Heat is on to beat the freeze

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com As the temperatures plummet into below-freezing zones, it may be time to consider raising the thermostat in the doghouse. Marty Martinez, director of the Clovis Animal Control Shelter, said the first thing man must do this winter is make sure man’s best friend has the proper shelter to stay […]

To do list — Nov. 13

Today • Pixels to Paper Design Conference — 9:45 a.m. -4 p.m. at ENMU Art & Anthropology Lecture Hall, room AA110. Artist presentations and demo. Open to anyone in the artist/design field. Information: 575-562-2162 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Friendship bracelets. Information: 575-356-3940 • Mirari Brass […]

Pet of the week — Nov. 13


Gender: Female Age: 1-1/2 years old Breed: Chihuahua Personality: Very friendly Story: This dog was brought in as a stray. According to Adam Aguilar, animal control supervisor, she’s a very nice dog and would be great for any type of family of any age. For adoption information, call 356-4404 or visit the animal shelter at […]

Losing sleep for kids at St. Jude’s

By Anna George Correspondent Despite having already raised over $5,000 for St. Jude’s Hospital with the Up ‘Til Dawn program, Eastern New Mexico University still has a long way to go in the next four months for its philanthropic event. Up ‘Til Dawn Director Eduardo Rios said the program has been ENMU’s philanthropic event since […]

In honor of those who served

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Lynnde Hall, 13, left, spreads out the American flag Wednesday morning with her great grandfather, Joe Blair, for the ‘Ragged Old Flag’ tribute during the 69th annual Veterans Day ceremony held by Portales American Legion Post 31.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com It was an emotional crowd that filled the room Wednesday morning in the Memorial Building as Portales American Legion Post 31 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Ahave Brown Jr., commander of the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, opened his speech by thanking Mayor […]

Notebook — Nov. 12

No, it’s not too early to think about Christmas. The Clovis Police Department would appreciate it. Officers are hosting the “Cops and Kids Christmas” program again. It’s designed to assist local children with having a great Christmas holiday, according to a police news release. Each child selected will receive a $100 gift card to shop […]

POPS Concert set for stage

STAFF REPORT The 48th annual POPS Concert at Eastern New Mexico University will take place Saturday night with all its unique highlights, which includes everything from student performances to instrumental music from Star Wars. Friends of Music Chairman Patrice Caldwell said there will be a “name that tune” portion of the show and faculty member […]

Williamson: Technology no substitute for librarian

Even in a world with high-speed Internet and clouds of information floating about us, there is still no substitute for a librarian. Portales Public Library Director Denise Burnett fielded a phone call a few weeks ago from a woman in California who was looking for help. Ann (not her real name) had recently purchased a […]

Pages past — Nov. 12

On this date … 1970: Area residents gathered in Clovis for a four-day symposium on drugs and drug abuse. “Many parents are unaware or unwilling to face the fact that their children are involved in drug abuse,” said Jim Osborne, a juvenile probation officer. Seventeen area school districts were represented at the conference, spurred by […]

To do list — Nov. 12

Today • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Hair Raising Good Time. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Pixel self portraits. Information: 575-356-3940 • Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting — Noon program on Golden Library renovation in the meeting […]

School news — Nov. 12

Dora Book fair The Scholastic Book Fair is being held in the school library Monday through Nov. 23. Students and adults may shop during school hours for “buy one, get one free” items. Basketball • Tuesday — Dora Junior High at Melrose, 4 p.m. Five-day week School will be in session for grades K-12 Monday […]

Meetings watch — Nov. 12

Portales Municipal Schools Board The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met together in regular session Monday night at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The following was action taken during the meeting. • Lindsey-Steiner Principal Rick Segovia introduced members of the Portales Municipal School District who attended the 11th Annual Southeastern New Mexico Buddy Walk […]

Serving country a family tradition

Courtesy photos: Nick Gonzales
From left, sons Major Daniel Gonzales, Major Alex Gonzales, Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales and Lt. Victor Gonzales are pictured with their father, Sgt. Major Celestino Gonzales in the center.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com It’s not often one finds one family with over 125 years of combined military service, but the Gonzales family is one such legacy. After growing up in San Jon, Ruperto “Bob” Gonzales started the family’s legacy by joining the U.S. Army in 1943. “My grandfather was very patriotic,” said […]

Care packages go to deployed for holidays

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Soldiers currently on deployment in Egypt and Afghanistan will be receiving care packages during the holiday season from Eastern New Mexico University, according to Lori Brunsen, advisor of the ENMU Student Veteran Organization. Brunsen said ENMU is in the process of collecting donated items to send in support of […]

Notebook — Nov. 11

Cheerful in the park: And now a shout out to local parks staff members who’ve been honored by the New Mexico State Parks Division. Wilhemina Martin, the administrator for the parks’ northeast region, was awarded the Governor’s Award. Conchas Lake State Park Staff received the parks’ Customer Service Award. According to a parks’ news release: […]

Pages past — Nov. 11

On this date … 1980: A Truth or Consequences man was in Clovis’ jail on forgery charges, but was also being questioned about a $2 million racehorse that had been missing for a week. The man had picked up the horse in Oklahoma City and was supposed to deliver it to Sunland Park racetrack in […]

To do list — Nov. 11

Today • American Legion Post 31 annual ceremony — 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Building. Information: 575-226-0302 • Veterans Day ceremony and social — 5:30 p.m. at VFW Doug Stone Post 9515, 316 South Main Street. Information: 575-359-0332 • Pocket Flag Project — 6 p.m. in the Sandia room in the ENMU Campus Union Building […]

Gone, but not forgotten

Homer Mitchell

Editor’s note: We asked readers to share stories about veterans. Clovis’ Patsy Acuff submitted this essay about her uncle: This Veterans Day, I would like to pay tribute to my uncle, Homer J. Mitchell, who was killed in action during World War II in Germany. Homer was born to Roy and Gussie Mitchell on Oct. […]

Rodriguez: Sabor diferente de multiculturalismo se trae a la mesa

Recientemente escribí sobre un escritor famoso, Rudolfo Anaya. Es vergüensoso llamarlo un “escritor de Nuevo México”. Es un escritor de hispanos, conocido al nivel nacional. Rompió las fronteras regionales. Me gustaría saber cuando se romperán de nuestras fronteras de hispanos, dentro las fronteras históricas. No estoy hablando acerca de aquellos que fueron nacidos del otro […]

Rodriguez: Multiculturalism brings different flavor to the table

I wrote recently about famed writer Rudolfo Anaya. It’s a shame to call him a “New Mexico writer.” He’s a nationally known Hispanic writer. He broke the regional borders. I wonder when historical borders will be broken for Hispanics within our borders. I’m not talking about those born on the other side of the border. […]