County treasurer, assessor and clerk’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday

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Several Roosevelt County offices will be moving into these portable buildings Thursday and Friday while the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s HVAC system is being replaced. The project is projected to take nine months.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A few offices located in the Roosevelt County Courthouse will be temporarily closed this week in preparation for a move to portable offices. The county treasurer, assessor and clerk will close at noon today and Wednesday before being relocated to portables in the courthouse parking lot for about nine […]

Floyd’s Benoit honored by peers

Paul Benoit

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com After being in education for 28 years, there isn’t much that can shock Floyd Municipal Schools Superintendent Paul Benoit, but last week he received in honor that surprised him. It’s not likely Benoit will wear a sash to let people know he was selected New Mexico’s Superintendent of the […]

Discovery of meaning of favorite word serendipitous

By Sandy Fields Local columnist I serendipitously ran across the fun fact that the word serendipity came from Sri Lanka. For the life of me, I can’t recall when this happy run-in happened. But, as is my custom, I grabbed a pen and wrote “Serendipity Sri Lanka” in my little leather notebook so I’d remember […]

Food bank struggles to meet area needs

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Mida Cadene, inventory and receiving clerk at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, prepares canned food to be checked for expiration dates before distribution last week.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com A rise in the number of hungry families and a lack of donations have contributed to the empty shelves at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to Interim Executive Director Daniel Blea. Blea said, “It’s a mixture of both. The big thing we need is donations, whether […]

Resources limited

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Families with the Cannon Air Force Base Spouse’s Club build boxes for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign scheduled for Saturday.

By Josh Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com United Way of Eastern New Mexico is gearing up for it’s annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign and needs volunteers in Clovis and Portales. Patricia Bazar, 2-1-1 coordinator for United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the campaign only has six volunteers signed up, with three in Portales and three […]

Border Town Days brings families together for fun

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Participants in the Border Town Days parade, which took place Saturday morning near and in Farwell, wave at spectators.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com “Coming back to our roots” — this his how Jennifer Robinson of Farwell described attending the Border Town Days celebration Saturday. “We come out here every year,” said Robinson, who recalled attending the event as a child. She brought her own children to this year’s event — 2-year-old Elijah […]

Free ride over

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Roosevelt County will stop paying trash dumping fees for county residents at the Portales’ Convenience Center. The center allows city and county residents to dump trash, metal, furniture and various other items.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Roosevelt County will no longer be paying the fee for county residents to dump trash at the Portales Convenience Center, it was decided Thursday at a special Commission meeting. With an increase in expenditures by the county due to replacing the HVAC system at the courthouse, County Manager Charlene […]

Still telling the story

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John Moak, left, and Caitlyne Moak spend a moment with their son Hunter before they took him off life support in June. Hunter died from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a rare birth defect.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In the month Caitlyne Moak was able to get to know her son Hunter, she discovered her baby boy was a fighter. Moak, a 22-year-old military wife from Michigan living in Portales, gave birth to Hunter, her second child with husband John, at 1:54 p.m. on May 3. His […]

Passion for farming

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Margie Plummer, coordinator of the farmers’ markets in Clovis and Portales, sets up her booth on Monday at the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until October.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Margie Plummer is a busy women with coordinating the Portales and Clovis Farmer’s Market, working at Floyd Municipal Schools as the business manager, and working on her family farm and stand. Plummer said it’s a family affair. “It’s all family at the farm. We all help each other out,” […]

Five county 4-H teams place in top 5 at state

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Koby Cone gives his retiring address July 17 at the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Roosevelt County 4-H took 13 members to the conference.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com While giving his retiring address last week at the State 4-H Conference held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Koby Cone told the story of wondering what was behind some mountains. Behind those mountains were larger mountains, which Cone explained that when one goal is accomplished a […]