Chili for charity

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Lynda Putzier, organizer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515’s chili and cake cook off, serves a piece of Tammy Lewis’ first place cake on Saturday.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Tammy Lewis prepared one of her favorite cakes and waited silently for five judges to decide who had best cake. Lewis prepared a key lime cake she found in a cook book and has tweaked into her own recipe that she believes is close to perfection. “I wanted to […]

Not all measles experiences fodder for national news

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By Grant McGee CMI columnist The Lady of the House and I were sitting in the living room in our recliners watching the evening news guy tell of a mumps outbreak in Ohio, measles in Texas and California. “Hmph,” I said to The Lady of the House. “We didn’t make national news when we had […]

Choice is made

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  By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Two Portales High School seniors aren’t sweating their college choices at all. Jarret Faust and Jennifer Salomon, both honor students, already have their minds made up on where they plan to spend the next four years after graduation. The National Honor Society students were asked questions about their […]

Relay important

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Yolanda Sanchez, secretary at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary and the school’s Relay for Life coach, works on the flyers for selling popcorn. Sanchez has been conducting several fundraisers to help her team raise money.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community.   By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com It’s been a big part of her life for the last decade, but the Portales Relay for Life takes on even more importance this year for Yolanda Sanchez. Last May, Sanchez […]

Friends: Cowboy loved bull riding

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Hadley Howe, a roper for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, speaks about the passing of teammate Irvyng Urquijo during a prayer vigil Wednesday on  the ENMU campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Irvyng Urquijo’s chosen sport was fraught with danger and he knew it, an Eastern New Mexico University rodeo teammate said as about 200 mourners gathered Wednesday for a prayer vigil around the fountain at the heart of the campus. Urquilo, 20, died Tuesday after a bull stepped on his […]

Cemetery improvement meeting’s focus

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More than 30 citizens gathered Tuesday at the Portales Memorial Building to discuss the future of the Portales Cemetery.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Cemetery tours, the creation of conservancy, and reviewing cemetery policy were a few of the ideas pitched by citizens and city officials Tuesday evening to improve the Portales Cemetery. The ideas were just a start for the Friends of the Cemetery group’s first meeting. The group was created by […]

Decision time

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  The clock is ticking for Dora high school senior Katie Bickley in choosing a college. As many students across the nation, Bickley is busy these days thumbing through college brochures and visiting campuses to make the best decision for her future. Bickley was asked a series of questions in regard to her decision making. […]

Mrs. Portales excited about pageants

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com It will be a first for Mrs. Portales Lorissa Marshall, 25, donning sash and crown and strolling down the catwalk in heels in front of hundreds. Marshall will do just that June 28 in Albuquerque at the African American Performing Arts Center, competing for the title of Mrs. New […]

Expanded hours

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Running a ranch and being a mother of four, Amanda Belcher of Dora spends lots of time juggling responsibilities. It doesn’t help that her two younger children are at an age when they’re prone to come down with the usual array of childhood illnesses. That’s meant plenty of […]

Dairy recovery steady

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The eastern New Mexico dairy industry is getting some relief from four years of decline, according to local officials.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Curry County dairyman Albin Smith said there were many days over the last four years when he wasn’t sure his business was going to make it. Smith, the owner of Curry County dairies SAS and Arrowhead, said trying to bounce back from four years of decline has not and […]