Memorial paver price going up

The Roosevelt County War Memorial in the parking lot of the Roosevelt County Courthouse has 180 places for names of veterans

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Robert Cato earned Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals serving in the Vietnam war while in a field artillery unit in Vietnam. After his tour, Cato was transferred to Portales to start the ROTC program at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. Now his name is m emorialized […]

PHS cheerleaders raising money for national meet

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Meghan Urevig participates in a jumping competition last month at Portales High School.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School cheerleaders say they live for the thrill of competing and are working toward representing Portales in the largest national high school competition. After a successful regional competition in Albuquerque last month, the PHS cheer team was invited to compete in The National High School Cheerleading […]

Year in review: Sunland close leaves its mark

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Sunland Inc.., once the nation’s largest organic peanut producer, closed its doors for good in October, unable to recover from a national product recall in the fall of 2012 linked to salmonella.

Editor’s note: This is No. 1 news story in 2013 as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Portales, most of eastern New Mexico and even its workers were stunned in October when Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors. Ultimately, the nation’s largest organic peanut producer was unable […]

County’s first same-sex license issued

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Stephanie Reynolds signs her marriage license Monday afternoon in the Roosevelt County Courthouse in the presence of County Clerk DeAun Searl and her soon-to-be spouse, Annie Garza.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Stephanie Reynolds and Annie Garza weren’t thinking about being trend setters when they applied for Roosevelt County’s first same-sex marriage license. They just wanted to exercise their newly granted right by the state Supreme Court. “We’re not doing this to make anybody mad,” Garza said after receiving the […]

San Jon native raised to rank of captain of spirit squad

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Morgan Foster at the Lone Star Football Festival in Cowboy Stadium.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Morgan Foster of San Jon joined the Eastern New Mexico University spirit squad in the fall semester of 2010. She became the team captain this year. Being the leader of the squad has posed many challenges, but for Foster the biggest challenge was trying to be the best […]

Escapes trouble county

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The hole allegedly torn in the roof by Stephen Phillips and Ruben Lozano at the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Two jail breaks with inmates using almost the same techniques to break through the roof earlier this year bring stepped up security at the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 2013. The jail will be receiving a new $57,000 roof from cash accumulated for housing inmates from other counties. […]

Long, winding road

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Constructors Inc. officials are saying they will wrap up phase two of what was supposed to be a year-long project in January and move onto phase three in March. The project began in May 2012.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A construction project on the city’s major throughway that will run well past its projected completion date proved a major inconvenience and source of complaints for drivers and businesses alike in 2013. Began in May 2012, the refurbishing of U.S. 70 was supposed to be a year-long project. […]

ENMU hoping for fall 2015 stadium opening

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

Editor’s note: This is No. 5 news story in 2013 as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com If everything goes as planned, Eastern New Mexico University will be playing home football games on campus as soon of 2015. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of its student body […]

10-year tradition

Dozens of people were lined up at the El Rancho buffet during lunch on Christmas day. Many newcomers could be found at the dinner this year.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com What started out 10 years ago as a means for Joe Garcia to share his family’s love has now become exactly what he envisioned it to be. “One day, I was just taken aback by how big and loving and giving my family is and I just wanted […]

Home for Christmas

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Gay Luna, right and her daughters, Devyn, middle, and Tori, far left, enter their new home built by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Gay Luna and her two daughters, Devyn, 16, and Tori, 15, got some Christmas joy a little early this year. On Saturday, the family got a newly constructed home from the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity. Tears shed and hugs given, the family moved in on […]

New deputy no stranger to Portales

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A new face of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department, Deputy James Beatty, 28, is not a stranger to Portales. Beatty, born and raised in Roswell,  went to New Mexico State University for his education, but found the second largest city in New Mexico too big. Transferring to Eastern […]

New clerk appointed

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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

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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

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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 […]