Education feature — PHS media arts class gains students

Franklin Smith, center, teaches media students how to use programs that edit video and sound. The class also does live stream videos.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Curtis Utly started last year as the “new guy” at Portales High School. Taking the media arts class that is offered at the school, Utly learned video editing while working within a group. “Everyone was really friendly and I made new friends because of this class,” Utly said […]

Roswell native knew teacher who worked at school

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By Emily Crowe and Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITERS Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza said she immediately thought of her family and friends when she heard of Tuesday’s shooting at a Roswell middle school. The early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School wounded two students. A 12-year-old classmate is in custody, accused of pulling a […]

Roswell student: Shooter pulled gun from band instrument case

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Berrendo Middle School student Gabby Vasquez told reporters the boy who was shot "got along with everybody."

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy was […]

Making right choices stressed

New Mexico Activities Association Assistant Director Rudy Aragon talks to student athletes about making the right choices so they can be stronger competitors.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The assistant directors of the New Mexico Activities Association told Portales High School student-athletes that if they aren’t doing all it takes to be the best version of themselves, there is still time. NMAA’s Rudy Aragon thinks the words he and others from the NMAA shared with students […]

Portales sweeps Saturday Shoot Out games

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Tularosa’s speed and quickness caused the Portales Lady Rams some problems Saturday night. The Lady Wildcats just didn’t have the size to make a game of it.   Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while her backup, junior McKenzie Bucksath, added 10 points and […]

Better night than never

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Shayla Ornelas, front, takes her history course online at Portales High School’s computer lab while PHS Assistant Principal Garrick Matthews supervises. Ornelas, 15, is one of 20 students in the night school program.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Reyna Navarrete felt her life situations were too demanding, the 17-year-old dropped out of high school. Her priorities shifted from doing well in school to raising her 1-year-old daughter as a single mother. “I had to look for a job to take care of my daughter,” said […]

Texico, Tatum gain finals

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Melrose’s Taylor Bostwick tries to split Tatum defenders Abby Medlin, left, and Kynzie McNeillin the second quarter of their Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Two great minutes aren’t nearly enough to overcome nine bad ones on most nights. Against an undefeated Tatum team, it was even more difficult. Abby Medlin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tatum survived a late Melrose burst for a 48-36 victory in the semifinals of the […]

Still standing — Comedian Paul Rodriguez is cloing to Clovis

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Paul Rodriguez will perform Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center.

Paul Rodriguez is a famous comedian, but he’s the second Paul Rodriguez to come up in a Google search. Rodriguez, who turns 60 on the Sunday following his Friday performance at the Clovis Civic Center, is the father of Paul Rodriguez Jr., a professional skateboarder who may be more famous these days. Tickets are $32, […]

Reyes finds her work rewarding

Rachel Reyes helps one of her fourth-grade students, Marisol Amparan, read. Reyes uses sign language to help Amparan understand and read words in the sentences. Reyes has seven students she has throughout the day and teaches all subjects.

 By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. Before the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, special education for school-aged children with disabilities was virtually nonexistent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. So when […]

Lesser Prairie Chicken plan touted

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Several landowners said they left Thursday’s informational meeting about the Range-wide Conservation Plan for the lesser prairie chicken with more questions than answers. The deadline is approaching for listing the rare grouse, native to New Mexico and four other states, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species […]

Zias, Tucker rally for win

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By Dave Wagner CMI SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com For 36 minutes, Eastern New Mexico University’s Tori Tucker was just trying to stay in the game — she drew two offensive fouls in the first five minutes, and found herself saddled with four midway through the second half. In the end, though, the junior guard from Floyd […]

New city pool in works, but costs unknown

The Portales City Swimming Pool needs repairs before it opens up this summer. City councilors are looking into designing a new facility to replace the 60-year-old pool.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com This summer may be the last for the city’s struggling swimming pool, which needs dire repairs and hasn’t had much renovation done to it since it opened nearly 60 years ago. But fear not; Portales city councilors said they know the pool is a summer staple and they […]

Greyhound rally falls short

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com If one knew the Greyhounds would hold Cameron under 60 points Wednesday night, you would probably anticipate an easy victory. Instead, the Aggies built an 11-point lead over the cold-shooting Hounds with three minutes left, and held off a furious rally for a 59-58 victory in the Lone […]

Local choir director deserves credit

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Two of the Portales High School students who are in Albuquerque this week as members of the New Mexico Music Educators Association All-State Choir share more than a common hometown. Junior Lindsey Bartlett and freshman Anna Erwin are the first alumni of the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir to win spots in the state-wide mixed […]

Seven file for election

Portales Mayor Sharon King, left, made her re-election bid official Tuesday morning when she filed for candidacy at City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry's office. King is running unopposed.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Only one of the four races for Portales City Council seats in the March 4 municipal election will be contested. Tuesday was filing day . Ward A incumbent Antonio Salguero will be challenged by Veronica Pena. Salguero, a retired educator, said having competition is a good thing. Salguero […]

New clerk Portales native

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com DeAun Searl, 43, was appointed county clerk by the Roosevelt County Commission last month to fill the term of the previous clerk, who resigned in protest the state Supreme Court ruling same-sex marriages legal. Searl has been working at the clerk’s office for a little more than five […]

Legislators outline session priorities

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Local lawmakers are preparing to head to Santa Fe in the next couple of weeks for a 30-day session. Although completing the state’s budget is the top task for the Legislature, local representatives say there are other issues they hope to address during the session. State lawmakers from […]

Answering the call

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United Way of Eastern New Mexico 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar takes a call at the United Way office located at Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. The 2-1-1 program connects local residents to agencies and organizations throughout Clovis and Portales that provide health and human service needs.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From a single mother getting back on her feet to a drug addict looking to better his life, United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s 2-1-1 program has proven to be a beacon of hope for struggling area residents. According to 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar, the 2-1-1 phone number is […]

High dollar dairy products not likely

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The executive director for Dairy Producers of New Mexico feels there’s no need to get up in arms about $8 a gallon milk because she said it’s not likely to happen. Despite the threat of a looming dairy cliff, DPNM’s Beverly Idsinga said the real concern for milk […]

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 […]