Fifth-grader wins Curry spelling bee

CMI staff Clovis Christian Schools fifth-grader Ariel Kokoricha will be heading to Albuquerque for the third time by winning the Curry County Scripps spelling bee on Friday . Last year, Kokoricha won the New Mexico’s state spelling bee and went to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Kokoricha winning word was homburg, which is a […]

Sixth-grader win Roosevelt spelling bee with tycoon

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
The nine junior division spellers from Roosevelt County are getting instruction before the start of the spelling bee competition. The junior division went into three rounds before the a winner was declared.

By Lillian Bowe Standing in front of three judges, the pronouncer, a room filled with parents and other spelling bee contestants, Riley Lujan, a sixth-grader at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary breathed deeply before spelling tycoon to win the title of Roosevelt County spelling bee champion. “I was so nervous up there, but I get to go […]

At least there’s no seatbelts

Word recently came from my brother that my mom is in a new “home.” It’s a place for older folks near my brother in Florida. Mom had been at a different home for a long time, but recently she started to go on “journeys.” She’d take off in her wheelchair and disappear from her caretakers. […]

Dogs have puppy dog eyes down to science

They have us right where they want us. To call it manipulation might be a little harsh since it implies some nefarious undertone. Loosening the lid, softening up, warming the heart — those are concepts which are probably closer to the mark. It’s all in the eyes apparently. Big, round and soulful, they can penetrate […]

Clovis chamber honors community workhorses

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Outgoing Chamber President Sandra Taylor-Sawyer served as the master of ceremonies at Friday night’s Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce got all jazzed up Friday evening to celebrate its annual banquet and honor community members for their myriad contributions in 2013. Top award winners included longtime community supporter Bill Kinyon, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and newspaper Publisher Ray Sullivan, who was the Citizen […]

ENMU/Tarleton State capsules — Jan. 25

Men ENMU (9-7, 3-2 LSC) at Tarleton State (16-0, 5-0) When: 6 p.m. (MST) at Stephenville, Texas Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Greyhounds extended their winning streak to three and moved into a four-way tie for second behind TSU in the Lone Star Conference by edging Texas A&M-Commerce 83-78 on Wednesday at Greyhound […]

Events calendar — Jan. 24

Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Cheerleading clinic — 9 a.m. to noon., Ram Athletic Center. The clinic is open to children ages 4-13 and costs $25 per child. Information: 714-0213 Sunday Floyd Jamboree auditions —2 p.m., old gym at […]

Police blotter — Jan. 24

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th Street. • 12:30 a.m.: Traffic stop, Avenue B. • 12:48 a.m.: Drunk person, 1000 block of West Second Street. • 12:53 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 1:09 a.m.: Traffic stop, 15th Street and Avenue […]

18 will compete at county spelling bee


PNT staff Roosevelt County students are set to compete for the title of champion speller in the annual Roosevelt County spelling bee scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in the Music Building, according to a press release. The junior competition, open to students in grades 5 and lower, will […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 24

Days remaining in session: 27 Minimum wage, Round 2: Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, says Democrats will introduce a bill to increase the state minimum wage, and he wants $10 an hour to be the starting point. “It’s one of our top priorities,” said Sanchez, the majority leader. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez last year vetoed a […]

Teen court learning, service catalyst


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Danyka Chaves is one high school senior who tries to see the good in her peers. She understands the pressures of adolescence and how teens can make bad decisions, but she’s optimistic that those teens can turn their life around. As a defense attorney with the Portales Teen […]

Portales transit drivers go the extra mile

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer Driving all over Portales can be stressful for Sally Good some days, but she always manages to keep a smile. “I have this one regular passenger that every time she get […]

Street statistics

Here is a by-the-numbers review of Portales Street Department projects in 2013: • 8 — miles of roads, the department helped the water department repair at the city’s Well Field. • 2 — new Blackwater wells the department built fences and pads built for. • 34 — blocks of roadway chip sealed, with five blocks […]

Right thing not contingent on legality

I may have hinted in the past that I’m not a big fan of voting. I understand the reasoning behind it, and why some liberty advocates still vote, especially in local elections. They argue they are morally responsible for doing all they can to avoid a fight — even when they believe the fight to […]

Mature years can be fun

Old age can be something that we look forward to rather than something we dread. Many times we hear jokes about becoming older. However, entering the mature years can become quite fun! Believe it or not, older age does have its advantages. You still have a choice as to how you view the world. Now […]

Professionals should run state’s big show

Did it really take more than two years for the state auditor to figure out Expo New Mexico could use some professional management and oversight — when everyone knew that going in? The State Fair has always been a political plum — the general manager and seven commissioners are appointed by the governor — with […]

AFNet migration begins this month

27th Special Operations Communications Squadron Cannon Air Force Base is only a week or two away from migrating its computer users into the central U.S. Air Force Network. Over a period of six weeks, starting Jan. 28, Cannon AFB will become the next Air Force base to migrate into the AFNET; while this change is […]

16 SOS moving forward

By Senior Airman Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 16th Special Operations Squadron stationed at Cannon Air Force Base conducted its final mission for the AC-130H Spectre gunship Jan. 16 at Cannon Air Force Base. The C-130 began its operational service with the Air Force in 1956. AC-130 development began in the […]

What's happening — Jan. 24

Today Friday Social Hour 4:27 p.m., Landing Zone Karaoke 8 p.m., Community Center Saturday Movies, 18+ years 3 p.m. & 6 p.m., Community Center Cosmic family Fun Night 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes SAPI All Nighter 9 p.m., Community Center Monday Chess is For Everyone 6 p.m., Community Center Tuesday Welcome Spouse Heart Link 8:30 a.m., […]

A look back at 2013’s weather

By James Kratzer 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Cannon Air Force Base and Eastern New Mexico have lived up to their reputation of tumultuous weather. Overall, the region measured above average amounts of rain and snow and experienced cooler temperatures than previous years. The continuance of a three-year drought gripped the region as it persisted […]