City of Portales dedicates garden to former employee

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is hoping to honor a long-time employee while promoting water conservation with the dedication of new landscaping at city hall. Last Friday city officials and employees dedicated the new xeriscape garden at city hall in memory of Dan Swopes, who died in 2005. “Dan had […]

Miss New Mexico warns of ID theft

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A victim of the growing identity theft problem, Miss New Mexico 2006 Christina Hall is helping others avoid a similar situation. “When I was 19 my identity was stolen by a girl who renewed her driver’s license under my name,” said Hall, a 2005 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. […]

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the De Baca renovation in a capital projects list to the New Mexico […]

New Mexico First seeks school’s priorities

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Five recommendations for improving the state’s higher education were the main focus at Friday’s New Mexico First community meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. New Mexico First Associate Director Heather Balas met with nearly 40 Portales and Clovis community and business leaders and educators to discuss the recommendations, stating […]

New Mexico First to discuss higher education at ENMU

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Preparing New Mexicans for the future by using higher education will be the premier focus at the New Mexico First community meeting taking place Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. According to their press release, New Mexico First was founded in 1986 by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in […]

Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been […]

June 11, 2006 Anniversaries

Banks Loyd and Darlene Banks of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 with a come-and-go reception at the Holiday Inn Express, 1901 W. Second St. in Portales. The celebration is hosted by their children Beverly Hall, Janet Fields and Lynda DeFoor, along with their grandchildren. The couple […]

June 6, 2006 Obituaries

Vera Johnson Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, Portales. Vera Alice Johnson, 85, of Clovis died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Born Oct. 25, 1920, in Bokchito, Okla., to Zephery and Samuel North, she grew up in Ogden, Okla. She was active in the school choir that performed at […]

Portales firefighters complete training exercise at Lincoln Hall

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Sirens blared and lights flashed Wednesday as Portales Fire Department firefighters jumped from their trucks and rushed into an Eastern New Mexico University dorm Wednesday as part of a training exercise. In the scenario, two firefighters were lifted to the seventh-story window of Lincoln Hall at Eastern New Mexico […]

Town hall meetings bring teen drinking to light

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shone on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]