Nuts about helping

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Vern Witten, left, with his wife of 57 years Ida Lou Witten.

There are several places Vern Witten can be spotted in Portales. He can be found volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, tutoring area students, or during the first week of November, in his kitchen whipping up a batch of his famous peanut brittle for the Portales Methodist Church’s Turkey Bazaar. He’s a jack of all […]

Zias earn first win

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was on track to start the season the way they did a year ago, and Lakeeyscia Griffin wanted no part of that. Griffin was one of five Zias in double figures and narrowly missed a double-double on Saturday as ENMU […]

Cause grows on Portales native

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Eric Segovia's week-by-week beard growth in November.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eric Segovia of Portales said he figured he had to grow a beard at least once in his life. When he saw his friends and a lot of other men with thick beards and mustaches in November, it sparked his interest in Movember, which is a global charity […]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’

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By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I […]

Community comes together for holiday

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Steve Kemp is a man of simplicity. Now that the 69-year-old U.S. Navy veteran is retired from the 23 years he worked as a senior accountant for La Casa in Portales, he enjoys not doing much other than riding on his Harley-Davidson trike. Kemp narrowed his dining venues […]

Area uses caution with storms

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By Christina Calloway and Emily Crowe CMI staff writers Portales High School Junior Darin Bonem said he wasn’t going to let the snow in Portales keep him from working up a sweat. With school canceled for nearly everyone in the area from the weekend’s weather, Bonem headed to the gym early Monday afternoon to work […]

Officials continue to urge caution on roads

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Jazmariah DeVore, 9, Dylan DeVore, 7, and Mescalito DeVore, 5, had a super hero snow experience at their house in Portales.

By Christina Calloway and Emily Crowe CMI staff writers Road workers are salting and sanding roads, but officials caution area residents to stay home today if possible. Seven-plus inches of snow and ice continue to make driving treacherous, they say. The only weather-related death in the region occurred Friday when a 4-year-old child was killed […]

The comeback kids: Rallies help ENMU claim LSC co-championship

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Through five weeks of the 2013 season, it looked as though Eastern New Mexico University’s football team was still going through growing pains under second-year coach Josh Lynn. The Greyhounds were 1-3 — they also had an exhibition win at the Air Force junior varsity which didn’t count […]

Officials: One dead in wreck near Portales

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This Freedom Aire van was involved in one of the three accidents reported Friday afternoon that took place on U.S. 70 between Wal-Mart and Sunland Inc. Officials say state police and area law enforcement responded to at least 40 accidents Friday in Roosevelt County.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com The area’s first bout of winter weather caused at least 40 automobile accidents in Roosevelt County, at least one resulting in a fatality. Officials blamed icy roads for the multiple accidents that left Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room packed and area law enforcement responding to vehicle accidents non-stop as of 8 […]

Tourism secretary visits local eateries

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Tom Martin, owner of Taco Box in Clovis and Portales, is given a New Mexico True T-shirt by Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson as part of the restaurant’s designation as a New Mexico Culinary Treasure.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Not even the cold and snow could keep New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson away from Clovis this week as she stopped in at three of the area’s most beloved restaurants. Cars were wrapped around Taco Box at lunchtime Friday as the restaurant offered 25 cent beef tacos in celebration […]