Expo set for Tuesday

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Leroy Manzanares hang a sign Friday for the New Mexico Ag Expo. The two-day event begins Tuesday and includes workshops on horse training, paint mixing and healthy at-home cooking.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo is reaching out to modern farmers and ag producers. The two-day event is set for Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said there are several seminars that will appeal to the technology of […]

Sherri knows best

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Sherri Best holds her first granddaughter McKinley at her home. Best said she really enjoys holding and playing with McKinley, who is 5 months old.

Sherri Best is the first to greet you at the Roosevelt County Extension agency. With a smile, Best will help you with what you need. Moving from Wyoming to Portales in 1980 to attend Eastern New Mexico University, she now lives in Elida with her husband. Best’s children were participated in Future Farmers of America, […]

Romance in the air

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Sean Martinez loads his truck with more Valentine’s Day floral arrangements Friday afternoon. According to Kathy Cox, manager of Clovis Floral, the floral shop made more than 500 deliveries Friday, which resulted in increasing the number of delivery drivers from one to eight.

  Even after 27 years of marriage, Bob and Lisa Farkas are still trying to one up each other  when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts and gestures. In addition to Valentine’s Day, the Clovis couple also celebrated their wedding anniversary Friday. Bob, an insurance adjuster, had to travel to Tucumcari on business, so Lisa […]

Healthy exchange

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University student Robbie Garcia said he’s prone to accidents. A former athlete, the sophomore from San Jon said he still exercises regularly, so he’s in the market to purchase health insurance, but the social work major didn’t have an idea of where to start. Garcia […]

ENMU presenting Hansel & Gretel this weekend

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CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University will present Hansel & Gretel, a Fairy-Tale Opera this weekend for the local community. The operatic adaptation of the fairy tale, originally written by Englebert Humperdink, is directed by ENMU faculty members Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas and Kimberly Gelbwasser, and will feature actors from the school’s Stagecraft for Singers class, as […]

They’re all business

LILLIAN BOWE: Portales News-Tribune
Members of the Dora Business Professionals of America Chapter cut out paper hearts Tuesday for their kiss-o-gram fundraiser . The kiss-o-grams will have candy kisses attached to the hearts with a personal message on the hearts as well.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Shania Ramirez said she joined the Business Professionals of America at the beginning of the school year because she wanted to gain professional skills the club teaches, which includes how to run a meeting and how to write a professional letter. Now Ramirez is one of the nine […]

Lovington sweeps PHS

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By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Quantel Nash had 18 points, including a key three-point play in the closing minutes, helping the Lovington Wildcats escape a raucous Ram Athletic Center with a 50-44 win over Portales on Tuesday night. Stephen Lennox added 10 points for the Wildcats, who evened up the three-team District 4-3A […]

Portales City Council Ward A — Q&A

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Ward A is the only contested race in the Portales City Council municipal election. Candidates were asked five questions. The questions and candidate responses:   Antonio Salguero Q The police department has been hit hard by scandal and turnover in the past few years. What changes would you push for to improve the department? A […]

What do you love to do?

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I write. When I’m choking with grief, I find solace in putting my emotions into written words. A beautiful scene inspires me to find the perfect descriptive adjectives. A special moment brightening my day must be preserved in a paragraph. Over the years, I’ve written thousands of letters to family and friends. Funny… I was […]

Streamlining medicine

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As part of a federal mandate of the Affordable Care Act, Roosevelt General Hospital installed a new patient registration system that is completely electronic in late-January. The $2.8 million program, which had been in development since April, is still in its beginning phases. According to RGH Spokeswoman Amber […]

Deleon found guilty of murder

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Enrique Deleon, middle, is seated by a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy shortly after the jury announced a guilty verdict. Deleon was convicted of first-degree murder in the September 2011 shooting deaths of his next-door neighbors, Joe Valero, 44 and Lupita Castaneda, 25.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jurors took less than an hour Friday to convict Enrique Deleon of the first-degree murders of his next door neighbors, Clovis couple Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25. Deleon faces mandatory life in prison on both convictions, plus another eight years for two counts of child abuse, […]

Chamber honors its own

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Rose Robbins was awarded with the Workhorse of the Year award for 2013 at Thursday night’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Yam Theater.

  Local business owners and community members filled the seats of the Yam Theatre Tuesday to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce members who exemplified service in 2013 during the chamber’s annual banquet. The chamber’s 2013 President Megan Hamilton became emotional when announcing the Workhorse of the Year because she […]

No major storm troubles

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Portales resident and former Eastern New Mexico University professor Mercedes Agogino sweeps snow from her sidewalk Thursday afternoon at her home on Main Avenue.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Officials say despite Thursday’s freezing weather delivering 1 to 3 inches of snow, the area remained fairly quiet and no major accidents were reported. Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said there was only one call he received to help a motorist near Kenna who slid off […]

Finally, more snow

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Airman Nick Laurenz, 25, jogs with his dog, Laddy, Wednesday afternoon on South Avenue O as the snow began to fall. Laurenz said he wanted to get some exercise in with his dog despite the cold temperatures and snow.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Clovis schools employee Britney Stephens said she wasn’t able to keep warm Wednesday during her visits to the schools. An employee of the district’s technology department, the Eastern New Mexico University grad and Hawaii native wasn’t used to the area’s winter temperatures, which remained in the teens most […]

Ticket feature: Nebraska Theatre Caravan to present ‘The Fantasticks’

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The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of The Fantasticks will be presented at the Marshall Auditorium Feb. 13.

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series will bring its latest act to town Feb. 13 as the Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents The Fantasticks. The new steampunk adaptation of the long-running production will showcase elaborate costumes, props and scenery while keeping the original integrity of the play intact. Written by Tom Jones and […]

Portales school bond passes

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Poll workers issue ballots to voters for the Portales school bond election Tuesday afternoon in the Memorial Building.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kindergarten teacher Erin Mitchell sees firsthand what needs to be improved in the school district she works in. The 34-year-old mother walked out of the Portales Memorial Building Tuesday night after voting in favor of a $5.5 million Portales Municipal Schools bond, motivated by the change she wants […]

Tres Amigas: Project 75 percent financed

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This map of the U.S. shows where the Tres Amigas project will be located in proximity to the three power grids in the nation.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The anticipated groundbreaking for a proposed power superstation northeast of Clovis has been delayed again, but Tres Amigas officials say the project is still moving ahead. Financing for the $550 million “power highway” that would allow electricity to move from coast to coast remains the primary holdup, Chief […]

Mason bids adios with concert

Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community has […]

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,” […]