‘Confetti’ takes prize

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Senior division winner Alyssa McAlister hugs spelling bee judges Friday afternoon after taking the win with the word confetti. McAlister won a $500 scholarship, a plaque, and a spot in the New Mexico State Spelling Bee March 21 in Albuquerque.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With a scholarship and a trip to the New Mexico State Spelling Bee on the line, Dora seventh-grader Alyssa McAlister looked down at her notepad and spelled “confetti” to take the 2015 Roosevelt County Spelling Bee championship. “God gave me a gift,” McAlister said of her spelling skills. “I […]

ACA newest tax change

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Clovis CPA John Schonberger looks over 
several hundred pages of Affordable Care 
Act guidelines Friday afternoon in his 
office. Schonberger said the ACA will be 
one of the hardest parts of filing taxes this year.

By Alisa Boswell and Joshua Lucero Staff writers With tax season kicking off this week and W-2s piling in, the question that may be lingering in is what do I need to know about filing this year? Local Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are warning taxpayers the Affordable Care Act is the biggest change with filing […]

Still in the works

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This graphic depicts what Santa Fe-based company Tierra Realty envisions the Portales Inn apartment complexes to look like from along South Avenue B.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Despite setbacks, Santa Fe-based Tierra Realty is still pursuing the Portales Inn project, according to Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Stan Livengood. “I would never say any project is going to happen until the ink on the contract is dry, the check has cleared the bank and […]

Quiet day follows snowfall

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By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales was once again blanketed in snow Wednesday night with few Portales residents being seen outdoors as snow flurries and wind continued through Thursday afternoon. Schools and most businesses in Roosevelt County closed for the day on Thursday. As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Portales had received five to seven […]

No injuries in bed and breakfast fire

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A fire consumed the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast Wednesday night. The bed and breakfast is also home to Gary and Judy Piepkorn.

Staff report Remnants of the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast just outside Portales on New Mexico 206 were still smoking late Thursday morning in the midst of snowfall. The bed and breakfast is the home of Gary and Judy Piepkorn. Gary Piepkorn is also pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church. Portales Fire Chief Gary […]

Fire burns down Portales home/business

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
A fire consumed the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast Wednesday night. The bed and breakfast is also home to Gary and Judy Piepkorn

Staff report Remnants of the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast just outside Portales on New Mexico 206 were still smoking at 11 a.m. today in the midst of snowfall. The bed and breakfast is the home of Gary and Judy Piepkorn. Gary Piepkorn is also pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church. Portales Fire Chief […]

School board says it’s pleased with Superintendent Cain

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Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain takes care of paperwork Wednesday afternoon at his desk in the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Cain’s contract was renewed for one year by school board members Jan. 12.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com After more than a year on the job, Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain says he has enjoyed everything about his job and looks forward to continuing to help students and teachers move forward. Cain’s contract with PMS was renewed for one year on Jan. 12 by Portales school […]

Giving thanks

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Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos, right, hands a plaque to Johnny Pacheco at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Pacheco and nine other Portales citizens received Outstanding Citizen Awards for saving a man’s life by lifting a truck off of him.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Ten Portales citizens were honored at Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting for saving another Portales man’s life in October 2014. John Reilly said his ignition switch in his truck was broken so to start it, he had to put the ignition switch into the on position then go […]

Portales residents celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

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Students from Eastern New Mexico University’s Multicultural Affairs carry a banner celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015 in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Monday evening during the MLK Day march.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Portales records keeper Ted Sharpe, the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was informative and enjoyable. The city of Portales and Eastern New Mexico University joined forces Monday evening to celebrate King and his legacy with a symbolic march and a program that aimed to inform as […]

City, college team up

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Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Events Coordinator Robert Graham puts up posters on campus Thursday in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday.  The celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse to Buchanan Hall at ENMU.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University and the city of Portales are teaming up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday afternoon. The annual celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse on the square to Buchanan Hall at the ENMU campus, according to ENMU Alumni Events Coordinator […]

Detention center operations under increased scrutiny

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A guard at the Roosevelt County Detention Center works the main security room Tuesday. The facility has 36 cameras, which all can be viewed from this room.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com When Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova went through his first walk-through of the facility after being hired in 2010, one thing stood out to him. “The first thing I noticed was that they had butcher knives in the kitchen and there was no accountability for them,” said […]

Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

County maps plan to cut deficit

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Roosevelt County department and office heads met with county commissioners Thursday morning to discuss areas they can cut back in their budgets to help the county out of its $8,000 deficit.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Commission on Thursday mapped out a plan to reduce its $800,000 budget deficit by half, but still needs to find more places to cut. The amount the county is in deficit recently rose from $500,000 to $800,000 as administration officials discovered more incorrectly budgeted items scattered […]

Police training goes online

Portales Police Department Detective Charlie Smart takes a test Wednesday morning on the department’s new online training system, V-Academy.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Portales Police Department has cut its spending costs for training by more than half by embracing modern technology, according to department officials. Public Information Officer Detective Charlie Smart said Portales police officers are getting re-certification training through an online program called V-Academy, which reduces the time dedicated to […]

Elida basketball coach remembered

J.D. Isler returned to coaching this season in Elida.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com ELIDA — For J.D. Isler’s players and students, he was an impeccable man who gave life lessons on and off the court. Isler, a longtime prep and college basketball coach who was in his first season with Elida, was killed Sunday afternoon in a car accident north of Clovis. […]

Basketball coach Isler killed in auto accident

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J.D. Isler coaches at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Isler, 52, died Sunday in a car accident north of Clovis.

Staff report Longtime area basketball coach J.D. Isler was killed Sunday afternoon in an auto accident north of Clovis. Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said in a news release that Isler, driving a 2013 Dodge pickup, was traveling south on NM 209 when his vehicle crossed left of center and struck a northbound 2015 Volvo […]

Honoring community impact

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Selmus Price walks to the stage to receives his 2014 Heart Award.

Staff report Plenty of awards, and a muster — that’s a group of peacocks — of bird-themed comments spiced up the night as the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated “A Feather in Our Cap” at its annual banquet. Held at the Clovis Civic Center, the event celebrated the chamber’s 2014, and honored businesses and […]

Vehicle crashes into local newspaper

Joshua Lucero: Staff photos

Staff report A silver Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into the backside of the Portales News-Tribune building at approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday. The 19-year-old male driver of the pickup told Portales Police Department officials that he tried to slow down as he rounded the curve in the road behind the newspaper building, and his brakes […]

Utility preps for major upgrade

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Xcel Energy is making a massive upgrade to its transmission infrastructure.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com A $53 million project was approved earlier this week by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for Xcel Energy to add new transmission lines in Eddy and Lea counties. In addition, Xcel will be working on other projects throughout the state, including the Clovis and Portales areas. One of […]

Portales chamber retains executive director

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has decided to retain Executive Director Karl Terry after a Wednesday morning board meeting, according to a press release from the chamber. Board members deliberated for three hours before coming to a 10-9 decision, with one abstaining, to keep Terry as director, the […]