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

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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 […]

New Mexico Children’s Choir draws from Curry, Roosevelt counties

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com After four semesters in the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir, 10-year-old Kylie Niece of Portales said she’s seen shy newcomers blossom. “I have seen people just let their voice come out,” said the aspiring singer who desires to mash up rock and country. The current group of 25 […]

Rams overcome early deficit to beat Wingate

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonlline.com One might have thought the Wingate Bears, coming off a Friday night game in Albuquerque followed by a long early-morning trip to Portales, might have struggled with their legs in Saturday’s matchup against Portales at Greyhound Arena. Wingate, which lost on Friday at Sandia Prep 43-39, built an […]

Hot-shooting Hounds rout Northern New Mexico

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ENMU senior Devone Davis drives past Northern New Mexico’s Patrick Bendeque in the first half of Saturday night’s game at Greyhound Arena. Davis finished with nine points.

CMI staff To say Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Rodney Blackmon came out like a house afire on Saturday would probably be an understatement. Blackmon personally got the Greyhounds off to a seven-point lead with 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first five minutes, including three 3-pointers, and ENMU pulled away in […]

Program teaches inmates parenting responsibilities

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Melissa Griffith received a dose of joy when she fixed her 4-year-old daughter Nadia’s ponytail Friday. Griffith appreciated what may be a daily task for other mothers because the 30-year-old only sees her children for about 30 minutes a week. And from these visits, she said she’s learned what her priorities […]

Holiday tradition

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Area residents and Altrusa members have special connections to the tables they are decorating this year for Altrusa’s 16th annual Holiday Happening, set for Saturday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Women are drawing inspiration from what’s important in their lives to decorate the 50-plus tables at this Saturday’s Holiday Happening event sponsored by the Altrusa International Inc. of Portales. The 16th annual event is Altrusa’s largest fundraiser for community projects according to event organizers. In addition to the […]

Senior-laden Rams expect big things

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Portales Rams got to the Class 3A round-of-16 two years ago, only to lose at Shiprock. They reached the state quarterfinals last year, where the Chieftains bumped them off again. This season, with eight seniors to build around, the Rams (18-11 a year ago) would like to […]

Experienced Lady Rams expect adjustment period under new coach

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First-year Portales coach Wade Fraze believes in adjusting the team’s style of play to the personnel.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Portales Lady Rams bring back almost everyone from last year’s 21-7 squad that reached the Class 3A state quarterfinals. Still, there’ll be some adjusting as Wade Fraze takes over the program for Clay Stout, who was the team’s coach the past six seasons. “They’ve had that varsity […]

Gallegos new police chief

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As a teenager, Pat Gallegos never thought he’d become a police officer, never mind the police chief of the community he grew up in. During Tuesday’s city council meeting, , City Manager Doug Redmond announced Gallegos, 37, has been promoted from acting chief to chief. Gallegos was hired […]

Forever families

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Kayla Strachan, 7, jumps and releases her last balloon Tuesday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse, celebrating her adoption at the National Adoption Day ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kayla Nevaeh Beaman sat restlessly on Sharon Strachan’s lap. The 7-year-old wore pink from head to toe, her hair tied with ribbon curls. Kayla had anxiously waited for Tuesday too long, her parents said, so when her name was finally called by 9th Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer […]

Two horses die in fire at Muleshoe clinic

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By Eric Norwood and Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITERS Two horses and five or six dogs and cats were killed in a fire Sunday night that gutted Muleshoe Animal Clinic and Vet Supply, according to co-owner Steve Kennedy. There were no workers at the facility at the time of the fire and no human injuries […]

Santa Claus gig suits him fine

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Portales Animal Control employee Adam Aguilar, right, is already in the holiday spirit, giving away candy canes to records clerk Nora Navarrete at the Portales Police Department on Monday. Aguilar will dress as Santa Claus for the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop program, which will be giving out toys Dec. 21st at the Memorial Building.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales Animal Control officer Adam Aguilar will play Santa Claus this year as part of the Portales Police Department’s Operation Santa Cop. The program is entering its 15th year. Aguilar, a Portales native, volunteered for the position, and will be dressed as Santa Claus, complete with sleigh […]

Nuts about helping

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Vern Witten, left, with his wife of 57 years Ida Lou Witten.

There are several places Vern Witten can be spotted in Portales. He can be found volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, tutoring area students, or during the first week of November, in his kitchen whipping up a batch of his famous peanut brittle for the Portales Methodist Church’s Turkey Bazaar. He’s a jack of all […]