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Retiring organist finds creative energy in music

Bill Wood will be retiring after 23-years of playing the playing the pipe organ and has been a staff member to the music program at the First United Methodist Church since 1976. Wood first learned to play the piano after his parents bought a piano,...


Girl Scouts target bullying, pollution

Girl Scout Troop 609 is starting a campaign to put a stop to pollution and bullying in Portales. The troop of Brownies (girls in their third year of Girl Scouts) came up with the idea to post signs throughout First and Second Street and run a radio...


Boys State mock elections teach leadership

Daniel Ahrens, a senior-to-be at Los Alamos High School, is participating in New Mexico's Boy State this week. Boys State, an American Legion program, teaches high school students about civics by allowing the students to form city and state governmen... Full story


Students display growth through art show

Recent Eastern New Mexico University graduate Mikaela Lombardo will be showing her flesh pottery and murals at the Show Me Your Venus art exhibition at the Yam Theater throughout this week. The exhibition is a collaborative effort among Lombardo,...


Local stitches quilt for charity

Laura Merrick spent three months hand stitching a big pink quilt that has raised $1,500 so far for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. At age 90, this is no small feat. Merrick suffers from arthritis in her hands. "I don't quilt...


Seniors' journeys just starting

At the end of today, 164 Portales High School graduates will be turning their tassels and walking across the stage of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena into their new lives. Here is what some members of the 2013 PHS graduating class... Full story


Q&A: Aikman among youth coach's heroes

Bradley Mitchell coaches the Cubs Little League baseball team and serves at the athletic coordinator at Portales Junior High School. Born and raised in Portales, Mitchell graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and taught history at PJHS for... Full story


Graduates prepare to enter world of colleges and careers

Another year has passed and a new legion of high school graduates are excited to enter the world of college and careers. After 13 years of school, these graduates will be finally free to make their own choices, mistakes and successes. Here are some... Full story


Habitat for Humanity helps family build new home

Gay Luna and her two daughters, Tori and Devyn Alvarado, got straight to work building their home Saturday with the help of Habitat for Humanity during Women Build Week. With no previous building experience, the family had to quickly learn how to...


Seniors reflect on school career

The senior high school students of Dora, Elida, Floyd, Faith Triumphant and Portales will leap into the next phase of their lives when they graduate next week. Here are what some graduates have to say about their last few days in school: Jasi... Full story


Q&A: Farm girl wins Employee of the Quarter

Susan Baysinger was born and raised on a family farm outside the Quad Cities in Illinois. She earned both a bachelor's degree in history and political science and a master's degree in general education from Eastern New Mexico University. She also... Full story


Students present reports on historic American figures

Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School's gifted and talented social studies class put on the Night of the Notables on Monday in which students researched and presented historic American figures. The Night of Notables is an event comprised of student prese...


ENMU graduating class moves into the future

Kaylee Peterson and Elizabeth Hogue Another semester has come to pass and Eastern New Mexico University's spring class of 2013 will be graduating Saturday at the Greyhound Arena. Most students have...


Q&A: Queen of the Dance

Trenna McKinley has been dancing since she was 8 years old. McKinley, an eighth grader, will be transitioning into high school next year and said she will be performing with the Portales High School dance team. McKinley attends the Spotswood Wilson S...


Portales gets prehistoric

Linda Milbery of Portales sat beneath a tent in Blackwater Draw wearing a tear skirt and learning how to flint knap obsidian as part of the Prehistoric New Mexico Open House this Saturday. After dulling one edge of the piece of obsidian with a grindi... Full story


Local doesn't allow deafness to dictate life

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of features about the deaf community. An interpreter was used to speak with Jerradan Jones. Jerradan Jones hasn't let being deaf get in the way of living a normal life. Jones works a full-time job at his... Full story


Q&A: Children's librarian discovers career by chance

Tawna Luscombe grew up in Roosevelt County, living in Portales and Causey during her school years. After high school, Luscombe went to Clovis Community College and worked as an office manager and pharmacy technician before she became the children's... Full story


ENMU theater majors to showcase plays

The end of the semester is quickly approaching and the Eastern New Mexico University theater students will be presenting their student-directed, written and acted pieces this week. The End of the Semester Student Showcase runs today through Thursday...


Volunteers spring into action

After filling up on donuts and breakfast burritos, volunteers from around Portales sprung into action Saturday to help renovate the Recreation Center as part of Comcast Cares Day. The majority of the volunteers came from Portales High School's...


Parents influence instrument choice

Editor's note: This is the final story of a three-part series on Eastern New Mexico University music students' recitals. A friend convinced Brittley Bates to join band in middle school. She chose the flute because it was one of the instruments that...


Q&A - Local awarded for service

Martin Mendoza was recently given a 25-year service award by the Portales City Council for his services in the Parks and Cemetery Department. Born and raised in Portales, Mendoza's first job out of high school was for the city. Jillian Holbert:...


Relay for Life roundup

After 14 hours of relentless walking around Eastern New Mexico University's Greyhound Arena, participants in the Portales Relay for Life finally got to stop at 5 a.m. Saturday. With 37 teams and over 370 participants, the Relay raised about $9,000...


Q&A - Animal control supervisor wants to make a difference

Walter Chambers has been working as an animal control supervisor for the Portales Police Department for nine years, since the age of 21. Born and raised in Portales, Chambers' first job was working for Eastern New Mexico University's housing...


Students participate in problem solving competition

Delaney Swift, a freshman from Portales High School, has been competing in Destination Imagination since the third grade. She and her PHS teammates won first place at the secondary school level for their improvisation challenge, Change in RealiTee,...


Students compete in sidewalk chalk competition

The courthouse square was alive with creativity as kindergarten through college students wielded their chalk for the ultimate artistic expression at the Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Competition. According to Dawn Wolf-Taylor, a board member of the...


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