Decision time

Decision-Time

  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 […]