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

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
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

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
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

TONY BULLOCKS: CMI photo
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 […]