New deputy no stranger to Portales

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A new face of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department, Deputy James Beatty, 28, is not a stranger to Portales. Beatty, born and raised in Roswell,  went to New Mexico State University for his education, but found the second largest city in New Mexico too big. Transferring to Eastern […]

New clerk appointed

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer swears in DeAun Searl as Roosevelt County’s new county clerk Monday. The seat became vacant Friday after former Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned in protest because issuing same-sex marriage licenses conflicted with her personal and religious beliefs.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Commission grudgingly filled the county clerk position Monday that was vacated last week in protest to New Mexico becoming the 17th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages. During an emergency meeting Monday, commissioners expressed their disappointment with state Supreme Court’s ruling but felt […]

Giving season: Santa Cop event held

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff-writer lbowe@pntonline.com Bianca Velediac, 5, was bouncing up and down in anticipation Satyrday as she waited for her turn to sit on Santa’s lap and receive her gift. She was one of the many children gathered at the Memorial Building for the 15th Annual Portales Police Department Operation Santa Cop. Operation […]

Letters to Santa

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Editor’s Note: One of the best things about Christmas are the many children’s letters to Santa sent to us by the kids or forwarded to us by the U.S. Postal Service for sharing with the community. Sometimes humorous, at times touching, these letters are presented as written by the many children so full of hope […]

Holidays can be busy time at Hartley House

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The holidays can be particularly tough on struggling families, and the Hartley House is doing what it can to help local families who are dealing with abuse. Executive Director Donna Horton said the domestic abuse shelter and resource center sees a lot of families coming in around this time of year. […]

Roosevelt clerk resigns; says God’s laws supersedes all others

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\This sign was posted on a Roosevelt County Courthouse door Friday after Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned Friday morning, a day after a State Supreme Court ruling was issued legalizing gay marriage, because she said she must obey God’s law, which supersedes all other laws for her. Deputy Clerk Janet Collins also resigned Friday over the same issue. Carpenter, […]

State supreme court approves same-sex marriage

Miriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jose Garcia said Thursday was a proud day to be a New Mexican. As a gay man, the 22-year-old Garcia was ecstatic when he got word of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage between same-sex couples, declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to […]

Portales Senior Center is having their fifth annual Winter Wonderland

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Beatrice Moore, left, and Dawn Kryder put the finishing touches on one of the tables at the Winter Wonderland at the Portales Senior Center. The Santa Claus figurines on the table belonged to Kryder’s mother Shirley Kryder, who passed in September. The table was made in her memory by her daughter.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Portales Senior Center. The fifth annual Winter Wonderland is bigger and better, and Dawn Kryder has been working hard since Sunday took bring a merry mood to the big room of the Portales Senior Center. “Every year […]

Plans for Portales Inn to become workforce housing

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales Inn, on the corner of Avenue A and Third Street, will be turned into workforce housing. The project is expected to be complete by May 2016.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com City officials are excited to move forward with plans to turn the former Portales Inn into workforce housing. The Portales City Council authorized Portales City Manager Doug Redmond to sign a global agreement Tuesday night at its meeting that allows the city to act as a facilitator for […]

Community on the agenda

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
New Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza makes her new office in the Yam Theater her own by hanging photos.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The new face of Portales MainStreet is an Eastern New Mexico University alumna who enjoys running 5K races. Debralynn Soza, a native of Roswell, said she’s open to any ideas that will continue to revitalize Portales’ historic downtown. The 25-year-old mother of one will be responsible for coordinating […]