PHS class of ’51 to have reunion

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Members of Portales High School’s class of 1951 will soon converge in the Holiday Inn Express in Portales to celebrate their 65th class reunion. June 9-12 will see members, both local and otherwise, reuniting to share memories of their class. According to Thomas Durrett of the class of 1951, […]

Pages past — May 25

On this date … 1966: A Texico woman was honored for helping save the life of a motorist whose vehicle was stalled on railroad tracks. Judy Smith, who worked for the railroad, was returning home at dusk when she spotted a car sitting at an angle across the tracks. She investigated and found Winfred Reeves […]

To do list — May 25

Saturday • Cannon AFB Air Show — 9 a.m., gates open. Cannon flightline. Admission: Free. Premium seating for show: $20. Information: 575-356-8541 Sunday • Cannon AFB Air Show — 9 a.m., gates open. Cannon flightline. Admission: Free. Premium seating for show: $20. Information: 575-356-8541 Ongoing • Summer reading program — Through June and July at […]

Cannon Air Show 2016 schedule

Saturday and Sunday • 9 a.m.: Gate opens • 10 a.m.: National Anthem jump/opening remarks • 10:10 a.m.: Shockwave jet truck • 10:20 a.m.: Wings of Blue demonstration • 10:45 a.m.: USAFA Glider Team demo • 11 a.m.: MQ-9 demo • 11:15 a.m.: Air commando capabilities demo • 12:15 p.m.: Security forces military working dog […]

Gun shop branching into Portales

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Portales will soon be able to purchase firearms without having to travel to Clovis to do so. High Plains Gun Shop, whose flagship store is located in Clovis, is officially branching out into Portales. According to a press release by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, HPGS will be […]

Local fundraisers to benefit area children

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Two local fundraisers are set to benefit area children and youth in need. United Way of Eastern New Mexico will be hosting Red Nose Day, and according to United Way Director Erinn Burch, the event is being held to battle childhood poverty. In both Curry and Roosevelt counties, the […]

Q&A: Local artist awarded at exhibition

Pat Burns, a local artist born and raised in Portales, brought home second place this month from the 2016 New Mexico Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition. He was awarded $200 for his painting “Venice at Dusk.” Burns said, he has been an artist for five years and has gotten multiple best of show and first place […]

Survey finds four out of five merchants compliant

Staff report In a recent “survey” of compliance with state tobacco laws, four of five merchants were found to be following the proper procedure. The Roosevelt County Prevention Programs, which conducts this “survey” annually, sent undercover minors to attempt to buy tobacco products. At risk of receiving a fine of up to $1,000, two Portales […]

Pages past — May 24

On this date … 1971: Funeral services were planned for an 18-year-old freshman attending  Eastern New Mexico University. Debra Ann Eubanks of Las Vegas, New Mexico, was killed after the car in which she was a passenger rolled over on U.S. 70 south of Clovis. Officials said Eubanks was thrown from the 1955-model car when […]

Police blotter — May 24

The following is a sampling of calls made received by dispatchers of the Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 1:47 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 1300 block of South Avenue D • 4:12 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 500 block of Armstrong Street • 5:51 p.m.: Domestic, 1900 block of South Roosevelt Road 8 • […]

PHS graduates finish chapter

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Miguel Barrera receives his diploma at the 2016 Portales High School graduation Friday at Greyhound Arena.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com As they walked across the stage Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena, the 159 Portales High School graduates appeared to be glowing with thoughts of the future. PHS graduate and National Honor Society member Ryann Privett gave a thoughtful introduction to the ceremony. “As a […]

Graduation only the beginning

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Salutatorian Neiry Mendoza delivers her salutatory address at the 2016 Floyd High School graduation Saturday afternoon.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Taking the next step into the rest of their lives proven to be an emotional experience for the 2016 graduates of Floyd High School at their commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon. “This is the part where I tell my classmates, ‘We did it. We’re finished. Congratulations.’ All those things might […]

Wilson: Older movies still worth watching

I had no idea I was celebrating an anniversary. But that’s exactly what I ended up doing last week in an attempt to break the mold. Whenever I talk about a movie I rented on DVD or borrowed via public library or Netflix, I’ll get a friend who sarcastically asks if DVDs still exist. Sorry, […]

Boswell: Before jumping to conclusions …

I have to admit, I found the community’s reaction to the recent incident of a Portales police officer shooting to be disappointing. Within 24 hours of the incident occurring, the comments began flooding in: “What, did Deputy Fife shoot himself in the butt?” I was surprised at this reaction to the situation, because it never […]

Pages past — May 22

On this date … 1961: Cannon Air Force Base officials said 10,523 people passed through their gates a day earlier for a “display of might” by various branches of the armed forces. The Clovis-News Journal reported the highlight of the 90-minute show came “when a sleek F-104 Starfighter careened across the sky at supersonic speed, […]

Something to brag about

Ariel Kokoricha, left, and Christina Benitscheck

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Christina Benitscheck never gets tired of confirming the correct spelling of her name. “I think that’s how I became such a good speller … having to spell out my name all those years,” she said, laughing. Benitscheck is one of the best spellers in eastern New Mexico history, as […]

Police officer loses job

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com A Clovis police officer facing a battery charge in connection with a March 20 traffic altercation has been terminated from his job. Clovis City Manager Larry Fry said Sgt. Stephen Borders was relieved of his duties on Tuesday. “He (Borders) is no longer employed by the Clovis Police Department,” […]

ENMU, CCC host Kids’ College

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The Kids’ College program will be offered at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College starting June 6, and both will last for six weeks. Classes and activities offered will include swimming, science projects and other physical activities, according to Ciara Gilliland, coordinator of dual enrollment and continuing education at ENMU.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Area children will once again have the opportunity to be occupied with activities, both educational and recreational, as Kids’ College comes to local college campuses. Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will hold its Kids’ College from June 6-July 29 with participants 6-12 years old. Children will be able […]

Berry: Some collections easy to pass on

I have been cleaning out a storage shed and have been a little surprised at the things that I saved. I found a couple of old comic books and a few old baseball cards. I found some broken tools, an old 8-track tape and an assortment of nuts and bolts. Really not too much of […]

Johnson: Dogs occupy unique place in family

The more kids there are, the worse it can get — and like a teacher doing roll call, many a parent or grandparent has had to list off the name of each child in the family until they click on the name of the one they are trying to beckon from the other room, or […]