Nervous excitement stirs Miss New Mexico contestants

Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson visits with Danica Montoya, 7, Tuesday evening at the Miss New Mexico meet-and-greet event. When Montoya told Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Burson she wanted to be a princess when she grows up, Burson told her she already is one.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico contestants described mixed emotions Wednesday morning as they began the interview portion of their pageant, one of several individual competitive categories. “I’m pretty nervous, but mostly excited,” said Miss Las Cruces, Cydnee Plant. “ I just love to perform.” Plant said she has prepared for the […]

Miss New Mexico contestants hit the town

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Miss New Mexico Pageant contestant Brandi Holcomb, representing Otero County, walks with Miss Teen New Mexico contestants as they go door to door downtown as part of a meet and greet event.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico contestants visited local businesses in downtown Portales during a meet-and-greet on Tuesday afternoon, inviting owners and sharing details about their event. “It has been really exciting and a little surreal,” said Miss Blackwater Draw, Kelsey Prince. “To say that I’m participating in something of this caliber, […]

All judge candidates sent to governor for consideration

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Members of the nominating committee are sworn in prior to the start of the meeting Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com After six hopefuls made their cases to fill Judge Stephen Quinn’s shoes in July, members of the Ninth Judicial Nominating Commission could not pick top candidates to recommend to Gov. Susana Martinez. Instead, they said all of the above — sending Brett J. Carter, Matthew Edward Chandler, Christian Paul […]

Taekwondo camp offers variety

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Yom Chi TaeKwon-Do Association summer camp instructor John Bridges, a sixth Dan black belt and former Portales fire chief, answers questions about CPR from his first responder and first aid class Monday evening.

By Jackie Johnson and Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITERS For Portales resident and second degree black belt Sarah Victor, the Yom Chi TaeKwon-Do Association summer camp gives her a rare opportunity to learn from multiple instructors without an extended drive. The 2015 YCTA TaeKwon-Do summer camp kicked off yesterday at Eastern New Mexico University with students […]

New business

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Sly Tire Service owner Sylvester Dominguez loads tires onto his truck at the end of his work day Monday afternoon at a truck yard on U.S. 70.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about Portales businesses that have opened in the last year. When Sly Tire Service owner Sylvester Dominguez’ uncle told him he needed someone to work in the Portales and Clovis area, he jumped at the chance to be his own boss. Dominguez, 31, said he established his […]

Third-time racer takes top prize at soap box derby

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2015 Clovis Rotary Club soap box derby winner Cody Little jumps in celebration after seizing first place Saturday afternoon. Cody will go on to compete at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio on July 25.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@cnjonline.com After three years of competing, Cody Little finally seized the top spot at the Clovis Rotary Club’s 14th annual soap box derby. The Saturday morning derby featured 15 young drivers, ranging in age from 9 to 14, all vying for first place and a trip to the All-American Soap […]

Portales Area Transit available to all residents

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PAT driver Lucia Silva, right, talks to passenger Lindsey Chisholm before he exits at his stop Thursday morning at Golden Acres. Silva said PAT drivers drive an average of 75 miles each day.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Without the Portales Area Transit (PAT), resident Nahoma Sinclair says she would never leave her home. Sinclair, like many Portales residents, relies on the PAT public transportation service to perform activities like daily errands, meeting with friends, and going to work. Sinclair, 95, said she has been using the […]

‘Doppler Dave’ mesmerizes with weather

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Meteorologist David “Doppler Dave” Oliver creates a tornado in two soda bottles Thursday morning for children at the Portales Public Library.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A room full of Portales children oohed and aahed in delight as Amarillo Meteorologist David “Doppler Dave” Oliver created a tornado right before their eyes with two soda bottles and some blue liquid. Everyone loves summertime, but with the summer comes dangerous weather, Oliver told the room full of […]

Little Wrangler Junior Rodeo underway

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Mason Pritchett, 10, of Portales, prepares to rope a calf Tuesday evening during the Little Wrangler Junior Rodeo Association rodeo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com For Little Wrangler Junior Rodeo competitor Mason Pritchett, the scariest part of the rodeo is waiting for the gates to open. Pritchett, along with competitors from around Roosevelt and Curry counties, took to the arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Tuesday night for the first night of the Little […]

Local enthusiast documents roadrunners

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Dan True of Clovis, a writer, gets up close to a roadrunner before  it heads off to feed its baby.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Roadrunners “live on the edge,” and lately a few in rural Curry County have been living on the edge with 90-year-old WWII veteran and former television weatherman Dan True living the life and dining on lizards and mice. True, who has been documenting wildlife most of his life, has […]

Relay for Life a walk of hope

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Cancer survivors walk Saturday morning at Relay For Life. The survivors walk 
recognized participants who have survived cancer.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com For Causey’s Anne Clark, Relay For Life is more than just an event, it’s a way to honor victims and survivors of cancers, including her son and her father. Clark, 63, along with about 150 Relay For Life participants, came together Saturday to raise money for cancer research and […]

Pioneer women honored at breakfast

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Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos embraces Lucille Johnson of Claude during Friday’s Pioneer Days Women’s Breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com As she enjoyed her breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, Lucille Johnson couldn’t help but enjoy the company around her as Clovis was celebrated during the Heritage Days Women’s Breakfast. But when it came time for her to speak, Johnson beamed with pride as she spoke of her upbringing […]

New Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico crowned

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The pageant lineup Friday afternoon at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant was full of leather, fringe and glitz. Visiting royalty Miss Rodeo Washington and Miss Rodeo America asked contestants questions alongside Miss Rodeo New Mexico testing their knowledge of rodeos, real-life issues in both school and in the world.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Perhaps each of the Miss Rodeo royalty hopefuls started out as what newly crowned Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico Kristin White described as the future of rodeo. “Imagine this … A little girl with long braided hair and big pink bows, so proud of her brand-new boots,” White said […]

Kids’ College a cultural exploration

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Roderic Neal, left, 8, and Gavin Gore, right, 8, chase each other on Thursday during a physical activity at Eastern New Mexico University’s Kid’s College. Roderic said that he learned which states are in the South, North, West and East during his first week of Kid’s College.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Kid’s College Kid’s College is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and allows kids ages 6-12 to take part in team, individual, creative, mental, and physical activities throughout the day. The program started Monday. The theme this summer is The Amazing Race and they will be […]

ENMU’s choir camp sets record attendance

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Jason Paulk, director of choral activities at Eastern New Mexico University, leads the choir camp in rehearsal Wednesday for their final concert being held at 2 p.m. today in Buchanan Hall.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s annual choir camp received its largest turnout yet with 135 attendees, including high school students coming together from across New Mexico and West Texas. Jason Paulk, director of choral activities at ENMU, said the camp has averaged about 80 attendees in previous years. Paulk said […]

High school girls explore Girls’ State

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Dana Thalmann, left, Belle Toney, center, and Shondiin Lewis attend a meeting for their fictional city on Monday as part of New Mexico Girls’ State. The program started on Sunday and will continue until the end of the week.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com With the help of past alumni and volunteers, New Mexico Girls’ State is exploring the world of government at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) this week. Girls’ State is a nationwide program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and mimics local and state government to give juniors in high […]

Musician Andy Mason wins two music awards

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Andy Mason won two awards from the New Mexico Music Awards show held  Saturday at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. Mason has been a musician for 20 years and is getting ready to headline a 57-stop tour this summer.

STAFF REPORT Portales musician Andy Mason took home two prizes Saturday from the annual New Mexico Music Awards. “I’ve submitted work and been nominated before, but this is the first time I’ve won,” Mason said. “It feels nice to get recognition for all of the hard work.” Mason’s composition, “Empty,” won in two categories for […]

A cleaning endeavor

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Chris Martinez, left, and Emmery Gay help clean up the community on Monday by picking up trash to raise money for the PHS band. They will return on Wednesday to also paint dumpsters.

Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com On Monday, the Portales High School (PHS) band cleaned up the community to raise money for new equipment. Jennifer Johnson, band director for the past eight years, directed the 20 students from colorguard, drumline and leadership in picking up trash in a three block radius around the courthouse. The students […]

Portales to have a winery in near future

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Doug Redmond planted over 150 vines on his land this spring in preperation for his new winery, which will open after the vines have had about three years to grow.

STAFF REPORT The first commercial winery to come to Portales is in the process of being built. Doug Redmond, the owner of 3 Mules Winery, said he began planning the business in September. “I have an acre and a quarter of grapes planted on my land, and in three years, the 155 vines will produce […]

45th Pioneer Days kicks off Monday

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Pioneer Days parade organizer John Montano expects about 100 entries for the annual Saturday morning parade down Main Street.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A 1978 speech by radio commentator Paul Harvey tells us God made a farmer on the eighth day. Some time after, Clovis Pioneer Days organizers reasoned, there would be other needs. “So God made a cowboy,” and it’s being celebrated this week. Wilma Fulgham, who’s been promoting the Western […]