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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Part of Clovis overpass closed

CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksThe Prince Street overpass is being closed by the Department of Transportation as a precaution until a state bridge inspector can respond to evaluate the structural integrity of the roadway and bridge span, according to the Clovis Police Department.

CNJ STAFF At least the northbound section of the Prince Street overpass is closed until further notice, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. “As far as I understand it, it’s the only the northbound lane,” Thomas said. “I haven’t talked to the Department of Transportation so I don’t know what their intentions are.” A press […]

Holiday spirit lands in Portales

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Karen Roach,third from left designed this table using 60 pounds of candy at the 16th annual Holiday Happening events Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. Roach’s table was one of more than  60 tables custom designed by attendants.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Christmas spirit landed in Portales at the 16th annual Holiday Happening Saturday on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The ballroom on campus was festive. Altrusa International of Portales put on a silent auction, a fashion show, and offered food. However, the real highlight of […]

New Mexico Children’s Choir draws from Curry, Roosevelt counties

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com After four semesters in the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir, 10-year-old Kylie Niece of Portales said she’s seen shy newcomers blossom. “I have seen people just let their voice come out,” said the aspiring singer who desires to mash up rock and country. The current group of 25 […]