New clerk Portales native

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By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com DeAun Searl, 43, was appointed county clerk by the Roosevelt County Commission last month to fill the term of the previous clerk, who resigned in protest the state Supreme Court ruling same-sex marriages legal. Searl has been working at the clerk’s office for a little more than five […]

Legislators outline session priorities

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Local lawmakers are preparing to head to Santa Fe in the next couple of weeks for a 30-day session. Although completing the state’s budget is the top task for the Legislature, local representatives say there are other issues they hope to address during the session. State lawmakers from […]

Answering the call

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United Way of Eastern New Mexico 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar takes a call at the United Way office located at Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. The 2-1-1 program connects local residents to agencies and organizations throughout Clovis and Portales that provide health and human service needs.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com From a single mother getting back on her feet to a drug addict looking to better his life, United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s 2-1-1 program has proven to be a beacon of hope for struggling area residents. According to 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar, the 2-1-1 phone number is […]

High dollar dairy products not likely

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The executive director for Dairy Producers of New Mexico feels there’s no need to get up in arms about $8 a gallon milk because she said it’s not likely to happen. Despite the threat of a looming dairy cliff, DPNM’s Beverly Idsinga said the real concern for milk […]

Memorial paver price going up

The Roosevelt County War Memorial in the parking lot of the Roosevelt County Courthouse has 180 places for names of veterans

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Robert Cato earned Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals serving in the Vietnam war while in a field artillery unit in Vietnam. After his tour, Cato was transferred to Portales to start the ROTC program at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. Now his name is m emorialized […]

PHS cheerleaders raising money for national meet

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Meghan Urevig participates in a jumping competition last month at Portales High School.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School cheerleaders say they live for the thrill of competing and are working toward representing Portales in the largest national high school competition. After a successful regional competition in Albuquerque last month, the PHS cheer team was invited to compete in The National High School Cheerleading […]

Year in review: Sunland close leaves its mark

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Sunland Inc.., once the nation’s largest organic peanut producer, closed its doors for good in October, unable to recover from a national product recall in the fall of 2012 linked to salmonella.

Editor’s note: This is No. 1 news story in 2013 as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Portales, most of eastern New Mexico and even its workers were stunned in October when Sunland Inc. filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors. Ultimately, the nation’s largest organic peanut producer was unable […]

County’s first same-sex license issued

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Stephanie Reynolds signs her marriage license Monday afternoon in the Roosevelt County Courthouse in the presence of County Clerk DeAun Searl and her soon-to-be spouse, Annie Garza.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Stephanie Reynolds and Annie Garza weren’t thinking about being trend setters when they applied for Roosevelt County’s first same-sex marriage license. They just wanted to exercise their newly granted right by the state Supreme Court. “We’re not doing this to make anybody mad,” Garza said after receiving the […]

San Jon native raised to rank of captain of spirit squad

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Morgan Foster at the Lone Star Football Festival in Cowboy Stadium.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Morgan Foster of San Jon joined the Eastern New Mexico University spirit squad in the fall semester of 2010. She became the team captain this year. Being the leader of the squad has posed many challenges, but for Foster the biggest challenge was trying to be the best […]

Escapes trouble county

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The hole allegedly torn in the roof by Stephen Phillips and Ruben Lozano at the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Two jail breaks with inmates using almost the same techniques to break through the roof earlier this year bring stepped up security at the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 2013. The jail will be receiving a new $57,000 roof from cash accumulated for housing inmates from other counties. […]