Chili for charity

Lillian Bowe: Staff writer
Lynda Putzier, organizer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515’s chili and cake cook off, serves a piece of Tammy Lewis’ first place cake on Saturday.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Tammy Lewis prepared one of her favorite cakes and waited silently for five judges to decide who had best cake. Lewis prepared a key lime cake she found in a cook book and has tweaked into her own recipe that she believes is close to perfection. “I wanted to […]

Not all measles experiences fodder for national news

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By Grant McGee CMI columnist The Lady of the House and I were sitting in the living room in our recliners watching the evening news guy tell of a mumps outbreak in Ohio, measles in Texas and California. “Hmph,” I said to The Lady of the House. “We didn’t make national news when we had […]

Choice is made

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  By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Two Portales High School seniors aren’t sweating their college choices at all. Jarret Faust and Jennifer Salomon, both honor students, already have their minds made up on where they plan to spend the next four years after graduation. The National Honor Society students were asked questions about their […]

Relay important

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Yolanda Sanchez, secretary at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary and the school’s Relay for Life coach, works on the flyers for selling popcorn. Sanchez has been conducting several fundraisers to help her team raise money.

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 It’s been a big part of her life for the last decade, but the Portales Relay for Life takes on even more importance this year for Yolanda Sanchez. Last May, Sanchez […]

Friends: Cowboy loved bull riding

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Hadley Howe, a roper for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, speaks about the passing of teammate Irvyng Urquijo during a prayer vigil Wednesday on  the ENMU campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Irvyng Urquijo’s chosen sport was fraught with danger and he knew it, an Eastern New Mexico University rodeo teammate said as about 200 mourners gathered Wednesday for a prayer vigil around the fountain at the heart of the campus. Urquilo, 20, died Tuesday after a bull stepped on his […]

Cemetery improvement meeting’s focus

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More than 30 citizens gathered Tuesday at the Portales Memorial Building to discuss the future of the Portales Cemetery.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Cemetery tours, the creation of conservancy, and reviewing cemetery policy were a few of the ideas pitched by citizens and city officials Tuesday evening to improve the Portales Cemetery. The ideas were just a start for the Friends of the Cemetery group’s first meeting. The group was created by […]

Decision time

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  The clock is ticking for Dora high school senior Katie Bickley in choosing a college. As many students across the nation, Bickley is busy these days thumbing through college brochures and visiting campuses to make the best decision for her future. Bickley was asked a series of questions in regard to her decision making. […]

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
bullying and how to make friends.

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

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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 […]