Soup benefit raises money for music and English departments

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The sound of music will fill the city of Floyd one week from tonight as the school presents the fifth annual Love Soup Extravaganza to benefit its music department. Carol Lang, who has been teaching music to pre-schoolers through seventh-graders for 11 years, started the event as a fundraiser [...]

Business feature: Portales woman turns love of horses into business

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Wendy Toombs has been sharing her love of horses by teaching people to ride for the last nine years. “Working with horses, kids and the outdoors, it can’t get much better than this,” said Toombs, who with her husband operate Abrazos Adventure horse riding school in Roosevelt County. Saddling [...]

Probate Judge Candidate: Barbara George

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Name: Barbara A. George Age: 67 Occupation: Teen Court Coordinator Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: I have been elected to various positions including: church clerk, NM HPER secretary, Delta Kappa Gamma, President; Teen Court State Quadrant Representative. What is your background? I graduated from Texas Tech University and had my [...]

Chuck wagon cook-off scheduled for Saturday

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By Keely McDowell: Freedom New Mexico In teaching tradition, a retired educator is hoping to create a new tradition in Clovis. The inaugural “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, scheduled for noon Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds, offers a meal and a historical experience. Crews travel from across the region with their [...]

It’s Their Job: Monica Nuckols

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Name: Monica Nuckols Job: Second grade teacher at James Elementary Background: Nuckols has been teaching in the Portales Schools for 15 years, before teaching at James Elementary she taught at Valencia as a Title I reading and math teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Education with an endorsement of [...]

Cooking school teaching diabetics new lifestyle

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Janelle Newberry of Portales doesn’t have diabetes, but her 3-year-old grandson does, and that’s one reason she’s attending the Kitchen Creations Cooking School for Diabetics and Their Families. More than two dozen diabetics, or family and friends of diabetics, are attending a free, four-part class at Eastern New Mexico [...]

Portales Karate instructor inducted into Hall

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A local Portales man was honored earlier this month in California for dedication to his sport, as well as dedication to making his community a better place to live. Shannon Schaefer, 32, teaches karate at the Kenmoitsu Dojo on the square in Portales, and has been involved in the [...]

FFA participants have right to be proud

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist They stood before me as I was signing books in my booth at the National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis. The man showed his age but was still holding up. “This is gonna be my last,” he said. I looked at him more attentively. “How long have you been [...]

Teacher looks forward to new school

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Sandy Belden will be a new kindergarten teacher at Brown Early Development Center in Portales this upcoming school year. Having taught first grade at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis for the past two years, Belden said she is looking forward to teaching at Brown. She and her family [...]

Garman’s history lessons extend from classroom to home garden

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Alex Garman has been living and working in Portales since he and his wife moved here in the fall of 2004. Garman moved here to teach European history at Eastern New Mexico University, where he is now the assistant history professor. Garman has a great love not only of [...]