Lovington sweeps PHS

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By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Quantel Nash had 18 points, including a key three-point play in the closing minutes, helping the Lovington Wildcats escape a raucous Ram Athletic Center with a 50-44 win over Portales on Tuesday night. Stephen Lennox added 10 points for the Wildcats, who evened up the three-team District 4-3A […]

Portales City Council Ward A — Q&A

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Ward A is the only contested race in the Portales City Council municipal election. Candidates were asked five questions. The questions and candidate responses:   Antonio Salguero Q The police department has been hit hard by scandal and turnover in the past few years. What changes would you push for to improve the department? A […]

What do you love to do?

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I write. When I’m choking with grief, I find solace in putting my emotions into written words. A beautiful scene inspires me to find the perfect descriptive adjectives. A special moment brightening my day must be preserved in a paragraph. Over the years, I’ve written thousands of letters to family and friends. Funny… I was […]

Streamlining medicine

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As part of a federal mandate of the Affordable Care Act, Roosevelt General Hospital installed a new patient registration system that is completely electronic in late-January. The $2.8 million program, which had been in development since April, is still in its beginning phases. According to RGH Spokeswoman Amber […]

Deleon found guilty of murder

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Enrique Deleon, middle, is seated by a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy shortly after the jury announced a guilty verdict. Deleon was convicted of first-degree murder in the September 2011 shooting deaths of his next-door neighbors, Joe Valero, 44 and Lupita Castaneda, 25.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jurors took less than an hour Friday to convict Enrique Deleon of the first-degree murders of his next door neighbors, Clovis couple Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25. Deleon faces mandatory life in prison on both convictions, plus another eight years for two counts of child abuse, […]

Chamber honors its own

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Rose Robbins was awarded with the Workhorse of the Year award for 2013 at Thursday night’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Yam Theater.

  Local business owners and community members filled the seats of the Yam Theatre Tuesday to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce members who exemplified service in 2013 during the chamber’s annual banquet. The chamber’s 2013 President Megan Hamilton became emotional when announcing the Workhorse of the Year because she […]

No major storm troubles

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Portales resident and former Eastern New Mexico University professor Mercedes Agogino sweeps snow from her sidewalk Thursday afternoon at her home on Main Avenue.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Officials say despite Thursday’s freezing weather delivering 1 to 3 inches of snow, the area remained fairly quiet and no major accidents were reported. Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said there was only one call he received to help a motorist near Kenna who slid off […]

Finally, more snow

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Airman Nick Laurenz, 25, jogs with his dog, Laddy, Wednesday afternoon on South Avenue O as the snow began to fall. Laurenz said he wanted to get some exercise in with his dog despite the cold temperatures and snow.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Clovis schools employee Britney Stephens said she wasn’t able to keep warm Wednesday during her visits to the schools. An employee of the district’s technology department, the Eastern New Mexico University grad and Hawaii native wasn’t used to the area’s winter temperatures, which remained in the teens most […]

Ticket feature: Nebraska Theatre Caravan to present ‘The Fantasticks’

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The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of The Fantasticks will be presented at the Marshall Auditorium Feb. 13.

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series will bring its latest act to town Feb. 13 as the Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents The Fantasticks. The new steampunk adaptation of the long-running production will showcase elaborate costumes, props and scenery while keeping the original integrity of the play intact. Written by Tom Jones and […]

Portales school bond passes

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Poll workers issue ballots to voters for the Portales school bond election Tuesday afternoon in the Memorial Building.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kindergarten teacher Erin Mitchell sees firsthand what needs to be improved in the school district she works in. The 34-year-old mother walked out of the Portales Memorial Building Tuesday night after voting in favor of a $5.5 million Portales Municipal Schools bond, motivated by the change she wants […]

Tres Amigas: Project 75 percent financed

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This map of the U.S. shows where the Tres Amigas project will be located in proximity to the three power grids in the nation.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The anticipated groundbreaking for a proposed power superstation northeast of Clovis has been delayed again, but Tres Amigas officials say the project is still moving ahead. Financing for the $550 million “power highway” that would allow electricity to move from coast to coast remains the primary holdup, Chief […]

Mason bids adios with concert

Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community has […]

Let loose the hounds

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
 Eastern New Mexico University’s new greyhound mascots cuddle in their kennel Monday after a visit to the veterinarian.

It looks like a case of puppy love. “I got to walk them this morning, and I love them, they’re so cute,” said Eastern New Mexico University junior Yvonne Tillman of a pair of greyhound puppies being groomed to be school mascots. Nicknamed Deuce and Trey, the puppies will replace the male half of Vic […]

Tumbleweed invasion

This car on Spruce Street is blocked in by tumbleweeds on Monday afternoon. County road officials have been removing tumbleweeds, and recommend that drivers do not run them over.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com As Eastern New Mexico University student James Moreno pulled out of his home Monday morning in rural Roosevelt County, his normal route to work was blocked by a large pile of tumbleweeds. “It pretty much blocked the four way. I had to take another route to work,” […]

Bee winner interested in ocean

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com As the winner of last week’s Roosevelt County spelling bee, Riley Lujan won a plaque, a $500 scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University and a trip to Albuquerque in March for the state-level spelling bee. Lujan, sixth-grader from Lindsey-Steiner Elementary, won the junior division of the spelling bee […]

Salas back in states

Edward Salas, center, at his trial for the 2005 murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Salas fled the country and eluded authorities for more than four years. He was extradited from Mexico and placed in a state prison Saturday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com A child killer who escaped Clovis’ jail and eluded authorities more than four years before being recaptured in Mexico is back in U.S. custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler said Edward Salas was placed in the Department of Corrections facility in Los Lunas on Saturday. U.S. marshals […]

Sixth-grader win Roosevelt spelling bee with tycoon

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The nine junior division spellers from Roosevelt County are getting instruction before the start of the spelling bee competition. The junior division went into three rounds before the a winner was declared.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Standing in front of three judges, the pronouncer, a room filled with parents and other spelling bee contestants, Riley Lujan, a sixth-grader at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary breathed deeply before spelling tycoon to win the title of Roosevelt County spelling bee champion. “I was so nervous up there, but I get to go […]

Clovis chamber honors community workhorses

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Outgoing Chamber President Sandra Taylor-Sawyer served as the master of ceremonies at Friday night’s Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce got all jazzed up Friday evening to celebrate its annual banquet and honor community members for their myriad contributions in 2013. Top award winners included longtime community supporter Bill Kinyon, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and newspaper Publisher Ray Sullivan, who was the Citizen […]

18 will compete at county spelling bee

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PNT staff Roosevelt County students are set to compete for the title of champion speller in the annual Roosevelt County spelling bee scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in the Music Building, according to a press release. The junior competition, open to students in grades 5 and lower, will […]

Teen court learning, service catalyst

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Danyka Chaves is one high school senior who tries to see the good in her peers. She understands the pressures of adolescence and how teens can make bad decisions, but she’s optimistic that those teens can turn their life around. As a defense attorney with the Portales Teen […]