Tops in Blue returns

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The U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue will be performing this Wednesday at the Greyhound Arena. It has been four years since the international group came to the local area.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR For 1st Lt. Lauren Rogers, traveling with U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue is the hardest work she’s ever done but well worth the lack of sleep and 14-hour days. Air Force members take one year out of their careers to travel all over the world performing […]

beWellnm officials tour state

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Health insurance experts Amy Dowd and John Franchini gave a three-hour presentation Thursday morning at Clovis Community College.

Open enrollment season begins Nov. 1 for the health insurance exchange, and to help consumers, insurance agents and brokers better understand New Mexico’s exchange, beWellnm CEO Amy Dowd and Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini are touring the state, providing information. They answered questions from CMI on Thursday: What kind of coverage is included in the […]

Mint classic reminder of ‘Futures’ past

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Larry Reeves stands next to his 1981 DeLorean, showcasing the unique doors. Reeves confirmed it’s not a time-machine.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Yes, you’ve probably seen the DeLorean around town — but it’s not Doc’s or Marty McFly’s ride. This one belongs to Clovis native Larry Reeves. And it’s in mint condition, still bearing the original tires, he said. He doesn’t drive his classic too often, but it usually attracts attention, […]

The kid is back in town

This $2 photograph of Billy the Kid and his gang playing croquet is valued at $5 million. (Photo courtesy Kagin's Inc./TNS)

By David Stevens Editor Tim Sweet first saw the photo about two years ago. A cousin of the owner of the 1870s-era tintype brought it into the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner. “They asked me to look at it, didn’t tell me anything about it,” he recalled. “I looked at it 10 […]

Locals go (pea)nuts at festival

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Richard Tanksley, left, also known as Sir Tancred, battles his son Christian Tanksley, also known as Osric Tancredsson, during a demonstration held by the Society of Creative Anachronism Saturday afternoon at the annual peanut festival.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Approximately 3,000 people are anticipated to have attended the Peanut Valley Festival this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to Executive Director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry. “Attendance has been pretty good; we usually attract around 3,000 people over the weekend, and we believe we are […]

Got a front row seat at balloon fiesta

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The overall “big picture”

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor It truly is a beautiful sight to behold to see a vast amount of colors rising into the air at once. Last weekend was the final weekend of the annual International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, and I attended to see the last mass ascension on Saturday morning. Finally pulling out […]

Meteorologist: Colder, wetter winter in store

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The coming winter is expected to be colder and wetter than usual.

By David Stevens Editor Eastern New Mexico can expect a cold, wet winter and could see its first snow flakes as early as Halloween. That’s the forecast from AccuWeather Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, who said a strong El Nino system hanging over the Pacific will be there into the spring. Smerbeck said he expects above-average […]

Quilt festival brings splash of color

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Visitors browsed vendors and admired quilts at the annual High Plains Quilt Festival that took place on Friday and Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A plethora of color and design was on display throughout the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday for the 10th Annual High Plains Quilt Festival. Visitors browsed the building admiring what Robin Gold of Portales said was about 100 quilts representing a variety of […]

ENMU project challenges artists

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Sandra Hidalgo, an art major at Eastern New Mexico University, used metallic ink to transform a child’s scribble into a peacock. Hidalgo participated in the Scribble Art community outreach project that was recently conducted by the ENMU art department.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Not everyone might think of scribbling as art, but a recent project at Eastern New Mexico University allowed the art department to transform children’s scribbles into creative pieces. Scribble Art is a community outreach project that the Runnels Gallery at ENMU conducted with the Child Development Center on campus, […]

Annual quilt festival to be held this weekend

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The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday of next week with various quilts on display by quilters from all over New Mexico and Texas.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR It’s not your great-grandmother’s hobby anymore. Quilting has become a prominent, diverse industry, according to coordinators for the 10th Annual High Plains Quilt Festival scheduled this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. “I’d say quilting is growing,” said Robin Gold of Portales. “Quilting in this country alone is a […]

santa Fe native shares Zozobra legend

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Raymond Sandoval of the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club demonstrates Monday afternoon how the Zozobra figure is burned each year in Santa Fe at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR What began as one man venting his frustrations almost 100 years ago has become a personal and sacred tradition for New Mexicans, particularly those from Santa Fe. “We call it the Zozobra bug and once you get bitten by it, there’s nothing like it. You have to burn a […]

ENMU’S Veteran House gets needed attention

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Senior Airman Heath Guck, left, and Staff Sgt. Devon Bryant work on one of the windows of the ENMU Student Veteran House Saturday morning.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER On Saturday at 8 a.m., about 25 volunteers, both active military and veterans from Portales and Cannon AFB, spent the morning working on improving the ENMU Student Veteran House located at 1327 S. Ave. F and getting it ready for official use. Lori Brunsen, the advisor of the ENMU […]

RGH pleased with health fair results

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Mary Taylor, right, blows into a device at the cardiopulmonary station with Alex Wynn, the director of cardiopulmonary department. The device measures the amount of oxygen a person’s lungs can hold.

By Rae Arnett CONTRIBUTING WRITER The Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair was a success according to RGH Director of Marketing and Public Relations Greg McFarland. “We set our expectations high this year, and we’re pleased with the results,” McFarland said. “We had over 1,000 visitors come out for the event today, and almost 500 blood […]

No records broken with recent rains

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Heavy rains closed several streets in the region on Wednesday night, including 14th Street near Dennis Chavez Lake in Clovis; the road has been under water for more than two days.

By David Stevens Editor Almost 70 percent of eastern New Mexico’s rain historically falls between May 1 and Sept. 30. But October can be surprisingly wet on occasion, as evidenced this week around the region. National Weather Service officials reported 4.08 inches of rain fell in Ranchvale on Wednesday, and many communities saw 3 […]

Rain wreaks havoc on roads

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Ominous rain clouds still loomed over North Boston Avenue Thursday afternoon. Portales received about two inches of rain Wednesday with the downpour continuing into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Roosevelt County Road Department just went from one month behind to several months behind in their work due to the heavy rains the county has received in the last week. Most areas of Curry and Roosevelt counties received upwards of 2 inches of rain on Wednesday night. Streets […]

Health fair set for Saturday

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Portales fire fighters hands out bicycle helmets to children each year at the annual Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair where residents can get free health screenings.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair will include a variety of services to county residents as always, according to RGH Director of Marketing and Public Relations Greg McFarland. The event, which is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, will offer 400 free flu shots, a car seat clinic, a bike helmet […]

Drug court celebrates 100th graduation

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Judge Donna Mowrer, right, laughs with Percy Herrera as she presents her with a Hartley coin for graduating from the drug program. The coin is in honor of former Judge Teddy Hartley, who spearheaded the 9th Judicial District drug court program in 2006.

Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Participating in the 9th Judicial District drug court program is an “intense process” but one that is well worth it, according to numerous participants and graduates. There was no shortage of tears Wednesday afternoon as the main courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse played host to a full house for […]

Floats, sports, royalty mark homecoming

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Past Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming King Rafael Reyes crowns 2015 ENMU Homecoming King Rey Cross Friday night at the university bonfire. Eduardo Alvarez was first runner up and Ryan Harris was second runner up.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER The 81st ENMU Homecoming has come to a close. The theme this year was “1950s: Sock Hops, Malt Shops and Happy Days,” which included 1950’s costumes on Thursday’s pageant, classic logos throughout the weekend and classic cars during Saturday’s parade. The parade was the singular event continuously mentioned when […]

Alumni game walk down memory lane

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Eastern New Mexico University alumni volleyball players Kaitlyn Maddams, left, and Bree'Anna Lucero go for a block on Friday during their alumni game against the ENMU Greyhounds team.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Memories filled the volleyball court on Friday during the Eastern New Mexico University alumni game. Players from the Eastern Greyhound volleyball team squared off against past Greyhounds for four sets, coming out on top all four times. Stephanie Willett, a setter from 2006 to 2007, said even though the alumni […]

Eastern’s 81st homecoming something special

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Eastern New Mexico University homecoming king and queen candidates Ed Alvarez, right, and Heather Kucinski, left, campaign by spreading the word in the Campus Union Ballroom on Wednesday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and alumni are in the midst of celebrating their 81st annual homecoming and preparing for what will be the last homecoming football game at Blackwater Draw. “Homecoming is always special, but I know a lot of alumni that don’t generally come are going […]