Personalities Plus: Manuel Varela

Your name: Manuel Varela Your job: Associate Professor of Biology at ENMU Your age (and birth date): 41 years old, December 3, 1962 Your hometown: Santa Fe, NM Occupation: University Professor and Scientist Your family (spouse, children, names and ages): Wife, Ann (40 years old); Son, Timothy (10 years old), and Son, Edward (6 years […]

ENMU junior named state fair queen

By Ryan Lengerich Ashlee Stallings spent Sept. 5 in bed in a battle with strep throat. There was no way she could compete for the state fair queen crown, she thought. If that was not bad enough, it was her 20th birthday. The Curry County fair queen representative fought the illness and made it to […]

Sept. 8 Obituaries

Transitions Birthdays Sept. 11-17: Julian Carrasco, Whimp Fine, Jackie Howard, Kelli Jo Moore, Jackie Gilmore, Gary Carter, Tana Chander, Tyler Jasso, Johnny Rains, Kelli Boone, Sheli Anthony, Patsy Ward, Beth Anthony, Herman Burkstaller and Mike Winters. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Joel Widner and Mr. and Mrs. Mays Lane Jenkins. Breakfast The monthly men’s breakfast will […]

Sept. 8 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays Sept. 11-17: Julian Carrasco, Whimp Fine, Jackie Howard, Kelli Jo Moore, Jackie Gilmore, Gary Carter, Tana Chander, Tyler Jasso, Johnny Rains, Kelli Boone, Sheli Anthony, Patsy Ward, Beth Anthony, Herman Burkstaller and Mike Winters. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Joel Widner and Mr. and Mrs. Mays Lane Jenkins. Breakfast The monthly […]

Vick makes his ‘marx’ in Portales

If you call Robert Vick by his legal name, he assumes you’re going to ask to see his license and registration as well. Vick goes by Stretch, a name tied in to the independent Stretch Marx painting business that he has run, on and off, for 20 years. His signs stretch across the country and […]

Hern enjoys life, crocheting

By Helena Rodriguez Name: Nellie Hern, 71 Occupation: Retired Hometown: Portales (Moved here in 1963) Family: Son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Yvone Garcia; son, Sam Garcia and daughter Estella Garcia, all of Portales; daughter Teresita and son-in-law, Robert Tanaka of Dillingham, Alaska; granddaughter, Francis Garcia; five grandsons, Samuel Joe, Anthony, Andrew and Nathen Garcia and […]

Outgoing, incoming DAs plan to work together

By Darrell Todd Maurina Both the incoming and outgoing district attorneys said they want to make the next seven months an effective transition period. Incumbent 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he hasn’t yet called his successful challenger, Matt Chandler, but will consult with him as the time comes near for Carter to leave […]

May 30 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Highlighting Seniors The Dora School and communities surrounding the area gathered Sunday, May 23 for the graduation of our 12 seniors. Mostly, they were a close group of youngsters who had been together most of the time since pre-school days. Levi Beggs, was born and raised on a ranch near Milnesand. Jack […]

ENMU student profile, Charlayne Heselton

Your name: Charlayne R. Heselton Your classification: Junior Your major: Double Major in Music Education and Interdisciplinary Art Your age (and birthdate): 20; March 27, 1984. Your hometown: Portales. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Cloudy, rain, and cold. Tell us about your pet(s): (I have a) black and brown basset hound named Minnie […]

Families celebrate Passover traditions

Darrell Maurina While most Christians in the Clovis area are preparing to celebrate Easter, a few area residents observed the far more ancient Jewish festival of Passover on Monday night and Tuesday. “In the Jewish religion, family is intertwined with the religion. There really is no separation of the religion from the family,” said Capt. […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

Darrell Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to get them […]

Arnold bows out of race for probate judge

PNT Staff For all intensive purposes, Nancy Gentry’s title as probate judge will remain the same for another four years. Her only challenger Municipal Judge Fred Arnold bowed out of the race on Thursday, leaving Gentry with the surety of another term. Gentry said Arnold told her the news personally. “I am very thrilled and […]

Motorcycle mom markets homes

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Name: Martie Dewbre Hiner Job: Sales Consultant at Portales Homes Supercenter Age (and birth date): 43 (Feb. 18, 1961). Hometown: Portales, raised in Morton, Texas. Family: Husband, Eddy Hiner; Children, Matt Turney (23), Chance Turney (20), Lindsey Turney (20). What do you think of Portales? “I love living in Portales. The people in Portales are […]

Commission to honor personable pastor

By Darrell Todd Maurina A pastor who served more than 50 years in six local Southern Baptist churches will be honored with a special reception by the Clovis City Commission on March 11. Clovis city commissioner Kevin Duncan said he wanted to honor the Rev. Herbert Bergstrom due to his years of service not only […]

Soul-stirring ‘Passion of Christ’ vivid for viewers

Darrell Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around the country on Wednesday. Mel Gibson’s new film about Christ’s death played to sellout crowds at Clovis’ North Plains Cinema — emotional, appreciative crowds who applauded its realism. “It’s graphic,” said Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist […]

ENMU to mourn tragic death of former student

Darrell Maurina Co-workers and friends expressed shock and disbelief Monday, following the apparent suicide of Clovis Community College instructor William H. Windley Jr. Police said Windley, 32, of Portales, purchased a gun and ammunition on Friday afternoon at the Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City store in Clovis, then shot himself in the head in front of […]

Zias look for wins to push them over .500

Kevin Wilson This year’s Zia basketball team picked up its seventh win on Thursday, compared to reaching that mark in the season finale last year. And although odds favor Eastern New Mexico topping last year’s win mark during a two-game Lone Star Conference South Division road trip, Dan Buzard feels there’s no room for the […]

Clovis church to welcome African Children’s Choir

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis will soon play host for the second straight year to the African Children’s Choir, a group of 26 children from various African countries accompanied by eight adult hosts who travel the United States and support a ministry that educates African orphans. This year’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 […]

Local leader loses bout with cancer

Gary Mitchell Those who knew her best invariably described Mary Carol Hartley as a brave, compassionate lady. Hartley, 62, died at her home Thursday after a 15-year on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley’s husband, 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley, choked back his emotions late Thursday. “It’s kind of a tough time, but the Good Lord […]

Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]