Thrift store passes on help to community

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Mary Helen Urioste works in the clothing closet at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The staff at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center has found another way to help families in need. The school houses federal programs such as Family Services and Title I Migrant and now keeps up […]

Urioste keeps busy in deputy clerk post

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Veda Urioste City of Portales deputy clerk Urioste is from Portales and has a business certificate from Computer Careers Center, which was in Albuquerque. She has one biological daughter and four adopted children. Urioste has served as deputy clerk for almost five of her 14 years with the city. […]

Churches make Thanksgiving dinner community event

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By Celena Cordova: PNT staff writer Six years ago, several members of the community and churches decided to join together to form the Portales Community Outreach. This year, the outreach will be hosting its sixth annual free community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. The dinner began when Veda Urioste, Elvia Garcia and Joe Parie […]

Mother of four dies in crash

Freedom New Mexico A 22-year-old Clovis mother of four died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on U.S. Highway 60 east of Vaughn, according to state police. Suzanne M. Urioste died at the scene of the crash around noon, Sgt. Jason Waller said. Urioste’s 2-year-old daughter was flown to an Albuquerque hospital with skull fractures. Her […]

Portales makes plans to clean

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents can clean up the town and earn prizes during Saturday’s Great American Cleanup. The annual event is an opportunity for citizens to band together and clean up Portales. It is also a good way to show younger generations how much trash can be thrown out, said event […]

House of love

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer As the holidays roll around, many families celebrate with traditions, love and togetherness. But some children do not know what the joy of a holiday can be. Portales resident and deputy city clerk Veda Urioste is hoping to bring more joy into the lives of her four foster children. […]

Volunteers serve up free feast

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer A community Thanksgiving dinner fed about 500 people in Portales this year. More than 50 volunteers from the community and Cannon Air Force Base help put on the annual event is sponsored by the city of Portales and Central Christian and St. Helen churches. “We have awesome sponsors but […]

Rains cause explosion in weeds

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent rains have created an explosion of weeds in the Portales area creating lots of extra mowing and allergy concerns for residents. After a dry summer where weeds and lawns could hardly be coaxed into growing, the wet spell has many residents scrambling to keep up. Marla Foster of […]

Teens’ summer work spruces up city

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer For the next six weeks the streets of Portales will have young teens with orange vests floating around picking up trash and painting over graffiti as part of a city summer work program. “I enjoy working with people I know,” Andrew Seales, 14, of Portales, said. “I took this […]

Cinco Celebration

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer No Cinco de Mayo would be complete without the breaking of piñatas, colorful Mexican ballet folklorico dancers and plenty of festive fiesta foods. Hundreds of people attended the Portales Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lindsey Park on Saturday which featured all of the above, plus performances by Native American […]

Cleanup planned for Saturday

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer April is Keep New Mexico Beautiful month and Portales residents will be doing their part by cleaning and picking up trash on Saturday. The Keep Portales Beautiful event will start at 9 a.m. Veda Urioste, deputy clerk for the city of Portales, is one of the organizers of the event. […]

Local News Brief (Dec. 2)

Names left on Mayor’s Christmas Tree There are still 121 names left on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Portales City Hall as of Thursday afternoon, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. She said there were 244 names of children in Roosevelt County on the tree originally. People can take names […]

Art Club decorates City Hall

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Christmas tree is up and ready for people to select children’s names and bring a smile to their faces for the Christmas holiday. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree is up at Portales City Hall with approximately 200 names of children in Roosevelt County. People can begin taking names off of […]

Community Thanksgiving open to all

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis volunteers are putting together a Thanksgiving feast for anyone as part of the third annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building. The meal is free and anyone can attend and eat turkey, […]

Trek for Trash to be held Saturday

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer One of the two major trash clean-up efforts will take place on Saturday with the Portales Trek for Trash event. Trek for Trash, coupled with the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in Portales during April, are the two largest clean-up events in Portales. Veda Urioste was one of […]

City, college plan Cinco de Mayo events

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer As the calendar turns over to May, people can look forward to Cinco De Mayo celebrations throughout the week in Portales. Cinco De Mayo organizers are preparing their festivities for the people of Portales to enjoy from Tuesday to Saturday. Eastern New Mexico University faculty, staff and students are […]

Community to get together to pick up trash

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Organizers of the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in the city of Portales are hoping for a big turnout on Saturday. Veda Urioste, one of the coordinators of the event, said last year there were 274 participants and 714 trash bags were filled with garbage from around […]

Lockin planned to honor King

PNT Staff A common phrase associated with Martin Luther King Jr. Day simply states, “A day on, not a day off.” The city of Portales is trying to add a new twist to its recognition with a day in. A lockin from Sunday night to Monday afternoon is the capper to a weekend of activities […]

Local consumers eye electronics

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the first of three stories on what items have been selling well at Portales businesses for the holiday season. Upcoming stories will focus on jewelry and women’s clothing and toys. Business owners in Portales are enjoying the holiday shopping season and hope to continue to see customers looking […]

Groups combine efforts for free meal

By Tony Parra Having Roosevelt County together as one big family is the goal of organizers for the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Building on Thanksgiving Day. Organizers put together the free Thanksgiving feast with the help of the community through donations. Elvia Garcia of St. […]