My turn: Anual concert features local music

I really had a great time covering the Eastern New Mexico University homecoming last weekend. Being an ENMU alumni, it was nice for me to be able to participate in and enjoy homecoming for the first time in my history with the university. As a college student, I not only went to school full-time, but […]

Working holiday

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By Sharna Johnson Working on Labor Day is no big deal compared to other holidays, according to Eastern New Mexico University junior Adriana Soto. It was a little different when she worked July 4, was rushing to leave work, left her friends waiting and almost missed the fireworks. “That affected me,” the 21-year-old said with […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself and other back up dancers. She said it was exciting and met many people, including Roy Orbison. The Bernet’s moved to Clovis in 2004 with orders to Cannon […]

Our people: A clean sweep

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Clovis resident Lois Bunting has worked for Clovis Municipal Schools as a custodian for 22 years. Bunting and her husband Woody Bunting moved to Clovis in 1985 when he received orders to Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis became their home. Bunting’s husband died four years ago, but she said because of the life they […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced them. Gentry, 63, has an extensive collection of Coca Cola and 50s memorabilia in several rooms […]

Drive uncomfortable for couple, piglet

I worked for a big cattle company in the northwest and we kept “cookhouse pigs” for the crew. Every spring, 30 or so little weaner pigs were brought from the sale barn and put in our pig facility, a long steel Quonset hut. I knew enough to vaccinate them for Erysipelas, but I put off […]

It’s their job: Sharon Hooper

Argen Duncan Sharon Hooper has worked as a bookkeeper for Randall L. Burnett, CPA, for 5 1/2 years. She said she likes the job because it’s educational and interesting. “It’s like a big puzzle that comes together at the end,” Hooper said.

It’s their job: Dusty Looney

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Cosmetologist Dusty Looney of Creative Images salon gives a manicure Monday. She does hair and nails, and has worked at Creative Images almost 10 years. Looney said she likes the work environment where everyone gets along, and the people she meets.

It’s their job: Nede Jimenez

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First Community Bank Customer Service Representative Nede Jimenez opens and closes accounts and helps customers with their banking problems. She has worked at the bank for just more than a year and said her favorite part of the job is helping people and finding solutions.

Fire departments battle Sunday grassfire

PNT Staff Ten eastern New Mexico fire departments helped fight a grass fire in Curry County on Sunday. Portales, Floyd, Elida, Dora and Arch firefighters and Roosevelt County Road Department personnel worked on a blaze that was caused by a lightning strike and burned about 6,400 acres of sandy range land along North Curry Road […]

Volunteer profile: Noelle Bartl

Name: Noelle Bartl Occupation: Executive Director of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation Background: Bartl was studied at ENMU and moved back to Portales from Wisconsin in June 2000 with her husband. Volunteer work: Bartl is active in Portales Rotary Club, where she volunteers in the community. Last year, she worked with Habitat for Humanity […]

Yucca Telecom closing for funeral

PNT staff reports Yucca Telecom will close all day Friday for the funeral of Steven Richards, who worked with the business for 37 years, said Nancy Gentry, administrative assistant and public relations employee.

Councilman Watkins announces Mayoral bid

City Councilman Gary Watkins is running for mayor of Portales. The 54 year-old Portales born native is serving his third term as Ward B councilman. He worked with the Fire Department for 25 years before retiring in 1999. In announcing his candidacy Thursday, Watkins said because he is retired he believes he can put forth […]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Clovis league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer CLOVIS — Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder […]

Getting to know: Retired teacher spends time volunteering

Isabel Zupanciz is a former Portales Municipal Schools employee who worked most of her 31 years in the system as a first-grade teacher and an elementary school counselor. Since retiring in 2002, Zupanciz has stayed busy volunteering for an array of local groups — including Habitat For Humanity, Parents Reaching Out, Ready To Learn, Meals […]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have […]

Former skeptic will share findings on faith

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A scientist who became a Christian after finding evidence he felt logically supported the faith is scheduled to speak Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church. Don Bierle, who earned a doctorate in biology and worked as a researcher and professor for 25 years, is set to talk about scientific, […]

Dry cleaner’s mother worked in the business

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By Blake Downs: PNT Staff Writer

Consider Tricare when going on vacation

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance You worked hard all year, spent time planning your vacation and are now looking forward to some time away from home, whether it be in the mountains, at the beach or overseas. While you’re counting down the days until you leave and crossing off items on your to-do list, […]