ENMU narrows coaching search to three

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a football coach to three candidates. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are New Mexico Military coach Jeff Lynn, Copperas Cove (Texas) High School coach Jack Welch and Texas-El Paso assistant Jeff Woodruff. The new coach will replace Mark […]

Early voter turnout for Portales alcohol election low

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Vines Italian Restaurant server Idette Spears cleans wine glasses Tuesday afternoon. Owner Mark Vigil said the restaurant will begin staying open on Sundays, whether the Dec. 13 special election passes or not. The election is to decide if Portales restaurants will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. Alisa Boswell Early […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

CNJ staff An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and New […]

Press release: ENMU narrows football coach search to three

PORTALES, N.M. — After an extensive search, Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the three finalists for the position of Greyhound head football coach. Josh Lynn (NMMI), Jack Welsh (Copperas Cove) and Jeff Woodruff (UTEP) have been named as finalists, with all three bringing plenty of quality accomplishments to the […]

Clovis man killed in crash on U.S. 70

A Clovis man was killed and his wife and 9-month-old child were taken to Roosevelt General Hospital with serious injuries in a crash on U.S. 70 Friday night. Police identified the deceased as Coby Greenwalt, 33. His wife Jessica and their child were injured. The accident happened at 5:29 p.m. about 3 miles east of […]

Portales deputy chief placed on leave; department reviewing policies

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File photo Lonnie Berry, who was promoted to deputy chief in 2009, headed the “Santa Cop” program, in which police gather toys for kids, since its inception in 1998. By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief […]

Secretary of Higher Education speaks in Portales

Robin Fornoff New Mexico’s secretary of higher education cautioned leaders from across eastern New Mexico to get on board with his latest initiative or face falling behind. The call to action by Jose Garcia, appointed to higher education’s top spot by Gov. Susana Martinez almost a year ago, was part of a statewide tour of […]

Products confiscated from Portales smoke shops

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell A glass case in FN Smoke Shop in Portales displays signs warning customers that the incense sold is not for consumption. Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: We’ve made a major correction to this story since it originally published on Monday night, Nov. 28. Deputies did not seize any cash in this […]

Hounds tie school 3-point mark in 110-73 rout

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero University of the Southwest’s Rondell Thomas dribbles through ENMU’s Greg McFarland, left, and Max Carrier during Monday’s game at Greyhound Arena. The Hounds improved to 7-1 with a 110-73 victory. Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team certainly has its mojo going. Now the Greyhounds hope […]

Approximately 60 apply for Hounds football coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said the school hopes to have its head football coaching position filled by the end of next week. Mark Ribaudo resigned Nov. 15 upon request after seven losing seasons as Greyhounds head coach. Geiser said Monday the school has approximately 60 applicants, with a wide range […]

Anniversary — Nov. 27

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Smith Alvin and Mary Frances Smith of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Arch Community Building. The celebration was hosted by Betty Moore, Debbie Smith, Bill Smith and Roy Smith. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! We love you, all your children and grandchildren. The couple was married […]

How to help —

Turner Steve Turner, a Clovis resident, was in a work-related accident on Nov. 9, resulting in the amputation of his lower right leg. Steve will be unable to work while he is recovering and the family is in need of financial help. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, an account has been […]

Club notes — Nov. 20

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met on Nov. 9 with President Teresa Howard, presiding. The Collect was led by Howard, the pledges led by Rosalee Richards, and Mary Lou Rowley gave the invocation. There were 23 members and two guests present. The minutes from the October meeting were approved as corrected, and the treasurer’s […]

Verhines suggests Ute project manager

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the […]

Friday morning briefing: Books cheap, a walk for food and a cult’s demise

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk drivers. Walk for hunger The Senior Olympic Committee will be holding a fun walk 10 a.m. Saturday at Goodwin […]

ENMU squads mark school first in sweep

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU’s Max Carrier goes over Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Jared Messer for a shot during Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma Panhandle State at Greyhound Arena. The Hounds improved to 2-1 with a 107-75 victory over the Aggies. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Tuesday night was special for Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams — […]

Hounds regain shooting touch in blowout

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU’s Max Carrier goes over Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Jared Messer for a shot during Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma Panhandle State at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — So much for any shooting problems. After finishing under 35 percent in each of their first two regular-season games over […]

Zias’ 100-point effort gives coach first win

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks ENMU senior Guard Tori Northcutt tries to work her way around Oklahoma Panhandle State sophomore guard Camille Washington Tuesday in second half action at Greyhound Arena. ENMU won By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team needed nearly all of the 100 points […]

ENMU parts ways with football coach Ribaudo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mark Ribaudo spent 15 years on the football staff at Eastern New Mexico University, the last seven as head coach. The Greyhounds were 2-9 in 2011. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Mark Ribaudo’s 15-year run at Eastern New Mexico University is over. The school said in a release on Tuesday […]