Gallegos new police chief

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As a teenager, Pat Gallegos never thought he’d become a police officer, never mind the police chief of the community he grew up in. During Tuesday’s city council meeting, , City Manager Doug Redmond announced Gallegos, 37, has been promoted from acting chief to chief. Gallegos was hired […]

Forever families

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Kayla Strachan, 7, jumps and releases her last balloon Tuesday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse, celebrating her adoption at the National Adoption Day ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kayla Nevaeh Beaman sat restlessly on Sharon Strachan’s lap. The 7-year-old wore pink from head to toe, her hair tied with ribbon curls. Kayla had anxiously waited for Tuesday too long, her parents said, so when her name was finally called by 9th Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer […]

Two horses die in fire at Muleshoe clinic

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By Eric Norwood and Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITERS Two horses and five or six dogs and cats were killed in a fire Sunday night that gutted Muleshoe Animal Clinic and Vet Supply, according to co-owner Steve Kennedy. There were no workers at the facility at the time of the fire and no human injuries […]

Santa Claus gig suits him fine

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Portales Animal Control employee Adam Aguilar, right, is already in the holiday spirit, giving away candy canes to records clerk Nora Navarrete at the Portales Police Department on Monday. Aguilar will dress as Santa Claus for the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop program, which will be giving out toys Dec. 21st at the Memorial Building.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales Animal Control officer Adam Aguilar will play Santa Claus this year as part of the Portales Police Department’s Operation Santa Cop. The program is entering its 15th year. Aguilar, a Portales native, volunteered for the position, and will be dressed as Santa Claus, complete with sleigh […]

Nuts about helping

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Vern Witten, left, with his wife of 57 years Ida Lou Witten.

There are several places Vern Witten can be spotted in Portales. He can be found volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, tutoring area students, or during the first week of November, in his kitchen whipping up a batch of his famous peanut brittle for the Portales Methodist Church’s Turkey Bazaar. He’s a jack of all […]

Zias earn first win

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was on track to start the season the way they did a year ago, and Lakeeyscia Griffin wanted no part of that. Griffin was one of five Zias in double figures and narrowly missed a double-double on Saturday as ENMU […]

Cause grows on Portales native

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Eric Segovia's week-by-week beard growth in November.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eric Segovia of Portales said he figured he had to grow a beard at least once in his life. When he saw his friends and a lot of other men with thick beards and mustaches in November, it sparked his interest in Movember, which is a global charity […]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I […]

Community comes together for holiday

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Steve Kemp is a man of simplicity. Now that the 69-year-old U.S. Navy veteran is retired from the 23 years he worked as a senior accountant for La Casa in Portales, he enjoys not doing much other than riding on his Harley-Davidson trike. Kemp narrowed his dining venues […]

Area uses caution with storms

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By Christina Calloway and Emily Crowe CMI staff writers Portales High School Junior Darin Bonem said he wasn’t going to let the snow in Portales keep him from working up a sweat. With school canceled for nearly everyone in the area from the weekend’s weather, Bonem headed to the gym early Monday afternoon to work […]