Still telling the story

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John Moak, left, and Caitlyne Moak spend a moment with their son Hunter before they took him off life support in June. Hunter died from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a rare birth defect.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In the month Caitlyne Moak was able to get to know her son Hunter, she discovered her baby boy was a fighter. Moak, a 22-year-old military wife from Michigan living in Portales, gave birth to Hunter, her second child with husband John, at 1:54 p.m. on May 3. His […]

Passion for farming

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Margie Plummer, coordinator of the farmers’ markets in Clovis and Portales, sets up her booth on Monday at the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market is open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays until October.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Margie Plummer is a busy women with coordinating the Portales and Clovis Farmer’s Market, working at Floyd Municipal Schools as the business manager, and working on her family farm and stand. Plummer said it’s a family affair. “It’s all family at the farm. We all help each other out,” […]

Five county 4-H teams place in top 5 at state

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Koby Cone gives his retiring address July 17 at the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Roosevelt County 4-H took 13 members to the conference.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com While giving his retiring address last week at the State 4-H Conference held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Koby Cone told the story of wondering what was behind some mountains. Behind those mountains were larger mountains, which Cone explained that when one goal is accomplished a […]

Rams players making switch to new positions

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By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com In his Portales High career, Matt Martinez has shown himself to be a versatile athlete for the Rams. Now coming into his senior season in football, Martinez is hoping to make a successful transition to quarterback for third-year coach Jaime Ramirez. Facing mostly larger schools in Friday’s 7-on-7 competition […]

Friendly mobbing

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Decked out in red, white and blue, children wait to perform a flash mob for U.S. Air Force veteran Jeff Brown on Friday in front of the Roosevelt County War Memorial. The flash mob was done to patriotic and upbeat songs.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Natalie Schumpert saw that her best friend, Jeff Brown, a Air Force veteran from Oregon, needed to be cheered up. Brown had been away from home for too long and had been waiting for his retirement for eight months. Schumpert said she wanted to put a smile on her […]

High bids at ENMU auction

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Hannah Cabeldue was eyeing two bicycles at the Eastern New Mexico University surplus auction on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena parking lot, but she had to wait. Sitting next to the bikes on chairs that were also being auctioned off, Cabeldue waited in the humid weather for the auctioneer […]

Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

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Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]

A decade of supporting cancer patients on High Plains

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By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Family and support are the words cancer survivor Barbara O’briant uses when she talks about the Plains Regional Cancer Center. “All in all, Clovis Cancer Center became a home away from home with the best family anyone can ask for,” O’briant said as she addressed the crowd at the center’s 10-year […]

More than a job

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House mother Serenity Richardson plays with Sam Penal, 2, on Thursday at the Baptist Children’s Home. Richardson and her husband Scott have been house parents for a year. The couple moved from Louisiana to take positions at the home.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Serenity and Scott Richardson are no strangers to being parents. The Richardson’s have an 11-year-old son and have been foster parents for five years, so when the opportunity to become full-time parents […]

Wife’s reluctance to leave surprised me

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By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Something unexpected happened last week. I got an assignment to New Delhi, India. It wasn’t entirely a surprise; I did apply for the position by clicking a button on the assignment management website, but I’ve clicked plenty of buttons on there before without anything happening. This wasn’t the biggest surprise of […]