Better night than never

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
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, […]

Reyes finds her work rewarding

Rachel Reyes helps one of her fourth-grade students, Marisol Amparan, read. Reyes uses sign language to help Amparan understand and read words in the sentences. Reyes has seven students she has throughout the day and teaches all subjects.

 By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. Before the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, special education for school-aged children with disabilities was virtually nonexistent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. So when […]

Lesser Prairie Chicken plan touted

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Several landowners said they left Thursday’s informational meeting about the Range-wide Conservation Plan for the lesser prairie chicken with more questions than answers. The deadline is approaching for listing the rare grouse, native to New Mexico and four other states, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species […]

Zias, Tucker rally for win

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By Dave Wagner CMI SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com For 36 minutes, Eastern New Mexico University’s Tori Tucker was just trying to stay in the game — she drew two offensive fouls in the first five minutes, and found herself saddled with four midway through the second half. In the end, though, the junior guard from Floyd […]

New city pool in works, but costs unknown

The Portales City Swimming Pool needs repairs before it opens up this summer. City councilors are looking into designing a new facility to replace the 60-year-old pool.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com This summer may be the last for the city’s struggling swimming pool, which needs dire repairs and hasn’t had much renovation done to it since it opened nearly 60 years ago. But fear not; Portales city councilors said they know the pool is a summer staple and they […]

Greyhound rally falls short

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com If one knew the Greyhounds would hold Cameron under 60 points Wednesday night, you would probably anticipate an easy victory. Instead, the Aggies built an 11-point lead over the cold-shooting Hounds with three minutes left, and held off a furious rally for a 59-58 victory in the Lone […]

Local choir director deserves credit

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Two of the Portales High School students who are in Albuquerque this week as members of the New Mexico Music Educators Association All-State Choir share more than a common hometown. Junior Lindsey Bartlett and freshman Anna Erwin are the first alumni of the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir to win spots in the state-wide mixed […]

Seven file for election

Portales Mayor Sharon King, left, made her re-election bid official Tuesday morning when she filed for candidacy at City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry's office. King is running unopposed.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Only one of the four races for Portales City Council seats in the March 4 municipal election will be contested. Tuesday was filing day . Ward A incumbent Antonio Salguero will be challenged by Veronica Pena. Salguero, a retired educator, said having competition is a good thing. Salguero […]