Good to be queen

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Kyla Myers of Clovis gives her speech, “So God Made a Cowboy,” during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico competition Friday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Myers was crowned as Miss Rodeo Elect New Mexico and will compete in 2017 for Miss Rodeo America.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Pomp and pageantry fit for a queen took center stage during Friday’s Miss Rodeo New Mexico fashion show, speech and coronation at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Contestants vied for the titles of Little Miss Rodeo, Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen and Miss Rodeo New Mexico during the festivities. […]

Thunderbird pilot OK after crash

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Maj. Alex Turner, left, is greeted by his crew chief, Staff Sgt. Pierce Gillis, last week at Cannon Air Force Base. Turner was the pilot of the No. 6 Thunderbird jet that crashed. He ejected and was not seriously injured.

The Associated Press AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The pilot of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird ejected safely into a Colorado field Thursday, crashing the fighter jet moments after flying over a crowd watching President Barack Obama’s commencement address for Air Force cadets. A short helicopter ride later, the pilot found himself shaking hands with […]

Mobile dairy classroom stops at park

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The Portales Public Library youth program traveled Thursday to City Park for a presentation by the mobile dairy classroom, taught by Cody Lightfoot, right. The children learned about cows, milk and dairy production from Lightfoot and Maggie, the cow.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A sizable crowd of children descended on Portales City Park on Thursday morning, along with a trailer containing one large dairy cow named Maggie. Maggie was there as part of the Portales Public Library’s summer program, and was introduced to the children by Cody Lightfoot, the mobile dairy classroom […]

Storms make for sloshy day

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Steaphan Shepherd shields himself from the rain with an umbrella as he walks down the street in Portales on Wednesday. Portales received rainfall all day on Wednesday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com When it rains in Portales, it pours, and that can sometimes cause complications for its residents. Sandy Vigil of Portales MainStreet said that she likes the weather but has been experiencing some difficulties with the rain. Because her house in Elida is undergoing renovations, she is currently living in […]

Local residents to fish for free Saturday

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Local residents will have the opportunity to fish in public waters throughout the state without a license on Saturday. The day of “free fishing” held by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish allows those without a license to fish.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com On Saturday, residents will be able to enjoy a day of fishing with their families without the requirement of a fishing license. According to a press release by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the day of “free fishing” is being held to celebrate National Boating and […]

Despite weather, air show finishes on high note

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Selene Azdar, 4, records the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds show with the help of her brother, Felipe Azdar, 13, during the Cannon Air Force Base Air Show Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The weather might have had the final say on the schedule, but organizers for the 2016 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show couldn’t have been happier with everything else. Capt. Jonathan Welch served as ground boss, one of three commanders for the show along […]

Speaker: Memorial Day for more than remembrance

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Col. Ahave Brown of Cannon Air Force Base gestures towards the American flag Monday morning as he talks to Portales residents about never forgetting the sacrifice of those who died for their freedoms.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Cannon Air Force Base Col. Ahave Brown’s message at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony reminded Portales residents that Memorial Day is not just for remembering but also for giving thanks and offering prayer. “It is more than just a day of remembrance. It is a time to say thank you; […]

VFW members hang wreath at war memorial

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Local members of Future Farmers of America and 4-H, as well as veteran and pastor Bryan Tabor of Arch (far right), place their hands over their hearts during “Taps” at the Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Memorial Day service Monday.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Residents from the area gathered on the square in Portales Monday morning to join the Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars in honoring the sacrifices of the nation’s military. Members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America were invited by the VFW to hang a wreath on the war memorial […]

Cannon air show a success

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The U.S. Thunderbirds do the reflection pass during Saturday’s Cannon Air Force Base air show.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure more than a decade ago, one of the key arguments that saved it was Eastern New Mexico’s open skies and ideal flying conditions. Saturday was no exception, as the home of the 27th Special Operations Wing […]

MainStreet to hold events with Heritage Days

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STAFF REPORT The 32nd Annual Roosevelt County Heritage Days festival is set to hit Portales June 17 and 18, and aside from the many activities that the main event will bring, there is an entirely different set of events planned by the Portales Main Street Program. Main Street will hold three separate events on June […]

Hometown Hero gets flight of lifetime

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Thunderbird pilot Maj. Scott Petz and hometown hero Ty Gonser are greeted Friday at Cannon Air Force Base by members of the Thunderbirds ground crew after a orientation flight.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Ty Gonser didn’t expect any type of reward when he freed motorists from Winter Storm Goliath’s snow drifts. He just thought it was the right thing to do. The unassuming Clovis resident got his latest reward Friday morning, as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds briefly freed him from gravity. […]

Former Zia student comes back as Thunderbird

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Lead Solo pilot Capt. Nicholas Eberling receives a high-five from Kynlee Ulibarri, 3, of Clovis, after addressing a group at the Clovis-Carver Library on Friday.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com This weekend’s Cannon Air Force Base Air Show represents a homecoming of sorts for one of the Air Force’s Thunderbird pilots, who proudly sports Clovis ties and even worked as a volunteer during a previous Cannon show featuring the renown flight team. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Eberling attended Zia […]

The Thunderbirds have arrived

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Staff Sgt. Andrew Kim cleans the exterior of the No. 6 jet.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com One distinct sound. One distinct look. One distinct bond. The Thunderbirds, the most distinct of the Air Force’s many distinctions, made their arrival Thursday afternoon with a noise that pierced the calm skies above eastern New Mexico and left smoke trails on a day with little cloud cover as […]

Vacation Bible school a staple of the season

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Students at Calvary Baptist Church’s 2015 Vacation Bible School dance and sing. Calvary Baptist is one of several local Portales churches to hold VBS programs each summer.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Right alongside the beach vacations and family vacations are the vacation Bible schools held by Portales churches. A variety of church denominations host these events as a way to help minister to children, according to church officials. “Religion is so important, and we need to feed these kids’ souls […]

Pet of the week — May 27

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Border collie mix Gender: Female Age: About 4 months old Breed: Border collie mix Personality: Calm, friendly This puppy was found as a stray. According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, she’s a big attention seeker, very friendly and playful. Martinez says this pup is great for a family that doesn’t want a large dog […]

Veterans groups to honor fallen

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The Portales American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations hold Memorial Day ceremonies each year to honor military members killed in the line of duty. Both organizations will be holding ceremonies on Monday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com With Memorial Day happening this Monday, local veteran’s organizations are set to hold events honoring their fallen brothers and sisters. The Portales American Legion’s annual Memorial Day program will take place at the Portales cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Col. Ahave Brown of Cannon Air […]

Gearing up for summer

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Grace Coy, assistant children’s librarian at Portales Public Library, prepares their meeting room on Tuesday for the library’s youth summer program, titled ‘Ready, Get Set, Read’. The program begins June 1 and is  one of numerous activities for Portales children.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com With temperatures rising and local schools letting out, Portales organizations are preparing for the summer rush of children. The Portales Recreation Center is holding their annual summer programs, for members only, called Kidz N’ Motion. The program, which has two sessions, one from June 6 to July 1 and […]

PHS graduates finish chapter

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Miguel Barrera receives his diploma at the 2016 Portales High School graduation Friday at Greyhound Arena.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com As they walked across the stage Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena, the 159 Portales High School graduates appeared to be glowing with thoughts of the future. PHS graduate and National Honor Society member Ryann Privett gave a thoughtful introduction to the ceremony. “As a […]

Graduation only the beginning

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Salutatorian Neiry Mendoza delivers her salutatory address at the 2016 Floyd High School graduation Saturday afternoon.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Taking the next step into the rest of their lives proven to be an emotional experience for the 2016 graduates of Floyd High School at their commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon. “This is the part where I tell my classmates, ‘We did it. We’re finished. Congratulations.’ All those things might […]

Something to brag about

Ariel Kokoricha, left, and Christina Benitscheck

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Christina Benitscheck never gets tired of confirming the correct spelling of her name. “I think that’s how I became such a good speller … having to spell out my name all those years,” she said, laughing. Benitscheck is one of the best spellers in eastern New Mexico history, as […]