New spin on old favorite

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Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Portales and Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves […]

A thirst for knowledge

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KENW FM Development Director Amie Griffith, right, interviews Tanyn Sansom Friday afternoon during his tour of the station. The 12-year-old Portales resident donated his birthday money to the radio station this month.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Most 12-year-old boys might spend their birthday money on a new video game or a football, but Tanyn Sansom is no ordinary 12-year-old boy. Tanyn is the kid that walks around school with a book about computer programming language and who listens to KENW public radio daily. Tanyn’s mother, […]

Slow down, New Mexico

Jackie Johnson: PNT correspondent

Most state and county officials seem to be supporting the “Dirt Road Bill,” which would lower the default speed limit on county roads from 75 mph to 55 mph.

By Jackie Johnson PNT correspondent State and county officials say the purpose of what has been coined the “dirt road bill” is safer speeds that are more appropriate for the structure of county roads. Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is sponsoring Senate Bill 125, which, if approved, will reduce the default speed limit on unmarked county […]

Xeriscaping covered at expo

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Curt Jaynes shares his ideas about ways to conserve water and still have healthy plants during Saturday's class in the Jake Lopez building during the 2015 Ag Expo.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Yes, you can grow healthy plants with minimal watering. So said Curt Jaynes, who filled in area residents on the best methods for xeriscaping their lawns and gardens at Saturday’s Ag Expo in Portales. Jaynes’ class, one of the new additions to the annual expo, was aimed at showing […]

Expo draws about 2,000 on weekend

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Crowds browse the approximately 50 vendors Saturday afternoon at the 23rd annual Ag Expo held at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director Karl Terry said the event attracted about 2,000 visitors.

By Joshua Lucero Staff photo About 2,000 people filed through the 2015 Ag Expo, visiting vendors and learning new ways to enrich a rural lifestyle over its two days. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the 23rd annual expo included about 50 vendors and featured classes and seminars on xeriscaping, […]

Boneyard Grand Prix makes dirty, sloppy fun

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Dirt-bike racers wait at the starting line for  their  teammates to arrive at the race.

By Derek Major Staff writer Gary Bonestroo, owner of the Bonestroo Dairy Farm in Portales, started building the track behind his farm 15 years ago to give people a chance to ride and have fun. “I wanted people to have the enjoyment of being in a race without having to go through qualifying or […]

Topdressing big topic at Ag Expo

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle talked to Curry and Roosevelt County farmers Friday about the importance of putting nitrogen topdressing on their winter wheat crops early. The forum was one of many at the 23rd Annual Ag Expo.

By Alisa Boswell A common mistake made by winter wheat farmers in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region is placing their nitrogen topdressing on to early. At least that’s what Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle told farmers from Curry and Roosevelt counties Friday afternoon as he talked to them at […]

Food class part of Ag Expo’s opening day

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Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class. Moyers also showed attendees how to make a cheeseburger skillet dinner and gave them advice on how to separate foods.

Staff report A room full of area residents laughed as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers switched her cheeseburger skillet dinner over to a larger skillet. Moyers told her audience, “Don’t always do the things I do; do the things I say.” Moyers had a full house of people in the McAlister Room at […]

Musical collaboration

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King Arthur, played by Jonathan Lynch, laments about war to Lady Guenevere, played by Hannah Weeks. Actors for the musical “Camelot” held a final dress rehearsal Wednesday night. Performances run tonight through Sunday.

By Derek Major Staff writer Last August, Portales High School teacher Bill Strong and ENMU Music Professor Jean Ornellas ran into each other at a grocery store and struck up a conversation. Five months later the brain child of that conversation will be shown this weekend when Portales High students join Eastern students in […]

Change of command at Cannon

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo

From left, Air Force Special Operations commander Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, outgoing 27th SOW commander Col. Tony Bauernfeind, and 27th SOW commander Col. Benjamin Maitre bow their heads in prayer as the change of command ceremony begins Tuesday afternoon at CAFB. Before assuming command at CAFB, Maitre served as commander of the 353 Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base in Japan.

Staff report It was a star-spangled event at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon as Col. Tony Bauernfeind handed over command of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Benjamin Maitre. The 27th SOW performed the change of command ceremony in a Cannon hangar Tuesday in front of an audience comprised of U.S. Air Force […]

Learning about politics

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Portales High student Ellie Chavez  said she encourages her peers to learn about the legislative process.

Staff report A Portales High School senior is striving to pay more attention to politics and encouraging her peers to do the same after a trip to Santa Fe last month. Ellie Chavez, 18, said she was encouraged to participate in an ENLACE (ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education) program essay contest by writing about a […]

A legacy preserved

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A group of die-cast police cars sits on a shelf inside of the late Charles Perez’ home. Perez’ children Kristyn and Jake plan to keep the toys in their father’s honor.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about antique collectors in Portales By Derek Major Staff writer To walk into the late Charles Perez’ home office is to walk into an era of toys that cannot be found today. Perez had an enormous collection of foot-tall G.I. Joe action figures, […]

Artistically different

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Corey Pickett’s piece of the Black Panthers is on display at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library Thursday. Pickett’s work known as Out Of The Box will be on display until Feb. 27.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor On a typical night Corey Pickett stalks the sidelines, gives his team direction and works the referees as Clovis Christian’s high school basketball coach. On his own time, Pickett is an artist. His works are on display until Feb. 27 at Eastern New Mexico’s Golden Library. Pickett, who […]

Eastern’s Burks drawing attention in senior year


By Rick White Correspondent When Matthew Burks homered in his first at-bat as an Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound last season, he doubled his career home run total. In all of his previous youth league, high school, junior college and summer league games combined, he had homered just once. Burks kept hitting home runs, finishing […]

RGH goes non-smoking

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Susan Womack, left, billing specialist for the Roosevelt General Hospital Clinic, chats Wednesday with Director of Marketing Greg McFarland in the RGH Cafe. Womack said fewer people spend time in the outdoor area now that RGH is a non-smoking facility, but none of the staff members that smoke seem to mind.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt General Hospital staff members who smoke are saying not much has changed for them since the hospital enacted a non-smoking policy at the start of the new year. The hospital sent out a press release last week announcing the change, stating that the change was “a continued effort […]

Teach the young to vote

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Teacher Dennis Kerg working with his fourth period class Tuesday at Portales High School.

By Derek Major Staff writer A bill in the Legislature that would allow students to vote in school elections has educators and students in Portales talking. Some believe the bill could improve relationships between students and educators. “Students would have more input into the curriculum, what they learn and how they learn it, so […]

Cultural education kicks off

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Guest speaker Toyese Oyeyemi Jr. talks to students and members of the public about social determinants of healthcare for African Americans Monday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building as part of ENMU’s African American Affairs Black History Month events. African American Affairs’ Black History Month events will focus on the culture and accomplishments of African Americans.

Staff report With Black History Month in full swing, Eastern New Mexico University’s African American Affairs is looking to promote cultural awareness. During February Multicultural Affairs and African American Affairs will host multiple seminars and activities aimed at entertaining and informing the public about African American culture. African American Affairs Director Rochelle McClenton said the […]

Putting on a big show

Jacob “Lil Show” Brooks dives off the ropes to slam Philip “Lil Nasty Boy” Campbell during the final round of Friday’s Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation Show.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer They may not be the same size as your average wrestler, but the men who make up the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation are dedicated to giving their fans the biggest and best shows they can muster every week. Such was the case Friday evening at the YAM Theatre as […]

Helping lives at 55

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United Way volunteer Joseph Arora helps unload school supplies at the Clovis Municipal Schools main office during UWENM’s annual Stuff the Bus event in 2013.

Staff report Whether it’s feeding a hungry family or helping residents pay bills, United Way of Eastern New Mexico has been making a difference in Clovis and Portales for 55 years. United Way is beginning 2015 by celebrating 55 years in the area and the accomplishments it has made in aiding local communities. United Way […]

New York Polyphony to perform at ENMU

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The New York Polyphony will be playing at Eastern New Mexico University at 7 p.m. tonight at Buchanan Hall. The concert is free.

By Derek Major Staff writer The New York Polyphony will be making its second trip to Eastern New Mexico University for a performance at 7 p.m. tonight at Buchanan Hall. The group has been together since 2006 when it formed to record a Christmas album for a radio show. The group has recorded four […]