Harvest Jamboree set for Friday

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The fourth annual Floyd Lions Club Harvest Jamboree will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre. Organizers said the family-friendly event will feature country music and will raise money for the Floyd Lions Club to help with scholarships, eye care and for other Floyd community members in need.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com An evening of family-friendly entertainment is on the way for residents to support a good cause, according to organizers. The fourth annual Floyd Lions Club Harvest Jamboree will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre. “As a whole, it is a celebration of community and community […]

Area ceremonies set for Veterans Day

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James Polk Stone Community Bank is having a Wall of Honor in all branches across Roosevelt County. Vice President Ron Jackson said veterans and families of veterans can give pictures to post on the wall and new photos will be added throughout the month.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A variety of local events are being held throughout this week to honor the service and sacrifices of the nation’s military veterans. The 70th annual American Legion Post 31 Veterans Day program will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Memorial Building. Master Sgt. Chad Beach, First Sgt. […]

ENMU bands to entertain

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The ENMU Big Band Dance will take place on Friday in Clovis and the 49th annual POPS Dinner Concert on Saturday at ENMU’s Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Two upcoming Eastern New Mexico University events will offer attendees unique musical perspectives while helping to fund further musical activities. The ENMU Big Band Dance will take place 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Clovis State Theater at 504 North Main Street in Clovis, according to Assistant Professor of Music […]

Fellowship found at First United

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Volunteers for the 63rd Annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar at First United Methodist Church served community members a Thanksgiving feast Thursday.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com For residents and volunteers, the 63rd annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar at First United Methodist Church represents an opportunity to bring community members together in fellowship. “Last year we served 25,091 people,” said Shelly Atwood, chairman of the dinner. “All of our money goes for missions, some local, some […]

Pet of the week — Nov. 4

German shepherd mix

German shepherd mix Gender: Female Age: About 2 months old Breed: German shepherd mix According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, this puppy is nervous and shy around new people but will warm up once she’s accustomed to them. She has a calm personality and Martinez says she’s good for any type of family but […]

Dobson: Gaining trust can be a long journey

Living in the county, we see our (un)fair share of animals that have been dumped by people. Head Acres is home to many of those who were thrown away like yesterday’s trash and are unadoptable for any number of reasons — age, illness, fear. We’ve nursed back to health scores of puppies and dogs. And […]

Speaker talks on financial planning

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Clay Ranck, financial analyst for Lubbock investment advisory firm Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial, presents on the profession of financial planning, a career for individuals who help clients with financial decisions.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com For business students, the field of financial planning is a rewarding profession with various opportunities, according to a financial analyst who spoke at Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday. Clay Ranck, senior financial analyst for investment advisory firm Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial in Lubbock, presented to Eastern New Mexico […]

Department of the week: Road work never the same day twice

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City of Portales Street Department employee James Cody Flack smoothes out freshly poured concrete on Avenue J near McDonald’s Monday morning. Concrete is one of the many duties of the department, said Street Supervisor Doug Morrison, adding the job is interesting, because employees do something different every day.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The employees at the City of Portales Street Department never do the same job day-after-day, but that’s what makes the job interesting. Street Supervisor Doug Morrison said the duties for […]

Business feature: Official says Tres Amigas ‘alive and well’

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The design overview of the proposed Tres Amigas superstation project, first introduced in 2009, shows the three power grids across the U.S. that Tres Amigas plans to unite north of Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com October marked seven years since the Tres Amigas company first announced its plan to create an electrical superstation connecting three U.S. power grids, with Clovis at the center. That superstation still has a ways to go, but is “alive and well,” according to Tres Amigas Chief Financial Officer Russell […]

Victim of Columbine still inspires

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Rachel Scott’s image is displayed on a screen during Thursday’s Rachel’s Challenge presentation at Gattis Middle School. The first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, her parents established a non-profit to help spread her message of encouraging compassion.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Students, parents and educators gathered at the Gattis Middle School gymnasium Thursday evening to learn how one of the victims of a mass school shooting in Colorado 17 years ago is continuing to inject positive change into the lives of others. Rachel Joy Scott was the first of 13 […]

PHS band to compete Saturday

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The Portales High School Marching Band practices Thursday morning for the 39th Annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta Saturday in Albuquerque. According to Band Director Jennifer Johnson, the band will compete against 30 other marching bands from across New Mexico and Texas.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Portales High School marching band will be competing Saturday in Albuquerque with 30 other high school bands to showcase their work and push themselves toward higher achievements, according to students. The 39th Annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta at the University of New Mexico’s University Stadium will feature 30 […]

Melrose school holds first mock presidential debate

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Melrose senior Reagan Carthel of the Stars and Stripes party gives her viewpoints on gun control, taxes, national defense, race and immigration at a mock debate Thursday at Melrose High School.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Melrose students have spoken: Reagan for president. Reagan Carthel, that is. In an effort to teach middle and high school students about politics, Melrose School faculty came up with the idea to hold the school’s first mock presidential debate and election on Thursday. Carthel and fellow senior Ethan Wright […]

Student, faculty film has something for everyone

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Jon Barr, assistant professor of Digital Filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, introduces his short film “Orgullo” at the University Theatre Center Tuesday night. The work was a collaboration between Barr, alumni and students.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A collaboration of Eastern New Mexico University faculty, alumni and student artwork was met with a full house Tuesday night. A screening was held for the short film “Orgullo” Tuesday evening at ENMU’s University Theatre Center. The film’s director, Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking Jon Barr, said he was […]

Department of the week: Senior center a social experience

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Toby George performs a trick Monday afternoon at the skate park at the Portales Recreation Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A variety of activities and a chance to get out and socialize among community members are among the highlights for attendees of the Portales Senior Citizens Center, according to Center President Mickey Thetford. Thetford said there are various activities for residents who come to the center. “We play lots […]

Appreciation Day well-received

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From left, Milnesand Fire Chief John Mohon, Laura Mohon, Milnesand Fireman Mike Batts and Support Officer Andrea Batts Andrea Batts conversate with one another at the Rotary Club’s first First Responders Appreciation Day Saturday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com For local first responders, Saturday afternoon was a time for deeply felt appreciation and gratitude. The Portales Rotary Club hosted its first First Responders Appreciation Day at the Baptist Children’s Home Saturday afternoon. Members of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, Portales Police Department and Milnesand Fire Department were among […]

Small district suits pre-k teacher

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Floyd Municipal Schools pre-kindergarten teacher, Sheri Chenault, left, has worked in the district for 24 years. She said she has “great support from our administration, and I work with great people.”

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. STAFF REPORT For a Floyd Municipal Schools pre-kindergarten teacher, the small district she works in is like home. Sheri Chenault’s entire 24-year teaching career has taken place at Floyd, with 22 years spent as the pre-k teacher. “I have loved working with […]

Homecoming, festival pronounced successful

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From left, Brenda Burris, Delma Molina and Doloris Hooten chat at Molina’s booth for A Krafty Taste of New Mexico at the Peanut Valley Festival. A Krafty Taste of New Mexico is one of the variety of homemade craft vendors at the festival.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Spirits and attendance were high during this past weekend’s homecoming festivities, according to officials. Events included Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming parade and football game and Portales’ 43rd Annual Peanut Valley Festival. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president for Business Affairs, said the weekend was a success “from all accounts.” […]

Department of the week: Finding a workforce is a lot of work

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Roosevelt County Human Resources Administrator Debbie Olds does paperwork Monday morning at her office. Olds said she strives for an “open-door policy” and confidentiality to maintain a confident county workforce.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. Staff report When it comes to the Roosevelt County Human Resources office, Administrator Debbie Olds said “it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.” Putting together a dedicated workforce is one of the key aspects […]

Business feature: Local restaurants may face avocado shortage

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Avocados in La Espiga De Oro Supermarket in Clovis remain in stock, despite the grower strike in Mexico and recent rise in prices.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Local restaurant owners agree: You can’t serve Mexican food without avocados. They aren’t so sure, however, what to do if faced with an avocado shortage. The staple of Mexican cuisine is rising in demand amid a recent farmers strike in Mexico, meaning prices are soaring for suppliers. According to […]

Peanut Valley Festival entertains

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Henry Bonds, 6, playfully attacks Michael Hernandez, a member of the Blackwater 
chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism, during the Peanut Valley Festival Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Live entertainment and a variety of handmade crafts attracted residents to the first day of the 43rd Annual Peanut Valley Craft and Music Festival Saturday morning. Travis Irwin said he and his family — his wife Crystal and his two children, John David, 7, and Beau, 3 — attend […]