Ag info tour to promote understanding

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A group on last year’s Ag True Tour, hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, explores a chili farm in the Rio Grande Valley.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After Wednesday, area legislators may start to look at their food differently. A state agricultural organization is hoping a local tour will bridge the gap between lawmakers and producers. Under the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program on Wednesday is hosting the Ag […]

Volunteers help keep fair running

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Portales 4-H student Megan Stacy, left, enters a project in the 4-H open category of the Roosevelt County Fair Monday morning at the Roosevelt County Fairground Youth Building with the help of volunteer Charla Bergsieker.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Officials and volunteers of the Roosevelt County Fair all seem to agree that without volunteers, there would be no fair. Volunteers and fair officials, who bustled about the fairgrounds all day Monday preparing for the week-long event, said the fair could not succeed without people willing to work to […]

Business feature: Vendors keep busy at fair

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From left, Gilbert and Margaret Lueras set up shop at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Their business, Enchanted Corn Y-Mas, will be at the fair for the first time this year, serving Frito pies and stuffed pineapples.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Fair is an opportunity for community interaction and financial success for local vendors, according to area business leaders. Among the vendors appearing at the fair are the recently established Enchanted Corn Y-Mas and Little Bits, along with returning vendors Island Ice Cones and Cindy’s Hope for […]

Gone country

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The Roosevelt County Fair will feature performances by musicians Tell Runyan, Will Banister, Coby Carter and Stateline Band this week.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A fun week of country music awaits Roosevelt County Fair attendees this week, according to Roosevelt County Fair Board President Chek Rippee. The performers themselves — Tell Runyan, Will Banister, Coby Carter and members of Stateline Band — said they also look forward to a great time. Rippee said […]

This ‘Old House’

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High Plains Historical Foundation President Patsy Delk shows off a photo of Curry County’s first school bus during a tour of the historic “Old House,” an antique attraction at this year’s fair.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com An old one-bedroom home with rusted appliances and no indoor plumbing may not be worth much in today’s housing market. But this is a historical treasure to some. One of the attractions at the Curry County Fair happens to be tucked away among the trees, nestled at the edge […]

Pet of the week — Aug. 19

Lab mix

Labrador mix Gender: Male Age: 6-7 weeks old Breed: Lab mix Story: According to Adam Aguilar, animal control supervisor, this is a very calm and relaxed puppy. Aguilar said the puppy doesn’t bark a lot and is fine with any type of family. Aguilar said the puppy should grow up to a medium-sized dog and […]

ENMU fine arts performances set

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 As is tradition with the Eastern New Mexico University Music Department, they have multiple performances open to the public in store for the fall 2016 semester, most of which are free.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com There is excitement to be had for upcoming Eastern New Mexico University fine arts events including those hosted by the jazz bands according to ENMU music professors. Assistant Professor of Jazz and Saxophone Studies Richard Schwartz said the ENMU jazz band will be performing on Sept. 28 at 7 […]

University classes get started

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Eastern New Mexico University upperclassmen Colton Stewart, left, and Mason Thomas, who is graduating in May, strike up a conversation on the first official day of classes Tuesday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Excitement and memories abound for Eastern New Mexico University students beginning their school year. Classes for the university kicked off on Tuesday. Biology student Blanca Alexander said she is excited to start her last semester at ENMU but will miss her supportive biology professors after graduation. “They focus on […]

Dora, Floyd students back at class

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On Monday, fourth grade students at Dora Schools developed “a social contract” to establish rules for their class for the rest of the year. Monday was the first day of school for Dora and Floyd schools.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The first day of school brings a new experience for students in Roosevelt County school districts — an opportunity to improve from the previous year. Students of the Floyd and Dora school districts returned to campus Monday for the start of the 2016-17 school year. Kasen East, a seventh-grade […]

Intro to college

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From left, Stephanie Sena, Kevin Macdonald and Aaron Flores operate the soundboard at the Eastern New Mexico University Community Fair Saturday evening.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The first day of Dawg Days at Eastern New Mexico brings with it excitement and a little bit of anxiety about the college experience, according to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Incoming students said they are most excited about meeting new people on a small and friendly campus. But […]

Reading, writing, arithmetic

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Valencia Elementary School Teacher Amy Barlow gives third graders a tour of the library Friday morning on the first day of school.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The start of the school year brings with it excitement and confidence, according to local elementary school students and their parents. Fourth- and fifth-grade students who started school Friday said they look forward to the activities and subjects they’ll study during the school year. Valencia Elementary fourth-grade 9-year-olds Darren […]

Thanks to our military

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James Burns and Raymond Mondragon speak about door prizes to be raffled off during the event. Items included various TVs, a grill and smaller gifts with a combined value of about $5,000.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It’s nice to be appreciated. But sometimes it’s nicest to grab a bite and take an hour of two away from all of your duties and stresses. The men and women of Cannon Air Force Base got a little of both, as volunteerism came […]

School days begin

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Portales High School Science Teacher Jack Willis readies a projector for a presentation Thursday in preparation for the first day of school. Classes for Portales Municipal Schools begin today.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com With the first day of school getting underway in Portales today, teachers will be meeting and greeting the students that will be in their classes for the school year. In order to make the next year a positive experience for the students and themselves, area teachers said that they […]

Local artist on the rise

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Portales High School student Derek Gonzales, 15, won third place in the U.S. division of the International Aviation Art Contest.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A Portales High School student recently claimed a shot at an international art competition, one of many accolades he has claimed in his short art career. Derek Gonzales, 15, took third place in the U.S. division of the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest after his piece depicting a man […]

Educators get lesson in ‘Capturing Kids’ Hearts’

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Education Consultant Rose Jones explains how to develop social contracts to area educators at the Capturing Kids’ Hearts training program Tuesday morning at the Dora Schools library.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com In preparation for the new school year, local educators gathered Tuesday for a training program that “creates a student-centered culture in the classroom while re-igniting their passion for teaching,” according to Brandon Hays, principal of Dora Schools. The program, called “Capturing Kids’ Hearts”, “reminds them why they go into […]

Community gathers four generations

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Family and friends who formerly lived in New Hope — a small town that was south of Dora — join together for Sunday afternoon’s New Hope Centennial Celebration in Pep, New Mexico.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Memories of hard work and determination brought together four generations of family members who grew up in the small town of New Hope, New Mexico. New Hope was a small community located south of Dora, off of Roosevelt Road T. A centennial celebration of the town began Wednesday and […]

Local National Guard unit reunites

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Retired Brig. Gen. Jack R. Fox speaks at the first ever 642nd OD CO CRC (-) banquet. Fox spoke about the importance of remembering the National Guard members who came before.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Members of a local National Guard unit reunited at Eastern New Mexico University Saturday to gain a greater appreciation of their history and honor those who have supported them. At the first ever 642nd OD CO CRC (-) banquet at ENMU’s Campus Union Building, guest speaker retired Brig. Gen. […]

Almost there

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Ted Fares, left, and Wendel Sloan inspect the artificial turf on ENMU’s new football field, which is a multi-colored artificial turf that feels like grass.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After 11 months and $14.6 million spent, the new Eastern New Mexico University multi-purpose stadium will be completely operational by Aug. 15. Officially called the Al Whitehead Field at Greyhound Stadium, named in honor of the biggest donor for the project, the stadium is set to house ENMU football, […]

La Casa marks milestones

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Staff members of La Casa Family Health Center and Molina Healthcare register fair participants Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Employees and patients of La Casa Family Health Center all seem to agree that since founded 40 years ago, the facility has focused on the community and providing family-oriented service. “We’ve been able to serve a population that otherwise wouldn’t afford treatment,” said Marketing Director Kaitlyn White. “That’s our […]

Shoppers take a tax break

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Buz Goodson, owner of Bar G Western Wear, straightens straw hats Saturday during tax free weekend.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Portales businesses and customers alike reaped from the savings available during tax-free weekend Saturday as school supplies and clothing were bought. Several businesses, including Family Dollar, Bar G Western Wear and Bealls observed the state-wide weekend that suspends gross receipts tax. Jennifer Herrington, a supervisor at Bealls, said that […]