My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut [...]

In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their [...]

Experts advise gardening caution

Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to get in a hurry and advised those itching to get outside to put their energy into preparatory work, until [...]

Grandchildren’s visit highlight of spring break

I’ve had exactly one spring break with the traditional (or actually, probably rare but celebrated) spring break trip. That was a few years ago, when we were able to go and see my grandson, who is blessed enough to live in Panama City, Fla., one among many spring break Mecca’s. College spring breaks were usually [...]

Staycations offer fun for cheap

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national [...]

Spring signals start of tornado season

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and [...]

Monday morning briefing: Spring flowers, local authors and a huge fad

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Spring flowers March 22-23, Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice will be selling arrangements and bundles of daffodils. It’s a fundraiser for their programs and helps pay for medication, utilities, groceries and funeral expenses. More info: 769-7399 Faculty authors Several faculty members at Eastern New Mexico University and [...]

Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per [...]

Forecast: NM should brace for warm, windy spring

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say patterns are suggesting New Mexico is in for another warm, windy and dry spring. The prediction came Thursday as water managers, agricultural experts and forecasters met to discuss the state’s drought situation. Last year marked one of the driest years on record for [...]

Press release: ENMU sets record spring enrollment

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PORTALES—For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 with 5,084 students. This spring’s enrollment is an increase of 4.5 percent over the previous record for a spring enrollment, set last year with 4,864 students. Student credit hours, which higher education institutions funding is based [...]