High bids at ENMU auction


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Hannah Cabeldue was eyeing two bicycles at the Eastern New Mexico University surplus auction on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena parking lot, but she had to wait. Sitting next to the bikes on chairs that were also being auctioned off, Cabeldue waited in the humid weather for the auctioneer […]

Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

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Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]

A decade of supporting cancer patients on High Plains


By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Family and support are the words cancer survivor Barbara O’briant uses when she talks about the Plains Regional Cancer Center. “All in all, Clovis Cancer Center became a home away from home with the best family anyone can ask for,” O’briant said as she addressed the crowd at the center’s 10-year […]

More than a job

Lillian Bowe: Staff writer
House mother Serenity Richardson plays with Sam Penal, 2, on Thursday at the Baptist Children’s Home. Richardson and her husband Scott have been house parents for a year. The couple moved from Louisiana to take positions at the home.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Serenity and Scott Richardson are no strangers to being parents. The Richardson’s have an 11-year-old son and have been foster parents for five years, so when the opportunity to become full-time parents […]

Wife’s reluctance to leave surprised me

Kitsana Dounglomchan

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Something unexpected happened last week. I got an assignment to New Delhi, India. It wasn’t entirely a surprise; I did apply for the position by clicking a button on the assignment management website, but I’ve clicked plenty of buttons on there before without anything happening. This wasn’t the biggest surprise of […]

Street facelift planned

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This stretch of 18th Street in Portales, from Avenue O to U.S. 70, will be rehabilitated soon. The cost of the project is a little less than $75,000.

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales resident Kathleen Turnbow said the city’s most recent project to be approved will be a bittersweet one. The retired resident lives along the stretch of 18th Street that will be rehabilitated, a project she says is long overdue but isn’t a real solution to the problem. “We get […]

Moving forward

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City and state leaders dig in Tuesday at the construction site of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. The $27 million project is expected to be completed in about a year.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com With gold and chrome-colored shovels in hand, area and state leadership broke ground Tuesday at the construction site for Portales’ new wastewater treatment plant, the largest investment in water infrastructure that the New Mexico Environment Department has made, according to NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn. Construction of the $27 million […]

Digging movies

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David Kilby, professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, shows artifacts he has found. Kilby is offering a class this fall called Anthropology on the Silver Screen.  The purpose is to show the differences between movies and real life.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com David Kilby, a professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, has a special love for movies. Whether its action, drama or comedy, Kilby is a fan. His love for movies gave him the idea to start a class about how anthropologists and archaeologist are portrayed in the blockbuster […]

What’s in a name? Plenty

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Things you might not know about places you probably do: • Origins for the names of many eastern New Mexico communities have been lost to time. The tiny Roosevelt County village of Elida is a good example. “Roosevelt County History and Heritage,” published in 1975, includes multiple pages about Elida’s earliest […]

Car show packs Portales square

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Carlos Duran, 22, of Portales, examines cars with his wife Bianca Duran and their daughter Zanida Duran, 2, Friday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Duran is a member of the Los Reyes car club and said he plans on showing his truck in the coming year.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Today, $4,600 for a vehicle may not seem too pricey, but for J.D. Cole of Clovis, that amount of money bought him the vehicle that would last four generations. It was a 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon that took him, his wife, and four children to Missouri each summer, 11 […]

Student opportunities abound

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T.J. Richardson, 15, balances an egg on a fork as part of Upward Bound’s team build exercises on Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University’s campus. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the students play games to get know one another better.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Isbele Garcia, 15, joined Eastern New Mexico University’s Upward Bound program this year knowing she would learn a little more than she would in school, but she did not expect to see […]

On the learning curve

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Third-grade students dissect owl pellets found near small animal skulls; part of the owl thematic unit.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Portales Elementary Schools are trying to bring their reading proficiency scores up by having students near proficiency attend a four-week, four-hour-a-day summer school. The summer school for elementary students is grades first through third and the school is only focused on literacy. The school’s goal is to get the […]

Drug plan reactions mixed

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Wal-Mart Pharmacy Technician Kendra Lopez fills a prescription Tuesday afternoon in the store’s pharmacy. The pharmacy will be accepting the Coast2Coast discount prescription card. Coast2Coast has been operating since 2006.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County officials are hopeful with the county’s participation in the Coast2Coast discount prescription card program, citizens will have access to low-cost medication. “With health care costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time […]

Escapee has violent past at jail


By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Eddy County inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County officials while on a work detail Wednesday was also involved in a fight in the Roosevelt jail two years ago. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb has said officials did not know Senovio Mendoza Jr. was being held on murder charges; […]

Program helps parents find purpose


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com David Briseno knows the job of a parent is an important one. He uses his parenting skills gained dealing with four children and three grandchildren to teach parenting classes at the Portales Municipal School’s Family Leadership Institute. July is Purposeful Parenting Month and Briseno teaches parents what it means […]

First of three portables arrives

Lillian Bowe: Staff photoSemi-trucks hauling a portable office to the Roosevelt County Courthouse had to drive over the sidewalk to get into the parking lot. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said Williamson Renovations, the company moving the portables, would be pay for damage to the sidewalk.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com One of the three portables offices, which will be used to house the employees of Roosevelt County Courthouse during the replacement of HVAC system, arrived on Monday at the north parking lot of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The two halves of the portable office being hauled by two semi-trucks […]

Positive response

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Rita Ake gave blood Saturday in the United Blood Services Donor Coach set up at Walmart. Ake said she donates blood because she never knows when her family might need it. After donations, donors get salty snacks and water to keep hydrated.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The need for O negative blood brought the United Blood Services (UBS) in Lubbock to Portales on Saturday and they were not disappointed with the response from donors. Peggy Brown, one of the coordinators of the blood drive, said they had seen 14 people by noon and they had […]

Homeowner search is on


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The search for a new partner family for the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity has been a hard one this year. After their last build that ended in December, Habitat for Humanity has gone through 14 applicants. Joyce Davis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Roosevelt […]

Fireworks light up Portales sky

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Miriam Morales, 12, left, tries to light fireworks with her sister Jennifer Morales, 10, as the Portales Fourth of July celebration begins Friday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University track.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Emma Baca, 9, smiled as the fireworks lit up the sky on Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena. But there was one problem. “The bugs keep attacking me,” Emma complained. Emma’s mother, Jodi Baca, said she loved the fireworks, but she had to keep kicking off the bugs. […]

Escapee murder suspect


By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A Roosevelt County inmate being held on first-degree murder charges remained in the custody of Texas officials Thursday after being accused of assaulting a county employee to escape a work detail and leading police on a high-speed chase from Portales to Sudan, Texas, according to officials. Senovio Mendoza Jr., […]