Ticket feature: ENMU alumnus, opera singer returning for homecoming

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Jared Tucker ENMU alumnus and acclaimed opera singer Manuel Melendez will be in Portales at this year’s homecoming festivities. Manuel Melendez will be attending a breakfast ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated music building at ENMU, and will honor Melendez’s high school and college instructor, George Umberson. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Melendez graduated ENMU in 1965 [...]

Death row survivor speaks out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the [...]

Births

Trayon Sam and Kim Trayon of Portales are the parents of a 6 pound, 10 ounce boy, born on May 3, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Dakota Ray Trayon has two brothers, Samuel, 15 and Donovan, 3; and a sister, Samantha, 11. His grandparents are John and Sharon Goins and Epifania Melendez, [...]

Joe Melendez, 78

Joe Melendez, 78 Mr. Joe Melendez, 78, of Santa Barbara County, Calif., died Wednesday, May 21, 2003. He was born on April 26, 1925, in Roswell, to Eduardo and Urbana Juarez Melendez. He was educated in Roswell Public Schools, Eastern New Mexico University and University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor of science degree in [...]