Student recognized for bravery

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Delbert Rector from Floyd Fire Department presented Ivan Gurrola, 6, with a certificate of bravery at Floyd schools on Monday after the first grader returned to school after being out for three weeks. Gurrola was injured while protecting his 4-year-old sister from a dog.

By Alisa Boswell Manager editor A first grade student at Floyd Municipal Schools was honored for his bravery in the face of danger Monday when he returned to school. Ivan Gurrola, 6, returned to school Monday morning after a three-week absence due to injuries from a dog attack. The first grader was playing outside […]

Arrive Alive Tour to visit Portales High

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Portales High School student Stephan Lennington, 15, focuses on the simulated road in front of him as he drives in the Arrive Alive Tour simulation. Tour officials would ask teens to try to send a text message while driving, so they could see the results.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales High School students got a taste of what the consequences to texting and driving might be like this week as they lived the action of doing just that. The Roosevelt County DWI Program invited the Arrive Alive Tour to visit the high school on Monday with their special […]

Turkey Dinner & Bazaar set for Thursday

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Shelly Atwood, left, and Bobbie Nall crush bread and corn bread Tuesday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Portales in preparation for the annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor There is one thing that draws people back to the First United Methodist annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar each year: The people. According to church members, they continue loving their 62-year-old tradition because of the people who come each year, which usually averages more than 2,000 area residents. “It’s […]

Harvest Jamboree takes stage at Yam Theatre

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The Floyd Lions Club will be holding their third annual fall performance for the Floyd Jamboree on Friday at the Yam Theatre.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The upcoming Floyd Lion’s Club Harvest Jamboree may be shorter in length than the annual spring showing, but there should be no shortage in entertainment, according to event coordinators. The third annual fall performance will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre in Portales and cost […]

Atlatl competition draws crowd

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From left, Stacey Bennett, Seth Dearth, Joshua Dickens and Shawn Hoskinson collect darts thrown with the atlatl during practice.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The 15th annual atlatl competition on Saturday morning went well, according to Director of Blackwater Draw National Landmark George Crawford. “Attendance so far has been about average. We usually see a couple hundred people but only about 40 of them participate,” said Crawford. The competition was divided into men, women and […]

Costumes on parade

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Presbyterian Preschool teacher Nicole White, Ellie Martinez, 5, and Sophia Hogg, 5, lead the Halloween parade Friday morning around the block from the school located on Pile Street.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Witches and princesses and transformers — oh my! If you traveled down Pile or Gidding streets around 10 Friday morning, you may have seen a few creatures and superheros stomping around the block showing off their attire. Don’t worry, though — the witches and goblins weren’t real. They were […]

Tops in Blue plays to enthusiastic crowd

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Tops in Blue performers get down to the modern day hit Uptown Funk Wednesday night during their show.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The region’s pride for military members and Cannon Air Force Base shined Wednesday night as Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena played host to the 2015 Tops in Blue tour. Cousins Kaiah Carpenter, 4, and Kaynen Hunt, 4, could be seen on the ground floor working their own style […]

ENMU students show their stuff

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Eastern's Got Talent contestant Isaac Alvarez performs a dance piece Tuesday night to a variety of pop songs, including Earned It by The Weeknd.

By Anna George PNT correspondent Kew Mason tested her soon to be released single on an audience Tuesday night at Eastern New Mexico University’s (ENMU’s) Eastern’s Got Talent competition and walked away with the number one prize. Mason, a sophomore, performed her song, “Neverland” that she wrote for her little brother, who turned 1 year […]

Dora student goes to FFA Royal nationals

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Brenna Bates
Dora High School student Brenna Bates, far right, won grand 
champion in dairy heifers at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell earlier this month, along with fellow student Kaly Cone, who won grand 
champion in steers.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor A Dora High School student is headed to Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this week to compete in the American Royal national competition for Future Farmers of America. Senior Kaly Cone won grand champion with steers for the second year in a row at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair […]

Tops in Blue returns

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The U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue will be performing this Wednesday at the Greyhound Arena. It has been four years since the international group came to the local area.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR For 1st Lt. Lauren Rogers, traveling with U.S. Air Force performance group Tops in Blue is the hardest work she’s ever done but well worth the lack of sleep and 14-hour days. Air Force members take one year out of their careers to travel all over the world performing […]

beWellnm officials tour state

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Health insurance experts Amy Dowd and John Franchini gave a three-hour presentation Thursday morning at Clovis Community College.

Open enrollment season begins Nov. 1 for the health insurance exchange, and to help consumers, insurance agents and brokers better understand New Mexico’s exchange, beWellnm CEO Amy Dowd and Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini are touring the state, providing information. They answered questions from CMI on Thursday: What kind of coverage is included in the […]

Mint classic reminder of ‘Futures’ past

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Larry Reeves stands next to his 1981 DeLorean, showcasing the unique doors. Reeves confirmed it’s not a time-machine.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Yes, you’ve probably seen the DeLorean around town — but it’s not Doc’s or Marty McFly’s ride. This one belongs to Clovis native Larry Reeves. And it’s in mint condition, still bearing the original tires, he said. He doesn’t drive his classic too often, but it usually attracts attention, […]

The kid is back in town

This $2 photograph of Billy the Kid and his gang playing croquet is valued at $5 million. (Photo courtesy Kagin's Inc./TNS)

By David Stevens Editor Tim Sweet first saw the photo about two years ago. A cousin of the owner of the 1870s-era tintype brought it into the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner. “They asked me to look at it, didn’t tell me anything about it,” he recalled. “I looked at it 10 […]

Locals go (pea)nuts at festival

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Richard Tanksley, left, also known as Sir Tancred, battles his son Christian Tanksley, also known as Osric Tancredsson, during a demonstration held by the Society of Creative Anachronism Saturday afternoon at the annual peanut festival.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Approximately 3,000 people are anticipated to have attended the Peanut Valley Festival this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to Executive Director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry. “Attendance has been pretty good; we usually attract around 3,000 people over the weekend, and we believe we are […]

Got a front row seat at balloon fiesta

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The overall “big picture”

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor It truly is a beautiful sight to behold to see a vast amount of colors rising into the air at once. Last weekend was the final weekend of the annual International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, and I attended to see the last mass ascension on Saturday morning. Finally pulling out […]

Meteorologist: Colder, wetter winter in store

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The coming winter is expected to be colder and wetter than usual.

By David Stevens Editor Eastern New Mexico can expect a cold, wet winter and could see its first snow flakes as early as Halloween. That’s the forecast from AccuWeather Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, who said a strong El Nino system hanging over the Pacific will be there into the spring. Smerbeck said he expects above-average […]

Quilt festival brings splash of color

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Visitors browsed vendors and admired quilts at the annual High Plains Quilt Festival that took place on Friday and Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A plethora of color and design was on display throughout the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday for the 10th Annual High Plains Quilt Festival. Visitors browsed the building admiring what Robin Gold of Portales said was about 100 quilts representing a variety of […]

ENMU project challenges artists

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Sandra Hidalgo, an art major at Eastern New Mexico University, used metallic ink to transform a child’s scribble into a peacock. Hidalgo participated in the Scribble Art community outreach project that was recently conducted by the ENMU art department.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Not everyone might think of scribbling as art, but a recent project at Eastern New Mexico University allowed the art department to transform children’s scribbles into creative pieces. Scribble Art is a community outreach project that the Runnels Gallery at ENMU conducted with the Child Development Center on campus, […]

Annual quilt festival to be held this weekend

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The annual High Plains Quilt Festival will be taking place Friday and Saturday of next week with various quilts on display by quilters from all over New Mexico and Texas.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR It’s not your great-grandmother’s hobby anymore. Quilting has become a prominent, diverse industry, according to coordinators for the 10th Annual High Plains Quilt Festival scheduled this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. “I’d say quilting is growing,” said Robin Gold of Portales. “Quilting in this country alone is a […]

santa Fe native shares Zozobra legend

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Raymond Sandoval of the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club demonstrates Monday afternoon how the Zozobra figure is burned each year in Santa Fe at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR What began as one man venting his frustrations almost 100 years ago has become a personal and sacred tradition for New Mexicans, particularly those from Santa Fe. “We call it the Zozobra bug and once you get bitten by it, there’s nothing like it. You have to burn a […]