Food bank expands program with funding

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Casey Peacock, board member of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, puts together a food bag for the Backpack Program Thursday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico hopes to expand a program for children with a challenge grant offering. The Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has offered a $20,000 grant to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to food bank Executive Director […]

Senior profile: Former dairyman has passion for working

Staff photo: Matthew Asher

Al Ordonez shoots a game of pool at the Portales Senior Recreation Center Thursday morning. Ordonez likes to play a few games nearly every day, especially before going to work as he finds the game a great stress reliever.

STAFF REPORT For 40 years, Al Ordonez has called Roosevelt County his home. He moved to New Mexico at the age of 30 after growing up in Mexico and spent the first 20 years in Portales, working as a farmer and on a dairy ranch before he retired. A typical day for Ordonez is to […]

Local fishers gather for derby

Staff photos: Eamon Scarbrough
Portales resident Matthew Salas casts his line.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Saturday evening saw fishermen of all types gathering at Oasis State Park to celebrate their common passion. Oasis’ eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” brought out the competitive nature of participants, but also formed camaraderie between them. Rosemary Mathews of Portales forgot bait and swivels for her fishing rod, but […]

Time to test your fishing skills

STAFF REPORT Today Oasis State Park will host an event that will bring families together while instilling valuable skills in children and offering cash prizes, according to Park Technician Valerie Russ. The eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby will give participants the chance to win prizes of up to $100 for the largest catfish caught, […]

Pet of the week — Sept. 2

Gray domestic shorthair

Gender: Female Age: About 6 weeks old Breed: Gray domestic shorthair According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, this kitten came in with her two siblings. This is a very calm and curious cat. The owner of this kitten just needs to have time to play and socialize with the cat while she’s still growing, […]

‘Spring-like weather’ coming up

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Latasha Padilla maneuvers her daughters, Caroline, 2, left, and Jaylynn, 5, around puddles Tuesday afternoon after picking Jaylynn up from school at Brown Early Childhood Center. New Mexico meteorologists say the rain will not continue with September bringing warm, dry weather.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Portales residents will be experiencing warmer temperatures going into September, according to meteorologists at the New Mexico National Weather Service. Meteorologist Brian Guyer said temperatures are “favoring maybe warmer and drier” within the next six to 14 days with temperatures above normal. An average precipitation of 1.91 inches with […]

County fair comes to a close

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
Jean Mason, left, and Henrietta Singleterry organize ribbons for 4-H educational winners Monday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Attendance for the Roosevelt County Fair was down at least 30 percent this year, according to fair officials, who attributed the decline to bad weather. “It’s to be expected,” said Roosevelt County Fair Treasurer David Craig. “And so, we are just hoping for a better year next year. We […]

Showtime at county fair

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Chance Essary, 13, prepares to sell his dairy heifer Friday during the junior livestock auction. Essary’s heifer sold  for $3,250.

By Anna George Correspondent Portales area students made over $137,000 Friday at the 28th annual junior livestock sale at the Roosevelt County Fair. There were 58 sales overall with rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats, lambs, steers and dairy heifers. Ali May Terry, 11, sold her grand champion meat pen with three rabbits for $1,250. She said […]

Kiwanis Pet Show draws younger crowd

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Jase Burris, 3, walks his miniature horse, Scooter, up to accept their blue ribbon Saturday during the Kiwanis Pet Show.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com For Portales residents, the Kiwanis Pet Show provided an opportunity for younger children without exhibits to be a part of the Roosevelt County Fair. Portales residents and members of the Kiwanis organization came together for the Kiwanis Pet Show at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Saturday morning. The show featured […]

Show skills showdown

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Kaitlyn Kircher, 13, shows a beef steer during the Supreme Livestock Show Friday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair. Kircher won the Junior Supreme Livestock contest.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Junior and Senior Showmanship winners at the Roosevelt County Fair got to test their skills showing animals less familiar to them during the Supreme Livestock Showmanship Contest Friday morning at the fairgrounds. Contestants said they showed animals in the Market Steers, Market Lamb, Dairy Heifer, Breeding Beef and Market […]

Best of class

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Ronnie Cain
Ryleigh Walters, 14, right, a Portales eighth-grader, poses with a judge, the fair queen and fair 
sweetheart after winning the reserve grand 
champion of the beef breeder class competition.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Responsibility, relief, accomplishment and pride in overcoming anxiety came along with winning top prizes, according to contestants in the Roosevelt County Fair Breeding Beef and Market Steer shows. Class One Low Line, Class Two Shorthorn and Class Three Charlais were the categories shown during the Breeding Beef show Thursday […]

‘Hell or High Water’ officially opens

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
“Hell or High Water” made its debut for general audiences Friday at North Plains 7 in Clovis. See the review on page 2A.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Before it made its way to the Cannes Film Festival and select cities across the nation, “Hell or High Water” was making its way through the streets of Clovis and Portales. It made its return to Clovis on Friday as another film on the slate for the North Plains […]

Wayland graduates 25

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Elane Seebo presents graduate Demarcus J. Anthony with his degree during Friday morning graduation ceremony at Central Baptist Church. Anthony was awarded with his Master of Education degree. Seebo is vice president of external campuses and graduate services for the Wayland Baptist University Clovis Campus.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com On the heels of retiring from the U.S. Air Force this past April, Demarcus J. Anthony is embarking upon a new chapter in his life — and it’s one that includes efforts to mold and shape young lives. The Clovis Freshman Academy history teacher received a Master of Education […]

Heifers, lambs shown at fair

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Fair Sweetheart Kynadee Pharis, left, and fair Queen Chesney Carter, present Paxton Culpepper, 9, a Portales fourth-grader, with the first place ribbon dairy breeder class one. Culpepper went on to one the reserve grand champion overall.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Hours of work and practice along with family support has paid off according to winners of the Roosevelt County Fair Lamb and Dairy Heifer shows. Roosevelt County bred market lamb, finewool and blackface were among the five categories shown at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening during the lamb show. Seven […]

Pioneers ‘made of tough stuff’

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Sen. Stuart Ingle, left, shakes local businessman David Stone’s hand as he presents him with the annual Pioneer of the Year award during the Pioneer Day luncheon Thursday at the fairgrounds.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County resident George Brumfield probably said it best when he thanked God in prayer for “so many good friends for so many years” at the Pioneer Day luncheon. “When you realize the list of people who have left us … you realize you knew more than half of […]

Animal showcase

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Kasen Campbell, 10, prepares his goat, Pete, for the goat show at the Roosevelt County Fair.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Area youth spent Tuesday and Wednesday showcasing animals that many participants have been working with for as long as they can remember. The swine and goat shows were held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fair. Brenna Bates, 16, of Dora, who won the grand champion position in […]

Pet of the week

Labrador mix

Labrador mix Gender: Female Age: 1-2 years old Breed: Lab mix Story: According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, this is a calm dog. Martinez said she is fine with any type of family but does need a good amount of exercise so a college student or younger type of family would be preferred. Martinez […]

Ag True Tour comes to area

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Kenneth Davis, a third-generation farmer of Davis Farms, points out the different types of grapes in his vineyard as he talks to a tour group on Wednesday. The Ag True Tour in Clovis was hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is all too familiar with New Mexico farms. But a tour of a Clovis dairy on Wednesday hit him differently than ever before. “I had a very interesting experience there at the dairy,” Woods said about Mid-Frisian Dairy in Clovis. “I’ve been around a lot […]

School PARCC grades released

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From left, Brown Elementary Principal Becky Flen, Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain and Assistant Superintendent David Van Wettering congratulate teachers at Brown Elementary for receiving the only A grade for PARCC scores in the Portales district. Letter grades were released by the state on Wednesday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The New Mexico Public Education Department released letter grades for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Wednesday afternoon, reflecting that local schools are a mixed bag of improvements and declines. Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said what matters most is seeing the improvement, however […]

Fair entries works of heart

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Rita Jones, superintendent of the sweet delicacies competition at the fair, left, records the scores that judge Eva Dean Stephens gives items in the fancy cakes category.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Winners of the various home arts exhibitions at the Roosevelt County Fair credited their victories to love of their respective crafts. Carolyn Marshall’s candy box won best of show in the sweet delicacies category, one of many wins that she has had at the fair in recent years. “I […]