Drug Court commemorates eight years with celebration

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Ninth Judicial District Adult Drug Court
participants gather up food they collected for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico on Wednesday at the Drug Court celebration in the Roosevelt County Courthouse.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Pamala Combs looked onto a group of recovering drug addicts Wednesday as she gave an emotional plea for them to stay consistent with their efforts to be sober. A grandmother from Clovis, Combs told her story of drug abuse and the long road to recovery. She said she would reach […]

Student profiles: Floyd High School


Editor’s note: It’s graduation season. This is the second story in a series of Roosevelt County graduate profiles. By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Four Floyd High School students shared their hopes for the future and reflected on their high school careers as their senior year comes to an end. Graduation is at 1 p.m. […]

Firefighters in training

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 Firefighters assist in extricating new recruit Andrew Bernal who, in the scenario, had become unconscious and had to be carried through the window when leaving the building. The trainings are to help the novices adapt to real-life situations.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It seems like a dream deferred, but at 38, Nole Pitts said being a firefighter is his calling. Pitts expected to join a department in Arizona after graduating from the fire academy several years ago. But after a state hiring freeze, he moved to Illinois where he was part of […]

Winning work

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Kathy Jennings does one of her daily duties as postmaster, time stamping all the mail that comes into the office on Monday at the Floyd post office. This year Jennings won the New Mexico Postmaster of the Year, which is voted by other postmasters around the state.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Kathy Jennings has lived in McAlister for most of her life and 16 years ago she took over the job of being a postmaster at the town’s post office. Then in 2004, Jennings took the postmaster job at Floyd and the community has taken notice of her hard work. […]

Graduation commences


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com After seven years of school, Judy Crockett is ready to go to work. Getting her master of business administrations, Crockett will be working as a certified public accountant. Crockett graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with 561 students on Saturday at a packed Greyhound Arena. This was the largest […]

Women building

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Laura Morrison, left, is cutting headers for the Fifth Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build on Saturday. Gary Rhode is supervising the build, teaching the women safety tips and other techniques for building.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The day before Mother’s Day, Anna Walker invited her mother-in-law, Becky Walker, to help build a house. Anna, originally from Brazil, wanted to spend more time with the mother of her husband. “She is so present in my life and she is my friend. We share everything and I […]

Soldier honored with ‘tiny detail’

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Casper Eurlings said J. Laverne Nicklas deserves to ‘have his correct name on his grave,’ and so he helped make that happen.

By David Stevens PNT editor Nobody alive today remembers what the J stood for, if it stood for anything. But the man was a war hero and he deserved to be remembered by the proper name. And so last month, thanks to a World War II researcher and a man who regularly visits the American […]

County candidates showcase skills at Yam Theatre

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Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry tests the mic Thursday night at the Roosevelt County Election Forum held at the Yam Theatre. Behind him are the Republican Roosevelt County Commission candidates facing off in the June primary.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County candidates in the June primary election showcased their public speaking skills and showed voters their differences and similarities from their opponents Thursday at an election forum held in the Yam Theatre. The forum was sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and gave voters a better picture […]

Going places


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Kamarie Schmidt, 24, has many plans when she leaves Portales. One will be going to the University of Northern Iowa to get her master’s degree in music education. “I am a little apprehensive being 16 hours away from home, but I am very excited too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt, from […]

Protect and serve

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Detective Christopher Mitchell, right, talks to patrol Lt. David Meeks on outside the Portales Police Department. Mitchell has been a part of the department since 2013 and served in the Air Force for 22 years.

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 Detective Christopher Mitchell gets paid to talk to people, which is one of the many reasons he loves his job at the Portales Police Department “The people in this department are great […]

Brown gets grant for public preschool

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 Tanya Baca, secretary at Brown Early Childhood Center, sets up paperwork that parents must fill out for the new preschool program on Wednesday at the school. Enrollment started on Tuesday and if more than 60 students apply, the students will be chosen by lottery.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Brown Early Childhood Center was awarded the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department grant, which provides money to create a public preschool for 4-year-olds. Rebecca Flen, the principal of Brown, said the school asked for 200 places for the students, but the grant only funds 60 students. “It […]

County clerk candidates weigh in


Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Clerk in the June 3 primary election. Both candidates responded to a series of questions from the Portales News-Tribune: Beverly Bennett Age: 58 Profile: She has been a real estate broker and manager since 1993 and has been on the Planning and Zoning Commission since […]

Out of commission

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Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, Air Force Special Operations Command Commander,  gives his remarks at Tuesday’s afternoon AC-130H retirement and Grave Digger dedication at Cannon Air Force Base air park.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com It was clear Tuesday afternoon that being a member of a gunship is more than just a job. It’s a culture. And more importantly to those who have served on one, it’s being part of a family. “In my opinion, there’s only two types of people in the Air […]

Sisters share wedding day

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Sisters Katelyn Aulson, left, and Emily Aulson set up the Under Ground Embassy for their wedding reception to be held there on Sunday.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Sisters Katelyn and Emily Aulson have been extremely close their entire lives. Both born and raised in Clovis and both labor and delivery nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center, the sisters got engaged just one month apart and will get married Sunday in a double wedding ceremony. “To me, there would […]

Courthouse cleared for cleaning


By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County employees were putting their paperwork in boxes and packing desk knickknacks Friday, chased from the county courthouse by the discovery of mold throughout the 76-year-old building. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene said county administration has decided to proceed with remediation, or a thorough cleaning, of the courthouse next week to […]

The wait is on

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Golden Boy Foods CEO said the company still plans to reopen the defunct Sunland Inc. Thursday, but declined to give a date.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Golden Boy Foods’ CEO said nothing has changed in his intentions to reopen the shuttered Sunland Inc. factory, but he declined to say what his plans are or how long it will take before the plants are back to producing nut butters. Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Stan […]

Spring symphony, symphonic band concert at ENMU

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The Eastern New Mexico University wind symphony and symphonic band will present their annual spring concert Sunday.

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Department of Music will host a spring wind symphony and symphonic band concert Sunday. Director of Bands Dustin Seifert and Assistant Director of Bands Benjamin Fairfield will conduct both bands during the concert. Gary Garner, director of bands emeritus at West Texas A&M University, will be a guest conductor […]

Society arranges ARISE fundraiser

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Will Banister performs April 26 at the Yam Theater. The fundraiser for ARISE also featured a raffle.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When Eastern New Mexico University social work student Michelle Howard found out the Arise sexual assault program needed money to keep an important piece of equipment, she came up with a plan to help. Howard, a member of Phi Alpha, a social work honor society, helped persuade the group […]

Common Core meeting draws nearly 150

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Regina Watson, with the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Mathematically Connected Communities, addresses parent and teacher concerns during a breakout session.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]

ENMU student organization collects national honor

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The 35 active members of the  Associated Student Activities Board bring events such as magicians, bands and ziplines for Eastern New Mexico University students. ASAB was awarded the Best Campus Program for 2014 by Campus Activities Magazine.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Texas native Diane Resendez arrived in Portales three years ago as a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University not knowing anyone. Through the Associated Student Activities Board, Resendez said she got the opportunity to meet plenty of new people and make new friends. Her experience and that of others […]