May 9 Portales Junior High News

Recognition Assemblies Both the academic and athletic awards assembly will be May 26 at 1 p.m. in the old gym.  The promotion from eighth grade to high school will be May 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Greyhound Arena. The early hour will allow families who have seniors participating in the prom to attend both events. […]

Student reacts to bombing in Spain

Darrell Maurina A Portales resident spent part of Thursday morning making emergency calls to relatives in Spain to make sure none of them were among the more than 190 killed and 1,400 injured there by a series of terrorist bomb attacks. “We called up and, thank God, nobody was injured,” said Martin Keane, a graduate […]

Board approves security system for schools

Mike Linn School officials believe a security system for all public schools will be in place by the beginning of next school year. The Portales School Board accepted a security evaluation summary by Energy Control Inc. (ECI), a Rio Rancho-based company, pending approval from the state of New Mexico. The $115,000 project will cost Portales […]

What’s in a name, besides trouble?

By Helena Rodriguez Have you ever typed your own name into Google just to see what comes up on the Internet? I did this and discovered that not only am I a newspaper columnist, I’m also a medical doctor, a Junior Olympics winner and a rather competitive Decathlon winner who seduces people onto a Web […]

ENMU hosts Festival Romanico

PNT Staff More than 500 high school students from around New Mexico are expected to participate in the annual Festival Romanico at Eastern New Mexico University. Schools confirmed so far include: Clovis High School, Clovis Christian School, Portales High School, Jal High School, Artesia High School, Lovington High School, Carlsbad High School, Muleshoe High School, […]

Local school wants to teach dual-languages

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales school officials are hoping to implement a dual-language program beginning next school year for kindergartners at L. L. Brown Grade School. The Portales School Board approved an application Tuesday night for the program to be presented to the state’s education department by March 1. Currently […]

Chili cookoff to raise funds for school

Tony Parra The First Annual Chili Cook-off is ‘in the oven’ and it will be hot and ready by 5 p.m. today at the Portales High School cafeteria. The idea for the event was brewing in an art class room last December, when one of the students made the suggestion. Lou Sikes, a Portales art […]

Student spells his way to state

Tony Parra Eighth-grader Juan Contreras topped 11 contestants to claim the Portales school district Spanish spelling bee title Friday morning. Contreras, who edged a fifth-grade student in the final round, will participate in the state spelling bee contest in Albuquerque on Feb. 7. Contreras finished third in last year’s competition, but on Friday beat out […]

Resolutions easy to keep with open options

By Helena Rodriguez Another Christmas has come and gone, Now I’m already starting to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I need something to fill this space in between Christmas and the new year. Many of you probably wouldn’t have even thought about New Year’s resolutions until next week, but, (you can thank […]

Tafoya devotes life to teaching

Helena Rodriguez Dr. Candido Tafoya has been a teacher for more than four decades, mostly teaching Spanish. He began his career as a school teacher in Santa Rosa. He also taught at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and then became a professor at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. He retired from ENMU in […]

Personalities Plus — Frank Smith

Frank Smith has lived in Portales since 1972. He retired from his job in deliveries at the former Poynor’s Home and Auto Store in 2001 and is full time pastor of First Spanish Baptist Church. Preaching has become his life, and he does it in both English and Spanish. Smith spends his free time reading […]

Area teen to perform at celebration in Clovis

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Helena Rodriguez When Lucero Davalos walked away from a truck rollover near Floyd last September without a broken bone, she told Jesus to do with her life as he wanted. From there, the 17-year-old said things just seemed to fall in place when she began taking a more active role with her father Abraham’s Spanish […]

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 […]

Hispanics still underrepresented in television

Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. How about a Hispanic Bob Villa? Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, […]