Young artist wins international competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales boy has taken third place in an international art competition. Nolan Riggin, 9, won the placing in the 6- to 9-year-old age division of the 2010 International Aviation Art Contest. Nolan, son of Ronda Hutcherson and Caid Riggin, said he learned of the award late last month. [...]

Librarian’s idea to clean up space debris sparks NASA, international interest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales librarian is stepping into the scientific world of outer space. Sean Shepherd, Eastern New Mexico University Instructional Research Center coordinator, is developing devices to clean up small manmade space debris in the lower earth orbit. “I feel like since we made this mess, we should clean it [...]

Bill would seek more scrutiny on public contracts

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Records show that a contract between the State Investment Office and an international law firm has been amended six times since 2005, boosting the original $30,000 cost to $5.8 million. The deal — which among other things calls for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP to create [...]

International Education Week aims to unite students

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer International Education Week gives Eastern New Mexico University students a chance to learn about different cultures from international students. The week-long event kicks off Monday with a Ping-Pong double championship. ENMU students Taylor Berger and Bryan Summy are doubles partners in the Ping-Pong championship. Berger said the international week [...]

May 3 Club Notes

Altrusa International Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met April 27 in the Sandia Room at Eastern New Mexico University. President Vaunceil Turnbough presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved as corrected. There were 25 members present. Jo Nell Brooks gave the Altrusa Accent.

March 29, 2009 Club notes

Altrusa International Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met last Monday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, with the Service Committee in charge of arrangements. President Vaunceil Turnbough presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. There were 33 members and seven [...]

Feb. 15, 2009 Club notes

Altrusa International Altrusa Int’l. Inc. of Portales met Feb. 9 in the Sandia Room at ENMU. In the absence of president, Vice President Nancy Legleiter presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies. Secret pals were thanked. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. There were 28 members and one guest present. [...]

Deciding fate of detainees is larger issue

Freedom New Mexico The news that President Obama has signed an executive order to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay is welcome indeed. The detainee center has become an international symbol of the practice of skirting U.S. and international law and torture. Whether the torture allegations are valid or not — and we’re inclined [...]

NATO initiation of Ukraine not worthwhile plan

Freedom New Mexico The cutoff of supplies of natural gas from Russia to Europe through pipelines in Ukraine may have been resolved for the time being with an agreement to deploy international monitors to make sure Ukraine isn’t siphoning off natural gas intended for countries farther west. But this dispute is about more than what [...]