Payment freeze forces TeamBuilders to close

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By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The leaders of the TeamBuilders Counseling Services are preparing to throw in the towel after struggling to remain in operation since the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to behavioral health services providers that are under investigation for possible overbillings, Lorraine Freedle, Teambuilders chief financial officer […]

Q&A: Summer in full swing

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Hanna Wade, 6, swims at the City Pool with other children from the Portales Recreation Center.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Portales Recreation Center provides a place for local children to learn and have fun during their summer program. Games, activities, and field trips highlight what the children participate in daily. We sat down with young Hanna Wade, 6, as we got to know one of the […]

Chairman: Dry may be norm in New Mexico

Although drought persists in New Mexico, Curry and Roosevelt counties have seen improvement over the last month. The area of D4 exceptional drought has receded in both counties. Roosevelt County has dropped to a D2 severe drought.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The chairman of a newly formed state drought subcommittee says a study showing decades-long droughts in New Mexico is an eye-opener. Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Dona Ana County was referring to a precipitation study of the last 2,000 years based on tree rings that showed there was a […]

Local Brief: Free movie to show at Yam Theatre

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There will be a free showing of the Disney Pixar movie “Up” 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, This movie is sponsored by the Roosevelt Chamber Ambassadors and Hunton Insurance Agency. There will be chairs for seating or kids may […]

My Turn: Year of the goathead

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I was in the backyard filling my third five-gallon bucket with goathead plants a few mornings ago when my friend Tish called me to see how my day was going. I whined about my prickly chore, and she told me, “I think this is the Year of the Goathead.” I am afraid she’s right. My […]

ENMU professor gives New Mexico the blues

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It has been almost a century since the musical genre of the blues could be categorized as “new.” Yet, in this instance it may be suitable as KENW-FM on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University now broadcasts a weekly blues program called All These Blues on […]

Cannon changes command

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Air Force Special Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, left, passes the wing flag to Col. Tony D. Bauernfeind during Tuesday’s change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. Bauernfeind replaces Brig. Gen. Buck Elton as 27th Special Operations Wing commander.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Brig. Gen. Buck Elton is trading New Mexico sunsets for the Sunshine State, but before he ended his leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing on Tuesday, he was praised for his legacy at Cannon Air Force Base, which included his leadership over the Air Force’s largest military […]

ENMU Talent Search prepares students for the future

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The 2013 Talent Search Math and Science Camp instructors and chaperones pose for a group photo outside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Local students received a summer dose of math and science from July 8-12 during the ENMU Talent Search Math and Science Camp 2013. The week-long camp was held on the campus of ENMU for incoming ninth-grade students from Clovis and Portales. Doris Anaya, director of the TRiO […]

Sunland making comeback

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The nation’s largest organic peanut butter processor is a month away from having its products back on shelves nationwide, according to the company’s president. Sunland Inc. President Jimmy Shearer says the company has made some major changes to its food safety procedures as demanded by the Food and […]

Nostalgia in the air as class of ‘93 reunites

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales High School class of 1993 has fun with their sign Saturday at Rosary Park.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Nostalgic was a word used to describe the feeling of being at the class of 1993 reunion this weekend in Portales. “Definitely nostalgic,” said Jason Thompson, a class of 1993 graduate who now lives in Seattle, Wash. The giddiness among adults was clear as they gathered Saturday […]

Even dumbest creatures can be useful

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The pastor was making a point Sunday morning. He said, “Even God’s dumbest creatures can be useful.” I tried not to take it personally. However, if he’d seen my grade transcript from vet school, I would certainly qualify for half of it! But, he was talking about sheep. Most people would agree that sheep are […]

Finals are family affair

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By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Samantha Hamilton, 6, competed in her first rodeo this week, at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association, the very rodeo her grandfather helped found. Dwayne Ridley, 73, is one of five men who began the HPJRA in 1974. Although he is retired from rodeo he spends a lot of time in […]

Fitness-dance craze keeps Portales in shape

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local ladies enjoy a Zumba workout Thursday at Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about fitness. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Zumba is the flavor this July. Women around Portales are joining the fitness-dance craze which burns calories and lets ladies scratch their dancing itch to different forms of Latin music. Hilary Strong is a certified Zumba […]

Recreation center programs continue to grow

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Portales Recreation Center Summer Program participants exchange jokes as they eat lunch together at Rotary Park under a tree.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe says watching children grow has been a rewarding experience. As the programs at the recreation center continue to grow since she became director in January 2011, Kibbe says it gives her a chance to reach the children of Portales. “It’s one of […]

Q&A — ENMU multicultural affairs director is on 14th year

Eastern New Mexico University: Courtesy Photo
Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at ENMU.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Diana Cordova is the director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. Her office offers resources for all students on campus and its goal is to create cultural awareness. Her office includes the offices for Native American, Hispanic, African-American, and International student affairs. These offices help […]

Janitorial business started simply

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Wade Martin (cleaning TV), Wesley Martin, Sam Cantwell, and Anastasia Lutnesky form Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com In December 2011, their business was only an idea. By December 2012, they were all able to quit their other jobs. Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial has been operating since January 2012 under the direction of a a group of 20-somethings with one college degree between them. […]

Program feeds hundreds daily

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Matthew Shelly, 17, hands out chocolate milk to the last bunch of children who came to eat lunch at Rotary Park.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There is such a thing as a free lunch for Mary Lou Payen’s children, but it’s more than just free from cost, for Payen it’s free from hassle. The foster mother of three brings her boys to the La Casa meal site, a participating organization in the Summer […]

Class has nice ring to it

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Zach Wachter makes his own tools in jewelry class.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Educational, entertaining, enchanting. For more than a quarter century, Eastern New Mexico University professor Greg Senn has tried to reach these ends in an elective class on jewelry making. “For me, the goal of the course is to give students a unique learning experience that is safe […]

New superintendent making return

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Raised on a
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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Johnnie Cain is the new Superintendent of the Portales Municipal School District. After a stint as a superintendent for Logan Municipal Schools, Cain will bring 20 years of experience in education to Portales. Cain was offered the position at the conclusion of last week’s school board meeting. […]

Rodeo teens fight to snag national title

Lisa Walker: Courtesy photo
Teens from Roosevelt County are competing in the National High School Rodeo Finals this week in Wyoming. They are representing New Mexico and Roosevelt County in the events of calf roping, cutting and steer wrestling. From left to right are Dylan Marks, Koby Lovett, Will Watts and Joshua Walker.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com They’re the best of the best in New Mexico, and have spent countless hours practicing for one of the world’s largest rodeos and they’re Roosevelt County’s own. Four of the 1,500 teens competing at this week’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming will be representing Roosevelt County. […]