Tres Amigas officials tout project’s possibilities

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Frank Barbera, director of reliability assurance for Tres Amigas, speaks on the future of the power superstation during a legislative luncheon Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. A groundbreaking is planned for the second quarter of 2012, with full operation by the end of 2014. Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas officials […]

Tuesday school closings, delays

Closures and delays this morning around eastern New Mexico and west Texas: • Clovis Community College closed • Clovis schools closed • Eastern New Mexico University closed • Elida schools closed • Farwell schools start at 10 a.m. (CST) • Floyd schools closed • Melrose schools closed • Muleshoe schools 2-hour delay • Portales schools […]

Up to half a foot of snow falls in area

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Chelsea Monroe of Clovis shovels the driveway at her house Monday afternoon. Area schools canceled classes due to the Monday snowfall. Snow is expected for Tuesday, as well, with the storm system clearing up Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Kevin Wilson Up to half a foot of snow […]

Friday morning briefing: Food, music and a secret revealed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Food drive The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s annual Canned Food Drive begins today in schools across Curry and Roosevelt counties and continues through Dec. 15. Non-perishables please. Music, music, music The Carpe Diem String Quartet is playing at 7 p.m. Monday at […]

Monday morning briefing: Christmas music, Christmas lights and who shot J.R.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Holiday music show Mark your calendars… Eastern New Mexico University will host the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. […]

EPCOG to discuss policies

Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ executive committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. today at 418 Main. Agenda items include a review of personnel policy and discussion of revisions to financial management policies. An executive session is also on the agenda to “discuss threatened or pending litigation, and disposal or acquisition of real property […]

Food Bank anniversary celebration scheduled

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is holding two events this week in celebration of its 27th anniversary. The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce is a business after hours event 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, 2217 E. Brady Ave. It is open to […]

Zias coach trying to change culture

By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson brings a strong pedigree of success to the job. A former Lone Star Conference player at Southeastern Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma, Wilson says she’s quite happy with the reception she’s received in Portales. “ENMU is great,” said Wilson, who spent […]

Hounds think they’ve made improvement

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University senior Reggie Nelson is happy to be back in Portales and playing basketball. The 6-foot-1 senior guard was the Greyhounds’ co-leader in scoring in 2009-10, but took a year off for what he called family reasons. He’s expected to start at point guard today when the Greyhounds take on […]

Ball to benefit local charities

CNJ staff The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and Clovis Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program will benefit from the annual Mayor’s Ball. The ball is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Clovis Civic Center and will feature live entertainment by Will Banister and the Mulberry Band. Tickets are $75 per person or […]

Hounds face winless Lions, former QB

Dave Wagner At long last, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is facing an opponent without a number attached to its name. After four consecutive outings against teams ranked in the NCAA Division II top 20, the Greyhounds visit winless Texas A&M-Commerce in a 5 p.m. (MDT) Lone Star Conference clash today at Commerce, […]

ENMU student starts anti-bullying campaign

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Eastern New Mexico University senior Jarret Lovelace, right, takes a picture Tuesday afternoon of ENMU staff member Sarah Pattison while she holds a “Stop bullying” sign. Lovelace has already collected 43 pictures for his anti-bullying campaign in which he asks students and faculty to use their anti-bullying pictures for their profiles […]

Clovis groups form charity network

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Steve Reshetar, executive director of the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis, inventories a storage room with items reserved for people in emergency situations. Benna Sayyed Local community organizations and churches will soon have a method of working together to provide assistance in real time. Thirteen Clovis community groups and […]

Hounds face fourth consecutive ranked foe

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s football team has run into a buzzsaw this month, to say the least, and it ends today with a 2 p.m. Lone Star Conference kickoff against eighth-ranked Midwestern State at Greyhound Stadium. ENMU (2-7, 1-4 LSC) has faced Abilene Christian, Northwest Missouri State and West Texas A&M in its […]

State auditor stops in Portales

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas, right, who is running for the U.S. Senate, stopped in Portales Thursday morning to visit with city, university officials and community members at Eastern New Mexico University. Balderas told community members, such as ENMU faculty member Leslie Paternoster, he wants to bring the agenda of […]

Region awakes to season’s first snow (Updated)

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Courtesy photo: Christian Heller The first snow of the 2011 Winter Season on Thursday, blankets the ground and trees of one Clovis residents yard. Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico snow was easy come, easy go on Thursday. Clovis received a near-record day Thursday as the snow started at a flurry early in the morning and […]

Zias clinch LSC tournament berth

CNJ staff Coaches Mark Ribaudo of Eastern New Mexico University and Don Carthel of West Texas A&M have seen the “Wagon Wheel” rivalry from both sides. Ribaudo spent five seasons as an assistant at WT and has now been at ENMU for 15 years, the last seven as head coach. Carthel played for and graduated […]

ENMU fall sports squads think big

Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team hopes to end Abilene Christian’s long domination of the Lone Star Conference this weekend. ACU has won the last 20 LSC championships, but the Greyhounds are positioned to make a strong run at the Wildcats in Saturday’s league event at San Angelo, […]

Playa Festivals help teach about water, wildlife

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Darryl Birkenfeld talks Lindsey-Steiner Elementary fifth-grade students Monday afternoon about playas. Birkenfeld is executive director of Ogallala Commons, a nonprofit community development network that visits area school to teach the importance of playas to the ecosystem in the Southwest. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in […]

Our people: Rising to the top

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Courtesy photo Sievers hiking at San Luis Peak in Colorado in July. Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life. “I enjoy teaching athletes […]