Holidays can be busy time at Hartley House

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The holidays can be particularly tough on struggling families, and the Hartley House is doing what it can to help local families who are dealing with abuse. Executive Director Donna Horton said the domestic abuse shelter and resource center sees a lot of families coming in around this time of year. […]

Roosevelt clerk resigns; says God’s laws supersedes all others

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\This sign was posted on a Roosevelt County Courthouse door Friday after Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned Friday morning, a day after a State Supreme Court ruling was issued legalizing gay marriage, because she said she must obey God’s law, which supersedes all other laws for her. Deputy Clerk Janet Collins also resigned Friday over the same issue. Carpenter, […]

State supreme court approves same-sex marriage

Miriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jose Garcia said Thursday was a proud day to be a New Mexican. As a gay man, the 22-year-old Garcia was ecstatic when he got word of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage between same-sex couples, declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to […]

Portales Senior Center is having their fifth annual Winter Wonderland

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Beatrice Moore, left, and Dawn Kryder put the finishing touches on one of the tables at the Winter Wonderland at the Portales Senior Center. The Santa Claus figurines on the table belonged to Kryder’s mother Shirley Kryder, who passed in September. The table was made in her memory by her daughter.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Portales Senior Center. The fifth annual Winter Wonderland is bigger and better, and Dawn Kryder has been working hard since Sunday took bring a merry mood to the big room of the Portales Senior Center. “Every year […]

Plans for Portales Inn to become workforce housing

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The Portales Inn, on the corner of Avenue A and Third Street, will be turned into workforce housing. The project is expected to be complete by May 2016.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com City officials are excited to move forward with plans to turn the former Portales Inn into workforce housing. The Portales City Council authorized Portales City Manager Doug Redmond to sign a global agreement Tuesday night at its meeting that allows the city to act as a facilitator for […]

Community on the agenda

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
New Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza makes her new office in the Yam Theater her own by hanging photos.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The new face of Portales MainStreet is an Eastern New Mexico University alumna who enjoys running 5K races. Debralynn Soza, a native of Roswell, said she’s open to any ideas that will continue to revitalize Portales’ historic downtown. The 25-year-old mother of one will be responsible for coordinating […]

Green graduates

Catherine Griffin, top right, shares a moment Saturday with the chair of her graduate theses, John Montgomery. Her children Sean and Morgan Griffin sip green punch at the Eastern New Mexico University commencement reception following graduation at Greyhound Arena.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Another semester, another unique group of students taking the next steps in their lives. The fall 2013 Eastern New Mexico University commencement was a bittersweet and celebratory affair as graduates cherished memories and looked to the future. Versia Hodges II of Los Angeles has already decided his […]

Parade lights up night

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The myriad lights, the familiar holiday tunes and a community cheering in the streets for an annual tradition was a scene 9-year-old Jesi Smith had been asking about since she woke up Friday morning. She bounced up and down in her father Rich Smith’s arms while she waited […]

Hospital chopper’s impact felt

The CareFlight crew cleans out its helicopter Thursday at the Roosevelt General Hospital base.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The CareFlight helicopter is nearing its one-year anniversary in Portales, and the impact is already being felt. According to CareFlight Vice President of Business Development Scott Stamper, CareFlight averages 20 transfers per month from Portales. “We’ve had a really productive year,” said Stamper. Some 85 percent of […]

Meet the…..Hound Waves DJs

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Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The interest from Eastern New Mexico University students helped pump life back into the student-run radio station in the school’s Communication Center. Hound Waves radio launched in May and is now […]