Q&A: Air Force Secretary visits Cannon

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James takes time Tuesday afternoon at Cannon AFB to answers a few questions from the media during her visit.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. She agreed to a short interview before an aerial tour of the facilities. Can you tell us about your mission here? What do you want to see? What have you seen already? Well, this is my first trip to Cannon Air […]

Family starting local winery

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Joe Archuleta, a “jack-of-all-trades among Max Merrick’s employees, files down the poles at the beginning and end of the Enchantment Vineyard rows on Monday. He said this allows them to fit caps on top to prevent rust within the poles.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com At today’s Portales City Council meeting, city councilors are set to decide when a new Portales vineyard can start producing wine. Max Merrick and his daughter, Megan Hamilton, enjoyed a walk on their five-acre family grape farm Monday morning as they talked of their excitement over the prospect of […]

Elida seniors take stage

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Hannah Bilbrey gives her valedictorian speech Saturday evening at Elida High School graduation. Bilbrey talked to her fellow graduates about overcoming fears and letting God guide your life.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Elida High School’s senior class took the stage Saturday evening to receive their diplomas before their friends, family and faculty. According to guest speaker Shannon Norris, of the Department of Agriculture, graduation is an opportunity for the students to strive for continued success in the future. “If God created […]

Looking to the future

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Cassidy Dogherty of Melrose, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism, receives her degree at Eastern New Mexico University’s 2016 spring commencement on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com On Saturday morning, Eastern New Mexico University celebrated its largest commencement ceremony yet, with over 1,100 students graduating, according to President Steven Gamble. After presenting faculty with awards and recognizing retirees, Gamble introduced commencement speaker Gary Tonjes. Tonjes, a 1978 graduate of ENMU himself, is the current president of […]

Dora graduates looking forward

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Dora High School senior Lindsey Fletcher, right, accepts her Salutatorian Award Saturday afternoon before giving her speech at the Dora High graduation. See more graduation photos on page 3B.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Focus was the theme of the day for guest speaker Caleb Gustin at the Dora High School graduation Saturday. Gustin opened his speech by telling audience members and graduates to hold out their hands, then turn them upside down with thumbs pointed out, then cross them and hook their […]

Ranchvale school celebrated

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Former Ranchvale students of the 1950s (from left) Carolyn Tate Harris, Irene Davis Jones, Wesley Myers, Sonja Madera Myers and Kenneth Davis reminisce in front of their old school during the “Ranchvale Through the Years” farewell event.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com RANCHVALE — A farewell gathering at Ranchvale Elementary School on Friday afternoon drew more than 80 decades’ worth of students. Current and former teachers, staff members and students gathered in the school’s gym for “Ranchvale Through the Years” — a celebration honoring the legacy of the school and its […]

ENMU students protest funding cuts

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From left, Eastern New Mexico University students Stephen Yung, Jonathan Benedetti and Christine Collins hold a Houndwaves sign and copies of the university newspaper, The Chase, as a means of protest against the Student Fees Board cutting the two entities from their funding. The student body has been divided on the issue all week with board members standing by their decision while other students say they violated the rights of members of The Chase.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Being told the Eastern New Mexico University newspaper would be fully funded one way or another next school year was not enough to discourage students from protesting on Thursday. Three ENMU students stood on school grounds behind the Campus Union Building Thursday afternoon holding a sign that said “Houndwaves” […]

Junior high hosts life choices program

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Portales Junior High students wear “preggy suits” and hold plastic babies to simulate parenthood at the junior high gym on Tuesday.
The activity was part of the Roosevelt County Health Council’s “Maze of Life” event.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Tuesday brought several community organizations to Portales Junior High School to discuss issues that teenagers face, including the risks of drug use and teen pregnancy, an experience that Portales DWI Program Director Riki Seat described as “really intense.” The event, which was coordinated by the Roosevelt County Health Council, […]

ENMU seniors to walk Saturday

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Eastern New Mexico University student Purificacion Mendez takes advantage of the shade to use her computer on campus Monday afternoon. ENMU holds its graduation ceremony Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Family and friends of Eastern New Mexico University seniors will converge on the Greyhound Arena Saturday to celebrate their loved ones’ graduation. The commencement ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Greyhound Arena and will be immediately followed by a reception, is the event that seniors have been […]

Local college students have job opportunities

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Many regional businesses offer summer internships and jobs as possibilities for local college students. The city of Portales is always in dire need of lifeguards for the city pool, according to Public Works Director John DeSha.

By Alisa Boswell and Brooke Finch Staff writers For those college students looking for work to fill their summer to keep the cash flow coming in, they don’t have to look very far. There are numerous summer internship and job opportunities awaiting them in Portales, Clovis and west Texas. Eastern New Mexico University Career Counselor […]

Unique show debuts at ENMU

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Nickkole Williams, an Eastern New Mexico University senior, puts her make up on for a performance of the experiment film and dance concert, Identity, in which she is a dancer.

By Anna George Correspondent A show unlike any performed at Eastern New Mexico University in recent years debuted this weekend after over a year of planning, preparing and student-teacher collaboration. The dance and experimental film concert titled “Identity” contained three parts depicting the stages of life, each with multiple experimental films and dance numbers. The […]

Fight with officer captured on video

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The above photo shows a clip of Anthony Ortega rushing at officer Nicholas Laurenz during an April 11 incident, in which Laurenz was shot with his own gun.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Police body cameras failed to capture the shooting of a Portales police officer on April 11, but audio is heard of Officer Nicholas Laurenz and criminal suspect Anthony Ortega gasping and grunting as they fight one another. Video footage from three Portales police officers’ cameras was released Friday following […]

Jail staff honored

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Roosevelt County Detention Center officers chow down on enchiladas Wednesday during a potluck Interim Administrator Joseph Alaniz provided in appreciation of their work.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com As part of National Correctional Employees Week, employees of the Portales Detention Center were honored for their efforts on Thursday afternoon. The roles that detention center staff play are important, but have strict requirements as far as a person’s mindset, according to Night Sergeant Kolby Tollett. “You have to […]

Locals pray for nation

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A group of residents pray in a circle during the National Day of Prayer event in Portales Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com There was a distinct message at Thursday’s Portales prayer event as residents gathered in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Area residents were gathered in honor of the National Day of Prayer, and Central Christian Pastor Don Thomas preceded the time of prayer by challenging the crowd to not […]

‘We take it serious now’

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A mobile home on Hickory Street is leveled during the 2007 tornado in Clovis. Nobody was reported injured in relation to the house. The tornado resulted in the deaths of two Clovis residents.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@pntonline.com Portales’ Elly Marez knew a storm was coming when she started home from Lubbock. She could see the dark clouds ahead well before the heavy rain and hail began that evening of March 23, 2007. “My daughter was driving, and probably 10 minutes before we got to Farwell, she could […]

Community gives thanks to military


By Anna George Correspondent Along with a raindrop or two, the people of Portales came out to show their thanks to the Cannon Air Force base community at the Fifth Annual Cannon Appreciation Day. The Portales Military Affairs Committee (PMAC) took four months and $6,000 to organize the event with mud volleyball, games, burgers and […]

Cannon Appreciation Day returns

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The Cannon Appreciation Day event starts Saturday at 3 p.m. 
near ENMU’s Tau Alpha fraternity house north of Greyhound Arena.

STAFF REPORT Saturday will see the return of Cannon Appreciation Day in Portales. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, the event is a day in which military personnel from Cannon Air Force Base can “relax with their friends and get to know Portales better,” and community members can “let them […]

Fire victims still in hospital care

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A 50-year-old Portales man remains in serious condition after his family’s home burned on April 17 in the 1600 block of New Mexico 236.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A 50-year-old Portales man remains in a Lubbock hospital in serious condition after his home burned down on the north side of Portales. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said Portales firefighters responded to a house fire in the 600 block of New Mexico 236 at 2:58 a.m. on April […]

Relay closing on $30,000 goal

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Connie Cuevas-Florez, coordinator for the Relay for Life mushball tournament, presents the team captain of “The Swingers” the first place plaque for the tournament on Saturday at city park.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Almost reaching their goal of $30,000 for the Portales Relay for Life was a pleasant surprise, according to event coordinator Julie Miller. Miller said she never would have guessed the community would raise all the way up to its goal, but donations are sitting at more than $26,000 after […]

Area rallies to fight cancer

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Participants get ready for the opening of the Portales Relay for Life at City Park on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Portales residents gathered at city park Saturday to help combat a disease that has had widespread effect on people worldwide: cancer. The annual Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer research, attracted people from throughout the area to walk laps, participate in activities, and generally interact with each […]