Community on the agenda

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
New Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza makes her new office in the Yam Theater her own by hanging photos.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The new face of Portales MainStreet is an Eastern New Mexico University alumna who enjoys running 5K races. Debralynn Soza, a native of Roswell, said she’s open to any ideas that will continue to revitalize Portales’ historic downtown. The 25-year-old mother of one will be responsible for coordinating […]

Green graduates

Catherine Griffin, top right, shares a moment Saturday with the chair of her graduate theses, John Montgomery. Her children Sean and Morgan Griffin sip green punch at the Eastern New Mexico University commencement reception following graduation at Greyhound Arena.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Another semester, another unique group of students taking the next steps in their lives. The fall 2013 Eastern New Mexico University commencement was a bittersweet and celebratory affair as graduates cherished memories and looked to the future. Versia Hodges II of Los Angeles has already decided his […]

Parade lights up night

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The myriad lights, the familiar holiday tunes and a community cheering in the streets for an annual tradition was a scene 9-year-old Jesi Smith had been asking about since she woke up Friday morning. She bounced up and down in her father Rich Smith’s arms while she waited […]

Hospital chopper’s impact felt

The CareFlight crew cleans out its helicopter Thursday at the Roosevelt General Hospital base.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The CareFlight helicopter is nearing its one-year anniversary in Portales, and the impact is already being felt. According to CareFlight Vice President of Business Development Scott Stamper, CareFlight averages 20 transfers per month from Portales. “We’ve had a really productive year,” said Stamper. Some 85 percent of […]

Meet the…..Hound Waves DJs

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Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The interest from Eastern New Mexico University students helped pump life back into the student-run radio station in the school’s Communication Center. Hound Waves radio launched in May and is now […]

My Turn: Workhorses’ shoes need to be filled — Betty Williamson

Betty Williamson

I was at funerals this week for two men known to many of us in this area for decades: Bob Worley and Harry Jordan. Not surprisingly, both of these guys had been honored in their lifetimes by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce as Workhorse of the Year. The Chamber’s Workhorse award was begun in […]

Final-ly finished this week

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com December brings snow, cold and holiday cheer. For around 5,000 people in Portales, there’s also the stress of finals at Eastern New Mexico University. For nearly every student, the last week is stressful, with big projects and exams throughout the final five days before the holiday break. […]

Holiday hoops

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Rams track coach Glenn Johnson sports a top hat and suit to coach the basketball team for Portales High School to victory at the Santa Cop charity game Thursday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Players in the Santa Cop charity basketball game Wednesday predicted iced knees and soreness would ensue but agreed it was all for a good cause. Portales High School’s administration partnered with the Santa Cop Program, a local charity that provides gifts to children in need during the Christmas […]

Prince Street overpass reopened

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The northbound lane of the Prince Street overpass was still closed about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The overpass reopened later Wednesday afternoon.

CNJ staff The northbound section of the Prince Street reopened Wednesday afternoon after a temporary joint repair, according to a spokeswoman for New Mexico Department of Transportation. Manon A. Arnett said a permanent repair should happen within a month, she said. The bridge that crosses a series of BNSF Railway tracks was closed late Tuesday […]

Rockets rally past Rams

TONY BULLOCKS: CMI photo
Portales senior Zach Campbell shoots a jumper over Roswell Goddard’s Josh Wagner, left, and Trent Johnson during the first half of Tuesday’s game.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com One minute, 3-pointers were falling and the Portales Rams were in the game. The next, Roswell Goddard took off on a game-clinching run. The Rockets broke open a one-point game, outscoring PHS 18-3 over the final six minutes of the second quarter Tuesday night en route to a […]