Portales couple carries on family tradition of grinding own red chile powder

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For the last 37 years, Corrine Gonzales goes through a day-long process of cutting, toasting and grinding red chiles. The year supply produces about eight to 10 large jars of chile powder, about the amount her family can consume in a year. It’s a tradition she inherited from […]

Communty program addresses dangers of teen impaired driving

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Melvin Nusser said in the 12 years he’s been principal at Portales High School, he’s thankful that none of his students have died in an accident caused by drinking and driving. He hopes that will remain unchanged through awareness brought to his students and the school’s community through […]

Portales school board non-committal on proposed $1 million share of stadium financing

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Whether Portales schools decides to support an $8 million Eastern New Mexico University football stadium by paying an eighth of its cost through a bond election is only up for discussion right now, says the district’s Superintendent Johnnie Cain. After ENMU was able to secure half the funding […]

Music, shopping at peanut festival’s second day

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The main walking area at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was lined with food vendors, leading to musical entertainment on the concrete slab. The fairgrounds hosted the annual Peanut Valley Festival, which continues 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds offers a chance to grab something to eat, dance to local musicians and fill the Christmas stockings without fretting about a Black Friday that’s a month away. Or, for brevity’s sake, it’s time to go nuts. The 40th running of the Peanut Valley Festival, […]

Sunland preparing for bankruptcy since April

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The Sunland peanut plant closed on Oct. 7.

Officials say ‘things happened’ Oct. 7 to force closing By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com and Christina Calloway CMI Senior Writer ccalloway@pntonline.com   Defunct peanut processor Sunland Inc. may have stunned and surprised Portales and much of eastern New Mexico by declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors this month. But documents filed in federal […]

Labor of love

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Fourteen Melrose women have spent the past week laboring over a quilt that will be given to a girl whose father passed away while fighting for his country. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ruoff, originally from Canon City, Colo., was working in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when he […]

Budding PHS reggae artist spreads message of peace

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Jacob Hurt is spreading a message of peace one song at a time. “My message is to spread love, peace, and to change the modern perspective on how we view each other as humans,” said Hurt. The 18-year old Portales High School senior is a budding reggae […]

Peanut festival in 40th year

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Organizers of this year’s High Plain Quilt Festival said there are more than 200 entries this year, including wearable pieces, such as these vests pictured here.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In its 40th year, the Peanut Valley Festival is going back to its roots this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. At one time, peanut farmers labeled the Valencia peanut the “golden egg” of Roosevelt County. But over the years, production has decreased because the crop has a […]

Transmission lines key to development

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico officials have high hopes of a wind energy boom in the near future with projects such as Tres Amigas, the Brahms wind farm in Grady and a Roosevelt County wind farm all in the midst of being developed. But the key factor needed to encourage […]

Beefing up the herd

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the drought’s grip on eastern New Mexico loosens, Mitzi and Robert Miller say people are at least thinking about starting to expand their cattle herds again. The Millers certainly have. In fact, the American Angus Association has recognized the Miller’s “grandma and grandpa operation” for having the […]

Lady Rams sweep Texico

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CMI staff TEXICO — After a bit of a rough start, the Portales Lady Rams took control Tuesday night. Behind 15 kills and 11 digs from senior Kristen Wagner, PHS improved to 10-4 with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-12 win over the Texico Lady Wolverines. Wagner was one of four Lady Rams with at least nine […]

Tres Amigas president: Completion date still 2016

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The president of Tres Amigas told Pure Energy Expo attendees Tuesday that although the project’s groundbreaking date was moved back numerous times, the company has made great strides with the project in 2013. “Like any development, every day gets closer,” David Stidham said of this year’s progress. “We […]

No newbie to New Mexico

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University has a new skipper in David Gomez, but he isn’t new to the area. Gomez played and coached at New Mexico Military Institute, and received a master’s degree in sports administration from New Mexico Highlands University. Gomez returns to New Mexico after stints […]

Health fair keeps growing

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Residents flocked to Roosevelt General Hospital Saturday morning to get flu shots, child immunizations, blood screenings, and other services at its health fair. A hospital spokesperson said the third annual event was expected to bring record numbers of participants. “Our first year, we maybe had 75 people […]

Jack is back

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The pumpkin harvest is in full swing in eastern New Mexico, and local residents are taking to their front porches and kitchens to put the staple autumn squash on display. Several vendors at the Clovis and Portales farmers markets sell pie pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins and the more whimsical ornamental pumpkins and […]

Jury convicts accused killer

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By Robin Fornoff rfornoff@cnjonline.com Albert Ramirez’s sobbing during closing arguments Friday turned into accusations of an unfair trial when a District Court jury found him guilty of the 2007 first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend, Eladio Robledo, 39, of Clovis. Ramirez’s tirade erupted after Judge Teddy Hartley refused to let him read a statement into […]

Sunland closure hammers peanut market

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kenneth Cox said the peanut market died in this area when Sunland, Inc. shut its doors Wednesday. The 48-year-old Roosevelt County farmer is among the peanut producers in the county and West Texas who have contracts with Sunland. He harvested and dug up his peanuts this year like […]

Junior high students learning arithme-tech

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Portales Junior High math teacher Erin Switzer instructs her students with the help of her new technology-based math curriculum. This new math curriculum has resulted in vastly improved math scores already this school year, school officials said.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Technology is the way of the world, and is now becoming the way of future generations. This is why administrators at Portales Junior High School have adopted a new math curriculum called Digits which is entirely technology-based. “Most of my students are on Twitter and Instagram, and […]

Sunland closes operations — files bankruptcy

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Sunland, Inc.was the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@cnjonline.com For Terri Lancaster, it started like any other work day at Sunland Inc., a place she said felt like home. Her world was shaken Wednesday morning when she was called into a company-wide meeting and told Sunland’s plants were closing. “It’s just a heartbreak. There was quite a […]

Vendors like new Farmers Market location

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Paxton Culpepper, right, and his brother Pierce help their mother by loading the pumpkins they selected for carving into a wagon Monday at the Portales Farmers Market.  Abby Culpepper said she buys pumpkins at the market every year.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Despite a favorable farm season and a more prominent location, Portales Farmers Market Director Margie Plummer said attendance was the same as last year. From 50 to 200 customers a day shop at The Farmers Market, which is open Mondays and Thursdays from July through October, according to […]