New clerk appointed

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer swears in DeAun Searl as Roosevelt County’s new county clerk Monday. The seat became vacant Friday after former Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned in protest because issuing same-sex marriage licenses conflicted with her personal and religious beliefs.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Commission grudgingly filled the county clerk position Monday that was vacated last week in protest to New Mexico becoming the 17th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages. During an emergency meeting Monday, commissioners expressed their disappointment with state Supreme Court’s ruling but felt […]

Giving season: Santa Cop event held

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff-writer lbowe@pntonline.com Bianca Velediac, 5, was bouncing up and down in anticipation Satyrday as she waited for her turn to sit on Santa’s lap and receive her gift. She was one of the many children gathered at the Memorial Building for the 15th Annual Portales Police Department Operation Santa Cop. Operation […]

Letters to Santa

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Editor’s Note: One of the best things about Christmas are the many children’s letters to Santa sent to us by the kids or forwarded to us by the U.S. Postal Service for sharing with the community. Sometimes humorous, at times touching, these letters are presented as written by the many children so full of hope […]

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

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
\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

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
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 […]

My Turn: Workhorses’ shoes need to be filled — Betty Williamson

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I was at funerals this week for two men known to many of us in this area for decades: Bob Worley and Harry Jordan. Not surprisingly, both of these guys had been honored in their lifetimes by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce as Workhorse of the Year. The Chamber’s Workhorse award was begun in […]

Final-ly finished this week

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com December brings snow, cold and holiday cheer. For around 5,000 people in Portales, there’s also the stress of finals at Eastern New Mexico University. For nearly every student, the last week is stressful, with big projects and exams throughout the final five days before the holiday break. […]

Holiday hoops

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Rams track coach Glenn Johnson sports a top hat and suit to coach the basketball team for Portales High School to victory at the Santa Cop charity game Thursday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Players in the Santa Cop charity basketball game Wednesday predicted iced knees and soreness would ensue but agreed it was all for a good cause. Portales High School’s administration partnered with the Santa Cop Program, a local charity that provides gifts to children in need during the Christmas […]

Prince Street overpass reopened

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The northbound lane of the Prince Street overpass was still closed about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The overpass reopened later Wednesday afternoon.

CNJ staff The northbound section of the Prince Street reopened Wednesday afternoon after a temporary joint repair, according to a spokeswoman for New Mexico Department of Transportation. Manon A. Arnett said a permanent repair should happen within a month, she said. The bridge that crosses a series of BNSF Railway tracks was closed late Tuesday […]

Rockets rally past Rams

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Portales senior Zach Campbell shoots a jumper over Roswell Goddard’s Josh Wagner, left, and Trent Johnson during the first half of Tuesday’s game.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com One minute, 3-pointers were falling and the Portales Rams were in the game. The next, Roswell Goddard took off on a game-clinching run. The Rockets broke open a one-point game, outscoring PHS 18-3 over the final six minutes of the second quarter Tuesday night en route to a […]

Part of Clovis overpass closed

CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksThe Prince Street overpass is being closed by the Department of Transportation as a precaution until a state bridge inspector can respond to evaluate the structural integrity of the roadway and bridge span, according to the Clovis Police Department.

CNJ STAFF At least the northbound section of the Prince Street overpass is closed until further notice, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. “As far as I understand it, it’s the only the northbound lane,” Thomas said. “I haven’t talked to the Department of Transportation so I don’t know what their intentions are.” A press […]

Holiday spirit lands in Portales

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Karen Roach,third from left designed this table using 60 pounds of candy at the 16th annual Holiday Happening events Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. Roach’s table was one of more than  60 tables custom designed by attendants.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Christmas spirit landed in Portales at the 16th annual Holiday Happening Saturday on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The ballroom on campus was festive. Altrusa International of Portales put on a silent auction, a fashion show, and offered food. However, the real highlight of […]