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

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
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

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
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 […]

ENMU celebrates homecoming weekend

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales High School marching band entertains the crowd during the ENMU Homecoming Parade.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming theme “Return to Paradise,” had a strong influence on all festivities Saturday. The Homecoming parade looked like an Hawaiian luau, as the tropical theme was displayed on almost every float, and leis with colorful flowers were thrown along with the traditional […]

Students overwhelmingly pass new stadium proposal

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Students will vote whether to support this proposed Eastern New Mexico University football stadium from Wednesday to Friday. Students are being asked to pay half of the $8 million cost.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Valerie Mestas is excited to know that in a couple of years, she’ll be watching the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds play at a stadium in Portales with her son, an updated experience she wants to share from her childhood. “My parents went to school here, so growing up, I got […]

Musicians helping each other follow dreams

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News Tribune
Amauris Lopez, 23, also known as Teddy P., plays a song in his studio in Portales. Lopez is a native of New York City and goes to school at Eastern New Mexico University. In his free time, he works on his music.

Editor’s note: This profile is the first in a weekly series this month about the world of music.   By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Inside of a makeshift studio in a commercial building in west Portales, dreams are being pursued and skills are being crafted. Amauris Lopez, 23, created this haven of […]

Lindsey-Steiner spirited bunch

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students show their school spirit on Pink Day in support of breast cancer.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Spirits are high this week at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary as students celebrate the tradition of homecoming. Student council members made up of representatives from every class voted on dress-up themes for Spirit Week, which coincides with homecoming week for Eastern New Mexico University. “We’ve always do a Spirit […]

Goddard outlasts Lady Rams in five

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CMI staff Portales High and Roswell Goddard went back-and-forth for four sets Tuesday night before the Lady Rockets pulled away in the tie-breaker set for a 25-23, 24-26, 30-28, 24-26, 15-11 win at the Ram Athletic Center. The win was the first this season in three tries for the Lady Rockets (10-4) against PHS (8-2). […]

Inmate captured in Salt Lake City

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PNT staff Roosevelt County jail escapee Robert Claudio was captured without incident Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Claudio, 31, who was being held on an aggravated battery charge, escaped late Friday night with two other men. Claudio was also on parole for a homicide committed as a […]

Q&A: Fiddlin’ student has eyes on fame

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Coby Carter, a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University, may be headed for the big time as a member of StateLine, a country music band from Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. The youngest member and only Portales native has been playing the fiddle for the group […]

Students: Stadium election about giving back

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Students will vote whether to support this proposed Eastern New Mexico University football stadium from Wednesday to Friday. Students are being asked to pay half of the $8 million cost.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Full-time Eastern New Mexico University students planning to vote in favor of a proposed $8 million football stadium say it’s about giving something to the community that will go beyond benefiting them. The election will be held online Wednesday to Friday. “It would attract more of an on-campus […]

Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

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CMI Staff Report One man accused of a violent crime remained at large and two others were captured early this morning in the second escape from the Roosevelt County jail in three months. All three men escaped from the Roosevelt County jail late Friday, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker said. Robert Claudio, 31, of Portales, […]

Kinetic founder Kelsey Prince says group trying to give back to community

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kelsey Prince’s hopes to make her city better, especially the parks she grew up playing in, turned out to be more than a pipe dream. The 19-year-old Portales native said she was hanging with her friends at the city’s skate park, bouncing ideas off one another on ways […]

Airman enjoys laid-back feel of Portales

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Editor’s note: This is the thirdmonthly series of profiles Portales transplants. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Senior Airman Nate Lunders chose Portales over Clovis when he was first stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. “I like the mentality here. It’s a little more relaxed than Clovis. It’s real laid back,” said Lunders, […]

Police raid businesses

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Deputy TJ Gibson wraps glass pipes in newspaper that were confiscated as evidence from a Portales smoke shop on Wednesday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Hundreds of bags of organic herbal potpourri were confiscated from two Portales smoke shops Wednesday by local law enforcement executing search warrants. The search warrants, based on information from a police informant, said police had probable cause to search the smoke shops because they believe the potpourri was […]

Month designated for Hispanic heritage

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing at Eastern New Mexico University. The office of Hispanic Affairs is celebrating this period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. by putting on multiple events on campus that are open to the public. “Our goal is to bring cultural awareness […]

Health seminar leaves questions unanswered

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Local small business owners still had questions after attending a seminar held Tuesday at the Yam Theatre regarding new state health insurance options for small businesses. “I have employees, five of them. We may have to scale back on our operation, as far as the cost,” said […]

Not all students can vote on new stadium

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Only full-time Eastern New Mexico University students will decide the fate of a proposed $8 million football stadium to be built ion campus. But if the vote is successful, all students will share the burden for the next 30 years. Fifty-seven percent of ENMU’s record fall enrollment of […]

Road condition concerns some

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Portales residents have complained about the bump the vehicle pictured here is driving over on Second Street and Avenue E. Citizens have told councilors and other city officials that they felt the bump is a bit high and uneven between lanes.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales City Councilor Dianne Parker said a few of her constituents have noticed areas along First Street that are low and creating puddles when it rains. “The one concern was the last time we had that nice rain, I had one of my constituents text and ask me […]