Theater, film classes unveil new students

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Luke Haines, left, and Jessie Li, fine arts students at Eastern New Mexico University, prepare their musical piece on Tuesday for the Freshman Showcase, entitled “What is Art?” The program is designed to show off the work of new theater and film students at the university.

By Anna George Correspondent This weekend’s Freshman Showcase, ‘What is Art?,’ is about Eastern New Mexico University theater and film students exploring what art means to them and to the world, according to its participants. The showcase is designed to unveil the many talents of the freshman class within the ENMU theater and film departments. […]

Police rounding up toys for Santa Cop

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With the annual Santa Cop event approaching, the Portales Police Department is asking community members to donate toys and funds. The department will hold a toy drive this Saturday at Walmart.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com It’s the time of year for giving back, and the Portales Police Department is once again calling on its community members for helping children in need. The department’s almost 20-year tradition, Santa Cop, is approaching in less than a month, and families in need are already coming into the […]

Governor makes stop at Southwest Cheese

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Gov. Susana Martinez announces the 
creation of jobs Monday at Southwest Cheese.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez made an appearance Monday morning at the Southwest Cheese plant to announce 50 new jobs that will rake in average annual salaries of $60,000. Groundbreaking for the $140 million, 110,000-square foot expansion is set for early 2016 with completion within two years, according to Southwest Cheese […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

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This photo was taken of Taylor and his second wife, Zell, around 1998, shortly after they were married.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The family of a Portales resident have spent the last two days flying to the local area from all over the country to celebrate 100 years of life. Gerald Leon “G.L.” Taylor, who turns 100 years old today, is more than just a father and grandfather though. One could […]

La Escalara hosts art show, sale

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
La Escalera Art Guild members Carol Milner and Jon Birdsong hang some art pieces Thursday morning at Birdsong’s studio in preparation of their art show/sale tomorrow. All proceeds from the show will go to Roosevelt County Schools art departments.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com A chance to own some locally produced art and support local school art departments in the process will be available Sunday at the Jon Birdsong Studio in Portales. The La Escalera Art Guild will be having an art show and sale from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the […]

Veterans added to ‘wall of honor’

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World War II veteran Joe Blair, second to left, stands with his family Wednesday night as he is honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A lot of proud heritage filled the room at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 on downtown Main Street in Portales Wednesday night. The VFW honored six local World War II veterans by making them the first to be placed on their “wall of honor.” The wall is […]

In honor of those who served

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Lynnde Hall, 13, left, spreads out the American flag Wednesday morning with her great grandfather, Joe Blair, for the ‘Ragged Old Flag’ tribute during the 69th annual Veterans Day ceremony held by Portales American Legion Post 31.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com It was an emotional crowd that filled the room Wednesday morning in the Memorial Building as Portales American Legion Post 31 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Ahave Brown Jr., commander of the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, opened his speech by thanking Mayor […]

Serving country a family tradition

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From left, sons Major Daniel Gonzales, Major Alex Gonzales, Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales and Lt. Victor Gonzales are pictured with their father, Sgt. Major Celestino Gonzales in the center.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com It’s not often one finds one family with over 125 years of combined military service, but the Gonzales family is one such legacy. After growing up in San Jon, Ruperto “Bob” Gonzales started the family’s legacy by joining the U.S. Army in 1943. “My grandfather was very patriotic,” said […]

Gone, but not forgotten

Homer Mitchell

Editor’s note: We asked readers to share stories about veterans. Clovis’ Patsy Acuff submitted this essay about her uncle: This Veterans Day, I would like to pay tribute to my uncle, Homer J. Mitchell, who was killed in action during World War II in Germany. Homer was born to Roy and Gussie Mitchell on Oct. […]

Oasis hosts 25th Kids Fishin’ Clinic

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Roger Maddy and his daughter Emma Maddy, age 11, try to catch some fish following the 25th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic at Oasis State Park on Saturday afternoon.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com OASIS STATE PARK — On a brisk Saturday morning, children from Roosevelt and Curry counties came to the Oasis State Park to learn the proper techniques of fishing in the 25th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic. Jim Whary, the park manager who has participated in 22 of these clinics, said […]

ENMU hosts annual preview day

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From left, Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Taylor Wapaha, professor Lonzo Lassiter, and professor Colt M. Owens man the ENMU communications department table on Saturday at the campus fair segment of Green and Silver Preview Day.

By Anna George Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University welcomed well over 300 guests to its campus Saturday morning, according to Director of Enrollment Services Cody Spitz. The campus hosted its annual Green and Silver Preview Day where high school juniors and seniors and their families can visit the campus, meet the people and learn about […]

Motocross event comes to the Boneyard

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A motocross event is coming to Portales this weekend with all-terrain vehicles races, utility task vehicle races and bike races. The event is being held behind Bonestroo Dairy off of New Mexico 467 all day today and Sunday.

STAFF REPORT The West Texas Extreme Race Circuit (WTXRC) is returning to the area this weekend for round six of their 2015-16 series. According to Rusty Cates, WTXRC is a family-owned race circuit of moto and off-road enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and advancing off-road racing in the West Texas/Eastern New Mexico area. Cates began the […]

Princess party moves to ENMU

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Monarch Formals’ 4th Annual Princess Party is being held this Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena for girls 2 to 12 years old.

STAFF REPORT Non-profit Monarch Formals annual princess party is being moved to Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena this year. The event, which is in its fourth year, is to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the arena with girls from 2 to 12 years old being welcomed. Monarch Formals Founder […]

Student recognized for bravery

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Delbert Rector from Floyd Fire Department presented Ivan Gurrola, 6, with a certificate of bravery at Floyd schools on Monday after the first grader returned to school after being out for three weeks. Gurrola was injured while protecting his 4-year-old sister from a dog.

By Alisa Boswell Manager editor aboswell@pntonline.com A first grade student at Floyd Municipal Schools was honored for his bravery in the face of danger Monday when he returned to school. Ivan Gurrola, 6, returned to school Monday morning after a three-week absence due to injuries from a dog attack. The first grader was playing outside […]

Arrive Alive Tour to visit Portales High

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Portales High School student Stephan Lennington, 15, focuses on the simulated road in front of him as he drives in the Arrive Alive Tour simulation. Tour officials would ask teens to try to send a text message while driving, so they could see the results.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales High School students got a taste of what the consequences to texting and driving might be like this week as they lived the action of doing just that. The Roosevelt County DWI Program invited the Arrive Alive Tour to visit the high school on Monday with their special […]

Turkey Dinner & Bazaar set for Thursday

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Shelly Atwood, left, and Bobbie Nall crush bread and corn bread Tuesday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Portales in preparation for the annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com There is one thing that draws people back to the First United Methodist annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar each year: The people. According to church members, they continue loving their 62-year-old tradition because of the people who come each year, which usually averages more than 2,000 area residents. “It’s […]

Harvest Jamboree takes stage at Yam Theatre

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The Floyd Lions Club will be holding their third annual fall performance for the Floyd Jamboree on Friday at the Yam Theatre.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The upcoming Floyd Lion’s Club Harvest Jamboree may be shorter in length than the annual spring showing, but there should be no shortage in entertainment, according to event coordinators. The third annual fall performance will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre in Portales and cost […]

Atlatl competition draws crowd

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From left, Stacey Bennett, Seth Dearth, Joshua Dickens and Shawn Hoskinson collect darts thrown with the atlatl during practice.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The 15th annual atlatl competition on Saturday morning went well, according to Director of Blackwater Draw National Landmark George Crawford. “Attendance so far has been about average. We usually see a couple hundred people but only about 40 of them participate,” said Crawford. The competition was divided into men, women and […]

Costumes on parade

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Presbyterian Preschool teacher Nicole White, Ellie Martinez, 5, and Sophia Hogg, 5, lead the Halloween parade Friday morning around the block from the school located on Pile Street.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Witches and princesses and transformers — oh my! If you traveled down Pile or Gidding streets around 10 Friday morning, you may have seen a few creatures and superheros stomping around the block showing off their attire. Don’t worry, though — the witches and goblins weren’t real. They were […]

Tops in Blue plays to enthusiastic crowd

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Tops in Blue performers get down to the modern day hit Uptown Funk Wednesday night during their show.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The region’s pride for military members and Cannon Air Force Base shined Wednesday night as Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena played host to the 2015 Tops in Blue tour. Cousins Kaiah Carpenter, 4, and Kaynen Hunt, 4, could be seen on the ground floor working their own style […]