Portales farmer’s market kicks off

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Pam Wortham, left, sells asparagus to Patsy Jimenez at the Portales farmer’s market on Monday. Wortham has been selling at the farmer’s market for three years.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Farmers and gardeners involved in Portales farmer’s market said this is the best crop they have seen in a long time despite it running later than usual. Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farms between Clovis and Portales, said this is the best crop he has seen in five […]

Melrose residents raise money for local child

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Eliza Dodd, 2, of Melrose, has been hospitalized for the last three weeks undergoing treatments for Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Three men from Melrose banded together Saturday night to raise money for the family at a brisket dinner and silent auciton. The men raised around $26,000, all of which is going to Eliza’s family.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Melrose has a reputation of being a close-knit community due to its small size. Saturday night was one of its opportunities to come together, when three organizers pitched in to schedule a brisket dinner and silent auction along with the Melrose Fire Department to help out the Dodd family; […]

Fraternity raises money for people with disabilities

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From left, Sahand Yazdanyar, 21, Patrick Brophey, 19, and Hank Barnes, 20, cycle to their resting spot for the day after a 90 mile ride on Friday for The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope. The riders arrived from Roswell to sleep for the night have dinner at Southside Church of Christ.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com After a 90-mile ride, 26 Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members from all over the nation cycled into Portales on Friday on their Journey for Hope, a fundraiser for those with disabilities. The cyclists and 10 crew members are traveling 3,700 miles across the country from Long Beach, California, to […]

Independence Day an exercise in freedom

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Portales held its annual fireworks show Saturday night for the Fourth of July holiday with more than 100 Portales residents showing for the event.

By Anna George PNT Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com It’s not hard to find Ernie Aguirre on the Fourth of July. Every Independence Day for the past 10 years, he’s been at his mom’s house on Avenue O in Portales, near Greyhound Arena where the city fireworks display lights up the night sky. “Since the fireworks are […]

Changes happening at detention center

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Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate Danny Espinoza sweeps and mops with Sgt. Manuel "Manny Gallegos Friday afternoon at the detention center. Espinoza said he feels like he and the facility have both been redefined with inmates now being allowed out of their cells to work.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Detention Center has made headlines over the last two years for all the wrong reasons. Five inmates escaped in two separate incidents in 2013. And last year, a murder suspect was allowed out on a work detail and given an ax that he used to beat […]

Preparing for fireworks launch

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Western Enterprises employees Ryan Lasusky, left, and Hal Perry, right, work on building the launch pad Friday for tonight’s Smoke on the Water fireworks show. Greg Clark, their supervisor, said this is the first year they are putting the boxes on tarp-covered palettes in hopes of keeping the explosives dry in case it rains. He estimates between 900 and 1,000 fireworks will be shot off.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com While a majority of city government was off on Friday to observe the Fourth of July holiday, public works employees and munitions company Western Enterprises were working hard on North Main Street preparing the launch pad for tonight’s Smoke on the Water firework display at Greene Acres Park. According […]

Locals give outpour of support

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Portales business owner Danna Thompson prepares cakes for an online bake sale to support the Saiz family. Daniel Saiz was diagnosed with colon cancer.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com When Eastern New Mexico University employee Daniel Saiz was first diagnosed with cancer, he was devastated. But that devastation soon gave way to hope and optimism. “I cried, but then I just stopped and said, ‘I don’t have to understand why. God will take care of me,’” Daniel Saiz […]

Prospective rodeo queens learn skillsets

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Roosevelt County Fair Queen contestants Rachel Valentine, right, and Tanessa Watson, center, listen to 2008 Miss Rodeo New Mexico RaeLynn Stuart as she gives horsemanship and posture tips during Sunday morning’s horsemanship and interview clinic at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With horses and hats in hand, rodeo queen hopefuls took to the outdoor arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Sunday to hone the skills they need to win the 2015 Miss Roosevelt County Fair Queen title. Sunday’s horsemanship and interview clinic, organized by Lisa Hale, featured instruction and tips […]

Chamber close to its firework fundraising goal

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Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry says the chamber is just a few hundred short of its goal for 2015 fireworks.

STAFF REPORT Portales residents can expect a similar fireworks show Saturday night to those they’ve seen in the past, according to Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. Terry said the same company as last year, J&M Displays, will be putting on the show. It will be synchronized to music broadcasted on KSEL […]

Shatner on scholarship campaign

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William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff Report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV […]

Wind farm boon for food trucks

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Maria Ureno, a cook for the food cart Chef’s Kitchen, prepares burgers for hometown residents and wind farm employees alike.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The wind farm being built between Dora and Elida on N.M. 114 could pour as much or more than $2 million dollars into local economies said Jason Tillman, project manager for EDF Renewables. The EDF Renewables project has been under construction since January. Tillman said they have been paying […]

Walmart employee robbed at gunpoint

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Walmart's security cameras capture a photo of the robbery suspect.

STAFF REPORT An employee at the Portales Walmart was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday, according to police. Police said they suspect the robber had also recently struck at Walmart stores in Artesia and Roswell. According to witnesses, a man estimated to be in his 30s and somewhere between five-foot, five inches and six-feet tall entered the […]

Strays big problem in city

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Cheetah, a 2-week-old stray found in the Portales dump, is being cared for by employees of Caprock Veterinary Clinic. They bottle feed him and will find him a permanent home when he is old enough.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Two key people who work with strays may disagree on the biggest issue but they do agree on one thing — stray animals are a big problem in Portales. Portales Animal Control Supervisor Adam Aguilar said city crews are picking up approximately 20 animals a week and have been […]

Bee keeping sweet job for retiree

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Michael Terry, who began beekeeping April of last year, inspects one of his nine hives on his mother’s farm. Terry is wearing a suit to protect himself from bee stings.

STAFF REPORT As a new beekeeper, former Portales school official Michael Terry’s goal is to eventually produce local honey. Terry, who recently retired from Portales Schools and is transitioning into his new job as elementary school principal in Farwell, co-owns MT Bee Hives with his wife, Kristie. Terry provides swarm removal services and is hopeful […]

Get ready to roll at Draggin’ Main

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Draggin’ Main is back for its second consecutive year.

By Brittney Canon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Rev your engines and get ready for some nostalgia — Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year. Organizers Gene Porter and Bryan Boone started the event just to give a couple hot rod guys something to do in Clovis. “It was just a couple of […]

A new venue in an old home

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The recently nicknamed StarGazer has been in Portales more than 30 years and once housed a local business.

By Joshua Lucero and Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITERS With a fresh renovation and an opening night full of music and fellowship, the StarGazer building is ready for business, which it received in large numbers Saturday night. Portales MainStreet Director Jan Elliott said more than 400 people came through the gates for the StarGazer’s opening event […]

Locals say pageant was a learning experience

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Between preparing for her mission trip to Peru and attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Kelsey Prince, 21, barely had time to compete in the Miss New Mexico Pageant. The three-day pageant ended Saturday with the crowning of Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston of Albuquerque. Prince, who won Miss […]

Albuquerque’s Livington crowned Miss New Mexico

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Former Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, right, crowns Miss New Mexico 2015 Marissa Livingston Saturday night during the final night of the Miss New Mexico Pageant at the Eastern New Mexico University theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@pntonline.com After a week of early mornings, late nights, and tight schedules, a new Miss New Mexico has been crowned. Judges crowned Miss Duke City, Marissa Livingston, as Miss New Mexico 2015 with 15-year-old Sasha Butcher of Albuquerque taking home the crown as Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico 2015. Miss […]

Celebrating Portales’ past, present

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Karl Terry, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, left, congratulates pioneers of the year Charlene Foster, right, and Laverne Lee on Saturday at Heritage Days.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Heritage Days is about remembering Portales’ past, but also celebrating its present. “This is a time and a place for people to gather,” said Karl Terry, executive director of the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Portales’ 31st annual Heritage Days Festival took place city wide on Saturday, from a […]

Second round of pageant complete

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The competitors for Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen performed with smiles on their faces Friday night as they introduced themselves to the crowd. The Miss New Mexico competition is being held in Eastern New Mexico University’s theater center.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen candidates faced their second round of preliminary competition Friday night, leading up to the Saturday crowning. The top 10 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teens will be revealed 2 p.m. today at the University Theatre Center (UTC) at Eastern New Mexico […]