ENMU football, women’s soccer add signees

Freedom New Mexico Three new prospects have signed national letters of intent to play next season at Eastern New Mexico University under first-year coach Josh Lynn. The players are Noah Brown, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound fullback-defensive end from Valencia, and brothers Kendall Thompkins, a 6-4, 275-pound tight end, and Kameron Thompkins, a 6-3, 220-pound defensive end, […]

Researchers working on disease-resistant peanuts

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Argen Duncan Work by a local peanut breeder to develop disease-resistant Valencia peanuts could benefit both farmers and consumers. Naveen Puppala, peanut breeder at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, is collaborating with a researcher in Uganda to cross New Mexico Valencia peanuts with Ugandan Spanish and Virginia peanuts to find […]

Portales schools back in session

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Jared Tucker Students in Portales schools were back in the classroom Tuesday, and several schools welcomed new teachers to their faculty to start the school year. Portales native Shawna Neece said her first day at Valencia Elementary was almost exactly what she expected. She said her third-grade class is a great, and she looks forward […]

Fifth-grade teacher wins award

By Linda Long: PNT Correspondent Becky Duran, a fifth-grade teacher at Valencia Elementary School, has received the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award last week. Valencia Principal Michael Terry recommended Duran for the award. “I recommended her in about February or March,” Terry said. ““Ms. Duran works with students […]

LIndsey-Steiner Elementary School near completion

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer When the 2010-11 school year rolls around, every elementary school class will have a new home in the Portales school system. First- and second-graders will be at James Elementary, third- and fourth-graders will be at Valencia Elementary and fifth- and sixth-graders will have classes at the new Lindsey-Steiner school, […]

Valencia School fifth-grader wins Spanish spelling bee

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valencia School fifth-grader Yacaranday De la Torre enjoyed participating in the Spanish Spelling Bee. Winning it Wednesday and advancing to state finals was even more fun. “I enjoy studying and spelling the words,” De la Torre said. This was Torre’s second time participating in the bee. It was sponsored […]

Valencia students take top prize in Destination Imagination

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer One team from Valencia Elementary school won first prize in the 2010 New Mexico Destination Imagination on Feb. 20 in Albuquerque. “This is the third year that we participated in the tournament. We were given the challenges,” said Katrina Prince, the team advisor. Prince said one team from Lindsey […]

Portales elementary principals do shuffle

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor One of the most notable changes in Portales schools head back to class Monday will be a principal shuffle in the elementary schools. School officials hope the changes, triggered by the resignation of Valencia Elementary principal Todd Morris, will provide a running start to a planned elementary school realignment […]

School district seeks new Valencia principal

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A search is under way for a new elementary school principal in Portales. Valencia Elementary School Principal Todd Morris resigned from his position, effective June 30, to become principal of James Bickley Elementary School in Clovis. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said Morris gave him a written letter of […]

Portales students give thanks

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The Portales News Tribune spent time on Monday visiting area schools and asking students a few questions about Thanksgiving. Here is what they had to say about the upcoming holiday: Bercy Musonera Kindergarten Brown Early Childhood Center Q. What is something that you are thankful for? A. My school Adrianna Naylor Kindergarten Brown Early Childhood […]