Q&A: PHS homecoming queen plans career in psychology

HomeComing

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Emiliana Walker was as surprised as anyone when she won Homecoming Queen of Portales High School last week. Her parents are Portales High graduates, and they were as excited as ever their daughter won. Walker sports a 3.6 grade point average, is a […]

Bonds of man and beast

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Man and beast joined forces in the spirit of competition Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University’s College Daze Rodeo. “Balance is a big thing. You got to keep your feet under you,” said Clay Bonner, a junior at ENMU who competed in calf roping and team roping. […]

Striking a chord

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By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Nearly 40 angelic voices filled the room of the Council of Professors Emeriti building Friday on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to sing for the one man who had inspired each of them in addition to generations of music students that have attended ENMU. The singers, comprised of current and former […]

La Casa strikes deal for ENMU health services

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students will no longer have to be referred to Roosevelt General Hospital for medical needs that can’t be taken care of at the school’s clinic as officials finalized a deal to contract medical services from La Casa Family Health Center. The nurse practitioner who […]

Salmonella case at Portales hatchery considered closed

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A New Mexico Department of Health official labeled a nationwide salmonella outbreak connected to a Portales hatchery in August a “case closed.” The department’s Public Information Officer David Morgan said Privett Hatchery, which supplies baby chicks and other live baby poultry, has corrected the issues that linked a […]

Education feature: Class shows students how to take a dive

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by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com This fall at Eastern New Mexico University, exploration is just a dive away as a scuba diving certification course will be available to the public. The class is taught by Mike Hale, who has been holding scuba certification courses at ENMU for the past 11 years. “Mike […]

West Nile Virus cases reported

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CMI staff A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release. The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and […]

Shaking up business

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Mike Doerr and Robyn Pease didn’t know what to quite expect when they decided to open SunFit Nutrition in August. Both had been using Herbalife products for a few months, and saw a need for a place in Portales that offered nutritional products and a community support […]

Drug shakes town

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Christian Garcia said it will take more than pep rallies to rid his school of synthetic marijuana, its street name known as spice, because it’s popular among students right now. “They have these pep rallies but the ones who are doing it aren’t going to stop because of […]

Q&A: Ex-marine leads police force

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Interim police chief Pat Gallegos has come a long way. Nineteen years ago he had just graduated from Portales High School and was headed to the Marines and now Gallegos is the Interim Chief of Police. With the police department in an uncertain situation after the resignation […]

Aiming for Glory

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Chiefs running back Griffin Hooker, 10, rumbles over Broncos defenders on his way to the goal line.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Grade school students from across Roosevelt County aimed for gridiron glory Saturday as Portales City Sports kicked off their youth tackle football season at the Portales Junior High football field. “I was pretty much born a football fan so I’m ready,” said Alex Cleveland, 9, of the […]

Groundwater discharge hearing set

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Local dairymen said they are looking forward to an upcoming hearing in March that will allow them to voice their opinions about state groundwater rules  placed on them in 2010. Dairymen said they advocate for water safety for New Mexico residents, but want flexibility in how to achieve that goal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Dairymen felt their input wasn’t heard before, but earlier this week the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission voted to set a hearing in March 2014 to give them a platform to voice their concerns regarding groundwater discharge rules that affect them. The rules, set in December 2010 […]

The train is comin’

Baxter Black

The furor of lawsuit threats, animal rights terrorists, gesticulating celebrity actors and ex-politicians traveling the countryside like Barnum and Bailey is finally bringing out those who really have something at stake in the Wild Horse/Domestic Horse slaughter issue. It is easy for a movie star or politician or animal rights advocate to fall under the […]

Something special: Events kick off at Special Olympics state equestrian competition

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Bob and Carol Bennett of Melrose served as volunteers at the Special Olympics state equestrian competition. They provided horses for the event and their granddaughter was a contestant.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A special group of athletes has gathered in Clovis to strut their stuff alongside their equine companions. Volunteers, families and participants descended Friday upon the Curry County Events Center for the first round of events at the Special Olympics of New Mexico state equestrian competition. Participants showed off […]

The kid brother: An ode to John

Grant McGee

You probably knew a kid like John. It’s when you’re in high school and you’re hanging out with your friends and one of your pals has a kid brother who’s hanging around too. That was John. John was Mary Kay’s brother, Mary Kay was Catfish’s girlfriend and Catfish was my pal. That’s how I knew […]

Lots of ways to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day

Sharna Johnson

Sunday, Sept. 22, is a big day. No, really, it’s a BIG day, So big, in fact — like seven or so tons big — it’s hard to imagine how anyone could forget. Here’s another hint: If they knew it was their day, they sure wouldn’t forget because they never forget. And with ears like […]

Firefighter adjusts to small town life

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Reylon Wimbish has accomplished a lot in his first six months as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Portales Fire Department. “Me and another firefighter rescued a woman from a house fire. It was pretty intense,” said the 24-year old Wimbish. Wimbish was awarded a […]

Portales City Sports gets new athletic director

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales City Sports is under new management. Strawberry Robinson, who has been employed at the Portales Recreation Center for more than four years, is now running the show as the sports athletic director.   What is the difference between your former position and your current position? There […]

Set out water bird seed, they will come

Betty Williamson

By day, Grant Beauprez is a lesser prairie chicken biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. But on evenings and weekends, and any time he is in the field or watching bird feeders sitting just outside his office window, Grant keeps tabs on all sorts of feathered critters who live in or […]

Construction finished at Portales McDonald’s

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer calloway@pntonline.com Tessa Smith said her four children had been asking for months about going to McDonald’s during their daily drive past the construction site. Tuesday’s opening of the newly constructed restaurant put an end to the inquiries and begging from her children. “We homeschool so we figure now is […]