Pageant contestants tour town

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Miss New Mexico Pageant contestants pose for photos on the steps of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Monday afternoon before starting their “Crown the Town” event, which kicked off the pageant’s weekly activities.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER The city of Portales is going to be noticeably more beautiful this week as  Miss New Mexico pageant activities officially started Monday afternoon on the Portales town square. Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Teen contestants spent Monday participating in the “Crown the Town” event in the Portales […]

Heritage Days kicks off Friday

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The 32nd annual Heritage Days will take place Friday and Saturday in Portales. The Heritage Days car show will be part of the event again this year, taking place all day Saturday at Portales City Park.

STAFF REPORT Next weekend will see the return of Heritage Days to Portales, where residents will have the opportunity to reconnect with their community by participating in various activities, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry. Terry said the 32nd Annual Heritage Days will feature everything from barrel racing to a […]

Car seat techs help at clinic

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Mike Loftis, left, talks about proper car seat weight distribution during a car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon in the shared parking lot for Hobby Lobby and Hastings.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Of the estimated 30 cars that passed through the Safer New Mexico Now car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon, 24 were likely to have faulty car seats. According to Safer New Mexico Now Chief Operations Officer Mark McCracken, four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Lisa Stansell, […]

Ladies learn governing

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New Mexico Senators Gay Kernan (third from right) and Stuart Ingle (second from right) give advice to participants of the New Mexico American Legion’s Girls State program at a simulated House of Representatives session Thursday in the Zia Room of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A session of the House of Representatives was in full swing Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University, with members reviewing pieces of legislation and making important decisions. However, something made this session unique: It was comprised entirely of high school juniors from throughout New Mexico. The New Mexico American […]

Election to be ‘phenomenal’

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From left, Petie Baca, Silvia Baca and James Prince work through the voting process Tuesday at the memorial building for the 2016 New Mexico primary.

By Anna George Staff Writer Love him or hate him, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was the motivation for many Roosevelt County voters’ at Tuesday’s primary election. Many voters said they came to vote simply as a part of a movement to prevent the businessman candidate from making it to office. Ashley Wimberly, a 22-year-old […]

Area youth meet for ag contest

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Patrick Kircher, left, teaches Ryon Howell, 11, Monday how to complete his quiz for the agriculture skillathon. The skillathon involves a wildlife competition, wool identification, tool identification and meat identification.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Roosevelt County youth have been honing their problem-solving skills this week at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Ryan Craig, the 4-H challenge promotes “youth development and problem solving skills” in areas including home economics, horticulture, nutrition and livestock. “These are the future consumers of […]

Girls’ State ready for elections

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Portales Mayor Sharon King leads the elected officials of the fictional city Cactus in their induction Monday during 2016 New Mexico Girls’ State.

Anna George Staff writer New Mexico Girls’ State will elect their state and county officials today following their city council elections among their 80 delegates from across the state and region. New Mexico Girls’ State, which has been hosted at Eastern New Mexico University for close to 10 years, is a program for upcoming […]

Local ladies honored

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Frances Townsend, right, shows a tool involved in butter churning while daughter Debbie Spriggs churns during the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Pioneers, bonnets and hand-churned butter — things you wouldn’t often find in a 21st Century setting were brought together at the Clovis Civic Center on Friday morning. As a long-standing tradition, local women were honored and heritage was celebrated at the 15th annual Pioneer Women’s Breakfast. Nostalgia filled the […]

Good to be queen

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Kyla Myers of Clovis gives her speech, “So God Made a Cowboy,” during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico competition Friday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Myers was crowned as Miss Rodeo Elect New Mexico and will compete in 2017 for Miss Rodeo America.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Pomp and pageantry fit for a queen took center stage during Friday’s Miss Rodeo New Mexico fashion show, speech and coronation at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Contestants vied for the titles of Little Miss Rodeo, Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen and Miss Rodeo New Mexico during the festivities. […]

Thunderbird pilot OK after crash

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Maj. Alex Turner, left, is greeted by his crew chief, Staff Sgt. Pierce Gillis, last week at Cannon Air Force Base. Turner was the pilot of the No. 6 Thunderbird jet that crashed. He ejected and was not seriously injured.

The Associated Press AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The pilot of a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird ejected safely into a Colorado field Thursday, crashing the fighter jet moments after flying over a crowd watching President Barack Obama’s commencement address for Air Force cadets. A short helicopter ride later, the pilot found himself shaking hands with […]

Mobile dairy classroom stops at park

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The Portales Public Library youth program traveled Thursday to City Park for a presentation by the mobile dairy classroom, taught by Cody Lightfoot, right. The children learned about cows, milk and dairy production from Lightfoot and Maggie, the cow.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A sizable crowd of children descended on Portales City Park on Thursday morning, along with a trailer containing one large dairy cow named Maggie. Maggie was there as part of the Portales Public Library’s summer program, and was introduced to the children by Cody Lightfoot, the mobile dairy classroom […]

Storms make for sloshy day

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Steaphan Shepherd shields himself from the rain with an umbrella as he walks down the street in Portales on Wednesday. Portales received rainfall all day on Wednesday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER When it rains in Portales, it pours, and that can sometimes cause complications for its residents. Sandy Vigil of Portales MainStreet said that she likes the weather but has been experiencing some difficulties with the rain. Because her house in Elida is undergoing renovations, she is currently living in […]

Local residents to fish for free Saturday

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Local residents will have the opportunity to fish in public waters throughout the state without a license on Saturday. The day of “free fishing” held by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish allows those without a license to fish.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER On Saturday, residents will be able to enjoy a day of fishing with their families without the requirement of a fishing license. According to a press release by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the day of “free fishing” is being held to celebrate National Boating and […]

Despite weather, air show finishes on high note

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Selene Azdar, 4, records the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds show with the help of her brother, Felipe Azdar, 13, during the Cannon Air Force Base Air Show Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The weather might have had the final say on the schedule, but organizers for the 2016 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show couldn’t have been happier with everything else. Capt. Jonathan Welch served as ground boss, one of three commanders for the show along […]

Speaker: Memorial Day for more than remembrance

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Col. Ahave Brown of Cannon Air Force Base gestures towards the American flag Monday morning as he talks to Portales residents about never forgetting the sacrifice of those who died for their freedoms.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Cannon Air Force Base Col. Ahave Brown’s message at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony reminded Portales residents that Memorial Day is not just for remembering but also for giving thanks and offering prayer. “It is more than just a day of remembrance. It is a time to say thank you; […]

VFW members hang wreath at war memorial

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Local members of Future Farmers of America and 4-H, as well as veteran and pastor Bryan Tabor of Arch (far right), place their hands over their hearts during “Taps” at the Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Memorial Day service Monday.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer Residents from the area gathered on the square in Portales Monday morning to join the Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars in honoring the sacrifices of the nation’s military. Members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America were invited by the VFW to hang a wreath on the war memorial […]

Cannon air show a success

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The U.S. Thunderbirds do the reflection pass during Saturday’s Cannon Air Force Base air show.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure more than a decade ago, one of the key arguments that saved it was Eastern New Mexico’s open skies and ideal flying conditions. Saturday was no exception, as the home of the 27th Special Operations Wing […]

MainStreet to hold events with Heritage Days

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STAFF REPORT The 32nd Annual Roosevelt County Heritage Days festival is set to hit Portales June 17 and 18, and aside from the many activities that the main event will bring, there is an entirely different set of events planned by the Portales Main Street Program. Main Street will hold three separate events on June […]

Hometown Hero gets flight of lifetime

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Thunderbird pilot Maj. Scott Petz and hometown hero Ty Gonser are greeted Friday at Cannon Air Force Base by members of the Thunderbirds ground crew after a orientation flight.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Ty Gonser didn’t expect any type of reward when he freed motorists from Winter Storm Goliath’s snow drifts. He just thought it was the right thing to do. The unassuming Clovis resident got his latest reward Friday morning, as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds briefly freed him from gravity. […]

Former Zia student comes back as Thunderbird

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Lead Solo pilot Capt. Nicholas Eberling receives a high-five from Kynlee Ulibarri, 3, of Clovis, after addressing a group at the Clovis-Carver Library on Friday.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer This weekend’s Cannon Air Force Base Air Show represents a homecoming of sorts for one of the Air Force’s Thunderbird pilots, who proudly sports Clovis ties and even worked as a volunteer during a previous Cannon show featuring the renown flight team. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Eberling attended Zia […]