Fireworks fund close to goal

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Levi Gallas organizes fireworks at the fireworks stand off of Avenue C and First Street. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry, $9,100 of $10,000 goal for Portales’ fireworks fund has been raised.

STAFF REPORT July 4 is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States and the struggle to attain it, and one of the most popular ways to do so is through the use of fireworks. Portales holds its own fireworks presentation each year, filling the sky with bright lights and smoke, but in […]

Business feature: Businesses prep for summer

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Margaret Seales works on a flower boutique at Butterfly Flowers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Auto and farming businesses across Portales are preparing for summer, whether it is anticipating an increase or a decrease in business based on demand or preparing for the fall season. Auto businesses in particular commented on the consistent issues customers have with their vehicles. Doug Frank, the owner of […]

Owner: Two or three months to Tower Loft opening

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Matt Polk, top, and Abe Urias work inside the Tower Loft apartments.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Progress has been made on what used to be the Tower Twin movie theater off of Avenue A and First Street. A grand opening for what is now called the Tower Loft apartments is set for two to three months, according to Owner Max Merrick. A goal of the […]

ENMU Alumni Band reconnects

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Eastern New Mexico University Director of Bands Dustin Seifert leads the ENMU Alumni Band in a performance of Eric Whitacre’s “October.”

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Alumni of Eastern New Mexico’s music program converged on Portales this weekend to reconnect and meet other alumni, all leading up to a concert at Buchanan Hall on Saturday afternoon. The ENMU Alumni Band meets the weekend after Father’s Day every even-numbered summer for several reasons, according to ENMU […]

An academic leg up

Jonathon Tucker, 18, assigns TRiO Upward Bound 
students to 
kickball teams Tuesday 
during their team building exercises.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The TRiO Upward Bound program is finishing its third week of classes and activities, all leading up to a week long trip to Washington D.C. in mid July, upon approval.   The TRiO program, which has about 50 students, spends six weeks teaching students math, English, science and team […]

Official: Planning brings Heritage Days success

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Lawrence Gamble helps himself to a hamburger Saturday at the 2006 Portales High School 10-year reunion held in conjunction with Heritage Days.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 32nd annual Heritage Days has come and gone from Portales, and according to several individuals involved in its various events, it was a success. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said that attendance for Heritage Days was easily between 2,000 and 3,000 people over its […]

Students exercise skills at internships

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From left, intern Aaron Flores, office manager Tammy Lee, and Sure-Green founder Curtis Breshears discuss blending sheets for product assembly.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local Portales businesses have offered college students native to the area a chance to exercise their skills in newly-created internships. Sure-Green Lawn Fertilizer and Village Pharmacy officials said they aim to give back to the local community through their independent business models and emphasize friendly communication. Allison Segovia, 22, […]

Back to the ’80s

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DeAun Searl, class of 1989, catches up with classmates Saturday at the Portales High School classes of the 1980s reunion.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Portales High School graduates who for years spent their nights gathered at Donna’s Pizza Mill and Tower Twin Movie Theater spent Saturday night gathered at the Yam Theatre. The Yam hosted the Portales High School reunions for the classes from 1980-1989 Saturday for a night of snacking, dancing but […]

Miss Albuquerque crowned 2016 Miss New Mexico

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Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez gets emotional Saturday night as she is crowned the 2016 Miss New Mexico on the stage of the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez, 23, was crowned Miss New Mexico on Saturday evening on the final night of the 75th Annual Miss New Mexico Pageant. “It’s such a blur,” said Chavez. “I know it’s such a cliché when I say it’s such a surreal feeling, but it really is.” […]

Two awarded at Miss preliminaries Friday

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Miss Otero County Brandi Blair and Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez pose for a photo with their preliminary award Friday at the Miss New Mexico preliminary competition at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Blair won the award for talent, and Chavez won the award for swimwear.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 2016 Miss New Mexico festivities continued Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center where five preliminary winners were chosen: Three outstanding teens and two Miss New Mexico contestants. Miss Portales Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, who won in a tie with Miss Holoman’s Outstanding Teen Misa […]

Local teen wins pageant

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Miss Portales’ Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher waves to the crowd Saturday afternoon after she is crowned the 2016 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Miss Portales’ Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, 16, was crowned Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen Saturday at the finals for the Miss New Mexico teen pageant. Sharron Melton, 1993 Miss New Mexico and mistress of ceremonies, hosted the final show for the teen pageant. “There are so many young people […]

Heritage Days activities a hit

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Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, awards Ruth Moore with an engraved box Saturday for winning Pioneer of the Year at Heritage Days.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The 32nd Annual Heritage Days in Portales was commended this year on its ability to appeal to all ages. Several Roosevelt County citizens said they were impressed with the number of children’s activities offered this year such as bouncy castles, water balloon fights, a rock climbing wall and several […]

Miss Portales Outstanding Teen takes home talent award

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Miss Portales Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, left, and Miss Holoman’s Outstanding Teen Misa Tran pose for a photo with 2015 Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen Sasha Butcher, center. Belcher and Tran both received the award for the preliminary talent portion of Friday night’s competition at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 2016 Miss New Mexico festivities continued Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center where five preliminary winners were chosen: Three outstanding teens and two Miss New Mexico contestants. Miss Portales Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, who won in a tie with Miss Holoman’s Outstanding Teen Misa […]

Trials faced on pageant’s first night

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Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez accepts her award for top miss in the swimsuit category Thursday night at the Miss New Mexico Pageant.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Outstanding Teen contestants had to overcome their fair share of trials to perform in the opening night of the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez, 21, the preliminary swimsuit winner Thursday night, said she […]

Teaching the teachers

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Students watch the news in Spanish Wednesday as their course work for the Spanish Immersion Institute.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is hosting its 17th Spanish Immersion Institute, a class geared toward teaching teachers fluent Spanish by not letting them speak English. The class requires that students speak only Spanish. If they break the rule, they are required to pay “el banco” a quarter for each […]

Pageant contestants tour town

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Miss New Mexico Pageant contestants pose for photos on the steps of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Monday afternoon before starting their “Crown the Town” event, which kicked off the pageant’s weekly activities.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The city of Portales is going to be noticeably more beautiful this week as  Miss New Mexico pageant activities officially started Monday afternoon on the Portales town square. Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Teen contestants spent Monday participating in the “Crown the Town” event in the Portales […]

Heritage Days kicks off Friday

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The 32nd annual Heritage Days will take place Friday and Saturday in Portales. The Heritage Days car show will be part of the event again this year, taking place all day Saturday at Portales City Park.

STAFF REPORT Next weekend will see the return of Heritage Days to Portales, where residents will have the opportunity to reconnect with their community by participating in various activities, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry. Terry said the 32nd Annual Heritage Days will feature everything from barrel racing to a […]

Car seat techs help at clinic

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Mike Loftis, left, talks about proper car seat weight distribution during a car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon in the shared parking lot for Hobby Lobby and Hastings.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Of the estimated 30 cars that passed through the Safer New Mexico Now car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon, 24 were likely to have faulty car seats. According to Safer New Mexico Now Chief Operations Officer Mark McCracken, four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Lisa Stansell, […]

Ladies learn governing

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New Mexico Senators Gay Kernan (third from right) and Stuart Ingle (second from right) give advice to participants of the New Mexico American Legion’s Girls State program at a simulated House of Representatives session Thursday in the Zia Room of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A session of the House of Representatives was in full swing Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University, with members reviewing pieces of legislation and making important decisions. However, something made this session unique: It was comprised entirely of high school juniors from throughout New Mexico. The New Mexico American […]

Election to be ‘phenomenal’

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From left, Petie Baca, Silvia Baca and James Prince work through the voting process Tuesday at the memorial building for the 2016 New Mexico primary.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Love him or hate him, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was the motivation for many Roosevelt County voters’ at Tuesday’s primary election. Many voters said they came to vote simply as a part of a movement to prevent the businessman candidate from making it to office. Ashley Wimberly, a 22-year-old […]