis […]

Big changes coming for local libraries

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The heavily used computers in the main section of the Portales Public Library will be updated with the funds from the library’s biennial $30,381 grant from a New Mexico government obligation bond. Library officials said the computers need to replaced every three years.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Portales Public Library recently received their biennial grant from the state through government obligation bond. “It’s a great relief on the city of Portales that the library receives this funding, and it doesn’t have to come out of the general fund budget that the city uses to support all […]

Officials push importance of home-buying knowledge

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The same month Portales declares every citizen has the right to housing just happens to be the month a local credit union shares the secrets of home buying with area residents. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said the city has an ordinance in place which says every person in Portales […]

To Do List

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the Library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens board room. Information: 575-356-5307. • […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 1:39 a.m.: Remove subject, 200 block of East Rose Lane • 2:16 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 200 block of East Quince Street • 11:55 a.m.: Reckless driver, 100 block of West First Street […]

An exceptional word

The gentleman on the newscast kept referring to a speech as being quintessential. Then I heard it again. Everyone was using the word quintessential. And I realized that I never use that word, and I’d be half afraid of interjecting it incorrectly. It was time for some research. Obviously it has something to do with […]

Family, friends gather to celebrate during naturalization ceremony

By Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs They are willing to fight for a country that they weren’t even citizens of. I wish all Americans felt that way about their country. — Capt. Kirk Thorsteinson Two of Cannon’s Air Commandos and two military spouses became American citizens during a naturalization ceremony […]

Not ready for world of text speak

I’m curious to know how many high school or college students would be able to tell you the meaning of this Shakespearean passage: “Look thou be true; do not give dalliance “Too … much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw “To the fire i’ the blood: be more abstemious, “Or else, good night your […]

Gov. Martinez signs border town commerce

Associated Press Santa Teresa — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed a measure Monday aimed at helping the booming border town of Santa Teresa even more. The billed extends the overweight zone in Santa Teresa and two other New Mexico Ports of Entry. The new law brings New Mexico’s weight limit for oversize load permits […]

National roundup

Texas man served with murder warrant College Station, Texas — A man already jailed in the kidnapping and assault of a College Station convenience store clerk last month has been served with a warrant for murder following the victim’s death. College Station police said Monday that a warrant adding the charge of murder had been […]

State roundup

Trial postponed for Taos woman Taos — Trial has been postponed for a Tennessee woman accused of child abuse and fleeing from a law enforcement officer in New Mexico. A district judge in Taos granted a request Monday by the lawyer for Oriana Farrell to postpone her trial, which had been scheduled to start April […]

Honoring a legacy 39 years running

Staff report Jack Williamson’s legacy is one worth honoring, according to Patrice Caldwell, coordinator of the 39th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship. “To celebrate anything for 39 years is a great accomplishment, and to celebrate Jack Williamson is to celebrate Portales,” Caldwell said. “I think it’s wonderful that this commitment continues to honor his legacy, and […]

Remembering resurrection this Easter

Editor’s note: We asked area church leaders to share segments of their planned Easter sermons. Here’s a sampling: Dave McFadden, First Baptist Church, Portales I wonder what Jesus thought when he looked down at his bloody feet nailed to the cross. By then, his vision would have been blurred, not just from the excruciating pain […]

Portales resident featured on ‘Strange Inheritance’

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“Strange Inheritance” host Jamie Colby interviews Portales’ John Wall about the doll collection his mother left him.

Editor’s note: Jamie Colby is host of Fox Business Network’s new reality series, “Strange Inheritance.” In the show, Colby travels the country in search of people with unusual inheritances. An episode filmed in Portales will air at 7:30 p.m. Monday, featuring Portales resident John Wall and his inheritance of 5,000 dolls. What made John’s inheritance […]

Discover Pecos Valley Diamonds at Miles Mineral Museum

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The Miles Mineral Museum, started from gas station collection in Roswell more than 50 years ago, includes nearly 5,000 geological, archaeological and anthropological specimens.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. The Miles Mineral Museum at Eastern New Mexico University was spawned from a collection displayed at a gas station in Roswell more than a half-century ago. The college’s Natural History Museum was the brainchild of longtime […]

Navigating the hazards

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Occupational hazards — we all know the phrase, probably too well. Every job has one. Unfortunately, my job has many of them, most of which entail developing bad habits, such as chain smoking, cursing a lot or averaging one meal per day — to name just a few. Other “hazards” […]

Gamble talks finances, stadium

Editor’s note: Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble discussed several issues as part of a periodic series checking up on the general state of higher education in New Mexico. Now that this year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature has adjourned, what do you see as the most immediate concerns for higher education […]

To do list — April 5

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens board room. Information: 575-356-5307. • Portales City Council […]

ENMU exchange students comfortable in Portales

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com What’s the strangest part of Portales life? If you ask Eastern New Mexico University graduate student Maria Garcia, 26, she’d tell you it’s the lack of public transportation. Garcia, like other ENMU exchange students, got her first taste of the United States when she made the move from her […]

Pages past — April 5

On this date … 1971: A district court in Santa Fe ruled in favor of a former Eastern New Mexico University professor who appealed his dismissal from his position as art professor. Richard Hillis claimed he should have been notified of his dismissal on or before March 1, 1968, as provided in the faculty handbook. […]