House approved budget is an 8.4 percent increase

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — State spending would increase by 8.4 percent next year to pay for public education and general government programs under a $5.1 billion budget bill approved unanimously by the House. About two-thirds of the proposed spending increase is directed at public schools and colleges and universities. The Senate approved a […]

United Way hits Curry goal, Roosevelt is short

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. Roosevelt County residents […]

Governor supports ENMU projects

Freedom Newspapers Brick and mortar projects at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost Wednesday from Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson carved out $8 million in his capital outlay budget for building projects at the institutions, according to a press release from his office. “With a strong financial outlook, now is […]

Family Support Center takes care of deployed member’s families

Airman Thomas Trower Cannon Airmen deployed to fight the war on terror and other conflicts around the world can rest easy knowing their families at Cannon can find support at the Family Support Center (FSC). “The main objective of providing assistance to military families is to allow the military member to focus on the mission […]

Youth services offers free, reduced price meals for child care programs

New Mexico State Editor’s Note: The following information is required to be released by the State of New Mexico Cannon Family Child Care, Child Development Centers and the Youth Center are announcing the availability of free and reduced meals to the children enrolled in either of the family child care programs. All children in attendance […]

Budget cuts could doom Upward Bound program

By Tony Parra Upward Bound organizers are afraid the program may be cut by President George W. Bush in next year’s proposed budget to provide more funding for the “No Child Left Behind” program. The Eastern New Mexico University Upward Bound program has been operating for more than 30 years, and currently serves students from […]

Paralegal career full of challenges

By David Irvin By David Irvin CNJ STAFF WRITER david_irvin@link.freedom.com The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages to brief, 30 minutes till court and little room for error. Welcome to the paralegal profession. “There is never a day that you are caught up,” said Shannon Cassidy, who works as a […]

Gay Kernan guest column

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. The pre-kindergarten initiative presented by the governor and lieutenant governor has been trumpeted as a solution to many of the problems we face […]

Nov. 21 Broad Horizons School News

Broad Horizons will host an open house on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone interested in viewing the school is invited to come by 1034 Community Way at this time. Teachers are sponsoring homemade refreshments for your enjoyment. Students will be dismissed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, but teachers will be on site working […]

Nov. 14 Broad Horizons School News

Students at Broad Horizons have n opportunity to get a headstart into the world of work and modern technology. Starting in January, Mrs. Griffith-Eakins will instruct a class which will feature computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook in its curriculum. Interested students may obtain “Microsoft Office” certification while gaining […]

City council eyes facelift for Portales

By Tony Parra Portales residents discussed landscaping during the last comprehensive planning meeting in May and one group will be taking a step into improving the landscaping in Portales. The Ability Service Training Responsibility Achievement girls requested funding for trees and assistance in installing a sprinkler system for landscaping the corner of 18th and Avenue […]

Citizens get home-buying advice at fair

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Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega dubbed the housing fair on Saturday a “great success” with over 120 people from across eastern New Mexico participating in the event. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, Fannie Mae Foundation and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority met with individuals interested in buying a new home. “As […]

Housing Fair to help citizens become homeowners

Tony Parra The Housing Fair will take place throughout the day on Saturday with Portales city officials on a quest to research how many prospective home buyers there are in Portales. “We’re bringing in folks from different organizations,” Portales mayor Orlando Ortega said. “These folks have been gathered through our efforts in creating the home […]

Athletics benefit college

Kevin Wilson High school soccer was a way of life for Anna Funck less than two years ago. She knew that college soccer could be the same. “It had always been an option since I started high school,” said Funck, a freshman who scored three goals in the inaugural season for Eastern New Mexico University. […]

Oasis State Park the site of a summer of activity

By Mike Linn If you’re a hopeless romantic who likes to gaze at the stars, or a rugged outdoors type with an infatuation for snakes, there may be some fun in the future for you. Oasis State Park officials have a full slate of outdoor and wildlife programs scheduled this summer. “It’s educational as well […]