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

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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 […]

Lady Rams host SFIS in state opener

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Portales guard Francis Armijo reaches to try to knock the ball from Eastern New Mexico University guard Lakeeyscia Griffin during a scrimmage Thursday at Greyhound Arena. Griffin was part of a smattering of Zia basketball players helping Portales prepare for its Class 3A first round game tonight against Santa Fe Indian School.

BY KEVIN WILSON CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Kacie Terry’s memories at Greyhound Arena are worth forgetting. The senior guard, near the end of the Rams’ practice at Eastern New Mexico Thursday, could point to the exact spot a court over where she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament against Roswell High in the final seconds […]

Job search tools return

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
David Douglas, a contractor for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board, installs a computer Thursday morning at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. The computer will be used for job services courtesy of the New Mexico Workforce Connection.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce staff and the Portales city manager are excited for the job searching tools and resources that have returned to Roosevelt County. Two computer kiosks were installed Thursday morning at the Chamber for the purpose of job searching to compensate for the closing of […]

Historic Free Fall – CannonConnections.com – March 7

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Historic 26 STS military free fall March 7, 2014 By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs History was made Feb. 28 at Melrose Air Force Range as two members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted the first Military Free Fall jump in conjunction with one of the many aerial assets […]

Science fair results

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Local results of the Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair that took place on March 1 at ENMU:  American Psychological Association Award: Kelsey Johns, Portales High School. Association for Women Geoscientists Award: Courtney Titus, Portales High School. Broadcom MASTERS awards: Jadyn Barnett, Charles Trammell, Miko Birdsong and Sofia Garbarino, Clovis Christian; Danielle van […]

Seeking ‘pop’ stardom

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Garret Hancock’s marriage proposal to his girlfriend Haley Perry was filmed and submitted to the Today show for a contest. The Portales couple is a finalist.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Haley Perry was underwhelmed by the apparent carpet shampooer she received from her boyfriend Garret Hancock for her 19th birthday last month — until she opened the box. Large balloons with wording popped up; the one that caught her eye had the word “marry” on it. Putting it […]

Brown Early Childhood applying for CYFD grant

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
This is one of the six classrooms in Brown Early Childhood Center that will be used if the school receives a state grant for a preschool for 4 year olds preschool.  Rebekah Flen, principal of Brown, said this is the first year Brown has applied for this grant.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Brown Early Childhood Center is applying for a grant from the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department that would create a public preschool for 4-year-olds. Rebecca Flen, the principal of Brown, has been writing the grant since February. “Brown has a Developmentally Delayed Pre-school for 2-, 3- […]

Salguero Ward A victor

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Ward A incumbent Antonio Salguero said he wants to get started on making those changes he vowed to make for his ward by improving the city’s cleanliness, streets and quality of life. The retired educator’s victory over opponent Veronica Pena in Tuesday’s Portales municipal election, 67 to 56 […]

Insurance seminar held

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Steve Morgan, front, sits with a La Casa outreach employee to assist individuals in signing up with the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange on Monday at the Yam Theatre.

  Roosevelt County farmer Robert Burnett feels the urgency to sign up for health insurance as the open enrollment deadline for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange nears. Burnett, like many other individuals in the state, is at risk of being penalized if he does not attain health insurance by March 31, per federal requirement. […]

Taking it to heart

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt General Hospital’s Director of Cardiopulmonary Health Alex Wynn, left, hooks up Francine Jimenez, a human resources assistant, to equipment conduct a stress test. Stress tests are often used to diagnose heart disease.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital’s staff will have ongoing conversations with its female patients about heart health given Roosevelt and Curry counties high rates of death cause by heart disease in women, according to RGH officials. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Roosevelt and Curry counties fall […]