Quilt festival brings splash of color

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Visitors browsed vendors and admired quilts at the annual High Plains Quilt Festival that took place on Friday and Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com A plethora of color and design was on display throughout the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday for the 10th Annual High Plains Quilt Festival. Visitors browsed the building admiring what Robin Gold of Portales said was about 100 quilts representing a variety of […]

ENMU project challenges artists

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Sandra Hidalgo, an art major at Eastern New Mexico University, used metallic ink to transform a child’s scribble into a peacock. Hidalgo participated in the Scribble Art community outreach project that was recently conducted by the ENMU art department.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Not everyone might think of scribbling as art, but a recent project at Eastern New Mexico University allowed the art department to transform children’s scribbles into creative pieces. Scribble Art is a community outreach project that the Runnels Gallery at ENMU conducted with the Child Development Center on campus, […]

Annual quilt festival to be held this weekend

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The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday of next week with various quilts on display by quilters from all over New Mexico and Texas.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It’s not your great-grandmother’s hobby anymore. Quilting has become a prominent, diverse industry, according to coordinators for the 10th Annual High Plains Quilt Festival scheduled this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. “I’d say quilting is growing,” said Robin Gold of Portales. “Quilting in this country alone is a […]

santa Fe native shares Zozobra legend

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Raymond Sandoval of the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club demonstrates Monday afternoon how the Zozobra figure is burned each year in Santa Fe at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com What began as one man venting his frustrations almost 100 years ago has become a personal and sacred tradition for New Mexicans, particularly those from Santa Fe. “We call it the Zozobra bug and once you get bitten by it, there’s nothing like it. You have to burn a […]

ENMU’S Veteran House gets needed attention

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Senior Airman Heath Guck, left, and Staff Sgt. Devon Bryant work on one of the windows of the ENMU Student Veteran House Saturday morning.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com On Saturday at 8 a.m., about 25 volunteers, both active military and veterans from Portales and Cannon AFB, spent the morning working on improving the ENMU Student Veteran House located at 1327 S. Ave. F and getting it ready for official use. Lori Brunsen, the advisor of the ENMU […]

RGH pleased with health fair results

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Mary Taylor, right, blows into a device at the cardiopulmonary station with Alex Wynn, the director of cardiopulmonary department. The device measures the amount of oxygen a person’s lungs can hold.

By Rae Arnett CONTRIBUTING WRITER The Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair was a success according to RGH Director of Marketing and Public Relations Greg McFarland. “We set our expectations high this year, and we’re pleased with the results,” McFarland said. “We had over 1,000 visitors come out for the event today, and almost 500 blood […]

No records broken with recent rains

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Heavy rains closed several streets in the region on Wednesday night, including 14th Street near Dennis Chavez Lake in Clovis; the road has been under water for more than two days.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@pntonline.com Almost 70 percent of eastern New Mexico’s rain historically falls between May 1 and Sept. 30. But October can be surprisingly wet on occasion, as evidenced this week around the region. National Weather Service officials reported 4.08 inches of rain fell in Ranchvale on Wednesday, and many communities saw 3 […]

Rain wreaks havoc on roads

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Ominous rain clouds still loomed over North Boston Avenue Thursday afternoon. Portales received about two inches of rain Wednesday with the downpour continuing into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Road Department just went from one month behind to several months behind in their work due to the heavy rains the county has received in the last week. Most areas of Curry and Roosevelt counties received upwards of 2 inches of rain on Wednesday night. Streets […]

Health fair set for Saturday

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Portales fire fighters hands out bicycle helmets to children each year at the annual Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair where residents can get free health screenings.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair will include a variety of services to county residents as always, according to RGH Director of Marketing and Public Relations Greg McFarland. The event, which is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, will offer 400 free flu shots, a car seat clinic, a bike helmet […]

Drug court celebrates 100th graduation

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Judge Donna Mowrer, right, laughs with Percy Herrera as she presents her with a Hartley coin for graduating from the drug program. The coin is in honor of former Judge Teddy Hartley, who spearheaded the 9th Judicial District drug court program in 2006.

Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Participating in the 9th Judicial District drug court program is an “intense process” but one that is well worth it, according to numerous participants and graduates. There was no shortage of tears Wednesday afternoon as the main courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse played host to a full house for […]

Floats, sports, royalty mark homecoming

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Past Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming King Rafael Reyes crowns 2015 ENMU Homecoming King Rey Cross Friday night at the university bonfire. Eduardo Alvarez was first runner up and Ryan Harris was second runner up.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The 81st ENMU Homecoming has come to a close. The theme this year was “1950s: Sock Hops, Malt Shops and Happy Days,” which included 1950’s costumes on Thursday’s pageant, classic logos throughout the weekend and classic cars during Saturday’s parade. The parade was the singular event continuously mentioned when […]

Alumni game walk down memory lane

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Eastern New Mexico University alumni volleyball players Kaitlyn Maddams, left, and Bree'Anna Lucero go for a block on Friday during their alumni game against the ENMU Greyhounds team.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Memories filled the volleyball court on Friday during the Eastern New Mexico University alumni game. Players from the Eastern Greyhound volleyball team squared off against past Greyhounds for four sets, coming out on top all four times. Stephanie Willett, a setter from 2006 to 2007, said even though the alumni […]

Eastern’s 81st homecoming something special

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Eastern New Mexico University homecoming king and queen candidates Ed Alvarez, right, and Heather Kucinski, left, campaign by spreading the word in the Campus Union Ballroom on Wednesday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and alumni are in the midst of celebrating their 81st annual homecoming and preparing for what will be the last homecoming football game at Blackwater Draw. “Homecoming is always special, but I know a lot of alumni that don’t generally come are going […]

PHS homecoming just getting started

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Samantha Montoya, center, adjusts Sarah Lovato’s Homecoming Court sash as Savannah Sotelo looks on. The three girls are the sophomore, junior and freshman members of the 2015 Portales Homecoming Court.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The 2015 Homecoming Week for Portales High School has already started, but the majority of the festivities have yet to begin. Today and Friday are the busiest days, according to school faculty. With the underclass homecoming court already named, the 2015 Homecoming Queen will be announced today during this […]

Once in a blood moon occurrence

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A full moon lunar eclipse took place Sunday night, causing what is called a “blood moon” or “harvest moon” when the moon goes behind the sun’s shadow. Some ancient civilizations feared lunar eclipses as a sign of death or the end of the world.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It’s not exactly unheard of to see your neighbors pulling lawn chairs out in their front yard when they know a lunar eclipse is coming. There is always an air of excitement any time nature and the cosmos act in ways unusual to their daily — or nightly — […]

Local students learn about playas, wildlife

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During the Playa Festival at Dora Municipal School on Monday, presenter Jim Steiert lets one of the students help with an erosion demonstration.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Fourth and fifth grade students from Dora, Elida and Floyd schools were given a wealth of scientific knowledge on playas and their inhabitants on Monday. Ogallala Commons hosted a playa festival at Dora Municipal Schools, which gave students a chance to learn about playas, the animals and insects that […]

Addiction: A mother’s perspective

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Vicki Williams Jinks with her son, Seth.

Editor’s note: Vicki Williams Jinks is a 1978 graduate of Muleshoe High School. This excerpt is from a speech she’s written in hopes of helping those who struggle with addictions. In November 1993, I looked at my third baby and saw a face of pure sweetness. Little did I know all that I would learn […]

ENMU actors perfect comedy production

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Actors Kyle Thomason, left, and Brendan Moore rehearse a scene from the play “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” a story which 
highlights nine writers using comedy to 
overcome difficult 

By Anna George PNT CORRESPONDENT anna.george@enmu.edu Eastern New Mexico University actors, leaders and technical workers alike laugh in the face of difficult situations as they perfect their production of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Laughter on the 23rd Floor, which premieres today at the University Theatre Center, recounts Simon’s own experience as a […]

New company opens in former Sunland plant

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Gov. Susana Martinez, center, cuts the ribbon for the Ready Roast peanut plant on U.S. 70 with owner Tom Finn, right. The company owns three facilities in California.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com After two years, Portales is again home to a major peanut processor. Ready Roast Nut Company officials announced their plans Monday to create up to 200 jobs at a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of the former Sunland Peanut company. Sunland Peanuts closed its doors in […]

Eastern students fare well at annual rodeo

PNT correspondent: Matthew Shelly

 David Bonner, left, and Landon Bryant help at the Eastern New Mexico University College Daze Rodeo.

By Rae Arnett PNT correspondent The Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team came out on top at the 50th annual ENMU College Daze Rodeo this past weekend . One competitor, Tawny Barry, winning goat tying and Kacey Clark placing second in breakaway roping according to ENMU rodeo Coach Albert Flynn. The ENMU men’s rodeo […]