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 […]