Literacy gets focus

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency Head Start has proclaimed November as their Literacy Awareness Month in an effort to focus on literacy for Head Start students and prepare them for kindergarten. “This is a statewide literacy awareness event,” said Susan Zamora, Head Start director for EPCAA. […]

Costumed kids get safe sweets

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Olivia Low did not want to be a princess or anything that girls would stereotypically be. She wanted to take one small step for candy but a giant step for girl power with her astronaut costume. “I wanted to be an astronaut because everyone else is something girlie,” […]

My Turn: Miss Jan’s manners best Halloween tradition

Betty Williamson

My friends Jan and Rick Hauptmann lived in a beautiful home on East 17th Street in Portales, a broad road that bisects one of the most popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods in town. Jan, known as “Miss Jan” to my young daughter and hundreds of area youngsters, was the queen of Halloween. Early each Halloween evening, Miss […]

ENMU Library holds film history

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy said Star Wars Creator George Lucas provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

CMI staff A few dedicated sci-fi fans are in on the secret about Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s gem in the Special Collections section. Upon request, there are original movie scripts and screenplays available for public viewing from Leigh Brackett, an author and screenwriter who was good friends with ENMU legend and science fiction […]

13th year for spear contest

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 13th Annual Fall Atlatl Competition Saturday morning at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site drew participants from across New Mexico and Texas. Nicholas Unger made a trip from San Marcos, Texas, with his two grandsons. “I’ve been coming to this event for the past four years,” said […]

Blood drives crucial for community benefit

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com While most people were sitting down to a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Exie Price Williams was in the hospital that Thursday in 2008. She was there with a stomach virus she says saved her life because while there, her blood work revealed she had aplastic anemia, a bone […]

West Texas A&M sweeps meet; ENMU men second

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams knew their chances of winning Lone Star Conference championships on Saturday were slim, but they’ll take what they got. ENMU’s men, the two-time defending LSC champions, put three runners in the top 15, good for all-confrerence honors, en […]

Hall of honors 2013

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CMI staff This year, Eastern New Mexico University inducts five new members into its Hall of Honors. The five selected, in alphabetical order, are: Phil Clabaugh, former ENMU baseball coach Lindsey Davison-Masiarek, former Zia volleyball setter Mike Maguire, former ENMU volleyball coach and athletic director Elizabeth Richards-Capps, former Zia basketball forward Tommy Joe Smith, former […]

PHS topples Clovis

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Nothing specific was really on the line when Clovis played Portales in volleyball on Thursday night at the Ram Athletic Center. That doesn’t mean the teams didn’t go hard at each other in what amounted to a rubber match for the season. Staring at a likely 2-1 deficit […]

The community has taken up a collection for Sunlands laid off employees

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Marnee Stratton stood at the beginning of a line, placing bars of soap in empty boxes that were passed to her Thursday morning. Stratton was part of a volunteer assembly line that packed the boxes with household essentials to distribute to the 100 laid-off workers from the Sunland […]

Gallery is local art staple

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Art Department intern Betsi Ordonez Santos refreshes the Runnels Gallery guest book to prepare for a new exhibit that started Wednesday featuring the works of Santa Fe artist Patricia Pearce.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library has been an art staple in the community, not just at the university. The space provides a home for a variety of artwork to be shared with students and the community, and features an array of artists that […]

My Turn: Curious Chris ‘edu-tains’ locals

Betty Williamson

For 15 years, Chris Harrell taught elementary students in Portales and Clovis, reinforcing lessons with clever original songs performed on guitar, harmonica and jug band instruments. When he retired in May from Bella Vista Arts Academy in Clovis, Chris happily closed his grade book and waved farewell to “all the hoopla that goes along with […]

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

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
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 […]