Meet the…Portales church choir members

Music is healing and music can make you happy. - Janice Smartnick

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Jo Rackler said she always remembers loving to sing. Starting at 10 years old, Rackler solos to do specials at church. Her church did not have a choir, but when her […]

Animal adoptions up

Animal Control officer Dustin Bouchard refills the water bowls of the animals in the Portales Animal Shelter at the end of his shift.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Animal adoptions at the Portales Animal Shelter have more than tripled since 2010, according to animal control officers. Officer Walter Chambers said he isn’t sure exactly why the number of adoptions have been on an upward trend since 2010, but he said it could be a sign that […]

Education feature — PHS media arts class gains students

Franklin Smith, center, teaches media students how to use programs that edit video and sound. The class also does live stream videos.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Curtis Utly started last year as the “new guy” at Portales High School. Taking the media arts class that is offered at the school, Utly learned video editing while working within a group. “Everyone was really friendly and I made new friends because of this class,” Utly said […]

Roswell native knew teacher who worked at school

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By Emily Crowe and Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITERS Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza said she immediately thought of her family and friends when she heard of Tuesday’s shooting at a Roswell middle school. The early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School wounded two students. A 12-year-old classmate is in custody, accused of pulling a […]

Roswell student: Shooter pulled gun from band instrument case

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Berrendo Middle School student Gabby Vasquez told reporters the boy who was shot "got along with everybody."

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy was […]

Making right choices stressed

New Mexico Activities Association Assistant Director Rudy Aragon talks to student athletes about making the right choices so they can be stronger competitors.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The assistant directors of the New Mexico Activities Association told Portales High School student-athletes that if they aren’t doing all it takes to be the best version of themselves, there is still time. NMAA’s Rudy Aragon thinks the words he and others from the NMAA shared with students […]

Portales sweeps Saturday Shoot Out games

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Tularosa’s speed and quickness caused the Portales Lady Rams some problems Saturday night. The Lady Wildcats just didn’t have the size to make a game of it.   Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while her backup, junior McKenzie Bucksath, added 10 points and […]

Better night than never

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Shayla Ornelas, front, takes her history course online at Portales High School’s computer lab while PHS Assistant Principal Garrick Matthews supervises. Ornelas, 15, is one of 20 students in the night school program.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Reyna Navarrete felt her life situations were too demanding, the 17-year-old dropped out of high school. Her priorities shifted from doing well in school to raising her 1-year-old daughter as a single mother. “I had to look for a job to take care of my daughter,” said […]

Texico, Tatum gain finals

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Melrose’s Taylor Bostwick tries to split Tatum defenders Abby Medlin, left, and Kynzie McNeillin the second quarter of their Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Two great minutes aren’t nearly enough to overcome nine bad ones on most nights. Against an undefeated Tatum team, it was even more difficult. Abby Medlin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tatum survived a late Melrose burst for a 48-36 victory in the semifinals of the […]

Still standing — Comedian Paul Rodriguez is cloing to Clovis

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Paul Rodriguez will perform Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center.

Paul Rodriguez is a famous comedian, but he’s the second Paul Rodriguez to come up in a Google search. Rodriguez, who turns 60 on the Sunday following his Friday performance at the Clovis Civic Center, is the father of Paul Rodriguez Jr., a professional skateboarder who may be more famous these days. Tickets are $32, […]