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 […]

Sisters share wedding day

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Sisters Katelyn Aulson, left, and Emily Aulson set up the Under Ground Embassy for their wedding reception to be held there on Sunday.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Sisters Katelyn and Emily Aulson have been extremely close their entire lives. Both born and raised in Clovis and both labor and delivery nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center, the sisters got engaged just one month apart and will get married Sunday in a double wedding ceremony. “To me, there would […]

Courthouse cleared for cleaning

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County employees were putting their paperwork in boxes and packing desk knickknacks Friday, chased from the county courthouse by the discovery of mold throughout the 76-year-old building. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene said county administration has decided to proceed with remediation, or a thorough cleaning, of the courthouse next week to […]

The wait is on

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Golden Boy Foods CEO said the company still plans to reopen the defunct Sunland Inc. Thursday, but declined to give a date.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Golden Boy Foods’ CEO said nothing has changed in his intentions to reopen the shuttered Sunland Inc. factory, but he declined to say what his plans are or how long it will take before the plants are back to producing nut butters. Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Stan […]

Spring symphony, symphonic band concert at ENMU

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The Eastern New Mexico University wind symphony and symphonic band will present their annual spring concert Sunday.

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Department of Music will host a spring wind symphony and symphonic band concert Sunday. Director of Bands Dustin Seifert and Assistant Director of Bands Benjamin Fairfield will conduct both bands during the concert. Gary Garner, director of bands emeritus at West Texas A&M University, will be a guest conductor […]

Society arranges ARISE fundraiser

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Will Banister performs April 26 at the Yam Theater. The fundraiser for ARISE also featured a raffle.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When Eastern New Mexico University social work student Michelle Howard found out the Arise sexual assault program needed money to keep an important piece of equipment, she came up with a plan to help. Howard, a member of Phi Alpha, a social work honor society, helped persuade the group […]

Common Core meeting draws nearly 150

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Regina Watson, with the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Mathematically Connected Communities, addresses parent and teacher concerns during a breakout session.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]