On call around the clock

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Ashley Standish, left, Arise Sexual Assault Services advocate coordinator talks to Alexandra Miller, center, and Susan Morrison about the pamphlets they can hand out at the Arise office. Miller and Morrison volunteer for the Arise hotline.

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 Susan Morrison knows victims of sexual assault need someone to talk to. Having gone through the same things as the people who call the Arise Sexual Assault Services hotline, Morrison tries to […]

Teen wins title

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Kynzi Creighton, left, of Elida has been named the state’s junior beef ambassador for the 2014-2015 year.
Right of Creighton are Heather Stacy, Kaitlyn Farmer and Sage Mijares.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kynzi Creighton has held a lot of leadership roles growing up in an agricultural environment but she hopes to come into her own with her newest title. The 16-year-old from Elida won the honor of becoming the state’s new junior beef ambassador at a summer conference held by the New […]

Young player getting an early start

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Preston Jeffs, 9, received MVP for his position of defensive end at a football camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. Winning this award allows Preston to go to the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Preston Jeffs’ one dream is to play in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He already knows what college he wants to play football with as well — Oregon University. Preston, 9, is already preparing for his future by going to the Offense-Defense Football Camp, which hosts […]

Identification please

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By Lillian Bowe Staff photo lbowe@pntonline.com Over many years, photographs have been donated to Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library’s special collections, but these photos have no names to the people in them. The foyer of the library had open display cases that needed to be filled this summer and Catalog Librarian Debbie Lang had […]

Chemical-burned pug recovering

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Clovis, a pug found July 22 in Clovis, rests after undergoing eye surgery in Colorado Sunday. Lindsay Campbell, vice president of Colorado Pug Rescue, said Clovis is expected to make a full recovery in one to two months. Donations to cover costs are welcome.

Staff report A pug found suffering from chemical burns in Clovis has received eye surgery, according to Lindsay Campbell, vice president of Colorado Pug Rescue. Campbell said that the Colorado Rescue received the 2-year-old pug Saturday and had to take it in for emergency surgery Sunday after ulcers in the dog’s eyes ruptured. Campbell said […]

Some areas get more rain than others

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Tuesday’s flooding had drivers avoiding cones washed up from construction on South Knoxville Street.

Staff report Clovis and Portales received nearly one inch of rain each during Tuesday morning’s thunderstorms. Although scattered flooding was reported in Portales, city officials in Clovis reported only standing water from the steady rain that began about 8 p.m. Monday and continued through early afternoon Tuesday. De Baca County officials, however, were forced to […]

County treasurer, assessor and clerk’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday

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Several Roosevelt County offices will be moving into these portable buildings Thursday and Friday while the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s HVAC system is being replaced. The project is projected to take nine months.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A few offices located in the Roosevelt County Courthouse will be temporarily closed this week in preparation for a move to portable offices. The county treasurer, assessor and clerk will close at noon today and Wednesday before being relocated to portables in the courthouse parking lot for about nine […]

Floyd’s Benoit honored by peers

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com After being in education for 28 years, there isn’t much that can shock Floyd Municipal Schools Superintendent Paul Benoit, but last week he received in honor that surprised him. It’s not likely Benoit will wear a sash to let people know he was selected New Mexico’s Superintendent of the […]

Discovery of meaning of favorite word serendipitous

By Sandy Fields Local columnist I serendipitously ran across the fun fact that the word serendipity came from Sri Lanka. For the life of me, I can’t recall when this happy run-in happened. But, as is my custom, I grabbed a pen and wrote “Serendipity Sri Lanka” in my little leather notebook so I’d remember […]

Food bank struggles to meet area needs

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Mida Cadene, inventory and receiving clerk at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, prepares canned food to be checked for expiration dates before distribution last week.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com A rise in the number of hungry families and a lack of donations have contributed to the empty shelves at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to Interim Executive Director Daniel Blea. Blea said, “It’s a mixture of both. The big thing we need is donations, whether […]

Resources limited

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Families with the Cannon Air Force Base Spouse’s Club build boxes for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign scheduled for Saturday.

By Josh Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com United Way of Eastern New Mexico is gearing up for it’s annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign and needs volunteers in Clovis and Portales. Patricia Bazar, 2-1-1 coordinator for United Way of Eastern New Mexico, said the campaign only has six volunteers signed up, with three in Portales and three […]

Border Town Days brings families together for fun

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Participants in the Border Town Days parade, which took place Saturday morning near and in Farwell, wave at spectators.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com “Coming back to our roots” — this his how Jennifer Robinson of Farwell described attending the Border Town Days celebration Saturday. “We come out here every year,” said Robinson, who recalled attending the event as a child. She brought her own children to this year’s event — 2-year-old Elijah […]

Free ride over

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Roosevelt County will stop paying trash dumping fees for county residents at the Portales’ Convenience Center. The center allows city and county residents to dump trash, metal, furniture and various other items.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Roosevelt County will no longer be paying the fee for county residents to dump trash at the Portales Convenience Center, it was decided Thursday at a special Commission meeting. With an increase in expenditures by the county due to replacing the HVAC system at the courthouse, County Manager Charlene […]

Still telling the story

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John Moak, left, and Caitlyne Moak spend a moment with their son Hunter before they took him off life support in June. Hunter died from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a rare birth defect.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In the month Caitlyne Moak was able to get to know her son Hunter, she discovered her baby boy was a fighter. Moak, a 22-year-old military wife from Michigan living in Portales, gave birth to Hunter, her second child with husband John, at 1:54 p.m. on May 3. His […]

Passion for farming

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Margie Plummer, coordinator of the farmers’ markets in Clovis and Portales, sets up her booth on Monday at the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until October.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Margie Plummer is a busy women with coordinating the Portales and Clovis Farmer’s Market, working at Floyd Municipal Schools as the business manager, and working on her family farm and stand. Plummer said it’s a family affair. “It’s all family at the farm. We all help each other out,” […]

Five county 4-H teams place in top 5 at state

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Koby Cone gives his retiring address July 17 at the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Roosevelt County 4-H took 13 members to the conference.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com While giving his retiring address last week at the State 4-H Conference held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Koby Cone told the story of wondering what was behind some mountains. Behind those mountains were larger mountains, which Cone explained that when one goal is accomplished a […]

Rams players making switch to new positions

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By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com In his Portales High career, Matt Martinez has shown himself to be a versatile athlete for the Rams. Now coming into his senior season in football, Martinez is hoping to make a successful transition to quarterback for third-year coach Jaime Ramirez. Facing mostly larger schools in Friday’s 7-on-7 competition […]

Friendly mobbing

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Decked out in red, white and blue, children wait to perform a flash mob for U.S. Air Force veteran Jeff Brown on Friday in front of the Roosevelt County War Memorial. The flash mob was done to patriotic and upbeat songs.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Natalie Schumpert saw that her best friend, Jeff Brown, a Air Force veteran from Oregon, needed to be cheered up. Brown had been away from home for too long and had been waiting for his retirement for eight months. Schumpert said she wanted to put a smile on her […]

High bids at ENMU auction

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Hannah Cabeldue was eyeing two bicycles at the Eastern New Mexico University surplus auction on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena parking lot, but she had to wait. Sitting next to the bikes on chairs that were also being auctioned off, Cabeldue waited in the humid weather for the auctioneer […]

Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

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Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]