Celebrating a dream

Jadyn McAnarney, 9, asks Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble about civil rights Monday night at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. Questions were answered at the tail-end of the panel discussion.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Nine-year-old Jadyn McAnarney said in preparing for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, she learned a lot about the civil rights leader in her class. McAnarney learned facts such as King’s family history and that his mother was a musician, but what stuck out to her the […]

4-H more than livestock

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Ryan Craig looks over a 4-H shooting sports manual at his desk at the Roosevelt County Extension office. Craig will be implementing a shooting sports program this year in hopes to bring more involvement in 4-H from the county.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com As Roosevelt County’s 4-H agent, Ryan Craig oversees the clubs involvement in showing livestock, 4-H event in county, state and nationally, and also tries to bring more awareness of 4-H in the county “It has been a busy past year, but I have learned so much and had […]

District attorney to resign

Matt Chandler

CMI staff Matt Chandler will resign as 9th Judicial District attorney effective March 1, he said Monday night. “After several months of prayer and consideration,” he said, “I made the decision to pursue new endeavors in the private sector.” Chandler, 38, has held the district attorney position for Curry and Roosevelt counties since his election […]

Local DA selected to prosecute Roswell shooting

Matt Chandler

CMI Staff Clovis-Portales District Attorney Matt Chandler has been named special prosecutor in connection with last week’s shooting at Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School. The Roswell Daily Record and other media outlets reported Roswell DA Janetta Hicks asked Chandler to prosecute the case because of multiple conflicts of interest in her office. Mason Campbell, 12, has […]

A driving force

Bobby Dudley, a Clovis Area Transit System driver for eight years, checks the transmission fluid on a CATS vehicle Thursday as part of a pre-trip inspection.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Macrina Christian works nearly five miles from her home, and without a vehicle, she relies on the people she says are like her “best friends” at Clovis Area Transit System to give her a lift. “I do a lot of walking, so it’s nice to ride,” said Christian, who even gave […]

Meet the…Portales church choir members

Music is healing and music can make you happy. - Janice Smartnick

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 Jo Rackler said she always remembers loving to sing. Starting at 10 years old, Rackler solos to do specials at church. Her church did not have a choir, but when her […]

Animal adoptions up

Animal Control officer Dustin Bouchard refills the water bowls of the animals in the Portales Animal Shelter at the end of his shift.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Animal adoptions at the Portales Animal Shelter have more than tripled since 2010, according to animal control officers. Officer Walter Chambers said he isn’t sure exactly why the number of adoptions have been on an upward trend since 2010, but he said it could be a sign that […]

Education feature — PHS media arts class gains students

Franklin Smith, center, teaches media students how to use programs that edit video and sound. The class also does live stream videos.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Curtis Utly started last year as the “new guy” at Portales High School. Taking the media arts class that is offered at the school, Utly learned video editing while working within a group. “Everyone was really friendly and I made new friends because of this class,” Utly said […]

Roswell native knew teacher who worked at school

ShootingRoswell

By Emily Crowe and Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITERS Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza said she immediately thought of her family and friends when she heard of Tuesday’s shooting at a Roswell middle school. The early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School wounded two students. A 12-year-old classmate is in custody, accused of pulling a […]

Roswell student: Shooter pulled gun from band instrument case

CMI staff photo: Lisa Kent
Berrendo Middle School student Gabby Vasquez told reporters the boy who was shot "got along with everybody."

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy was […]