Following in her sister’s footsteps

Hannah Giles, 
Miss Southern New Mexico, will compete for Miss New Mexico on June 24.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Hannah Giles, Miss Southern New Mexico and first-time pageant contestant, will compete for the Miss New Mexico crown next week. The event manager for the Clovis Civic Center has been living in the area for seven years. Her older sister also competed for the Miss New Mexico crown. The […]

A group effort

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From left, Valerie Russ, Cheyenne Lattin and Gabriel Garcia clean up a cactus garden Thursday at Oasis State Park. Russ said pulling weeds and cleaning around the park is one of many responsibilities Lattin, Garcia and herself have.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com With a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences and currently working on a master’s in biology from Eastern New Mexico University, Cheyenne Lattin has found the perfect summer job for her. Lattin […]

Jail escapee sentenced

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Staff report A 21-year-old Portales man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for escaping from the Roosevelt County Detention Center and other numerous felony charges, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Stephen Phillips was one of two men who escaped from the county jail in June […]

Fosters a ‘blessing’

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The Jayne family plays a card game Wednesday in their Portales home. Pictured from left are Jonathan, EJ, Pancha, James, Kate and Keith Jayne. The Jaynes adopted the four children in 2013 after serving as foster parents.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com On a typical Monday in the Jayne home, the family of six will enjoy dinner and watch wrestling, a house favorite. The family also likes to go swimming and play board games and parents Keith and Kate always make sure each child is safe and loved. The Jayne family […]

Jury duty the least a citizen can do

Betty Williamson

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I was one of the 171 prospective jurors who reported to a packed session in Roosevelt County District Court last week for upcoming service. It looked like an impressive turnout until jury clerk Mary Diaz-Rodriguez shared the numbers with us. For this particular panel, more than 800 summons were mailed […]

Time for rodeo

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Garrett Flowers takes a time of 6.37 seconds in the breakaway roping 6 to 9-year-old age group during the Little Wranglers Rodeo Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Fair Grounds. Flowers took first place in his age group.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Mark Banda, Bailey Barnes and Casey Faver may vary in age, but they all have one thing in common; a love for rodeo. These three members of Little Wranglers, a non-profit youth rodeo organization for students who attend school in Roosevelt County, were watching and competing Tuesday evening at […]

Lifeguard on duty

Fabienne Wilson, a lifeguard and swim instructor, watches over the
swimmers at the Portales Public Pool on Friday.Wilson, an Eastern New
Mexico University student from Alamogordo, said this is the first time she has been a swim instructor.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Fabienne Wilson said she gets excited to go to work every morning as a lifeguard at the Portales City Pool. Wilson said she has always loved swimming and its benefits, so becoming a lifeguard was an easy decision. “I get a great work-out, which helps my training for soccer,” […]

Meet new production manager, Steven Loock

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Steve Loock spent several years setting up printing presses in foreign countries.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Steven Loock has traveled the world, sharing the knowledge of printing as far as Singapore, Malaysia and Venezuela; and setting up a seven-story tall printing press in Hong Kong. Now in Clovis, Loock’s had a hand in creating this page. Loock became production director for Clovis Media Inc. on […]

Highly recommended

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Daphne Underwood converses with other writers from the ENMU writer’s retreat during a Wednesday evening barbecue hosted by ENMU’s Assistant Professor of Digital Film Making, Jon Barr. The writers competed for prizes by reading short selections of their writings during the barbecue.

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune is following one writer through their journey and participation in the Eastern New Mexico University Writer’s Retreat. By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Daphne Underwood learned she is not the only writer in her family. Her 9-year-old daughter Paige surprised her when she also sought a critique at the Eastern […]

United Way hopes to help needy chill this summer

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Danielle Swopes, left,  and Roy Gallegos add a  bucket to a shopping  cart for making an air conditioner.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com A five-gallon plastic bucket, insulating foam, PVC pipe and a small fan can be combined to help someone chill out this summer. These are the materials that are used to make a chiller — or a homemade air conditioning unit. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is coordinating the making […]

Showy send-off

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A radiant Mrs. Portales glided effortlessly in her high heels on the runway Thursday night until mommy duty called. Lorissa Marshall, 25, had to squat down to lift up her 2-year-old daughter Marrie while she modeled the outfits she’ll wear at the Mrs. New Mexico competition in two weeks […]

Portales schools concerned about meal standards

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>By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Changes to the nutritional standards of school lunches are causing concern among Portales Municipal Schools nutritional services. Director of Nutritional Services Shirley King said the school will have to increase the amount of fruit and whole grain foods to the breakfasts and lunches for the 2014-2015 school year. King […]

Unexpected expense

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The Roosevelt County Courthouse has had to use fans and a portable air conditioning unit (pictured) to cool the building while the HVAC system has been out of commission due to its age. Many of the courthouse offices will be moved to portable trailers in the parking lot temporarily when the new HVAC system is installed.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The estimated cost to repair the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s air conditioning system exceeds the initial quote county commissioners were given and they are not happy. At Tuesday’s commission meeting, the project manager of Williamson Renovations, Dennis Geshel, reported the project cost is expected to total $2.9 million, nearly $1 […]

University professors by day

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By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Neil Rutland is the drums and percussion player for the Blackwater Draw Boys. The band is comprised of professors at Eastern New Mexico University. Other band members include Travis Erwin, Roger Gatchet, John Barr, Ed Avila, and Richard Schwartz. They teach in Digital Film Making, Com-munication, Music, and English […]

Tornadoes touch down briefly

A shot of the sky submitted by reader Nikki Payne of Clovis.

Staff report Weather officials and Curry County law enforcement reported two tornadoes “momentarily” touched down in Curry County early Friday evening. No major damage or injuries were was reported. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of tornado touchdowns at U.S. 60-84 and Curry Road O and in the Pleasant […]

Area’s pioneering spirit honored at breakfast

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Isabella Reyes, 5, asks for autographs from Miss Rodeo New Mexico Alexandria Tapia, right, of Santa Fe, and Miss Rodeo Montana Laramie Pursley of Chinook,

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com It’s a job, a culture, a history. It’s rodeo. During the kickoff event for Pioneer Days on Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center, it was made clear that rodeo is a big part of the Southwest culture and the region’s heritage. Isabella Reyes was no less than idolizing the numerous […]

Boy Scout motto: Be prepared

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Boy Scout Troop 18 Leader Gary Riedel, far left, talks about past camps with his scouts, from left, Curtis Utley, Adam Sickles and Brandon Kelley, on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When Brandon Kelley of Portales Boy Scout Troop 18 arrived at the zombie-themed Boy Scout Council Camporee, he was not prepared for the task at hand. While Kelley had no problem rescuing a person from a horde of zombies or finding a cure for the zombie virus, constructing a […]

Gallery: Girls State and ENMU Skills Camp – 6/4/14

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Beggs earns county assessor spot

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George Beggs,Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Assessor, hugs his sister Shawn Bohm at Roosevelt County Courthouse after winning the race Tuesday against incumbent Kenner Carrasco.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Cheers were heard throughout the Roosevelt County Courthouse Tuesday night when final voting numbers were passed out by election officials, when two incumbents retained seats and one challenger claimed victory in Tuesday’s Republican primaries. Several of those joyous sounds came from Republican Roosevelt County Assessor candidate George Beggs and […]

Commission winners rundown

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Poll worker Nancy Dunson, left, prints a ballot for Portales resident Sandra Salguero, 68, who came to vote Tuesday with her granddaughter GoGo Salguero at the Memorial Building.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There will be a new face added to the Roosevelt County Commission and a familiar one come January as a result of Tuesday’s Republican primaries. Former county commissioner Gene Creighton of Elida beat out incumbent Scott Burton by six votes, securing 97 votes for District 4. In another close […]