Moving forward

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City and state leaders dig in Tuesday at the construction site of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. The $27 million project is expected to be completed in about a year.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com With gold and chrome-colored shovels in hand, area and state leadership broke ground Tuesday at the construction site for Portales’ new wastewater treatment plant, the largest investment in water infrastructure that the New Mexico Environment Department has made, according to NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn. Construction of the $27 million […]

Digging movies

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David Kilby, professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, shows artifacts he has found. Kilby is offering a class this fall called Anthropology on the Silver Screen.  The purpose is to show the differences between movies and real life.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com David Kilby, a professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, has a special love for movies. Whether its action, drama or comedy, Kilby is a fan. His love for movies gave him the idea to start a class about how anthropologists and archaeologist are portrayed in the blockbuster […]

What’s in a name? Plenty

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By David Stevens Editor Things you might not know about places you probably do: • Origins for the names of many eastern New Mexico communities have been lost to time. The tiny Roosevelt County village of Elida is a good example. “Roosevelt County History and Heritage,” published in 1975, includes multiple pages about Elida’s earliest […]

Car show packs Portales square

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Carlos Duran, 22, of Portales, examines cars with his wife Bianca Duran and their daughter Zanida Duran, 2, Friday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Duran is a member of the Los Reyes car club and said he plans on showing his truck in the coming year.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Today, $4,600 for a vehicle may not seem too pricey, but for J.D. Cole of Clovis, that amount of money bought him the vehicle that would last four generations. It was a 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon that took him, his wife, and four children to Missouri each summer, 11 […]

Student opportunities abound

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T.J. Richardson, 15, balances an egg on a fork as part of Upward Bound’s team build exercises on Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University’s campus. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the students play games to get know one another better.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Isbele Garcia, 15, joined Eastern New Mexico University’s Upward Bound program this year knowing she would learn a little more than she would in school, but she did not expect to see […]

On the learning curve

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Third-grade students dissect owl pellets found near small animal skulls; part of the owl thematic unit.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Portales Elementary Schools are trying to bring their reading proficiency scores up by having students near proficiency attend a four-week, four-hour-a-day summer school. The summer school for elementary students is grades first through third and the school is only focused on literacy. The school’s goal is to get the […]

Drug plan reactions mixed

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Wal-Mart Pharmacy Technician Kendra Lopez fills a prescription Tuesday afternoon in the store’s pharmacy. The pharmacy will be accepting the Coast2Coast discount prescription card. Coast2Coast has been operating since 2006.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County officials are hopeful with the county’s participation in the Coast2Coast discount prescription card program, citizens will have access to low-cost medication. “With health care costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time […]

Escapee has violent past at jail

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Eddy County inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County officials while on a work detail Wednesday was also involved in a fight in the Roosevelt jail two years ago. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb has said officials did not know Senovio Mendoza Jr. was being held on murder charges; […]

Program helps parents find purpose

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com David Briseno knows the job of a parent is an important one. He uses his parenting skills gained dealing with four children and three grandchildren to teach parenting classes at the Portales Municipal School’s Family Leadership Institute. July is Purposeful Parenting Month and Briseno teaches parents what it means […]

First of three portables arrives

Lillian Bowe: Staff photoSemi-trucks hauling a portable office to the Roosevelt County Courthouse had to drive over the sidewalk to get into the parking lot. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said Williamson Renovations, the company moving the portables, would be pay for damage to the sidewalk.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com One of the three portables offices, which will be used to house the employees of Roosevelt County Courthouse during the replacement of HVAC system, arrived on Monday at the north parking lot of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The two halves of the portable office being hauled by two semi-trucks […]

Positive response

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Rita Ake gave blood Saturday in the United Blood Services Donor Coach set up at Walmart. Ake said she donates blood because she never knows when her family might need it. After donations, donors get salty snacks and water to keep hydrated.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The need for O negative blood brought the United Blood Services (UBS) in Lubbock to Portales on Saturday and they were not disappointed with the response from donors. Peggy Brown, one of the coordinators of the blood drive, said they had seen 14 people by noon and they had […]

Homeowner search is on

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The search for a new partner family for the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity has been a hard one this year. After their last build that ended in December, Habitat for Humanity has gone through 14 applicants. Joyce Davis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Roosevelt […]

Fireworks light up Portales sky

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Miriam Morales, 12, left, tries to light fireworks with her sister Jennifer Morales, 10, as the Portales Fourth of July celebration begins Friday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University track.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Emma Baca, 9, smiled as the fireworks lit up the sky on Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena. But there was one problem. “The bugs keep attacking me,” Emma complained. Emma’s mother, Jodi Baca, said she loved the fireworks, but she had to keep kicking off the bugs. […]

Escapee murder suspect

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A Roosevelt County inmate being held on first-degree murder charges remained in the custody of Texas officials Thursday after being accused of assaulting a county employee to escape a work detail and leading police on a high-speed chase from Portales to Sudan, Texas, according to officials. Senovio Mendoza Jr., […]

Job with fringe benefits

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Rosemary Cota of Portales set up some activities for her young adult group at the Portales Public Library. Cota is working on a party that is based on the book and soon-to-be movie “The Giver.”

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Growing up in Portales, Rosemary Cota would go to storytime at the Portales Public Library. Cota always loved going to the library, so when the opportunity to work at the place she […]

For pets, think ‘fearworks’

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Holly has always been a little different than most dogs but one common feature she does share is a fear of noise. In the season of thunder and fireworks, the 10-year-old black lab can be found cowering in the bed of her owner’s pickup, a place Donna Rutherford said […]

Portales misses large rainfall

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Some places around Portales flooded more than others after Wednesday’s thunderstorm, including the intersection of North Main and West Railroad. According to Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger, 18th Street was flooded in the early morning and signs were up warning drivers.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Portales missed out on a large rain Wednesday as the area received around 1 to 2 inches of precipitation yet Clovis was reported to have 4 to 5 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service. Jason Frazier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]

Welcome upgrade

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Roosevelt County was approved for a $2.9 million loan to replace the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s broken air conditioning system. The new ventilation system will use refrigerant air to keep the 76-year-old building cool.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com County commissioners and employees were given the rundown about the new ventilation system replacing the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s current system Tuesday at the County Commission meeting. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said the $2.9 million loan for the project was approved by the New Mexico Finance Authority but declined […]

Triple-digit heat

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Siblings Peyton Williams, front, and Abby Ontiveros try to cool off and create a splash Monday at the city swimming pool. The pair’s mother said the hot weather called for a trip to the pool. Saturday through Monday were three hottest consecutive days this year.

Staff report The temperature hit triple digits Monday for the first time in 2014. In fact, Saturday through Monday were the three hottest consecutive days, according to Accuweather.com Meteorologist Steve Travis said it wasn’t a record-breaker. Travis said relief from Monday’s 100-degree heat is on its way. A cold front will be blowing cooler air […]

Consortium teaches dairy management

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College students who participated in the 2014 U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium watched a slide show Friday showing pictures of their adventures on dairies over the course of the six-week program.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Educational programs are not keeping pace with the growing dairy business in the Southwest, according to Michael Tomaszewski, professor of dairy management at Texas A&M University. Tomaszewski is one of the coordinators of the recently completed U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium held in conjunction with Clovis Community College. […]