Businesses, individuals honored at United Way banquet

CMI staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico held its annual banquet Tuesday night in which local businesses and individuals were honored for serving and supporting United Way. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said UWENM’s fundraising goal for 2011 was $1 million and will continue to be $1 million for 2012. The organization raised […]

Their view: EPA regulations threat to coal-power electric plants

Marita Noon, executive director of Energy Makes America Great, is concerned EPA regulations are crippling the coal-fuel power plant industry.

No applicants for economic development position

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Alisa Boswell Former Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher’s job has remain unfilled because no on has applied for the position, according to RCCDC Chairman Randy Knudson. “There have been some ads that have gone out on some free state advertising pages on economic development websites,” Knudson said. The position opened up when […]

Community development director resigning

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. will move forward despite losing its community development director of four years, according to community development board member Randy Knudson. RCCDC Director Greg Fisher’s last day on the job will be Feb. 15. Fisher said he accepted a community development job in Los Alamos. Knudson said the […]

My turn: Meals on Wheels director retiring

Around 11 a.m. every weekday, rain or shine, three or four volunteers enter the kitchen doors at Heartland Continuing Care, and emerge moments later carrying stacks of insulated trays, coolers of milk and juice, and notebooks directing them on a treasure hunt throughout Portales. The treasures in this case are the local recipients of Meals […]

Year in review: Abengoa comes, goes again

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Abengoa comes, goes again Abengoa Bioenergy USA restarted its Portales bioethanol plant on Jan. 12 after two years of inactivity. Then in December, it announced plans to close again. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin an extensive maintenance plan, so we’ll […]

My turn: ENMU presents gift of music

Betty Williamson Friday evening Eastern New Mexico University presents its most beautiful annual gift to our community, wrapped in a treble clef and topped with a sleigh bell: The Holiday Concerts in the University Theater Center. In back-to-back free identical performances that begin at 6:30 and 8 p.m., choir director Jason Paulk and band director […]

Paterno had obligation to notify police

Freedom New Mexico It is unclear how much detail legendary Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno knew from the eyewitness account related to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant who said he saw assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the locker room showers. But Paterno knew enough to bring it […]

Local health officials offer cold and flu season advice

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Benna Sayyed Winter is right around the corner, temperatures are dropping, and the flu season is here. Essie Means, director of Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center, is at ground zero for the battle against the highly contagious respiratory infection. She said her facility sees more children age 3 and under catch a cold during flu […]

Rain expected through 10 a.m.

Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue across eastern New Mexico through 10 a.m. today, according to a news release from Clovis Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. The release said most areas will receive “a few hundredths to one quarter inch” of rain. Some areas could see half an inch of rain, […]

Our people: Man of steel

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Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the Clovis Family YMCA, made the first big move of his life to bring the Y back to Clovis after over 30 years. Nelson, a husband and father of two, has worked for the Y for five years. “I love my job because it allows for me to change […]

Their view: Projects vital to economic development

Projects vital to economic development Terry Brunner, USDA Rural Development state director, writes about economic development in rural New Mexico.

Clovis grad honored by Texas Bandmasters

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Randy Vaughn, retired band director at Klein High School, was installed July 26, in the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in conjunction with the annual Convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association meeting in San Antonio. Vaughn began his music career with the Gattis Junior High Band under the direction of Harold Van […]

ENMU briefs — Aug. 3

Associated professor serves as program director Eastern New Mexico University Associate Professor of Physics Bill Andersen served as director of the Summer Science Program at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology campus June 18 through July 24. Out of around 670 applicants, 72 students from around the globe were chosen to attend. The […]

Their view: Open government not red or blue, but evergreen

Sarah Welsh, executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, says the public’s right to know isn’t partisan: Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New […]

Portales hosting downtown car show

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Portales residents can take a drive down memory lane Friday, courtesy of the Portales MainStreet Program and local car collectors. MainStreet Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the community’s first National Collector Car Appreciation Day car show is set to feature at least 16 classic cars, plus food vendors and car-related information booths. She is […]

Portales school business manager relies on experience as comptroller

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Alisa Boswell New Portales Municipal Schools business manager Sarah Marquez is no stranger to financing and thinks that may be a bonus with current New Mexico state budget cuts in the education system. Portales Municipal Schools recently replaced Finance Director Carol Kriegshauser with Marquez, who has worked with the district for five years and was […]

ENMU narrows baseball coach search to three

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Jeff Geiser left no doubt about the most important factor in narrowing the search for a new baseball coach to three finalists. “Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program,” Geiser said. Veteran West Texas high school baseball coach Jimmy Webster, Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) head coach Chris Terry […]

ENMU hopes to fill baseball spot by June 15

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school in 1992. […]

Fundraising efforts begin for fireworks show

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Argen Duncan Efforts to raise money for the Portales annual Fourth of July Celebration have begun, and they include a new contest for boys. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the chamber is working to raise a little more than $10,000 to have about the same size fireworks show as last […]