Sunland making comeback


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The nation’s largest organic peanut butter processor is a month away from having its products back on shelves nationwide, according to the company’s president. Sunland Inc. President Jimmy Shearer says the company has made some major changes to its food safety procedures as demanded by the Food and […]

Nostalgia in the air as class of ‘93 reunites

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales High School class of 1993 has fun with their sign Saturday at Rosary Park.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Nostalgic was a word used to describe the feeling of being at the class of 1993 reunion this weekend in Portales. “Definitely nostalgic,” said Jason Thompson, a class of 1993 graduate who now lives in Seattle, Wash. The giddiness among adults was clear as they gathered Saturday […]

Even dumbest creatures can be useful


The pastor was making a point Sunday morning. He said, “Even God’s dumbest creatures can be useful.” I tried not to take it personally. However, if he’d seen my grade transcript from vet school, I would certainly qualify for half of it! But, he was talking about sheep. Most people would agree that sheep are […]

Finals are family affair


By Kevin Baird Samantha Hamilton, 6, competed in her first rodeo this week, at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association, the very rodeo her grandfather helped found. Dwayne Ridley, 73, is one of five men who began the HPJRA in 1974. Although he is retired from rodeo he spends a lot of time in […]

Fitness-dance craze keeps Portales in shape

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local ladies enjoy a Zumba workout Thursday at Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about fitness. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Zumba is the flavor this July. Women around Portales are joining the fitness-dance craze which burns calories and lets ladies scratch their dancing itch to different forms of Latin music. Hilary Strong is a certified Zumba […]

Recreation center programs continue to grow

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Portales Recreation Center Summer Program participants exchange jokes as they eat lunch together at Rotary Park under a tree.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe says watching children grow has been a rewarding experience. As the programs at the recreation center continue to grow since she became director in January 2011, Kibbe says it gives her a chance to reach the children of Portales. “It’s one of […]

Q&A — ENMU multicultural affairs director is on 14th year

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Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at ENMU.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Diana Cordova is the director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. Her office offers resources for all students on campus and its goal is to create cultural awareness. Her office includes the offices for Native American, Hispanic, African-American, and International student affairs. These offices help […]

Janitorial business started simply

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Wade Martin (cleaning TV), Wesley Martin, Sam Cantwell, and Anastasia Lutnesky form Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer In December 2011, their business was only an idea. By December 2012, they were all able to quit their other jobs. Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial has been operating since January 2012 under the direction of a a group of 20-somethings with one college degree between them. […]

Program feeds hundreds daily

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Matthew Shelly, 17, hands out chocolate milk to the last bunch of children who came to eat lunch at Rotary Park.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer There is such a thing as a free lunch for Mary Lou Payen’s children, but it’s more than just free from cost, for Payen it’s free from hassle. The foster mother of three brings her boys to the La Casa meal site, a participating organization in the Summer […]

Class has nice ring to it

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Zach Wachter makes his own tools in jewelry class.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Educational, entertaining, enchanting. For more than a quarter century, Eastern New Mexico University professor Greg Senn has tried to reach these ends in an elective class on jewelry making. “For me, the goal of the course is to give students a unique learning experience that is safe […]