Homeowner search is on


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The search for a new partner family for the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity has been a hard one this year. After their last build that ended in December, Habitat for Humanity has gone through 14 applicants. Joyce Davis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Roosevelt […]

Fireworks light up Portales sky

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Miriam Morales, 12, left, tries to light fireworks with her sister Jennifer Morales, 10, as the Portales Fourth of July celebration begins Friday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University track.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Emma Baca, 9, smiled as the fireworks lit up the sky on Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena. But there was one problem. “The bugs keep attacking me,” Emma complained. Emma’s mother, Jodi Baca, said she loved the fireworks, but she had to keep kicking off the bugs. […]

Escapee murder suspect


By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A Roosevelt County inmate being held on first-degree murder charges remained in the custody of Texas officials Thursday after being accused of assaulting a county employee to escape a work detail and leading police on a high-speed chase from Portales to Sudan, Texas, according to officials. Senovio Mendoza Jr., […]

Job with fringe benefits

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Rosemary Cota of Portales set up some activities for her young adult group at the Portales Public Library. Cota is working on a party that is based on the book and soon-to-be movie “The Giver.”

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 Growing up in Portales, Rosemary Cota would go to storytime at the Portales Public Library. Cota always loved going to the library, so when the opportunity to work at the place she […]

For pets, think ‘fearworks’


By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Holly has always been a little different than most dogs but one common feature she does share is a fear of noise. In the season of thunder and fireworks, the 10-year-old black lab can be found cowering in the bed of her owner’s pickup, a place Donna Rutherford said […]

Portales misses large rainfall

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Some places around Portales flooded more than others after Wednesday’s thunderstorm, including the intersection of North Main and West Railroad. According to Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger, 18th Street was flooded in the early morning and signs were up warning drivers.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Portales missed out on a large rain Wednesday as the area received around 1 to 2 inches of precipitation yet Clovis was reported to have 4 to 5 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service. Jason Frazier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]

Welcome upgrade

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Roosevelt County was approved for a $2.9 million loan to replace the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s broken air conditioning system. The new ventilation system will use refrigerant air to keep the 76-year-old building cool.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com County commissioners and employees were given the rundown about the new ventilation system replacing the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s current system Tuesday at the County Commission meeting. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said the $2.9 million loan for the project was approved by the New Mexico Finance Authority but declined […]

Triple-digit heat

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Siblings Peyton Williams, front, and Abby Ontiveros try to cool off and create a splash Monday at the city swimming pool. The pair’s mother said the hot weather called for a trip to the pool. Saturday through Monday were three hottest consecutive days this year.

Staff report The temperature hit triple digits Monday for the first time in 2014. In fact, Saturday through Monday were the three hottest consecutive days, according to Accuweather.com Meteorologist Steve Travis said it wasn’t a record-breaker. Travis said relief from Monday’s 100-degree heat is on its way. A cold front will be blowing cooler air […]

Consortium teaches dairy management

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College students who participated in the 2014 U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium watched a slide show Friday showing pictures of their adventures on dairies over the course of the six-week program.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Educational programs are not keeping pace with the growing dairy business in the Southwest, according to Michael Tomaszewski, professor of dairy management at Texas A&M University. Tomaszewski is one of the coordinators of the recently completed U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium held in conjunction with Clovis Community College. […]

Mission complete

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Ken Conaway, left, and Bill Foster show how they built benches for the pool from scrap wood.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When Ken Conaway and his wife, Judy, arrived at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home all the way from Alabama over three weeks ago, the children were a little hesitant to greet them. Conaway came with 25 other members of their organization, Alabama Campers on a Mission (COM), to […]