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

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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 […]

Zias earn first win

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was on track to start the season the way they did a year ago, and Lakeeyscia Griffin wanted no part of that. Griffin was one of five Zias in double figures and narrowly missed a double-double on Saturday as ENMU […]

Cause grows on Portales native

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Eric Segovia's week-by-week beard growth in November.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eric Segovia of Portales said he figured he had to grow a beard at least once in his life. When he saw his friends and a lot of other men with thick beards and mustaches in November, it sparked his interest in Movember, which is a global charity […]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I […]

Community comes together for holiday

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Steve Kemp is a man of simplicity. Now that the 69-year-old U.S. Navy veteran is retired from the 23 years he worked as a senior accountant for La Casa in Portales, he enjoys not doing much other than riding on his Harley-Davidson trike. Kemp narrowed his dining venues […]

Area uses caution with storms

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By Christina Calloway and Emily Crowe CMI staff writers Portales High School Junior Darin Bonem said he wasn’t going to let the snow in Portales keep him from working up a sweat. With school canceled for nearly everyone in the area from the weekend’s weather, Bonem headed to the gym early Monday afternoon to work […]

Officials continue to urge caution on roads

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Jazmariah DeVore, 9, Dylan DeVore, 7, and Mescalito DeVore, 5, had a super hero snow experience at their house in Portales.

By Christina Calloway and Emily Crowe CMI staff writers Road workers are salting and sanding roads, but officials caution area residents to stay home today if possible. Seven-plus inches of snow and ice continue to make driving treacherous, they say. The only weather-related death in the region occurred Friday when a 4-year-old child was killed […]

The comeback kids: Rallies help ENMU claim LSC co-championship

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Through five weeks of the 2013 season, it looked as though Eastern New Mexico University’s football team was still going through growing pains under second-year coach Josh Lynn. The Greyhounds were 1-3 — they also had an exhibition win at the Air Force junior varsity which didn’t count […]

Officials: One dead in wreck near Portales

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This Freedom Aire van was involved in one of the three accidents reported Friday afternoon that took place on U.S. 70 between Wal-Mart and Sunland Inc. Officials say state police and area law enforcement responded to at least 40 accidents Friday in Roosevelt County.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com The area’s first bout of winter weather caused at least 40 automobile accidents in Roosevelt County, at least one resulting in a fatality. Officials blamed icy roads for the multiple accidents that left Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room packed and area law enforcement responding to vehicle accidents non-stop as of 8 […]