Celebration of the summer season

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Chardonnay, left, and Nevaeha Brown play basketball while waiting for their lunch from the La Casa lunch program.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Classes let out for summer vacation Thursday and Portales students are gearing up for their days off. Keagen Chambers, 10, is very excited to spend his summer visiting various water parks, he said. His family will be going to both Oklahoma and Albuquerque to celebrate the summer season. Despite […]

Cannon breaks ground on new medical clinic

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Col. Ben Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has a conversation with Meredith Bender and Dave Wagner of JE Dunn Construction prior to the Tuesday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for the new medical clinic. Bender worked for 40 years and was present for the 1968 groundbreaking of the current facility, which will be replaced in 2018 by  the $53 million facility.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com With seven shovels — six silver, one gold — pointed into the earth, people associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s past, present and future in medical care dug into the future site of the new Cannon Medical Clinic. A groundbreaking was held Tuesday afternoon for the $53 million project, headed up […]

Library summer reading program launches Monday

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Tawna Luscombe, children’s librarian at the Portales Public Library, sets up for the Summer Reading Program. The program begins Monday.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The Portales Public Library’s Summer Reading Programs themed “Every Hero Has a Story” launches Monday. The program features reading incentives for both young adults and children as well as activities every day. The reading incentive programs must be registered for but the everyday events are open to the public […]

Honoring those who sacrificed

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David Myers, left, and James Kyte raise the flag to half mass at the American Legion Memorial Day program on Monday. Myers is retired from the Air Force and Kyte is retired from the Navy.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The American Legion held their 69th annual Memorial Day program Monday led by American Legion Commander Joe Blair with guest speaker Staff Sgt. Anthony Nestasie. Every year, the American Legion gathers people in the cemetery to remember their fallen comrades. “It is a chance to remember our fallen brothers […]

Lights, camera, “Comancheria”

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No, Portales isn't getting a new bank ... it's just Hollywood moving in to Charles Brooks' optometrist office at Second and Abilene, where filming for "Comancheria" is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Portales.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Bank robberies and shootouts are coming to Clovis — but never fear, they’re all part of the movie “Comancheria,” which begins filming Monday. “Comancheria” stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine, and is directed by David Mackenzie. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the film is about […]

Portales students take next step

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Portales High School valedictorian Hannah Evans gives her speech,  encouraging classmates to be all they can be during Friday’s PHS graduation ceremony.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Portales High School saw 156 graduates off on Friday night at their graduation ceremony held at Greyhound Arena. “We are not excited to see it end, but we are excited to see our hard work pay off,” PHS salutatorian McKenzie Bucksath said in her welcoming at the PHS graduation […]

Portales leaders talk about relationship prospects

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Jean-Marc Gandonou, left, assistant professor of economics, and Dean Janet Buzzard from Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Business held a round table Thursday with the businesses of Portales to discuss opportunities for their students.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Business, government and education leaders came together in Portales Thursday to explore ways each could help the other. The event was the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon. It featured guest speakers from Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Business. ENMU wants to work on intensifying the relationship […]

Seniors educated in health

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Health Educator Debbie Gentry from the New Mexico Department of Health teaches senior citizens how to eat healthier and manage their weight Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center.

Staff Report For its final class of May, the Community Services Center in Portales tackled obesity in an effort to educate local senior citizens on how to stay healthy and fit in their later years. Senior citizens and care takers interested in battling obesity learned helpful tips from New Mexico Department of Health Educator Debbie […]

Local artist paints religious mural

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Adrian Lopez completed a large mural Wednesday at Frederick Lopez’s custom wood products business on Second Street. Lopez said eventually the entire wall will be covered with religious art to inspire the neighborhood.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local artist Adrian Lopez made a splash this week with the completion of a religious mural that can be seen from Clovis’ busiest highway. The colorful mural set on the outside wall of a local business depicts St. Joseph teaching Jesus how to be a carpenter while Mary looks […]

Pastor first to receive Wayland degree

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Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce received a high-five from Paul Sadler, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University, after receiving his hood May 16 for the Master of Divinity Degree. Pearce is the first person to graduate Wayland with the degree.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce is the first graduate of the Master of Divinity degree program offered by Wayland Baptist University. Pearce received his diploma and hood at commencement May 9, at the same time two of his daughters were completing a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree […]

Resident wins on ‘The Price is Right’


Dianne Parker, 54, used her spring break to attend an episode of “The Price is Right” and came out a winner. On March 30th, she was chosen as a contestant. She made it all the way to the showcase and won. The episode was aired on May 14th. Between March and May, she was not […]

New business — May 19

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Rosie Jimenez, owner of Rosie’s Haircuts, cleans the counter in her shop on Monday afternoon. Jimenez said she likes being a business owner because she can set her own price rates and she is able to be in her shop as much as she wants.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about businesses that have opened in Portales in the last year. Rosie Jimenez, owner of Rosie’s Haircuts, said she never thought she would be a business owner. “I’ve always worked for other people,” she said. “This is a dream come true for me.” Jimenez, who opened her […]

Future educators start journey

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Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble asks College of Education graduates to please stand Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena as he recognizes the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Graduating education students at Eastern New Mexico University celebrated their success as a family on Friday. Each student was awarded a medallion in front of their peers, family, and friends before they start on their journey as licensed teachers. Alyssa Prince, 21, is starting her journey as a soccer […]

ENMU celebrates 128th graduation ceremony

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Eastern New Mexico University graduate Heather Anderson shakes hands with ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr Saturday morning after receiving her diploma.

By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico Junior College graduated 17 students when it opened in 1935. Eighty years later, in its 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University handed out more than 600 degrees, setting a school record. University officials said more than 1,000 students will graduate in the 2014-15 […]

May Day tradition continues at James Bickley

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James Bickley Elementary held its fourth grade wind the Maypole event for the last time at the school’s old building Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The May Day tradition runs deep at James Bickley Elementary — in fact some may say it defines them. “It’s tradition,” Jody Burrage, a fourth-grade teacher at James Bickley Elementary said Friday before the 67th Annual May Day celebration. “That’s why. It’s our tradition. It is James Bickley.” In […]

ENMU chief gives lessons in self-defense

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Brad Mauldin sits on top of Haley Madden during one of the last self-defense classes for the semester to demonstrate how someone might attack on the ground. Mauldin said substance abuse is often a factor in violent situations.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University Police Chief Brad Mauldin takes the connection between substance abuse and domestic and sexual violence seriously. As a law enforcement officer whose daily life revolves around the 18 to 24 age range, a generation more prone to drinking and drug use, Mauldin said he has […]

Fire department teaches senior safety class

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Portales Fire Department’s Scott Candelaria, far left, spent Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center filling in senior citizens and care takers on home safety and fire prevention.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Keeping homes and senior citizens safe and prepared in the case of a fire was the aim of a class conducted Thursday by the Portales Fire Department. PFD firefighter and paramedic Scott Candelaria explained to seniors and care takers at the Community Services Center the dangers threatening senior citizens […]

PHS MESA students take top honors

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Portales High School sophomores Nicholas Brown, left, and Tyler Eslick, right, set up the robot they used to take first place in the firefighting event at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE 2015 competition.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com High school, elementary, middle school and college students came from around the world to compete at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE International 2015 May 2, but members of Portales High School’s MESA program took home top honors. Portales sophomores Nicholas Brown and Tyler Eslick, under the team name SALT, spent one year […]

ENMU film students to show off work

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Valerie Thorson, a film student at Eastern New Mexico University, edits her film Monday morning. Thorson’s film will be among the 10 featured at the film department’s screening on Wednesday. Thorson said the showing this year will be bittersweet, because she is a senior and it will be her last film at ENMU.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Students from Eastern New Mexico University’s digital filmmaking program will be celebrating a year’s worth of hard work and dedication Wednesday with a film screening. Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking who teaches the upper level producing/production class the students take, said the event is a time to […]

New Habitat director’s knowledge an asset

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Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Mike Gray works at his desk Monday afternoon in Habitat’s Portales offices on Second Street. Gray took over as executive director after former Director Joyce Davis stepped down in late March.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com After years of service, Portales Habitat For Humanity Director Joyce Davis has stepped down and handed the reigns to Gallup’s Mike Gray as the organization continues to grow. Gray, who previously worked as the director of the Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home and School in Gallup for about 20 years, […]