Campos, Grider debate on District 63 issues

By David Irvin CLOVIS — State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours Wednesday over topics such as gangs, water and education in a debate held at Clovis Community College. Both are seeking the District 63 office in the Nov. 2 General Election. Campos said the […]

Portales schools receive grant to fight obesity

By Laurie Stone The Portales Municipal School District has been awarded a $398,044 three-year grant through the U. S. Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). According to a pair of press releases, U. S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and U. S. Representative Tom Udall announced that three New Mexico schools and two […]

Wall enjoys helping others

Your name: Lynne Wall Your job: C.J.’s Pillbox Your age (and birth date): 50, Nov. 13, 1953 Your hometown: Floyd Occupation: Pharmacy clerk Your family (spouse, children, names, and ages): Johnny, 51, husband; Kalon, 32, daughter; Kade, 24, son; Rylan, 6, grandson. What do you think of Portales? “It is a great place to raise […]

Nothing changes in the NEA

By Neal McCluskey For an instant, the National Education Association (NEA) seemed poised to turn a corner. “Let me send my kids to the schools where yours go,” NEA president Reg Weaver exhorted a Florida crowd in May, sparking hope that the leader of the nation’s largest teachers union was about to demand school choice. No […]

Summer youth programs helps Portales students stay on track

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By Tony Parra The summer is not necessarily a break for students. Several programs in Portales offer jobs that remind students about the importance of education. The federal Clean and Beautify Program allows students a chance to earn a paycheck with up to 25 hours per week. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautify Program coordinator, said […]

Hospital education program aimed at ministers

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By Darrell Todd Maurina, Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center is offering an intensive training program to assist local pastors in doing hospital ministry. Chaplain Susan Thornton, pastoral community education coordinator at PRMC’s parent corporation, Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, said she’s been assigned to help strengthen pastoral care at the outlying hospitals of the […]

Parents must be proactive in education

By Helena Rodriguez Is the glass half empty or half full? I consider it half empty. My daughter, Laura, my niece, Crystal Diaz, and my cousin, Danielle Madrid, graduated from Portales Junior High School last Friday along with 180 other students. We in the Rodriguez clan made a big deal out of it with a […]

School looks to cut energy bills

By Tony Parra Portales public officials are implementing an energy conservation program in hopes of saving thousands of dollars each year on energy costs. Portales school officials went into a four-year agreement with Energy Education, Inc. last week. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said the school district does not have to pay any money up […]

ENMU students commence with next journey

By Helena Rodriguez It took Kristine Kelley of Roswell four-and-a-half years to earn a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University. Like many students, she earned her degree while also flipping burgers, and said she’d do it all over again if she had to. “The hardest part was balancing work and school, […]

Kernan hopes for second term

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent A Hobbs school teacher who also manages her own business hopes her political career is just getting started. Gay Kernan, who has served for the last two years as a state senator for District 42, which spans from Hobbs to Clovis — is seeking another term in Santa Fe. She […]

Student president voice for Eastern

Bob Cornelius This is in response to an editorial on March 24 titled “Student president best look out for the governor.” I really enjoyed reading the editorial writing of Managing Editor Mike Linn on my continued efforts to fight Governor Richardson over our differing views on higher education in New Mexico. I want to say […]

ENMU professor honored by governor

Mike Linn Julia Rosa Lòpez-Emslie’s answering machine has messages in English and Spanish. Those who know her as a strong advocate of bilingual education and multi-cultural programs understand why. Gov. Bill Richardson gets the picture as well. The governor recently awarded the Eastern New Mexico University education professor with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New […]

Terry loves school, homemade bread

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Job: Principal at James Elementary Age (and birth date): 42 (Sept. 6, 1961) Hometown: Portales Family: Wife Kristie; sons Teegan (9) and Braden (8); and daughter Micah (5). What do you think of Portales? “Love it! It is a great town and I am proud to call it home. When you see the people support […]

Fiddler passionate about music, lifetime education

By Tony Parra Give Ted Allen Clark a fiddle and he’d spin a delightful tune. Give him seven children and he’d share with them the importance of work ethic and education. Clark had seven children, was a member of the Old Time Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and a former Roosevelt County resident. He died on […]

House OKs bill that qualifies more students for scholarship

David Arkin A local lawmaker’s proposal to change a portion of the Lottery Scholarship cleared a big hurdle on Thursday. On Thursday, the House gave the OK to a bill sponsored by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, that would allow students who graduate from high school to sit out a year before going to college and […]

Students to Governor: Don’t change lottery

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University students have a message for lawmakers: Don’t mess with the Lottery Scholarship. If lawmakers will hear that message still remains to be seen. According to the university’s student government office, more than 500 ENMU students on Tuesday signed a petition in the Campus Union Building that says they don’t […]

Legislature focuses on education

David Arkin New Mexico has always had a particular love for education. A peek into the doors of the Legislature in Santa Fe this session would indicate to one just how energized the education arena has become. Around every corner there seem to be more and more bills addressing a variety of education issues, everything […]

Obits 1-15

Ralph Black, 93 Ralph Black, 93, of Portales died Monday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on June 24, 1910, in Stafford County, Kan., to Cynthia Cora and Harry Gordon Black. From 1934 until 1938 he owned and operated his own printing shop in Portales. He earned a bachelor’s […]

Tuition for Texans could be rising at ENMU

Mike Linn The Legislative Finance Committee is proposing a cap on funding for Texans and other out-of-state students who pay in-state tuition at New Mexico universities. If the proposed legislation passes, Eastern New Mexico University officials may have to tweak the current program allowing Texans who live within 135 miles of Eastern’s campus to pay […]

Texico teacher to run for District 9 seat

Freedom Newspapers A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]