ENMU senior spreads message

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Eastern New Mexico University students Hailey Vandewiele, left, and Molly Chavez prepare for their performance in Vandewiele’s show at Columbus Elementary in Columbus. Vandewiele’s show focuses on themes of immigration and adolescence.

  Eastern New Mexico University’s Hailey Vandewiele never imagined a variety show about immigration in America she created for her senior project would gain such a big audience. The Oregon native just returned to Portales visiting several schools in New Mexico to share her story of Ariela, a Mexican teenager in the “1.5 generation” who […]

Boys behind the machines

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
From left, Jack Willis, Portales High School science teacher and robotics advisor, helps Nicholas Brown, Jaearold Asplund, Isaac Brown and Christopher Leap with designing the robot that will be used at the RoboRAVE competition in May.

Jaearold Aspulnd has always found robots interesting. He finds how they are built and programed to do certain tasks to be the most interesting. The freshman is a part of the Portales High School robotics program that consists of 12 students. These students participate in two main competition where they must design and program robots. […]

Lady Rams gain district tourney finals

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Getting ready to face rival Lovington again, the Portales Lady Rams have to feel better about themselves than they did after Friday’s relatively close win at Ruidoso. This time, PHS overwhelmed the Lady Warriors with aggressive fullcourt defense, built a 35-9 lead late in the first half and […]

Q&A: Artist paints from connections

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Sherry Shiner, left, and daughter Piandria Shiner talk about their art, which is being exhibited at the Golden Library as part of Black History Month. Sherry’s art consists of subjects, she finds inspiring and what she connects too.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University alumna Sherry Shiner’s art is being featured at the Golden Library as part of the Black History Month Celebrations. The art at the Golden Library, Shiner said, displays her heritage. “I love to paint animals, especially from Africa, because I feel connection with them […]

Lottery scholarship, texting bills among those passed during Legislative session

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Within the 30-day state legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed 10 bills including the compromised $6.2 billion budget. Here are a few of the bills that will affect the local communities:   Lottery scholarships The Legislature combined several ideas to save the state’s lottery-funded scholarship program, which […]

My turn: Lots to love, in spite of it all

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I shall be brutally honest. I have a love-hate relationship with this place. One moment I’m rejoicing, the next I’m scowling. Who wouldn’t be beside themselves with glee when they’re eating a chocolate pecan shake from Pat’s? But then there’s the business of driving home and bouncing over the pot holes and drainage dips … […]

Hounds’ upset bid falls short

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By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Tarleton State has been pretty successful this season riding its hot hand, whether it’s De’Andre Upchurch or Chuck Guy. Saturday night, the pair were more than enough to clinch a share of the Lone Star Conference regular season title. Upchurch had 23 of his career-high 38 points in […]

Seeking stewardship

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Norman Nelson, New Mexico SiteWatch coordinator, talks to a group of volunteers Saturday during training. Nelson said this will be the first SiteWatch chapter in the northeast region.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University graduate student Trish Byers has been in Portales for two years and finds the archaeological sites here fascinating. Byer’s interest is in preserving archaeological sites, including historic buildings and places, trails, neon signs, bridges and structures. She is originally from Maryland. On Saturday, Byers […]

Thursday area prep summaries — Feb. 20

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Dora senior Josh Walker pulls up for a shot over Jal’s Jordan Lujan, right, during the first half of Thursday night’s District 8-1A boys matchup at Dora. The Coyotes clinched the regular-season championship with an 80-36 win over the Panthers.

BOYS District 8-1A Dora 80, Jal 36 Jal (5-15, 1-5) — Jaime Lujan 3, Ryan Beckham 2, Anthony Anderson 6, Servando Navarrette 2, Jordan Lujan 3, Adrian Rodriguez 9, Lorenzo Vargas 11. Totals 12 10-13 36. Dora (22-4, 6-0) — Eddie Arzate 7, Jesus Villegas 7, Daniel Stephens 3, Sam McConnell 2, Josh Walker 11, […]

That’s a wrap, folks

Courtesy photo: Clayton Barber gives a demonstration on fire resistant clothing at the New Mexico Ag Expo, one of several seminars hosted at the two-day event.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Ag Expo organizers said this year’s seminars garnered good feedback from attendees. In its 22nd year, the New Mexico Ag Expo brought new trends and kept old traditions to cater to the agricultural communities of New Mexico and west Texas. The two-day event wrapped up Wednesday at the […]

Training to fetch

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Kyle Dillard has one of his dogs herd the sheep to him on Wednesday at Idsinga Pavilion. This male border collie is still in training.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Twister, a 1-year-old border collie, with the help of his owner, Kyle Dillard of Milnesand, herded six sheep into a pen at the Idsinga Pavilion on Wednesday at the New Mexico Ag Expo. Dillard breeds, raises and trains border collies for herding cattle and other livestock. Dillard presented […]

VFW honors students

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Gage Fontenot, left, shakes hands with Chief Master Sgt. Paul Henderson at the VFW Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Award dinner Wednesday night. Fontenot was one of 14 winners.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com K.C. Alatorre aspires to go to a good college and become an NBA player. The seventh-grade Portales Junior High student knows he only has a shot at his dreams because of the freedom he has to do so, and that’s what makes him a patriot. Alatorre was one […]

Man arrested on child exploitation charges

Robert Hawkins

  A Portales man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 167 counts of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age. Robert Hawkins, 43, is currently being held on a $15,000 cash only bond at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. According to court documents: • The New Mexico State Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes Against […]

Rams return favor with victory at Lovington

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CMI staff LOVINGTON — After losing at home to Lovington last week, the Portales Rams returned the favor Tuesday night. Senior post Zach Campbell led three Rams in double figures with 14 points in a 59-53 victory over the Wildcats that puts PHS (13-11, 2-1 district) into the lead in the 4-3A race and in […]

Former Melrose coach arrested, charged

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CMI staff A former Melrose contract coach has been arrested and charged in connection with an unlawful relationship with a student, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Allison Draper, 28, of Melrose, was charged Tuesday with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and five counts of criminal […]

Do-it-yourself goes ag

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Glenda Belcher has found a use for all of those pallets that accumulate over the years in the barns of farmers. The Curry County extension agent and home economist kicked off the 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo by showing a group of about 75 people Tuesday how […]

Bigger things coming — Q&A

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Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Stanley Livengood just got settled into Portales as Monday was his first day at the new director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. (RCCDC). Livengood was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, got his degree in Humanities from the University of Texas in San Antonio and then […]

Expo set for Tuesday

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Leroy Manzanares hang a sign Friday for the New Mexico Ag Expo. The two-day event begins Tuesday and includes workshops on horse training, paint mixing and healthy at-home cooking.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo is reaching out to modern farmers and ag producers. The two-day event is set for Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said there are several seminars that will appeal to the technology of […]

Sherri knows best

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Sherri Best holds her first granddaughter McKinley at her home. Best said she really enjoys holding and playing with McKinley, who is 5 months old.

Sherri Best is the first to greet you at the Roosevelt County Extension agency. With a smile, Best will help you with what you need. Moving from Wyoming to Portales in 1980 to attend Eastern New Mexico University, she now lives in Elida with her husband. Best’s children were participated in Future Farmers of America, […]

Romance in the air

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Sean Martinez loads his truck with more Valentine’s Day floral arrangements Friday afternoon. According to Kathy Cox, manager of Clovis Floral, the floral shop made more than 500 deliveries Friday, which resulted in increasing the number of delivery drivers from one to eight.

  Even after 27 years of marriage, Bob and Lisa Farkas are still trying to one up each other  when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts and gestures. In addition to Valentine’s Day, the Clovis couple also celebrated their wedding anniversary Friday. Bob, an insurance adjuster, had to travel to Tucumcari on business, so Lisa […]