2-11 Local roundup

CNJ staff

ENMU spring enrollment highest in 12 years

Eastern New Mexico University’s 2006 spring semester enrollment is at its highest point in 12 years, according to a university press release. The current enrollment is 3, 722. That’s up from 3,692 in 2005 and 3,491 in 2004.

ENMU media relations director Wendel Sloan said one reason the figures are higher is the university has increased enrollment for “distance” education students through Internet and television courses.

ENMU president Steven Gamble said affordable tuition also helped and “efforts of Eastern’s faculty and staff in showing prospective and current students personal attention.”

Sloan said ENMU’s tuition is lower than at any university in Texas, which also accounts for increased enrollment. He said the current instructor to student ratio is 17:1, and if the enrollment rose enough to warrant hiring more instructors, the university would hire more instructors.

Clovis man sentenced in 2004 armed robbery

A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for armed robbery, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Kevin Russell, 20, was found guilty of robbing an Allsup’s store on July 29, 2004, after police found two rifles, gloves and a bandana in his car, which officials said were used in the crime.

The evidence was discovered after Russell was pulled over for a broken tail light while en route to Albuquerque, the release said.

Judge Joe Parker sentenced Russell to two years of parole after he serves at least 85 percent of his jail time, the release said.