Volunteers bring Lighthouse’s dinner together

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Alfonso Hernandez, a volunteer from Cannon Air Force Base, replenishes the turkey during Thursday’s Lighthouse Mission Thanksgiving meal. In total, 465 meals were served — 141 dine-in and 326 delivery.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — The Lighthouse Mission had two things to be thankful for on Thursday — plenty of food and plenty of help. The turkey and volunteerism were in abundance as the mission marked its 13th year of serving a free holiday meal during the lunch period. Though the meal […]

‘Saturdays’ good for business

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Prairie Road’s Junqtique employee J.D. Hipp, left, and owner Shane Grah set up promotional flags for Small Business Saturday in their shop Wednesday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Small Business Saturday deals are coming to Clovis and Portales this weekend to give residents a chance to support local businesses and the community. Shane Grah, owner of Prairie Road’s Junqtiques in Clovis, is continuing his tradition of having a large sale at the store. “Nothing crazy, just a […]

Albuquerque man dies in crash

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Members of the Clovis Police Department work the scene of a fatal crash Thursday morning north of the intersection of 21st and Thornton streets. Edward Altieri, 25, of Albuqerque, was killed in the one-vehicle crash. There were no other occupants.

STAFF REPORT CLOVIS — An Albuquerque man was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash just north of the intersection of 21st and Thornton Streets. Edward Altieri, 25, of Albuquerque, was unresponsive at the scene and later declared deceased at Plains Regional Medical Center. Lt. Daron Roach of the Clovis Police Department said Altieri was […]

Santa Cop program returning to Portales

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The Portales Police Department’s annual Santa Cop event will be happening 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Memorial Building in Portales. The event has been taking place since 1998.

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — During the holiday season, there is an 18-year-old tradition that takes place in Portales each year that never seems to fail to put smiles on the faces of a few hundred residents. And that’s the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop event, which provides toys to between 300 and 400 Roosevelt County […]

Businesses gear up for Black Friday

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Stephanie Shirley, Dillard’s area sales manager in Clovis, cleans a display table in preparation for arranging merchandise to entice shoppers for Black Friday.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com For many area businesses, Black Friday doesn’t begin on Friday anymore. Most retail and department stores in Clovis and Portales are gearing up for another year of Black Friday shoppers, and many hope to attract business as soon as Thursday — even among the Thanksgiving feasts. Stacie Sharpe, manager […]

Preschoolers gifted books

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Curry County Manager Lance Pyle reads a book to preschoolers at Clovis Nazarene School on Monday as part of the county’s Imagination Library reading program.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Preschoolers at Clovis Nazarene School were in for a special treat Monday morning when they not only got a visit from Curry County Manager Lance Pyle, but they also each got to take home a book of their own. In 2014, county commissioners approved seed money to […]

Book sale ends today

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Nancy Fischer of Clovis takes time Friday afternoon to buy some books at the Friends of the Library book sale at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Fischer said she loves to read and non-fiction is what she likes the most. The sale continues to day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Today marks the second and final day of the Friends of the Library Book Sale, which is slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., nestled inside the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Library. Organizers said the event proceeds aid in the organization’s support of the library. Officials said hundreds […]

Officers honored for valor

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Portales Police Department Sgt. Christopher Valdez, left, and Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos present awards to Officers David Haack and Nicholas Laurenz, right, for their service April 11. Haack received the Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service Award, while Laurenz received the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Award.

STAFF REPORT Two Portales police officers were honored with awards valor Tuesday night at the Portales City Council meeting regarding their actions during an altercation back in April. Officers Nicholas Laurenz was presented the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Award, while Officer David Haack was presented the Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service Award. Before […]

ENMU hosts educators forum

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From left, Lindsey-Steiner Elementary instructor Amberlynn Mauldin, Portales Junior High School instructor Ginger Golden, Portales High School instructor Jack Willis and Brown Early Childhood Center instructor Nichole Lackey speak at the Kappa Delta Pi Expert Educators Forum Wednesday night. The forum allowed students to ask questions about teaching and included topics such as first-year challenges and accommodating individual student needs.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University education students gathered to hear insights about the teaching profession in a forum hosted Wednesday night at the College of Business. The Kappa Delta Pi Expert Educator Forum brought together students and professional educators and was hosted by ENMU’s Omicron Upsilon Chapter. Chapter President Briana […]

District court makes ‘forever families’

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From left, District Judge Donna Mowrer and Kayla and Kerry Ennis smile down at Nathaniel Ennis, 4, as he bangs the gavel to make his and Angelique’s adoptions final Wednesday during National Adoption Day.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer says National Adoption Day is her favorite day in her job, because everyone leaves happy. That’s not to say there are no tears. Plenty of tears were shed Wednesday afternoon in the Portales district courtroom as parents shared their stories of how their […]

Business feature: MainStreet initiative has local businesses helping each other

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ACT Downtown, or Actively Supporting Commerce Through Volunteer Initiative, is a program hosted by Portales MainStreet for volunteers and businesses to connect through volunteer work with each other.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local downtown Portales businesses are helping one another through a volunteer initiative called ACT Downtown, or Actively Supporting Commerce Through Volunteer Initiative. “Our hope with ACT Downtown is to connect merchants to each other and volunteers to our merchants to use those local resources first,” said MainStreet Executive Director […]

Jamboree draws older crowd

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Zoe Morrison of Portales, left, performs “Silver Threads and Golden Needles,” written by Jack Rhodes, accompanied by pedal steel guitarist Gary Beevers and guitarist Nate Luna of the Floyd Jamboree Band Friday night at the fourth annual Floyd Lions Club Harvest Jamboree at the Yam Theatre.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Attendees of the fourth annual Floyd Lions Club Harvest Jamboree, both returning and attending for the first time, said they came for classic country music and camaraderie. The event, held at the Yam Theatre, brought Lance and Tina Hill of Portales out for the first time. According to Lance […]

Events held to honor veterans

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 From left, World War II veteran Joe Blair, Beverly Bryant, Vietnam War veteran 1st Sgt. Joe Bryant and Clovis High School Junior ROTC member Jaquelinne Saldivar stand to recognize Gold Star Mother Lila Bryant during the second annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Wall of Honor ceremony Friday night.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Honor was felt for Roosevelt County veterans as two Portales events commemorated the sacrifices of our nation’s military members Friday for the Veterans Day holiday. The American Legion Post 31 hosted its 70th annual Veterans Day program at the Memorial Building. Master Sgt. Chad Beach with Cannon Air Force […]

Veterans honored

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From left, veterans and brothers Steven Gallegos, Jake Gallegos and Mike Gallegos discuss their days serving in the military at Friday’s Veterans Day breakfast at American Legion Post 25 in Clovis.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com When Ivan Sarracino hears a helicopter pass over his Clovis home near the hospital, he’s brought back to Vietnam. “We used to call them choppers over there,” Sarracino said. “I remember it just like yesterday. You’d hear the blades going. I still, to this day, get that feeling every […]

Forum held for public input

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Eastern New Mexico University Art Department Chair Bradford Hamann and Professor of Music John Olsen offer comment during a public forum Thursday afternoon in the Campus Union Building’s Pecos Room. The forum was for university faculty and community members to give input regarding the search for a new president.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Through a day-long series of public forums Thursday in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building, faculty and students expressed that the college’s new president must strive for excellence while maintaining the rapport with students held by current President Steven Gamble. Gamble announced his retirement effective August 2017 […]

Seniors taught fire safety

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Portales Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshall Scott Candelaria speaks to members of the Community Services Center volunteer programs Wednesday afternoon. Topics for Candelaria’s speech included proper fire safety and first aid.

STAFF REPORT Members of the Community Services Center’s Foster Grandparent Program, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Senior Companion Program received an education on safety issues Wednesday, ranging from fire safety to first aid. Portales Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Scott Candelaria discussed first aid techniques, such as being careful of trip hazards like extension cords […]

Locals struggle with vote

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Voters line up inside the Memorial Building Tuesday to receive their voting ballots for the 2016 the general election. Roosevelt County voters for any of the presidential candidates expressed choosing what they believed was the “lesser of two evils.”

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The theme among Roosevelt County voters in Tuesday’s general election seemed to echo the rest of the nation as voters conveyed an inner struggle but a deep conviction in regard to voting in the presidential election. Republican candidate Donald Trump claimed the title of the nation’s president late Tuesday […]

Dark comedy coming to PHS this weekend

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From left, Portales High School students Ethan Saltz, Joseph Erwin and PHS Drama Teacher Heather Hagler work outside for the set of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The play premiers at 7 p.m. Thursday at the PHS Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A fun dark comedy is making its way to Portales High School this weekend, according to students. “Arsenic and Old Lace,” written by Joseph Kesselring, will premier at 7 p.m. Thursday at the PHS Performing Arts Center with $5 admission. PHS Drama Teacher Heather Hagler said she and her […]

Four earn titles at Miss Portales Pageant

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Airam Chavez played Justin Bieber’s song “Sorry” on the flute for her talent at Sunday’s Miss Portales Pageant at Eastern New Mexico University. Chavez was one of eight contestants.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Four New Mexico women walked away from the Miss Portales Pageant with titles Sunday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Eight contestants, many of them locals, from across the state competed Sunday night at pageant held in ENMU’s Campus Union Building Ballroom. Miss Portales Leah Taylor was elated after […]

Department of the week: Assessor’s office keeps an eye on the land

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Roosevelt County Residential Appraiser Tasha Grassel helps the Assessor’s Office get ready for the new year. Grassel said sales comparison is an important part for county assessor’s office to get the true market value of a sold property.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Collaboration, education and getting fair property values are all aspects the Roosevelt County Assessor’s Office takes pride in while bringing in income for the county, according to its employees. “Our […]