‘Behoove’ winning word at county spelling bee

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Christina Calloway “Behoove” was the word that ended it all, a word that when spelled correctly usually means virtually nothing for most people but for 10-year-old Abigail Cameron, it meant she was a champion. She had confidence all along that she would be champion and not because she’s been studying every day since Christmas break, […]

Spelling bee winners announced

PNT staff report Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the Roosevelt County Bee on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. in Buchanan Hall. The winner and runner-up for all schools participating in the bee this year are: • Dora Schools: Senior Division winner — Charlyn Simpson; Senior Division runner-up — Jaedin Paxton • Floyd […]

Eighth-grader advances in Spanish spelling bee

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Alisa Boswell The competition grew in intensity Thursday as it got down to two final contestants — eighth-grade student Alejandro Munoz and fifth-grade student Magaly Najera. The words presented by announcer Antonia Salaz grew in difficulty in the final round of the Portales Municipal Schools’ annual Spanish spelling bee. It ended with Munoz winning, spelling […]

Friday morning briefing: The buzz, the history of flight and a dream explodes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. The buzz Check out the annual Roosevelt County spelling bee 9 a.m. Saturday at

County spelling bee set for Saturday

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Argen Duncan Elementary and middle school students will be spelling it out for the county this Saturday. Fourteen students from three county school districts are to compete in the annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. The winner of the senior division, sixth- through eighth-graders, receives a $500 scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University and a chance […]

Nursing home receives five-star rating

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Argen Duncan Heartland Continuing Care has earned the highest rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the Medicare website, the center has rated six nursing homes within a 50-mile radius of Portales, and Heartland is the only one with the five-star rating. Health inspections, quality measures and staffing factor into the […]

Valencia School fifth-grader wins Spanish spelling bee

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valencia School fifth-grader Yacaranday De la Torre enjoyed participating in the Spanish Spelling Bee. Winning it Wednesday and advancing to state finals was even more fun. “I enjoy studying and spelling the words,” De la Torre said. This was Torre’s second time participating in the bee. It was sponsored […]

PJHS student wins county spelling bee for second time

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Hard work and study paid off for the winners of Saturday’s annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee at Eastern New Mexico University. A dozen Roosevelt County students competed in the event. Winners included Portales Junior High School seventh-grader Mathew Sanchez, 12, who competed in the senior division, and Floyd Elementary […]

Portales 11-year-old to compete in state spelling bee

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Ergonomic, E-R-G-O-N-O-M-I-C, ergonomic. With those nine letters, Portales 11-year-old Mathew Sanchez punched his ticket to the state spelling bee in March. Instead of watching American Idol or ESPN, the Portales 6th-grader was studying word origins and etymology, and it paid off in a big way. Sanchez correctly spelled ‘ergonomic’ […]

Jan. 25, 2009 Portales Junior High News

Spanish bee Ruben Tellez invites parents to the Spanish Spelling Bee Thursday at 10:15 a.m. at Portales Junior High. Basketball endsMonday finds the girls seventh- grade “A” team and the eighth-grade “B” teams in playing Marshall in Clovis. Marshall boys seventh-grade “A” team and the eighth-grade “B” teams come to Portales to face their Ram […]

Fourteen to compete in county bee

By Betty Williamson: Special to the PNT Fourteen students from area schools will compete at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday, Jan. 31, in the annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. The competition for junior division spellers, those in grades five and lower, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Becky Sharp Auditorium in ENMU’s College […]

Six vie for Curry County spelling bee crown

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Spelling Bee starts at 9 a.m. today at Clovis Community College in Room 512. The winner of the county bee will participate in a statewide spelling bee in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque bee will determine the winner representing New Mexico at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in […]

County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department […]

Events Calendar May 29

Today Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Monday Board of Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative meeting — noon, Mental […]

Events Calendar May 28

Thursday Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Tuesday Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m. City of Portales reception […]

County spelling bee returning

PNT Staff Report A county spelling bee is coming back to Roosevelt County and spellers are busy studying their Paideas in anticipation. Winners and runners-up from school spelling competitions will meet on Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium to compete in the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. Betty Williamson, county bee director, said […]

Benitscheck looks toward next spelling bee

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but perhaps a photo of her with a blue tongue will be her claim to fame. The 11-year-old Clovis girl correctly spelled the word, “factoid” in the second round of the national […]

Spelling bee champ buzzes with excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but she never said goodbye. By spelling those words, and 30 others, correctly, she punched her ticket to Washington, D.C., as the winner of Saturday’s regional spelling bee, sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Christina, an 11-year-old […]

Student spells her way to victory

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Valencia Elementary fifth-grader Yesica Saucedo survived an hour-long battle to win the Roosevelt County Spanish Spelling Bee. Saucedo correctly spelled literatura, which means literature in English, to beat Portales Junior High School’s Russell Van Dam on Monday in the board room of the Portales Schools Administration office. The two […]

Killer Bees permanent addition to local area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Africanized honeybees, or killer bees as they are commonly known, are here to stay, according to officials. With a little education and a keen sense of the surrounding area, area residents can co-exist with the insects in relative peace, according to Carol Sutherland, an entomologist with New Mexico State University’s […]