It’s Their Job, Weston Pierce

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Name: Weston Pierce Job: Peanut butter plant manager at Sunland Inc. Time on job: Nine years Background: Pierce has scientific training in food services and food science training from Safeway and University classes in Microbiology. Pierce’s career began at Safeway milk plant and Froze Fruit Quality Assurance in Clovis. He has always been in the […]

Storm spotting classes slated in Clovis, Portales Tuesday

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Following last year’s devastating trail of tornado destruction in Clovis, Roosevelt and Quay counties, interest in storm spotting is expected to be particularly high this year. The National Weather Service will conduct free storm spotter courses Tuesday in Clovis and Portales. Anyone interested in becoming a storm spotter or […]

ENMU spring semester begins

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The first day of spring semester classes at Eastern New Mexico University didn’t seem to be too much of a problem for many students returning to school. Many students had less than a handful of classes while getting set in their new surroundings for the spring semester. “(I’m) just […]

Program offers chance at diploma

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Single mom Lorena Tarango, 27, is taking steps to provide a better future for her and her children through the General Education Development Preparation lab located in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For the past three months, Tarango has been working on a series of tests that will prepare […]

Women gain toned abs, credit from belly dancing class

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A rhythmic jingling sound like coins in a pocket bounced around the walls of the dance studio. Wearing belts beaded with coins, women of all ages flutter their hips in concert with the Middle Eastern song filtering through the room. Belly dancing is one of the popular health and […]

Oct. 14, 2007 Local Briefs

Hunter education offered There will be registration and orientation for persons interested in hunter education classes from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The classes are sponsored by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service, according to a news release. Classes will […]

Clovis Community College institutes tuition break

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Part-time students can afford to take more classes at Clovis Community College in the spring semester. The tuition reduction, which affects students taking less than seven credit-hours, is part of the school’s 2007-2008 strategic plan approved Wednesday by CCC Board of Trustees during their monthly meeting. CCC president John Neibling […]

Classes begin at ENMU

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BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter The Eastern New Mexico University campus was bustling with activity as classes for the Fall semester began on Monday. Criss-crossing the campus, students were walking to classes and various other activities on the campus. For freshman students and roommates Sabrina Villanueva and Desiree Sena, the first day of college […]

Steiner Elementary delays start by one week

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor First-graders at Steiner Elementary School got a week’s reprieve from hitting the books as classes will be delayed for a week due to roofing work, according to a press release from Portales Municipal Schools. Instead of beginning classes today as planned, Steiner will start Monday, according to the release. […]

Getting in gear

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Administrators, teachers and support staff at area schools are gearing up to welcome students back to class next week. “We’re looking forward to a great year,” Lindsey Middle School Principal Rick Segovia said. A new music teacher at Lindsey will teach choir and a beginning guitar class, Segovia said. […]

Area prepares for upcoming school year

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Area schools will soon be filled with students as officials prepare for the start of the upcoming school year. As August approaches several activities will take place in preparation of the new school year. La Casa Family Health Centers will be offering backpacks filled with school supplies to area students. […]

Weather delays, cancels schools

Several area schools have announced Monday cancellations or delays because of the weather: • Portales Municipal Schools – Delayed two hours • Clovis Christian Schools – Classes canceled • Clovis Community College – Classes canceled • Clovis Municipal Schools – Classes canceled • Eastern New Mexico University – Classes start at 10am • Farwell ISD […]

Summer youth program back for second summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff The Portales Recreation Center is conducting a summer youth program for the second year in a row. The program offers activities such as games, arts and crafts, movies and physical education for children between the ages of 5 and 13. “I like the rock climbing wall and the computers,” 8-year-old […]

Roosevelt County kids learn hunting safety and competition

By Tony Parra Some may be asking, if a 10-year-old can abide by the hunting safety rules and not harm anyone then why can’t Vice President Dick Cheney? Too bad Cheney is too old to enroll in the Roosevelt Youth Hunter Educational Challenge which is for the Roosevelt County youth between the ages of 10-18. […]

ENMU classes begin Tuesday

Eastern New Mexico University will begin the spring semester on Tuesday. Classes will not meet on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but university offices will be open for the convenience of the public. Currently enrolled students, after visiting with their adviser, can register for the spring semester by logging on to […]

Young talents abound in Nutcracker

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A Christmas tradition is continuing for a pair of local schools, as audiences have four chances to catch “The Nutcracker,” starting tonight and running through Monday. Clovis’ Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy has the first performance, tonight and Friday. Sunday and Monday finds dance classes at Eastern New Mexico University’s Extended Learning […]

Hospital bans tobacco

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property in attempt to promote a culture of health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials […]

Speaking English vital work skill for area residents

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis residents who don’t speak English have access to free educational programs in their communities to help them learn. Instructors in the program say learning English is a vital skill in the workforce. Instructors hold English as a Second Language classes during the day as well as evenings to help […]

Dance instructors make business quickly

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer While they’ve found that building a business is rarely fun, Summer Wilson and Jennifer Spotswood of Portales believe that what their business teaches should be. Wilson and Spotswood, former instructors through Eastern New Mexico University’s Office of Extended Learning, have taken their know-how and turned a Portales hallway into […]

PHS logging on to new way of learning

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a month in Cyberspace, students are giving online classes an A-plus at Portales High School. The program, which is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year, is getting rave reviews from both students and teachers. “It’s better […]