Mrs. Portales excited about pageants

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com It will be a first for Mrs. Portales Lorissa Marshall, 25, donning sash and crown and strolling down the catwalk in heels in front of hundreds. Marshall will do just that June 28 in Albuquerque at the African American Performing Arts Center, competing for the title of Mrs. New […]

Expanded hours

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Running a ranch and being a mother of four, Amanda Belcher of Dora spends lots of time juggling responsibilities. It doesn’t help that her two younger children are at an age when they’re prone to come down with the usual array of childhood illnesses. That’s meant plenty of […]

Dairy recovery steady

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The eastern New Mexico dairy industry is getting some relief from four years of decline, according to local officials.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Curry County dairyman Albin Smith said there were many days over the last four years when he wasn’t sure his business was going to make it. Smith, the owner of Curry County dairies SAS and Arrowhead, said trying to bounce back from four years of decline has not and […]

Future economy outlook mixed bag

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The U.S. economy will have 55 million job openings through 2020 and not enough workers to fill them, according to a 2013 study by Georgetown University based out of Washington, D.C. According to the study, over the course of the next several years, the U.S. will see 24 million […]

Art meets the sidewalk

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There were 47 artists participating in the sidewalk chalk competition, sketching designs under the theme “Dreams and Nightmares.”

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Dreams and nightmares are what Portales High School senior Kaytlin Driscoll’s sidewalk art was about. One side — a seemingly innocent girl’s dreams. The other — someone turning her dreams into a nightmare. “She looks innocent, but she is really not and that is why her dream is turning […]

Columnist lives complicated life

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Wendel Sloan's complicated life includes regular encounters on the ENMU tennis court.

David Stevens Editor Everybody knows Wendel Sloan. He’s director of media relations at Eastern New Mexico University, commissioner of the college’s noon-time hoops league and a Sunday columnist for this newspaper. I’ve known Sloan for 20 years. We used to get in trouble together writing columns for the Amarillo newspaper. But does anyone really know […]

Project in final phase

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Constructors Inc. crews are back at it again with the third and final phase of the U.S. 70 road construction project in Portales.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The time has come at last to complete a road construction project almost a full year behind its original completion date. The $8.3 million state road reconstruction project on U.S. 70 in Portales began in May 2012 and was intended to be a one-year project. But after numerous setbacks, […]

Being a friend first

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From left, Kinzie Davis, Kylie Stenstrom, Rylie Purcell, Tammy Hunton, Annali Flores, Emmalyn Vest and Paige Gard from the Lindsey Steiner BFF lunch group sit on the ‘buddy benches’ with their guidance counselor, Tammy Hunton. The girls also made posters and other art projects that help with awareness of
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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Lindsey-Steiner Elementary sixth-grader Paige Gard was tired of classmates making fun of her and being mean. So, Gard joined Be a Friend First, or BFF, lunch group started by Tammy Hunton, counselor, and Tera Wong-Williams, the youth development specialist with Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. The group’s goal […]

Target in suspected murder plot says her husband ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’

Cody Guss is being held in undisclosed location

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kristi Guss said she is praying her husband can come home soon. She does not believe he tried to hire someone to kill her, as alleged in federal court documents. Cody Guss, 36, is in the custody of U.S. marshals who have declined to reveal his exact whereabouts. Officials […]

Sunland sale complete

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The deal is done; Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll confirmed Tuesday the sale of Sunland Inc. to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods is complete. Golden Boy Foods, the high bidder at $26 million in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court auction for the defunct peanut processor, has plans to reopen the peanut butter plant and begin production […]

ENMU stadium accord reached

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales Municipal Schools’ role in the construction and operation of Eastern New Mexico University’s new stadium as part owners was confirmed Monday when ENMU’s Board of Regents approved a Joint Powers Agreement. The agreement says Portales schools, one of the largest contributors to the stadium’s $8 million cost, […]

Surprised Patterson named Floyd’s top citizen

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Fred Patterson, left, receives the Floyd Lions Club’s 2014 Citizen of the Year award from Paul Benoit, president of the club. Patterson is the Floyd Jamboree director and has been a part of the Lions Club since 1997.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A hard worker from the start is how many describe the 2014 Floyd Lions Club’s Citizen of the Year Fred Patterson. During the intermission of the Floyd Jamboree on Saturday, club President Paul Benoit presented the award to a shocked Patterson. “I never thought I would get this […]

Freshman Friday

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com For a long-standing tradition, the Lions Club Floyd Jamboree’s organizers love newcomers. Celebrating 64 years, Lions Club member Fred Patterson said new acts give the show and the house band a breath of fresh air. Friday night’s show featured two freshmen on the Jamboree stage among the mix of other veteran […]

Officials: 58 truckloads of peanut butter in Clovis landfill

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A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Lifetime of agriculture

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Portales High ag teacher Jerry Faver shows students how to identify different herbs for a horticulture produce contest. Faver said he likes to teach with a hands-on approach instead of from a book.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Most of Jerry Faver’s life has revolved around agriculture. Growing up on a ranch near Tucumcari and being involved in FFA while in high school helped him decide to become an […]

Grouse makes threatened list

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A male lesser prairie

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com In a decision the Fish and Wildlife Service admits isn’t appealing to governors of its five affected states, and a decision that local officials think may deserve an appeal, the lesser prairie chicken has been selected for placement as a threatened species. The decision by Fish and Wildlife […]

Sunland changes hands

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Community leaders say after days of uncertainty, they’re happy that Sunland Inc. has a new owner and are excited to work with the new community partner. Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll said Thursday the sale of the defunct peanut giant to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods Ltd., with […]

Learning to teach

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Amanda Jasson prepares her lesson plan for her student-teaching at Valencia Elementary. Jasson has to do a lesson plan for math, science and social studies for the fourth-grade class.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A native of Mexico, Amanda Jasson only knew how to speak Spanish when she enrolled in Dora schools at age 15. She remembers struggling to learn English. “My teachers were really patient with me and showed me what a teacher can really do,” Jasson said. After graduating high […]

Saxophonist Brad Leali jazzes up ENMU

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Eastern New Mexico University music students rehearse music for their upcoming concert with saxophonist Brad Leali for Thursday’s Jazzfest program.

Of the many guest musicians that have traveled to Eastern New Mexico University throughout the years, ENMU’s music faculty is excited to bring saxophonist Brad Leali to Portales this week to work with its students for ENMU’s Jazzfest. Leali, a native of Denver and a professor of jazz saxophone at University of North Texas, has […]

Preservation effort

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
City officials met with concerned citizens Wednesday at the Portales Cemetery to determine if the 90-year-old elm trees can be revived.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The city has put a halt to cutting down ailing, 90-year-old elm trees at the Portales Cemetery after a group of concerned citizens interested in preserving them brought in an expert to show city officials the trees are salvageable. Portales business owner Micah Thompson said preserving the past […]