School board election votes tallied

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Portales Junior High School physical education teacher Ann-Marie Bucksath casts her vote in Portales’ Position 5 school board race Tuesday afternoon in the Zia Room on the PJHS campus. Incumbent candidates in both Dora and Portales retained their school board seats after the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Two incumbent school board members in Portales and Dora retained their positions after the final votes were tallied during Tuesday’s countywide school board elections. Thirty-four votes allowed Portales’ Mary Rowley to keep her Position 5 seat on the Portales Municipal Schools board. Rowley’s opponent, Cody Brown, received 14 votes. […]

ENMU increases tuition by 6.5 percent

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Eastern New Mexico University cashier Debra Crozier tells freshman Tessa Ferguson her account balance and updates her student ID activity sticker Monday afternoon at the Administration Building. ENMU student’s will see a 6.5 percent increase in tuition starting this fall 2015.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Students at Eastern New Mexico University will be greeted with a 6.5 percent increase in tuition and fees this fall. ENMU’s board of regents approved the increase during a Jan. 23 meeting in Santa Fe. Scott Smart, ENMU’s vice president of business affairs, said the tuition and fees increase […]

A man’s treasure

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A vintage gas pump sits in Charlie Smart’s back yard. Smart has a collection of old gas station items, cigarette posters and other relics from yesteryear.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about antique collectors in Portales By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com From the outside, Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart’s house looks like any other — cars in the driveway, a manicured lawn and nice neighbors. But if you’re lucky enough to see his back […]

Road repair slow process

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Portales street department workers Bill Cicero, right, and John King fill in potholes on East Lime Street last month after Portales received more than 8 inches of snow. Road crews have spent the past three weeks clearing and repairing moisture-damaged roads, according to city and county officials.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With two weekends in a row full of moisture, Roosevelt County and city of Portales employees have been struggling to clear and maintain roads. County Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato said the snow and rain the region has received in recent weeks has led to the deterioration of roads around […]

Rams cheer team brings home championship

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Portales Cheer coach Amy Green celebrates with her team afer winning the high school intermediate bracket at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 24.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales Rams cheer team won a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Championships competition at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 24. Portales won in the cheer high school intermediate bracket, defeating teams from Texas, Tennessee and Florida. “It was really exciting to win this year,” said team member Anja […]

Red or green?

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Marissa Hyde, new media coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University, sports her New England Patriots jersey at her desk Friday afternoon in the ENMU Administration Building. Hyde said she wears her Patriots attire during the week leading up to every Patriots game.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com New England Patriots fan Marissa Hyde has her fan outfits planned out for the weekend in preparation for her team’s appearance in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX. Hyde, like most football fans, will be glued to a television set Sunday to watch the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots go head […]

Hard work has rewards

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Elida Middle School teacher Paula Tibbs works with Logan Victor on Thursday afternoon in their seventh-grade social studies class.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com After claiming local and state awards, an Elida middle school teacher is waiting to see if she won at the national level. Paula Tibbs was nominated for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for middle school teacher of the year. Tibbs said fellow teacher […]

Renovation bond gets approval

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Students sit in the Golden Library Wednesday. A $18 million bond 
proposal to renovate the library, apartments on west campus and to 
build a multi-purpose athletic center was approved by the New Mexico 
Higher Education Department.

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University received approval for a $18.66 million bond to make renovations to the Golden Student Success Center, apartments at west campus and to help build the multi-purpose athletic center. Scott Smart, ENMU’s Vice President of Student Affairs and President Steven Gamble made a presentation to the New […]

Work-ready students

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Portales High School students Isaac Vigil, left, and Tanner Rawdon, right, cut copper to inlay in a belt buckle Tuesday afternoon during the school’s vocational Metal Working Engraving class. Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district is looking to add more vocational classes in the fall for students who don’t plan on attending college and those looking to get a jump start on earning college credit.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Portales High School students may have more vocational options beginning in the fall. Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district is looking into adding more vocational classes to it’s course offerings for students who don’t want to attend college after graduating and students looking to get a […]

Small businesses in small towns not safe from hackers

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By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Residents got an education Tuesday at the Yam Theatre when Richard Bradfute told them just how vulnerable they are to having their technology systems hacked. Bradfute, who has 24 years of experience in information technology management and has spoken at similar venues around the U.S., told more than 150 […]

Audience called acrobat performance ‘incredible’

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Xiao Limeng balances himself with one hand on top of a rod while fellow performer Bai Eryong grabs bricks for Limeng to add to his balancing act Monday night in the CUB ballroom. Limeng added two bricks to each rod while performing acrobatic stunts while balanced on top of them.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Incredible and unique were a few of the words Eastern New Mexico University freshman Michael Poynor used to describe the acrobats of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobat team. ENMU’s Multicultural Affairs invited the acrobat team from the Bureau of Lectures & Concert Artists to perform Monday evening as part of […]

ENMU students happy to be back on campus

Kyle Harmon and a friend work out their schedules while 
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Lindsay Bost lounges on a couch and reads a book Monday at the ENMU Campus Union.

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com While many students at Eastern New Mexico University spent the semester break on their couch or visiting friends and family, Kyle Harmon of Rio Rancho spent his break helping a family member. “I helped my family out a lot,” said Harmon, a digital film major. “My grandma is old and […]

‘Confetti’ takes prize

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Senior division winner Alyssa McAlister hugs spelling bee judges Friday afternoon after taking the win with the word confetti. McAlister won a $500 scholarship, a plaque, and a spot in the New Mexico State Spelling Bee March 21 in Albuquerque.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With a scholarship and a trip to the New Mexico State Spelling Bee on the line, Dora seventh-grader Alyssa McAlister looked down at her notepad and spelled “confetti” to take the 2015 Roosevelt County Spelling Bee championship. “God gave me a gift,” McAlister said of her spelling skills. “I […]

ACA newest tax change

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Clovis CPA John Schonberger looks over 
several hundred pages of Affordable Care 
Act guidelines Friday afternoon in his 
office. Schonberger said the ACA will be 
one of the hardest parts of filing taxes this year.

By Alisa Boswell and Joshua Lucero Staff writers With tax season kicking off this week and W-2s piling in, the question that may be lingering in is what do I need to know about filing this year? Local Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are warning taxpayers the Affordable Care Act is the biggest change with filing […]

Still in the works

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This graphic depicts what Santa Fe-based company Tierra Realty envisions the Portales Inn apartment complexes to look like from along South Avenue B.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Despite setbacks, Santa Fe-based Tierra Realty is still pursuing the Portales Inn project, according to Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Stan Livengood. “I would never say any project is going to happen until the ink on the contract is dry, the check has cleared the bank and […]

Quiet day follows snowfall

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By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales was once again blanketed in snow Wednesday night with few Portales residents being seen outdoors as snow flurries and wind continued through Thursday afternoon. Schools and most businesses in Roosevelt County closed for the day on Thursday. As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Portales had received five to seven […]

No injuries in bed and breakfast fire

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A fire consumed the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast Wednesday night. The bed and breakfast is also home to Gary and Judy Piepkorn.

Staff report Remnants of the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast just outside Portales on New Mexico 206 were still smoking late Thursday morning in the midst of snowfall. The bed and breakfast is the home of Gary and Judy Piepkorn. Gary Piepkorn is also pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church. Portales Fire Chief Gary […]

Fire burns down Portales home/business

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A fire consumed the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast Wednesday night. The bed and breakfast is also home to Gary and Judy Piepkorn

Staff report Remnants of the Almost Home Bed and Breakfast just outside Portales on New Mexico 206 were still smoking at 11 a.m. today in the midst of snowfall. The bed and breakfast is the home of Gary and Judy Piepkorn. Gary Piepkorn is also pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church. Portales Fire Chief […]

School board says it’s pleased with Superintendent Cain

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Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain takes care of paperwork Wednesday afternoon at his desk in the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Cain’s contract was renewed for one year by school board members Jan. 12.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com After more than a year on the job, Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain says he has enjoyed everything about his job and looks forward to continuing to help students and teachers move forward. Cain’s contract with PMS was renewed for one year on Jan. 12 by Portales school […]

Giving thanks

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Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos, right, hands a plaque to Johnny Pacheco at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Pacheco and nine other Portales citizens received Outstanding Citizen Awards for saving a man’s life by lifting a truck off of him.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Ten Portales citizens were honored at Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting for saving another Portales man’s life in October 2014. John Reilly said his ignition switch in his truck was broken so to start it, he had to put the ignition switch into the on position then go […]