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Daphne Underwood converses with other writers from the ENMU writer’s retreat during a Wednesday evening barbecue hosted by ENMU’s Assistant Professor of Digital Film Making, Jon Barr. The writers competed for prizes by reading short selections of their writings during the barbecue.

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune is following one writer through their journey and participation in the Eastern New Mexico University Writer’s Retreat. By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Daphne Underwood learned she is not the only writer in her family. Her 9-year-old daughter Paige surprised her when she also sought a critique at the Eastern […]

United Way hopes to help needy chill this summer

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Danielle Swopes, left,  and Roy Gallegos add a  bucket to a shopping  cart for making an air conditioner.

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com A five-gallon plastic bucket, insulating foam, PVC pipe and a small fan can be combined to help someone chill out this summer. These are the materials that are used to make a chiller — or a homemade air conditioning unit. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is coordinating the making […]

Showy send-off

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A radiant Mrs. Portales glided effortlessly in her high heels on the runway Thursday night until mommy duty called. Lorissa Marshall, 25, had to squat down to lift up her 2-year-old daughter Marrie while she modeled the outfits she’ll wear at the Mrs. New Mexico competition in two weeks […]

Portales schools concerned about meal standards

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>By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Changes to the nutritional standards of school lunches are causing concern among Portales Municipal Schools nutritional services. Director of Nutritional Services Shirley King said the school will have to increase the amount of fruit and whole grain foods to the breakfasts and lunches for the 2014-2015 school year. King […]

Unexpected expense

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The Roosevelt County Courthouse has had to use fans and a portable air conditioning unit (pictured) to cool the building while the HVAC system has been out of commission due to its age. Many of the courthouse offices will be moved to portable trailers in the parking lot temporarily when the new HVAC system is installed.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The estimated cost to repair the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s air conditioning system exceeds the initial quote county commissioners were given and they are not happy. At Tuesday’s commission meeting, the project manager of Williamson Renovations, Dennis Geshel, reported the project cost is expected to total $2.9 million, nearly $1 […]

University professors by day

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By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Neil Rutland is the drums and percussion player for the Blackwater Draw Boys. The band is comprised of professors at Eastern New Mexico University. Other band members include Travis Erwin, Roger Gatchet, John Barr, Ed Avila, and Richard Schwartz. They teach in Digital Film Making, Com-munication, Music, and English […]

Tornadoes touch down briefly

A shot of the sky submitted by reader Nikki Payne of Clovis.

Staff report Weather officials and Curry County law enforcement reported two tornadoes “momentarily” touched down in Curry County early Friday evening. No major damage or injuries were was reported. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of tornado touchdowns at U.S. 60-84 and Curry Road O and in the Pleasant […]

Area’s pioneering spirit honored at breakfast

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Isabella Reyes, 5, asks for autographs from Miss Rodeo New Mexico Alexandria Tapia, right, of Santa Fe, and Miss Rodeo Montana Laramie Pursley of Chinook,

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com It’s a job, a culture, a history. It’s rodeo. During the kickoff event for Pioneer Days on Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center, it was made clear that rodeo is a big part of the Southwest culture and the region’s heritage. Isabella Reyes was no less than idolizing the numerous […]

Boy Scout motto: Be prepared

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Boy Scout Troop 18 Leader Gary Riedel, far left, talks about past camps with his scouts, from left, Curtis Utley, Adam Sickles and Brandon Kelley, on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When Brandon Kelley of Portales Boy Scout Troop 18 arrived at the zombie-themed Boy Scout Council Camporee, he was not prepared for the task at hand. While Kelley had no problem rescuing a person from a horde of zombies or finding a cure for the zombie virus, constructing a […]

Gallery: Girls State and ENMU Skills Camp – 6/4/14

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