Session reviewed

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Community members eat a barbecue lunch Thursday at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, held at the Yam Theatre.

Area lawmakers updated a packed room of community leaders on a wrapped-up legislative session before bidding farewell to one of their own Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Though some of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon was spent on the decision of Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, to step aside after 20 years, the […]

Congressman’s immigration stance protested

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Somos Un Pueblo Unido organizer Marina Pina uses a bullhorn to work up the crowd of protesters.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rocio Vargas’ worries extend beyond that of the average mother’s. In addition to making sure her family is safe and sound, the 37-year-old fears she’ll be ripped away from the family she supports here in Portales because she’s a Mexican immigrant. Vargas said she’s seen it happen to […]

Rams open with sweep

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Portales sophomore pitcher Grant Wagner delivers a pitch in the first inning of the Rams’ season opener Tuesday against Santa Fe Indian School.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Portales Rams started the 2014 baseball season on a dominant note, beating Santa Fe Indian School by two 10-0 mercy-rule victories on Tuesday at Ram Field. Junior outfielder Darin Bonem went 4-for-6 with nine runs batted in over the two games, while sophomore pitchers Grant Wagner […]

Shootout at noon

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Players prepare for a rebound Tuesday during a pickup game in the Greyhound Arena’s north practice gym.

  What started as casual games of basketball has flourished into a daily tradition of camaraderie, exercise and fun; and the players say if you’re not there, you’re missing out. Every weekday at noon, people from the Roosevelt and Curry county communities gather to play pickup games of basketball at Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound […]

A life’s work

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Patricia Saylor works on her lesson plan for one of her classes she teaches at Eastern New Mexico University. Saylor teaches and is the program director of ENMU’s social work program. Saylor has been working at ENMU for five years.

  Patricia Saylor, a professor and social work director at Eastern New Mexico University, has more than 30 years experience in the field. Saylor worked with the State of New Mexico, Children, Youth and Families Department and the State of Oklahoma. Saylor said social work field include working in hospitals, prisons, hospice, universities, schools and […]

Mounted shooters match underway

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Tuff Romero, right, is led through the second stage of the main match Saturday at the New Mexico-Texas Border Wars mounted shooting competition. Romero is part of the Wranglers, an 11-year-old and under group that completes the course but the children aren’t allowed to handle weapons.

  The first half of a match between New Mexico and Texas mounted shooters took place Saturday at Roosevelt County Special Events Arena. More than 50 shooters competed in the event billed as the New Mexico-Texas Border Wars. Shooter skills ran from novice to professional. The event drew contestants from Carlsbad, Dexter, Midland, Texas, and […]

Publisher calls it a career

Ray Sullivan

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Ray Sullivan spent last week unpacking his office on 521 Pile Street of countless memories of a life in journalism — one that started in junior high and only let him take detours before always drawing him back because, “I missed newspapers.” The community around him has changed, […]

Lady Rams win first title since 2006

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By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Say one thing for the Portales Lady Rams — the loud Shiprock crowd cheering against them on Friday never got to them. Portales got off to a fast start, then made play after play to stay close and in the end outlasted top-seeded and previously unbeaten Shiprock 62-59 in […]

Un-B-lievable: Elida wins fourth straight title

Joshua Lucero: PNY correspondent
Elida Tigers Kaylen Jasso, Hunter Haley, and Raeona Sanders hoist their 2014 class B NMAA state championship trophy over their heads in celebration after their win over the Corona Cardinals for the state title Friday afternoon at the Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Apparently, the Elida Lady Tigers will retire as the unbeaten all-time kings of New Mexico’s soon-to-be-dispatched Class B. Elida completed a four-peat in four-year-old Class B — it will be designated Class 1A next year when the New Mexico Activities Association juggles thing — by beating […]

Firefighters fit right in

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Richard Montano checks one of the fire trucks at the Portales Fire Department station. Montano, from Farmington, joined the fire department six months ago.

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 Richard Montano, 20, joined the Portales Fire Department six months ago, but he has not always wanted to be a firefighter. “I had a silly childhood dream that I wanted to […]

Sunland plant to be auctioned

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The Sunland peanut plant closed on Oct. 7.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The defunct Sunland Inc. plant is headed to the auction block Thursday in what creditors hope will turn into a bidding war for the bankrupt Portales peanut processing plant. The reserve for all bidders in this case is $18.5 million — the amount California-based Ready Roast Nut Co. […]

2 for No. 1

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By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com For the first time since 2009, the Portales High girls team will have a game to play on state championship Friday at The Pit. For the fourth time in as many years, Elida will be there as well in its final hunt for a Class B title. The […]

Elida game away from fourth straight title

JOSHUA LUCERO: PNT correspondent
Elida sophomore Lauren Stone shoots for two points over Carrizozo's Gracie Hooten in the first half of Elida’s 64-40 win over Carrizozo in the Class B semifinals Thursday morning at Bernalillo High School.

CMI staff Elida will face Corona for the third-straight year in the Class B finals. The Lady Tigers will seek perfection for the fourth-straight year. Senior Hunter Haley scored 15 points for Elida, which defeated Carrizozo 64-40 Thursday at Bernalillo High School to set up a 1:30 p.m. Friday matchup with the Cardinals. Corona, which […]

This week on CannonConnections.com – March 14

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Mech Tech molds master mechanics March 14, 2014 By Senior Airman Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The mirror image of the ever-evolving aircraft they maintain, Air Commandos assigned to the 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Cannon Air Force Base have made it their mission to roll […]

Escalante upends Dora in overtime

JOSHUA LUCERO: PNT correspondent
Dora sophomore Dalton Privett and Escalante's Joseph Hurd scramble for 
possession of a loose ball in the first half of the Class 1A state championship quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon at Bernalillo High School. Privett scored nine points in the 
contest, a 65-54 overtime defeat. The 
Coyotes ended their season at 24-5.

CMI staff BERNALILLO — Dora had its chances to put away Escalante in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. That wasn’t true in overtime. Reynaldo Atencio and Adam Edwards scored 16 points each as Escalante beat Dora 65-54 in overtime Wednesday in a Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game. Josh Walker scored 15 points […]

Soph Blakey pushes Portales into semis

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CMI staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams were having a hard time scoring in the first half on Tuesday. With the exception, that is, of Kambrey Blakey. The sophomore forward kept PHS in the game with 14 of the team’s 16 first-half points, then added 18 after halftime for a career-best 32 in the […]

Elida advances easily; Dora falls to top seed Tatum

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CMI staff BERNALILLO — Three-time defending Class B girls state champion Elida had no trouble Tuesday advancing to the semifinal round of this year’s Class B state tournament.. Junior guard Marily Varela led three players in double figures with 15 points and the top-seeded Lady Tigers blew past No. 8 Walatowa Charter 80-41 at Bernalillo […]

Spotlighting health

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Nicole Olsen, dietary technician at Roosevelt General Hospital, creates a plate for a patient at the hospital. Olsen’s job is to help patients with their dietary needs and educate them about nutrition.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com March is National Nutrition month, which brings awareness of eating healthy and getting the right amount of exercise. Nicole Olsen’s job as dietary technician at Roosevelt General Hospital is to make sure patients at the hospital follow their dietary needs. Olsen also provides education on nutrition to the […]

Essay winners hope for national honors

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Floyd High School senior Tessa Nall gives a speech at a Daughters of the American Revolution meeting. Nall is the state winner of DAR's Good Citizens Award.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com While achieving is a goal for Roosevelt County students Tessa Nall and Dane Ferguson, they never imagined they’d be doing so at the state level. The two students had winning essays in Daughters of the American Revolution contests. Their essays have won them honors at the state level […]

Eighteen of 20 degrees awarded by Wayland Baptist postgraduate

CMI staff photo: Emily Crowe
Wayland Baptist University alumni Damon Pearce offered a special musical selection during Friday’s commencement ceremony. Pearce holds a master’s degree in Christian ministry from the school.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Master Sgt. Christopher Corralez knew he wanted to further his education, but wasn’t interested in online schooling. That led the active duty airman, stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and originally from Pecos, Texas, to pursue his bachelor’s in management at the Clovis branch of Wayland Baptist University. He received his […]