Winning work

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Kathy Jennings does one of her daily duties as postmaster, time stamping all the mail that comes into the office on Monday at the Floyd post office. This year Jennings won the New Mexico Postmaster of the Year, which is voted by other postmasters around the state.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Kathy Jennings has lived in McAlister for most of her life and 16 years ago she took over the job of being a postmaster at the town’s post office. Then in 2004, Jennings took the postmaster job at Floyd and the community has taken notice of her hard work. […]

Graduation commences

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com After seven years of school, Judy Crockett is ready to go to work. Getting her master of business administrations, Crockett will be working as a certified public accountant. Crockett graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with 561 students on Saturday at a packed Greyhound Arena. This was the largest […]

Women building

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Laura Morrison, left, is cutting headers for the Fifth Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build on Saturday. Gary Rhode is supervising the build, teaching the women safety tips and other techniques for building.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The day before Mother’s Day, Anna Walker invited her mother-in-law, Becky Walker, to help build a house. Anna, originally from Brazil, wanted to spend more time with the mother of her husband. “She is so present in my life and she is my friend. We share everything and I […]

Soldier honored with ‘tiny detail’

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Casper Eurlings said J. Laverne Nicklas deserves to ‘have his correct name on his grave,’ and so he helped make that happen.

By David Stevens PNT editor Nobody alive today remembers what the J stood for, if it stood for anything. But the man was a war hero and he deserved to be remembered by the proper name. And so last month, thanks to a World War II researcher and a man who regularly visits the American […]

County candidates showcase skills at Yam Theatre

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Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry tests the mic Thursday night at the Roosevelt County Election Forum held at the Yam Theatre. Behind him are the Republican Roosevelt County Commission candidates facing off in the June primary.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County candidates in the June primary election showcased their public speaking skills and showed voters their differences and similarities from their opponents Thursday at an election forum held in the Yam Theatre. The forum was sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and gave voters a better picture […]

Going places

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Kamarie Schmidt, 24, has many plans when she leaves Portales. One will be going to the University of Northern Iowa to get her master’s degree in music education. “I am a little apprehensive being 16 hours away from home, but I am very excited too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt, from […]

Protect and serve

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Detective Christopher Mitchell, right, talks to patrol Lt. David Meeks on outside the Portales Police Department. Mitchell has been a part of the department since 2013 and served in the Air Force for 22 years.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Detective Christopher Mitchell gets paid to talk to people, which is one of the many reasons he loves his job at the Portales Police Department “The people in this department are great […]

Brown gets grant for public preschool

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 Tanya Baca, secretary at Brown Early Childhood Center, sets up paperwork that parents must fill out for the new preschool program on Wednesday at the school. Enrollment started on Tuesday and if more than 60 students apply, the students will be chosen by lottery.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Brown Early Childhood Center was awarded the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department grant, which provides money to create a public preschool for 4-year-olds. Rebecca Flen, the principal of Brown, said the school asked for 200 places for the students, but the grant only funds 60 students. “It […]

County clerk candidates weigh in

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Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Clerk in the June 3 primary election. Both candidates responded to a series of questions from the Portales News-Tribune: Beverly Bennett Age: 58 Profile: She has been a real estate broker and manager since 1993 and has been on the Planning and Zoning Commission since […]

Out of commission

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Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, Air Force Special Operations Command Commander,  gives his remarks at Tuesday’s afternoon AC-130H retirement and Grave Digger dedication at Cannon Air Force Base air park.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com It was clear Tuesday afternoon that being a member of a gunship is more than just a job. It’s a culture. And more importantly to those who have served on one, it’s being part of a family. “In my opinion, there’s only two types of people in the Air […]