New superintendent making return

Johnnie Cain
Raised on a
San Jon ranch

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Johnnie Cain is the new Superintendent of the Portales Municipal School District. After a stint as a superintendent for Logan Municipal Schools, Cain will bring 20 years of experience in education to Portales. Cain was offered the position at the conclusion of last week’s school board meeting. […]

Rodeo teens fight to snag national title

Lisa Walker: Courtesy photo
Teens from Roosevelt County are competing in the National High School Rodeo Finals this week in Wyoming. They are representing New Mexico and Roosevelt County in the events of calf roping, cutting and steer wrestling. From left to right are Dylan Marks, Koby Lovett, Will Watts and Joshua Walker.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer They’re the best of the best in New Mexico, and have spent countless hours practicing for one of the world’s largest rodeos and they’re Roosevelt County’s own. Four of the 1,500 teens competing at this week’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming will be representing Roosevelt County. […]

Locals bid on surplus at ENMU auction

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Auctioneer Kendall Terry bids off a bookcase Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University surplus auction, held at the parking lot of Greyhound Arena.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University held its surplus auction Saturday in the parking lot of Greyhound Arena. An array of miscellaneous items were being auctioned off because of age, items being replaced, or simply because the university had no use for them. “Since we’ve got all this surplus […]

She’s a classic: Car show continues in Portales


By Emily Crowe Richard Rodriguez has loved working on cars since he was a young boy. “When I was little, my brothers had me underneath the cars,” he said. “I was their little monkey guy, so I grew up around this.” Rodriguez of Portales had his midnight blue 1956 Chevy pickup on display at […]

Summer-body boot camp


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Summertime is reaching its midpoint, but there is still time left to get into summer-body shape. Portales has a few different options for those looking to partake in some intense, boot camps. Tamara Johnson is a fitness instructor at Fitness & More in downtown Portales. Johnson is […]

Grade jumps from C to B


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The New Mexico Public Education Department’s grading Thursday of Portales schools was a mix of highs and lows. Portales High School’s overall grade jumped from last year’s C to a B this year. The school scored an A in college and career readiness, indicating PHS graduates are […]

Q&A: Shaping students’ careers


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Michael Shaughnessy is entering his 31st year on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University. A native of New York, he started at ENMU in 1983 after finishing his doctoral work at the University of Nebraska. He is now a professor of special education. As one of […]

Live burn building to be ready by October

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman, center, inspects the new burn building Wednesday that is under construction behind Fire Station 5.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer For most of his 38 years as a Clovis firefighter, Chief Ray Westerman has been gradually working toward one goal — creating a place to train staff under live fire. Westerman’s dream is gradually taking real shape next to Fire Station Five on Brady Avenue. The steel framing […]

Sharing a summer experience

Brad Hamann: Courtesy photo
Hancock, an ENMU alumna who majored in interdisciplinary art, explains to participants in the 2012
Summer Art Workshop the use of color, saturation, texture and rhythm in a painting the trio created together during the workshop.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Arts Council want families in Portales to share a new summer experience. Inspired by an art workshop last year at ENMU, the two entities decided to create an eight-day workshop the next two weeks that would incorporate family-time with a hands-on […]

Ram camp in session

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local youngsters participate in a tackling drill on Monday at the 2013 Ram Football Skills Camp.

by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Football season is getting an early start in Portales, for all ages. The Portales High School football team began the 2013 Ram Football Skills Camp Monday and it continues through Friday at the PHS field house. Children from first through eighth grade received instruction from the PHS […]

Officials: Geothermal is future

Robin Inge: Courtesy photo
Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative employees drill in eastern Roosevelt County to install a geothermal heating system.

Editor’s note: This is the second feature in a series about Roosevelt County Electric’s 75th anniversary in Roosevelt County. By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer As Roosevelt County Electric moves forward and passes its 75-year mark, officials say geothermal energy is the way of the future. A geothermal heating system uses energy from the […]

Foreign exchange student returns

Courtesy Photo: Reader-submitted
(From left) Joan Brown, Monique Goncalves, Marilyn Da Silva, and Emily Brown at Rosa’s in Amarillo.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Tom and Joan Brown of Portales had an interesting school year. Their son Isaac Brown, 17, participated in a foreign exchange program through Rotary International. Isaac spent the school year in Jessen, Germany, while Tom and Joan hosted Monique Correa Marques Goncalves, 18, of Petropolis, Brazil. The […]

Swimming, spending time with family and traveling top summer fun list

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Sam Bertrand, 4, pulls weeds at his grandmother’s house in Portales. Sam lives in Clovis, but spends his days at his grandmother’s house with his two older brothers and younger sister.

By Kevin Baird and Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writers July 4 is about the halfway point of summer vacation in eastern New Mexico, so we checked to see what area youths have been doing to stay busy. What we found ranged from a toddler who loves snakes to a 16 year old balancing work, […]

Fire in the sky

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Will Banister plays to the crowd at dusk before the fireworks got started Thursday night in front of the Eastern New Mexico University soccer field.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Bobby Terry’s eyes were as bright as they reflected the fireworks in the Thursday night sky. He made they typical noises that a child would make in awe of the bright flares and smiley face shapes but the colors that garnered the biggest reaction from Terry were red, […]

Strangers supporting scout’s trip

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Boy scout Curtis Utley, left, practices folding the American flag with his younger brother Adam Utley Thursday. Curtis will be attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree next week on behalf of his Portales troop and says flag-folding is a common practice for ceremonies.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Curtis Utley is amazed at how the communities of Portales and Clovis are rallying behind him as he makes his way to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree next week in the nation’s capital. “These people opened up their hearts, and they don’t even know me,” said Utley, a […]

Vultures aren’t so bad

Larry Brock: Courtesy photo
Vultures are very striking to people when viewed in public areas, but the birds usually find well-hidden places to nest their young and migrate in very large groups.

My first encounter with vultures was when I saw them in a movie years back. They were circling over dead Calvary in the hot desert of the Southwest. That impressed me. Not long afterwards, I sighted some circling vultures as a youngster while my friend Frankie and I were hiking the foothills of mountains near […]

Celebrating independence

File photo
Stone Braker Rocky Mountain Fireworks will put on the annual Portales fireworks show tonight in the Eastern New Mexico University athletic fields. The show will also feature music by Engine Room and Will Banister.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The grand finale of tonight’s fireworks show is dedicated to the men and women serving at Cannon Air Force Base, says Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. The chamber and area churches organized a Fourth of July celebration filled with music and activities, but they want […]

Q&A: New judge’s interests evolved

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Judge Barbara George presides from the bench during a municipal court session on Monday. George was recently appointed municipal judge after the retirement of Judge Fred Arnold.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Probate Court Judge Barbara George began her first day as Municipal Court Judge on Monday. George was appointed by the Portales City Council to replace retiring Judge Fred Arnold because of her experience and leadership in the community. Why did you want to become a […]

McDonald’s employees take break to help kids

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
McDonald’s employee LaShay Duran, left, sets up the children at New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home for a game of football inside the home’s gym.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Candace Ramos and LaShay Duran experienced quite a change last month, from working the grill at McDonald’s to chasing around a group of rambunctious children at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home. Ramos and Duran are part of a community outreach program set up by McDonald’s owners John […]

Colonel promoted to brigadier general


By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer Brig. Gen. Albert “Buck” Elton said he knew early in life what he wanted to do. As a child, Elton told an audience gathered Tuesday at the Landing for his promotion ceremony, he was riding horses with his mother in the Sierra Mountains when a low-flying Navy jet […]