Clovis Music Festival wraps up

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George Tomsco, former lead guitarist for Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs, performs a song for tourists at Norman Petty's Seventh Street studio on Saturday during the Clovis Music Festival. Tomsco said he met Buddy Holly after coming back to the studio from a food break at Foxy's Drive-In. Holly had picked up Tomsco's Fender Stratocaster, propped his foot on Tomsco's amplifier and began playing his guitar. That was the first and last time Tomsco had spoken to Holly before his death in 1959.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Chevrolets, old band members and a few Fireballs came to Clovis for one reason this weekend: To rock out and celebrate the Clovis Sound that Norman Petty perfected almost 60 years ago at his world-famous Seventh Street studio. Clovis’s weekend tourists could start the day off early with a […]

Local residents remember September tragedy

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Major Robert Clay, commander of the 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony behind Portales J.P. Stone Bank Friday morning.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Close to 30 local residents gathered at J.P. Stone Community Bank on First Street in Portales Saturday morning to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the day in which more than 3,000 people […]

High school soccer team hosts camp

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Portales High School soccer player Toby George, left, kicks around the ball as he waits in line at practice. George said he loves everything about soccer and enjoys sharing that with others.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Starting today, the Portales High School soccer team will be hosting a soccer camp for Portales children to teach them the basic principles of the game. “I’ll be honest, my biggest thing is for them to gain interest in playing the game, especially the little ones,” said Soccer Coach […]

Clovis Sound at stage center

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Chubby Checker teaches Clovis how to twist in the 2010 Clovis Music Festival

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER The roster of those who’ve performed at the Clovis Music Festival reads like a rock and roll fan’s guest list for a fantasy dinner party. Leann Rimes, Carl Perkins, Chubby Checker, Buddy Knox, Bobby Vee, The Crickets and Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs have all been on a Clovis […]

‘Noon-Time Basketball’ 20 years strong at ENMU

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‘Noon-Time Basketball’ group members met on Tuesday at the Greyhound Arena to play a game. The group meets every weekday at noon in the north gym and games are open to the community.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A variety of Portales community members and Eastern New Mexico University faculty, staff and students can be found every weekday at noon in the Greyhound Arena, where they meet up for an hour to play basketball. Although the number of participants varies each day, eight members met up in […]

Enthusiasts compete for biggest fish

Matthew Johnson has his fish weighed by park staff member Gabriel Garcia during the Oasis State Park Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. The fish weighed in at 14 ounces.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER For the seventh year, Oasis State Park hosted the Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. True to its name, fishing enthusiasts competed to see who could catch the biggest catfish, with $450 handed out to the event winners. The event didn’t start until 5 p.m. but because of a […]

Clovis Music Festival kicks off Friday

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The Kentucky Headhunters played the 2014 Clovis Music Festival. Some of their hit songs include “Dumas Walker,” “Redneck Girl” and “Walk Softly (On This Heart of Mine).”

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Ask anyone in town to define the “Clovis Sound,” and you’re sure to get dozens of different answers. Some say it’s the local flavor that bands from west Texas and eastern New Mexico produce around town. Others say it’s the music Norman Petty produced in his studio on Seventh […]

Ice cream social introduces Multicultural Affairs

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Kyree Mackey, left, and Rochelle McClenton represent African American Affairs on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty gathered at Greyhound Fountain in the center of campus Thursday for the Multicultural Affairs annual ice cream social. Maria Garcia, the director of International Affairs, one of four offices involved with Multicultural Affairs, said the event is designed to allow members of ENMU […]

Roses passed around for Good Neighbor Day

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On Good Neighbor Day, David Essex surprised Rena Garrett with one of a dozen roses he received and pledged to pass on in exchange for canned goods at Hestands Floral and Gifts Wednesday morning. The canned goods were donated to the food pantry at the Community Services Center in Portales.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Portales residents had the opportunity to spread goodwill throughout the community Wednesday for Good Neighbor Day. Hestands Floral and Gifts hosted the event, which allowed people to come in from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and donate five cans of nonperishable food items in exchange for a dozen roses. […]

Wind farm construction moving along

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This photo shows a close up of the top of a turbine, which includes the nacelle, hub and blades.

STAFF REPORT “They’re here!” was the message sent out by EDF Renewable Energy a month ago to announce to Portales residents that wind turbine parts were soon to be arriving through the streets of Portales. And arrive they did as giant blades, bases and other parts have been seen rolling through downtown Portales over the […]

New Mexico royalty puts on show

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Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston shows one of her visitation dresses after the Miss New Mexico Style Showcase and Send-Off Party on Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The Miss New Mexico Style Show and Send-Off Party went off without a hitch Saturday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building Ballroom. Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston will leave today for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then she will go on to New York City to appear on […]

Educators discuss early childhood education

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Robin Wells, left, and Erica Stubbs discuss Early Childhood Education at the ELAC meeting Thursday evening.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The Early Learning Alliance Council (ELAC) held a town hall meeting at Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday evening. The meeting gave early childhood professionals and educators a chance to voice concerns to Chair of ELAC Erica Stubbs. This is the first year that ELAC has sent members to […]

Full house attends Wayland Baptist graduation

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Ashley Dawn Allen was among  graduates Friday morning from Wayland Baptist University, one of 13 who earned a master’s degree.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Almost all of the seats at Central Baptist Church were filled Friday morning with friends and family members waiting eagerly to see the newest graduates from Wayland Baptist University. Graduates were from all different backgrounds — some were active or retired military members, some had young families, some were […]

Young player shaping NFL dream

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Preston Jeffs, 10, attended the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in January after being named MVP for his position of defensive end at the Offense-Defense Football Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, last year.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER At 10 years old, Preston Jeffs is already working hard towards his dream of becoming a player for the National Football League. Last year, Preston attended the Offense-Defense Football Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, and was named MVP defensive end, which earned him an invitation to the All-American League Bowl […]

Former educator, coach B.B. Lees dies

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B.B. Lees, in white, is pictured with Kenny Prince, Mike Maguire and Don Elder during the 2012 homecoming golf tournament. Lees organized the annual tournament.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR When describing B.B. Lees, it might be simpler to list the things he didn’t do for Eastern New Mexico University. Lees, a former teacher, coach, and athletic director for ENMU, died Monday night at 84. University President Steven Gamble said the school will work with the family to hold […]

Fair numbers compare with past years

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Luis Alvarez, left, and Viridiana Nunez play the water gun race game at the Roosevelt County Fair on Aug. 19.

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Fair wrapped up on Saturday and, according to Extension Agent Patrick Kircher, this year’s event was right on track with past years. “It all varied,” Kircher said. “Some departments were up, some departments were down, but as a whole, exhibit numbers and turnout were pretty good.” The upside included food […]

Lesser Prairie Chicken populations improve

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Lesser prairie chickens are pecking their way back to the top of their population game, but they still remain on the threatened species list — and that’s ruffling a few feathers locally. In 2013, Fish and Wildlife officials estimated the bird’s population hit a record low of 17,616, McClatchy […]

Kiwanis Pet Show marks 30 years

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Drake Radcliff, left, and Jaci Radcliff accept the first place ribbon for their mini-horse, Gus, Saturday at the Kiwanis Pet Show.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The Kiwanis Pet Show went off without a hitch Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair. The annual event had 15 participants this year. Kiwanis member Rica Lee did the announcing for the show and introduced the children and pets. “This was all to honor Dr. Tony Gennaro, a […]

Four champions sold at Junior Livestock Sale

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Attendance at the Roosevelt Junior Livestock Sale was more than 150 people on Friday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The Roosevelt County Junior Livestock Sale started off with the $4,250 sale of Cooper Gardner’s Grand Champion Dairy Heifer. More than 150 attended. Four grand champion livestock animals were sold on Friday evening; dairy heifer, steer for $9,000, rabbit meat pen for $1,000 and chicken meat pen for $1,600. […]

Three named Pioneers of the Year

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Bill Joy, president of the Roosevelt County Pioneer Association, presented Ruth Moore with a plaque for Pioneer of the Year. Moore was one of three recipients, along with Albert and Genevia Shirley, to receive the award at Pioneer Day on Thursday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Approximately 129 people gathered in the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Thursday to celebrate Pioneer Day. Past and present community members of Roosevelt County and their families spent the time reminiscing and honoring three Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year recipients. Resident Geneva Judah popped […]