The train is comin’

Baxter Black

The furor of lawsuit threats, animal rights terrorists, gesticulating celebrity actors and ex-politicians traveling the countryside like Barnum and Bailey is finally bringing out those who really have something at stake in the Wild Horse/Domestic Horse slaughter issue. It is easy for a movie star or politician or animal rights advocate to fall under the […]

Something special: Events kick off at Special Olympics state equestrian competition

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Bob and Carol Bennett of Melrose served as volunteers at the Special Olympics state equestrian competition. They provided horses for the event and their granddaughter was a contestant.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A special group of athletes has gathered in Clovis to strut their stuff alongside their equine companions. Volunteers, families and participants descended Friday upon the Curry County Events Center for the first round of events at the Special Olympics of New Mexico state equestrian competition. Participants showed off […]

The kid brother: An ode to John

Grant McGee

You probably knew a kid like John. It’s when you’re in high school and you’re hanging out with your friends and one of your pals has a kid brother who’s hanging around too. That was John. John was Mary Kay’s brother, Mary Kay was Catfish’s girlfriend and Catfish was my pal. That’s how I knew […]

Lots of ways to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day

Sharna Johnson

Sunday, Sept. 22, is a big day. No, really, it’s a BIG day, So big, in fact — like seven or so tons big — it’s hard to imagine how anyone could forget. Here’s another hint: If they knew it was their day, they sure wouldn’t forget because they never forget. And with ears like […]

Firefighter adjusts to small town life

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Reylon Wimbish has accomplished a lot in his first six months as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Portales Fire Department. “Me and another firefighter rescued a woman from a house fire. It was pretty intense,” said the 24-year old Wimbish. Wimbish was awarded a […]

Portales City Sports gets new athletic director

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales City Sports is under new management. Strawberry Robinson, who has been employed at the Portales Recreation Center for more than four years, is now running the show as the sports athletic director.   What is the difference between your former position and your current position? There […]

Set out water bird seed, they will come

Betty Williamson

By day, Grant Beauprez is a lesser prairie chicken biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. But on evenings and weekends, and any time he is in the field or watching bird feeders sitting just outside his office window, Grant keeps tabs on all sorts of feathered critters who live in or […]

Construction finished at Portales McDonald’s

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer calloway@pntonline.com Tessa Smith said her four children had been asking for months about going to McDonald’s during their daily drive past the construction site. Tuesday’s opening of the newly constructed restaurant put an end to the inquiries and begging from her children. “We homeschool so we figure now is […]

Liar liar, yoga pants on fire

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“They can’t put something on the Internet that isn’t true.” “Where’d you hear that?” “The Internet. Oh look, here comes my date. I met him on the Internet. He’s a French model.” “Uh … bon jour.” — State Farm commercial, 2012   Be it Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, Conan, Fallon or Ferguson, I don’t watch any […]

ENMU sets new enrollment record

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jessica Bryan said choosing to attend Eastern New Mexico University this fall was an easy choice for her. “It’s cheaper and I also got a scholarship. It’s not home but it’s close to home,” said Bryan, a freshman from Clovis. “I liked the student to teacher ratio and […]