Parks and Recreation conference coming to Clovis

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center will host this year’s New Mexico Recreation and Park Association state conference, running Wednesday morning through Friday. An estimated 200 parks and recreation employees will attend the conference, with speakers from around the region offering educational sessions and National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors Chair Janna Rankin […]

Fall is my favorite time of the year

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist I love this time of year. Fall is the time when God takes his master paintbrush and tips the foliage with gorgeous hues of red and orange with golden streaks of beauty. My friend says, “God spilled his paint bucket.” The crispness of the early morning and the chill […]

Curry County woman’s death attributed to listeria infection

CNJ staff A 61-year-old Curry County woman is among three fatal cases attributed to listeria infection, according to a New Mexico Department of Health press release issued Monday. The state health department has identified nine cases of listeria infection throughout the state. Preliminary results have identified cantaloupe as the likely source of the outbreak, since […]

ENMU sets record enrollment

Eastern New Mexico University has set another enrollment record with 5,574 students for the fall semester, an increase of 9.7 percent over last year’s previous record of 5,080 students. The previous record was 4,685 students set in the 2009 fall semester, according to a press release from the university. Student credit hours, which higher education […]

Portales 9/11 memorial ceremonies set

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, which means Portales residents will be gathering to commemorate and remember those who were lost on that day. The J.P. Stone Community Bank is holding a memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, as it has […]

9-7 — ENMU briefs

9/11 memorial scheduled This year’s memorial ceremony to honor all those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks features special speakers and music downtown. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday near the flag pole in the large parking lot outside the main branch of […]

Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without […]

ENMU men’s soccer team expects challenges

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Fourth-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Harold Munoz thinks he has his best team this season. The problem is that the other squads in the four-team Lone Star Conference have history on their side. ENMU, picked fourth in the conference, opens its season Thursday with a non-league contest at University of the Southwest […]

Longtime county residents honored at Pioneer Days Festival

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Alisa Boswell Receiving Pioneers of the Year recognition at the annual Pioneer Days breakfast Thursday morning was both a surprise and an honor for Bill and Peggy Prater, according to Bill Prater. Prater, vice president for the Pioneer Board, said the board picks who is the Pioneer of the Year but when his name was […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Portales school officials excited to start

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By Jennifer Neilson: PNT correspondent Enthusiasm is in the air as classes start today at Portales Most students will jump right into their routine for the year. James Elementary School will have testing by appointment this week and begin classes Aug. 23, according to Principal Mark Gormley. Testing at James will be for first and […]

A festive affair: Counties prepare for fairs

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Alisa Boswell Along with the arrival of another school year, August marks the approach of local county fairs. Fairs in Curry and Roosevelt counties feature new events and entertainment. “We’re really excited,” said Portales Mayor Sharon King. “We know it’s going to be a little chaotic this year with trying to get used to the […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Hunger’s emotional effects on children

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Alfred Lubrano Children in poverty are more emotionally affected by a lack of food than was previously understood, new research shows. With food prices up nearly 5 percent over last year and the poor disproportionately hurt, children are noticing their parents skipping more meals to let their youngsters eat. That’s causing kids to speak up. […]

Aug. 9 — Dora news

The first day of school for grades K through 12 is Wednesday. Superintendent Steve Barron and Principal Brandon Hays, along with the entire staff, wish to welcome students back from summer break as we begin the 2011-2012 school year. Preschool students will begin their year the week of Aug. 22.

Small schools prepare for school year

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer aduncan@pntonline.com With school in Dora, Elida and Floyd starting Wednesday, school employees and students are looking ahead into the new academic year. “I’ve just really enjoyed my time at Elida, and I plan to make the best of this last year,” said Elida High School incoming senior […]

Drought could extend fire season

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Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would mean the end of fire season is approaching for Roosevelt County. But according to state and local fire officials, that may not be the case this year. “This fire season is very comparable to the fire season in 2006,” said Dan Ware, spokesperson for the New Mexico Forestry […]

Portales woman charged with bringing contraband to jail

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales woman was arrested earlier this month on charges of bringing tobacco, pills and marijuana into Roosevelt County Detention Center. Stephanie Warren is charged with bringing contraband into a jail, a fourth-degree felony. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reports: • About 11:20 a.m. July 2, a deputy went to […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

20-year-old charged in Tucumcari homicide

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Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the July 9 homicide of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco. Johnson said Jones was also charged with aggravated burglary, unlawful taking […]