Immigrants could get more opportunities under Bush’s plan

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — President Bush’s temporary worker program could mean more than just a chance for New Mexico’s illegal immigrants to emerge from the shadows of the state’s unofficial economy, a state Labor Department spokesman said. The proposal could pave the way for high-skilled undocumented workers to move legally up the labor market […]

Non-traditional students learn in House

Michelle Seeber House may be a small community in eastern New Mexico, but it has a school that draws students from all across the state. The school, known as The Learning Center at House High School, is for students, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to attend high school on a regular basis […]

Alternative punishment changes lives

Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested for his third DUI, he began to reevaluate that description of himself. On that […]

Restrictions halt exchange program

Mike Linn Eastern New Mexico University officials are actively recruiting students from universities in foreign countries, especially China, something that has become increasingly difficult since 9/11. Eastern President Steven Gamble recently signed a World American Cultural Exchange agreement with officials from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. The agreement will allow ENMU students to attend […]

Program aimed at improving communication

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials are taking steps toward better communication between the university and local community. “The leadership training program was started so that full-time ENMU professionals could be more aware of the community,” Trisha Maguire, ENMU leadership advisory council member, said. “We also want to make them aware of the leadership […]

Program gives life to bone marrow disease patients

Tony Parra The “Give Life” program will be in full force on Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt General Hospital in an attempt to receive donors for bone marrow transplants. The National Marrow Donor Program will work in conjunction with the Roosevelt General Hospital to interview candidates who will be asked to […]

Local seniors share knowledge, love with kids

Helena Rodriguez Frances Aragon may not remember all the names of her foster grandchildren, but she loves them all the same. “I forget names and faces, but I know it’s one of them when they call me ‘grandma,’’ said Aragon, who was referring, not to her own 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to the kids […]

Animals entertain, educate students

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Tony Parra There is something you can get from seeing a real-life bird or snake that you can’t get anywhere else — not in books, not on television. That’s the experience Lindsey Middle School sixth-graders received on Wednesday when the Rio Grande Zoo-to-You program out of Albuquerque brought exotic animals for viewing. Jan Dosch and […]

State to fund health program at La Casa

Tony Parra Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The Women, Infants and Children Program will be handled by the New Mexico Department of Health instead of La Casa de Buena Salud in an effort to reduce costs. The county commission decided on the change at Tuesday’s meeting and opted not to compensate La Casa de Buena Salud for the change. […]

New mexico schools to teach dual languages through video

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The state of New Mexico Educational System has taught children English, now it will have an opportunity to teach them Spanish. Dr. Julia Rosa Lopez-Emslie, bilingual/multicultural education program director at Eastern New Mexico University presented, “Planting Seeds of Success Through Language,” a 30-minute instructional video on […]

Public Record 10-5

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Victor Sanchez, 64, of Portales, and Maria Engracia Diaz Salinas, 46, of Juarez, Mexico. Sidney D. Price, 44, and Betty D. McGee, 46, both of Elida. Armando F. Dominguez, 31, and Dorothy L. Collins, 34, both of Clovis. The following dispositions were recently […]

La Casa to provide new health center to Valencia

By Mike Linn The Portales School Board at Monday night’s meeting voted to accept in-house health services for students and teachers at Valencia Grade School. A nurse practitioner from La Casa Health Center will work at Valencia to provide the services, which will allow students and teachers quick diagnosis and treatment rather than having to […]

Local schools promote student integrity

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Tony Parra Character and responsibility are what Portales Public School officials are trying to instill in students with a nationwide program implemented in Portales schools. The Character Counts Organization promotes activities to instill characteristics of a student. Each state and each school has it’s own Character Counts Program, and various schools in each state implement […]

Zia soccer team prepares for inaugural season

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By Kevin Wilson The Zia soccer team is looking to earn respect in the Lone Star Conference this year, one practice and one song at a time. Members of the inaugural Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team are preparing for a 15-game regular season, starting Aug. 30 against College of the Southwest at Alamosa, […]

Getting dirty to get out early

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Mike Linn A new program allowing Roosevelt County inmates to work off jail time is also promoting shrewd spending of taxpayer dollars, county officials say. The voluntary program started on Monday and allows misdemeanor offenders to earn good time in jail for picking up trash, pulling weeds, trimming and mowing on county property. The hours […]

Reading program enhances youth

Mike Linn Three first grade girls read children books at the Portales Municipal School Board meeting Monday night, validating the effectiveness of a new program in the area teaching low-level readers techniques for improving. The first-year reading recovery program in Portales has nationwide appeal for the techniques first taught to teachers, then relayed to students […]

Calendar

MONDAY Blackwater Draw Museum — 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. Details: 562-2202. Brain Injury Support Group — 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St. in Portales. Details: Karla or Judy at 359-1964. E-mail: karlat@yucca.net. AARP/55 ALIVE Driver Safety Program — Clovis Community College, […]

ENMU names Blaskowski new softball coach

By Dave Wagner Kevin Blaskowski built the Southern Arkansas University softball program from scratch, capped off by a 30-win season this spring. But the North Dakota native believes he has a better chance of getting to the NCAA Division II national tournament at Eastern New Mexico University. Blaskowski won a three-way battle to become ENMU’s […]

Grant to send 18 teachers to study in Ghana

By Angela Peacock By Angela Peacock PNT Staff Writer Angela_Peacock@link.freedom.com The destination is Wusuta, Africa, for 18 public school teachers who will spend 28 days studying a culture in a place where running water and electricity are considered luxuries. Eastern New Mexico University’s Family and Consumer Sciences Department has received a grant from the United […]