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 […]

Zias’ streak ends at three

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com For the second night in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s women dug themselves an early hole. This time, they were unable to dig out of it. Texas Woman’s opened a 14-2 lead less then six minutes into the game, then fought off the Zias with the help […]

Leaving a legacy

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Members of the Roosevelt County Youth Coalition pitch event ideas they’d like to host for the community at their weekly meeting.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Jared Morgan said before he graduates and begins his journey to become a police officer, he wants to leave a legacy in Portales. Morgan said he keeps a busy schedule with being a full-time student, taking college courses, and having a job at a […]

Clovis stays perfect with win over Portales

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Portales sophomore Kambrey Blakey works her way around Clovis senior Kyleigh Guthals in the first half of Tuesday night’s game at the Rock.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — In little more than the blink of an eye, Danni Williams took Clovis High’s girls out of danger Tuesday night. Leading by one point early in the second period, the junior guard scored the final 11 points in a 17-0 run over a a span of […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Making right choices stressed

New Mexico Activities Association Assistant Director Rudy Aragon talks to student athletes about making the right choices so they can be stronger competitors.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The assistant directors of the New Mexico Activities Association told Portales High School student-athletes that if they aren’t doing all it takes to be the best version of themselves, there is still time. NMAA’s Rudy Aragon thinks the words he and others from the NMAA shared with students […]

Portales sweeps Saturday Shoot Out games

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Tularosa’s speed and quickness caused the Portales Lady Rams some problems Saturday night. The Lady Wildcats just didn’t have the size to make a game of it.   Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while her backup, junior McKenzie Bucksath, added 10 points and […]

Better night than never

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Shayla Ornelas, front, takes her history course online at Portales High School’s computer lab while PHS Assistant Principal Garrick Matthews supervises. Ornelas, 15, is one of 20 students in the night school program.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Reyna Navarrete felt her life situations were too demanding, the 17-year-old dropped out of high school. Her priorities shifted from doing well in school to raising her 1-year-old daughter as a single mother. “I had to look for a job to take care of my daughter,” said […]

Texico, Tatum gain finals

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Melrose’s Taylor Bostwick tries to split Tatum defenders Abby Medlin, left, and Kynzie McNeillin the second quarter of their Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Two great minutes aren’t nearly enough to overcome nine bad ones on most nights. Against an undefeated Tatum team, it was even more difficult. Abby Medlin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tatum survived a late Melrose burst for a 48-36 victory in the semifinals of the […]