Clovis resident describes Thunderbird flight as ‘ultimate roller coaster ride’

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Maj. Tyler Ellison, front, and Ronnie Marez head to the runway Friday to begin their flight an the F-16 Thunderbird. The Thunderbirds are featured in this weekend’s air show at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Alisa Boswell Clovis’ Ronnie Marez was the center of attention early Friday afternoon as members of the Thunderbirds prepped him for his “Hometown Hero” flight, which he earned in conjunction with this weekend’s Cannon Air Fore Base air show for his heroic effort early this year. With the flight still two hours away, […]

Thunderbirds arrive at Cannon


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer The grin said it all as Maj. Jason Curtis, of the Air Force Thunderbirds, stepped down from his plane. There was no doubting that the 33-year-old pilot loves what he does. “It’s  an extremely humbling experience to be a part of a team that is comprised of such amazing […]

Meet the veterans: Service life-changing

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Dennis Darrow reads the names of fallen soldiers Thursday at the Roosevelt County War Memorial. Darrow served in the Army six years from 1956 to 1962.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community.     By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Robert Elliot traveled many places when he joined the Armed Forces in 1979, but his favorite location was Egypt. Elliot was stationed in Egypt in 1998 when he was in the […]

Glitz and glamour

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Portales senior Karimah Hulett enters Maypole as part of the queen’s court Wednesday evening at the Ram Athletic Center during the 2014 Maypole rehearsal. The rare rights of passage ceremony is in its 86th year at PHS.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Portales High School senior Anissia Lucero said dressing like a princess is “every little girl’s dream come true.” The senior had dress envy since she didn’t get to celebrate a quincenera, a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday in parts of Latin America, and has been waiting for senior […]

Actively involved


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Jodi Kibbe grew up with her family actively involved in sports. Her father was a high school basketball coach and her siblings played basketball as well. Kibbe came to Eastern New Mexico University 10 years ago to get her degree in physical education and minor in sports management. She […]

Cabledue claims win for PHS girls

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Portales’ Hannah Cabledue takes first place in the 3A girls pole vault competition Saturday morning during the 2014 NMAA state championship at the University of New Mexico track and field complex.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Hannah Cabledue came through big-time for the Portales Lady Rams. Seeded No. 1 going in, Cabledue broke her own school record and nearly set a Class 3A girls mark on Saturday in winning pole vault competition at 10 feet even. With the win already salted away, Cabledue had the bar set […]

Thrill of the hunt

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Molly Glowacki, right, and teammate Wendy Turner read their clues for the scavenger hunt hosted by One Community, which began at Daylight Donuts on Saturday. There were 15 clues which Glowacki and Turner had to find around Portales.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Molly Glowacki and Wendy Turner read the clue. “The neon sign of Portales.” The reference escapes Glowacki, a Clovis resident, while Turner, a secretary at Eastern New Mexico University, tries to think of all the neon signs in Portales. It’s no easy task at high noon, with most neon […]

Furry friends

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The Kirby family welcomes their newest addition, Trenton, after he was adopted through Hope Defined Animal Rescue.

Editor’s note: May is National Pet Month in the U.S. Area families celebrate their furry family members and the benefits they’ve brought to the family. By Christina Calloway At the end of a long day, Dan Paciello’s stress can be relieved when greeted by his black Labrador Sox. “He’s definitely my best buddy,” said […]

Lengthy service


Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Jackie Burns has been with the Portales Municipal Schools for 30 years working as a teacher, principal and currently as the director of special student services. Burns will be retiring in July […]

City commission hopefuls speak out


By Christina Calloway Senior writer Roosevelt County Commission candidates were asked a series of questions to help voters understand their positions on the issues. District 3 and District 4 are the only contested commission races in the June 3 Republican primary. There are no Democrats running for those positions. District 3 Charles Bennett, 62, is […]

Students create jingle for water conservation

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Lindsey-Steiner Elementary students, from right to left, Kylie Niece, Taryn Wood, Brie Russ, Sean Carandall, Ruth Chavez and Juan Manuel Carbajal, talk about water conservation with their teacher Danna Smith on Wednesday at Lindsey-Steiner. Smith is showing them a poster about conservation.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Water conservation for Lindsey-Steiner student Taryn Wood is an important topic to her. “We have to conserve water for the future generation. We can’t survive without it,” Wood said. Wood and six other fifth grade students, with the help of their teacher Danna Smith, created a jingle to bring […]

Drug Court commemorates eight years with celebration

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Ninth Judicial District Adult Drug Court
participants gather up food they collected for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico on Wednesday at the Drug Court celebration in the Roosevelt County Courthouse.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Pamala Combs looked onto a group of recovering drug addicts Wednesday as she gave an emotional plea for them to stay consistent with their efforts to be sober. A grandmother from Clovis, Combs told her story of drug abuse and the long road to recovery. She said she would reach […]

Student profiles: Floyd High School


Editor’s note: It’s graduation season. This is the second story in a series of Roosevelt County graduate profiles. By Christina Calloway Senior writer Four Floyd High School students shared their hopes for the future and reflected on their high school careers as their senior year comes to an end. Graduation is at 1 p.m. […]

Firefighters in training

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 Firefighters assist in extricating new recruit Andrew Bernal who, in the scenario, had become unconscious and had to be carried through the window when leaving the building. The trainings are to help the novices adapt to real-life situations.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer It seems like a dream deferred, but at 38, Nole Pitts said being a firefighter is his calling. Pitts expected to join a department in Arizona after graduating from the fire academy several years ago. But after a state hiring freeze, he moved to Illinois where he was part of […]

Winning work

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Kathy Jennings does one of her daily duties as postmaster, time stamping all the mail that comes into the office on Monday at the Floyd post office. This year Jennings won the New Mexico Postmaster of the Year, which is voted by other postmasters around the state.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Kathy Jennings has lived in McAlister for most of her life and 16 years ago she took over the job of being a postmaster at the town’s post office. Then in 2004, Jennings took the postmaster job at Floyd and the community has taken notice of her hard work. […]

Graduation commences


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer After seven years of school, Judy Crockett is ready to go to work. Getting her master of business administrations, Crockett will be working as a certified public accountant. Crockett graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with 561 students on Saturday at a packed Greyhound Arena. This was the largest […]

Women building

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Laura Morrison, left, is cutting headers for the Fifth Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build on Saturday. Gary Rhode is supervising the build, teaching the women safety tips and other techniques for building.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The day before Mother’s Day, Anna Walker invited her mother-in-law, Becky Walker, to help build a house. Anna, originally from Brazil, wanted to spend more time with the mother of her husband. “She is so present in my life and she is my friend. We share everything and I […]

Soldier honored with ‘tiny detail’

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Casper Eurlings said J. Laverne Nicklas deserves to ‘have his correct name on his grave,’ and so he helped make that happen.

By David Stevens PNT editor Nobody alive today remembers what the J stood for, if it stood for anything. But the man was a war hero and he deserved to be remembered by the proper name. And so last month, thanks to a World War II researcher and a man who regularly visits the American […]

County candidates showcase skills at Yam Theatre

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Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry tests the mic Thursday night at the Roosevelt County Election Forum held at the Yam Theatre. Behind him are the Republican Roosevelt County Commission candidates facing off in the June primary.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Roosevelt County candidates in the June primary election showcased their public speaking skills and showed voters their differences and similarities from their opponents Thursday at an election forum held in the Yam Theatre. The forum was sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and gave voters a better picture […]

Going places


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Kamarie Schmidt, 24, has many plans when she leaves Portales. One will be going to the University of Northern Iowa to get her master’s degree in music education. “I am a little apprehensive being 16 hours away from home, but I am very excited too,” Schmidt said. Schmidt, from […]