Holiday Happening celebrates Christmas for good cause

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The Portales Altrusa Club will be holding its annual Holiday Happening event this weekend to raise money for a project at Portales schools.

STAFF REPORT The Portales Altrusa Club will be kicking off the holidays this weekend by supporting community service projects. Fifty-five tables will be filled with guests this Saturday at the 18th annual Holiday Happening hosted by the Portales Altrusa Club. According to Altrusa club member Cozetta Moore, tickets have sold out for the event, which […]

ENMU continues Holiday Concert tradition

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The Eastern New Mexico University steel band will be part of two upcoming concerts this week, the steel band and percussion ensemble on Wednesday and the Holiday Concert on Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Eastern New Mexico University will kick off the Christmas holiday spirit this week with two concerts. The long-time annual Holiday Concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building Ballroom and “may have everybody up there,” according to Patrice Caldwell, saying the concert will likely include […]

Black Friday takes back seat to inclement weather

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Mickey Rush of Clovis sprays de-icer on his car windows parked on Main Street Friday morning to remove the ice. Rush didn’t expect the weather to be as icy and cold as it turned out to be.

By Kevin Wilson and Alisa Boswell Black Friday, you’re no match for black ice. After parts of Clovis spent the night with no electricity, most of the city awoke to find the ground — and vehicles — covered in a sheet of ice Friday morning. Businesses and residences near downtown Clovis lost electricity […]

Over 400 served holiday dinner

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Area residents are served Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building during the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Whether to help serve or to eat, more than 300 area residents showed up for the 13th annual Portales community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building. People of all ages and all walks of life crowded into the building as soon as the dinner started at 11 a.m. […]

Ode to turkey

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As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, please take a moment to think kind thoughts about the guest of honor at most of our tables: • Turkeys were first domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico. Fossils show turkeys roamed Texas 2.5 million years ago. Source: Oklahoma State 4-H • Tom Savage, a poultry scientist and animal […]

Locals win titles at Miss Portales pageant

Madison Belcher plays “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey on the piano Sunday as her talent for the Miss Portales pageant. Belcher won the 2016 
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Miss Portales Outstanding Teen title on Sunday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Exhausted but satisfied seemed to be the feeling Sunday afternoon at the end of the Miss Portales Extravaganza pageant at Portales High School. Alexa Vigil, 20, who took home the title of 2016 Miss Portales on Sunday, said she was fully prepared to eat and sleep after going home. […]

Clovis Media Inc. names new publisher

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Rob Langrell has more than 20 years of newspaper experience.

STAFF REPORT Clovis Media Inc. has named Rob Langrell as its new publisher. Langrell will serve as publisher of the two daily newspapers — the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune — as well as oversee the company’s three weekly publications — the Quay County Sun, Cannon Connections and My Eastern New Mexico. Langrell, who […]

Singing scientist educates students

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Brown Elementary Assistant Principal Anna Brock introduces the kindergarten students to “Curious” Chris Harrell on Friday afternoon. Harrell is a former Portales teacher, who uses music to teach science to young students.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Throughout the week, students of Portales elementary schools were treated to the musical stylings of Curious Chris Harrell, who uses songs to teach young students about science. On Friday afternoon, Harrell was at Brown Elementary teaching the kindergarten students while playing a guitar and harmonica during his lessons. The […]

City and VFW offer community free Thanksgiving meals

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Portales will be hosting its annual community Thanksgiving dinner again Thursday at the Memorial Building.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515’s Thanksgiving program has steadily been growing in the six years since it began, and this year, 20 families will be receiving Thanksgiving meals, according to member Daun Medaris. “When we started the program, we only had three families,” Medaris said. “Last year, […]

Veterans of Son Tay Raid made a difference

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Cannon AFB Honor Guard present the colors to start the Son Tay ceremony Friday at Cannon AFB.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Silence filled an MC-130P flying away from Vietnam on Nov. 21, 1970, as the soldiers inside struggled to accept the overwhelming disappointment they had just experienced. This was the picture painted by Vietnam veterans honored Friday on Cannon Air Force Base for their participation in the Son Tay Raid, […]

Wind farm producing power

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A Blatner employee on the ground waits as a box of tools returns to him from the top of a wind turbine.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Construction is winding down for the $430 million wind farms being built off of New Mexico 114 in Roosevelt County. Joe Conte and contractor Cielo Wind Power, who manages the project, said the wind has given Blatner Energy officials — who are constructing the project — some problems in […]

PHS to host Miss Portales Extravaganza

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The Miss New Mexico Scholarship Program will be holding the Miss Portales Extravaganza this Sunday for young women to compete for local titles that will take them on to the Miss New Mexico Pageant in June.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Young women from across eastern New Mexico will be vying for local pageant titles this Sunday at Portales High School. The Miss Portales Extravaganza will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the gymnasium with area residents competing for local titles, such as Miss Portales, Miss […]

Theater, film classes unveil new students

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Luke Haines, left, and Jessie Li, fine arts students at Eastern New Mexico University, prepare their musical piece on Tuesday for the Freshman Showcase, entitled “What is Art?” The program is designed to show off the work of new theater and film students at the university.

By Anna George Correspondent This weekend’s Freshman Showcase, ‘What is Art?,’ is about Eastern New Mexico University theater and film students exploring what art means to them and to the world, according to its participants. The showcase is designed to unveil the many talents of the freshman class within the ENMU theater and film departments. […]

Police rounding up toys for Santa Cop

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With the annual Santa Cop event approaching, the Portales Police Department is asking community members to donate toys and funds. The department will hold a toy drive this Saturday at Walmart.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor It’s the time of year for giving back, and the Portales Police Department is once again calling on its community members for helping children in need. The department’s almost 20-year tradition, Santa Cop, is approaching in less than a month, and families in need are already coming into the […]

Governor makes stop at Southwest Cheese

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Gov. Susana Martinez announces the 
creation of jobs Monday at Southwest Cheese.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Gov. Susana Martinez made an appearance Monday morning at the Southwest Cheese plant to announce 50 new jobs that will rake in average annual salaries of $60,000. Groundbreaking for the $140 million, 110,000-square foot expansion is set for early 2016 with completion within two years, according to Southwest Cheese […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

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This photo was taken of Taylor and his second wife, Zell, around 1998, shortly after they were married.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The family of a Portales resident have spent the last two days flying to the local area from all over the country to celebrate 100 years of life. Gerald Leon “G.L.” Taylor, who turns 100 years old today, is more than just a father and grandfather though. One could […]

La Escalara hosts art show, sale

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La Escalera Art Guild members Carol Milner and Jon Birdsong hang some art pieces Thursday morning at Birdsong’s studio in preparation of their art show/sale tomorrow. All proceeds from the show will go to Roosevelt County Schools art departments.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A chance to own some locally produced art and support local school art departments in the process will be available Sunday at the Jon Birdsong Studio in Portales. The La Escalera Art Guild will be having an art show and sale from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the […]

Veterans added to ‘wall of honor’

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World War II veteran Joe Blair, second to left, stands with his family Wednesday night as he is honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A lot of proud heritage filled the room at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 on downtown Main Street in Portales Wednesday night. The VFW honored six local World War II veterans by making them the first to be placed on their “wall of honor.” The wall is […]

In honor of those who served

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Lynnde Hall, 13, left, spreads out the American flag Wednesday morning with her great grandfather, Joe Blair, for the ‘Ragged Old Flag’ tribute during the 69th annual Veterans Day ceremony held by Portales American Legion Post 31.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor It was an emotional crowd that filled the room Wednesday morning in the Memorial Building as Portales American Legion Post 31 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Ahave Brown Jr., commander of the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, opened his speech by thanking Mayor […]

Serving country a family tradition

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From left, sons Major Daniel Gonzales, Major Alex Gonzales, Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales and Lt. Victor Gonzales are pictured with their father, Sgt. Major Celestino Gonzales in the center.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor It’s not often one finds one family with over 125 years of combined military service, but the Gonzales family is one such legacy. After growing up in San Jon, Ruperto “Bob” Gonzales started the family’s legacy by joining the U.S. Army in 1943. “My grandfather was very patriotic,” said […]