Jury convicts accused killer

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By Robin Fornoff rfornoff@cnjonline.com Albert Ramirez’s sobbing during closing arguments Friday turned into accusations of an unfair trial when a District Court jury found him guilty of the 2007 first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend, Eladio Robledo, 39, of Clovis. Ramirez’s tirade erupted after Judge Teddy Hartley refused to let him read a statement into […]

Sunland closure hammers peanut market

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kenneth Cox said the peanut market died in this area when Sunland, Inc. shut its doors Wednesday. The 48-year-old Roosevelt County farmer is among the peanut producers in the county and West Texas who have contracts with Sunland. He harvested and dug up his peanuts this year like […]

Junior high students learning arithme-tech

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Portales Junior High math teacher Erin Switzer instructs her students with the help of her new technology-based math curriculum. This new math curriculum has resulted in vastly improved math scores already this school year, school officials said.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Technology is the way of the world, and is now becoming the way of future generations. This is why administrators at Portales Junior High School have adopted a new math curriculum called Digits which is entirely technology-based. “Most of my students are on Twitter and Instagram, and […]

Sunland closes operations — files bankruptcy

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Sunland, Inc.was the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@cnjonline.com For Terri Lancaster, it started like any other work day at Sunland Inc., a place she said felt like home. Her world was shaken Wednesday morning when she was called into a company-wide meeting and told Sunland’s plants were closing. “It’s just a heartbreak. There was quite a […]

Vendors like new Farmers Market location

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Paxton Culpepper, right, and his brother Pierce help their mother by loading the pumpkins they selected for carving into a wagon Monday at the Portales Farmers Market.  Abby Culpepper said she buys pumpkins at the market every year.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Despite a favorable farm season and a more prominent location, Portales Farmers Market Director Margie Plummer said attendance was the same as last year. From 50 to 200 customers a day shop at The Farmers Market, which is open Mondays and Thursdays from July through October, according to […]

ENMU celebrates homecoming weekend

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales High School marching band entertains the crowd during the ENMU Homecoming Parade.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming theme “Return to Paradise,” had a strong influence on all festivities Saturday. The Homecoming parade looked like an Hawaiian luau, as the tropical theme was displayed on almost every float, and leis with colorful flowers were thrown along with the traditional […]

Students overwhelmingly pass new stadium proposal

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Students will vote whether to support this proposed Eastern New Mexico University football stadium from Wednesday to Friday. Students are being asked to pay half of the $8 million cost.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Valerie Mestas is excited to know that in a couple of years, she’ll be watching the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds play at a stadium in Portales with her son, an updated experience she wants to share from her childhood. “My parents went to school here, so growing up, I got […]

Musicians helping each other follow dreams

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News Tribune
Amauris Lopez, 23, also known as Teddy P., plays a song in his studio in Portales. Lopez is a native of New York City and goes to school at Eastern New Mexico University. In his free time, he works on his music.

Editor’s note: This profile is the first in a weekly series this month about the world of music.   By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Inside of a makeshift studio in a commercial building in west Portales, dreams are being pursued and skills are being crafted. Amauris Lopez, 23, created this haven of […]

Lindsey-Steiner spirited bunch

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students show their school spirit on Pink Day in support of breast cancer.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Spirits are high this week at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary as students celebrate the tradition of homecoming. Student council members made up of representatives from every class voted on dress-up themes for Spirit Week, which coincides with homecoming week for Eastern New Mexico University. “We’ve always do a Spirit […]

Goddard outlasts Lady Rams in five

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CMI staff Portales High and Roswell Goddard went back-and-forth for four sets Tuesday night before the Lady Rockets pulled away in the tie-breaker set for a 25-23, 24-26, 30-28, 24-26, 15-11 win at the Ram Athletic Center. The win was the first this season in three tries for the Lady Rockets (10-4) against PHS (8-2). […]