Jerrica’s first day out

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

Tiger’s tale: A few quick facts about the zoo’s latest feline resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tonjia Rolan Sooner, a Bengal tiger, was born in a wildlife preserve in Wynnewood, Okla., in May. When he arrived in Clovis at 11 weeks old, he barely had his eyes open. Today he is thriving under the care of Mark Yannotti, assistant zoo director at Hillcrest Park Zoo, who […]

JoePa had obligation to notify police

Freedom New Mexico It is unclear how much detail legendary Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno knew from the eyewitness account related to him in 2002 by a graduate assistant who said he saw assistant coach Jerry Sandusky with a young boy in the locker room showers. But Paterno knew enough to bring it […]

Roch appointed to task force

CNJ staff Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been appointed to the New Mexico Effective Teaching Task Force, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez. Roch, the assistant superintendent at Texico Schools, serves on the House Education Committee. The 12-member task force was created through an executive order by Martinez to develop and propose policies […]

Anniversaries — May 1

Elliot Robert and Julie Elliot of Clovis celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary April 25. The couple was married April 25, 1986, in Riverside, Calif. They have two children. He is an assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University. She is a homemaker. Invitations have been sent.

Zias hire Division I assistant Wilson

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University of Texas-Arlington Lindsey Wilson spent the last five seasons at an assistant coach at Division I University of Texas-Arlington. She played three seasons at Central Oklahoma. By Rick White: CNJ presentation managing editor Lindsey Wilson politely scoffs at the notion that it will take a while to rebuild the Eastern New Mexico University Zias’ […]

Food at the speed of life: Grilled cheese gamble pays off

Grilled cheese and grape jelly sandwiches are a favorite of ENMU Assistant Professor of Communication Patti Dobson. When she told me about the sandwich via Facebook, it sounded so wacky I had to try it. (Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s yet to damage this cook.) “I’m not sure where the idea came […]

ENMU combining film festival and science fiction lectureship

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Kaci Tibbs, an Eastern New Mexico University student, adjusts a book display in the Special Collections section of the Golden Library Wednesday afternoon. The display honors Jack Williamson and all of the authors who will attend the Jack WIlliamson Lectureship on March 31 through April 2. Tibbs said she is very […]

First person: Office worker

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Courtesy photo Stephanie Bailey of Texico is serving as a legislative assistant for Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Stephanie Bailey has gone from Grady to Texico to Portales to Bethany, Okla., and now to Santa Fe. Bailey, a legislative assistant for Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, and her family have a long history in the area. Her […]

Wednesday morning briefing: New beginnings, robot cash and the man who dared “Imagine”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Hats off There are 297 candidates for graduation at Eastern New Mexico University’s 119th Commencement Convocation 10 a.m. on Saturday in Greyhound Arena. The keynote speaker is Kenwyn Cradock, assistant professor of biology.

EPCOG approves interim director

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments board unanimously appointed Sandy Chancey as interim director during a Wednesday meeting, Chancey, currently serving as executive assistant, will assume the role Dec. 1. She will replace Interim Director Richard Arguello, who recommended her for the position. Arguello, a Union County commissioner, will complete his commission term […]

Weddings — Oct. 17

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Sharpe-Bales Stacie L. Sharpe of Lawtey, Fla., and Aaron A. Bales of Portales were married Oct. 10, 2010, at Arch Baptist Church in Portales. The bride is the daughter of Robbin Pollock of Lawtey and Robert Sharpe of Athens, Ohio. The groom is the son of Wesley and Janice Bales of Portales. The maid of […]

Firefighters battle it out

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Matthew Roberts hoists a hose in the firefighter obstacle course. Liliana Castillo The 12th annual Cannon Air Force Base fire muster took place Oct. 8 at Unity Park. The event included only four teams this year. Organizer Bruce Ford, assistant chief of fire prevention on base, said […]

Zias soccer adds grad assistant

CNJ staff PORTALES — James Hall, assistant director of coaching for the Durango (Colo.) Youth Soccer Association for the past 10 years, has been added to the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer staff as a graduate assistant. Hall was a four-year starter for the men’s soccer program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, helping […]

Tucumcari schools assistant superintendent accepts position in Texico

CNJ staff Tucumcari schools Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch has accepted a similar position at Texico. Roch said he begins work at Texico, where he previously spent 8 1/2 years as a teacher and coach, on July 1. “I am looking forward to returning to Texico, though my wife and I will certainly miss the many […]

Chaplain: Conversation my job

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Capt. Chaplain Kyle Roehrig jokes with 1st Sgt. Eric Butt during a visit to the Cannon Air Force Base medical group building. Roehrig often drops in on units he’s assigned to so he can be visible and supportive. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections For an Air Force chaplain, life involves […]

Hounds add assistant coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton has added Stott Carter to his staff for the upcoming season. Carter comes to Portales after serving at Pfeiffer University in Carolina. In 2007, he was part of the staff at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, helping the Islanders reach the NCAA tournament. Previously, […]

Hillcrest Park Zoo posts temporary schedule

Freedom New Mexico The Hillcrest Park Zoo is trying out longer hours for the remainder of the summer break to try and beat the heat, according to Assistant Zoo Director Vince Romero. Romero said visitors have been requesting the zoo open earlier in the morning and stay open later when it’s cooler outside. Romero said […]

Sixth ‘Potter’ movie conjures fans

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo North Plains Cinema 7 was “pretty busy” Wednesday for the opening day of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, according to assitant manager Manuel Romero. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer North Plains Cinema 7 assistant manager Manuel Romero will not tell any secrets about the sixth Harry Potter movie, […]

Zias add assistant soccer coach

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University added former West Virginia Wesleyan College midfielder Katie Schubert as an assistant coach. Shubert, a two-time West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year, played for the Real Colorado Cougars of the W-League and the Atlantic City Diablos of the Women’s Professional Soccer League. Schubert has coached youth […]