Prospective rodeo queens learn skillsets

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Roosevelt County Fair Queen contestants Rachel Valentine, right, and Tanessa Watson, center, listen to 2008 Miss Rodeo New Mexico RaeLynn Stuart as she gives horsemanship and posture tips during Sunday morning’s horsemanship and interview clinic at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With horses and hats in hand, rodeo queen hopefuls took to the outdoor arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Sunday to hone the skills they need to win the 2015 Miss Roosevelt County Fair Queen title. Sunday’s horsemanship and interview clinic, organized by Lisa Hale, featured instruction and tips […]

Chamber close to its firework fundraising goal

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Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry says the chamber is just a few hundred short of its goal for 2015 fireworks.

STAFF REPORT Portales residents can expect a similar fireworks show Saturday night to those they’ve seen in the past, according to Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. Terry said the same company as last year, J&M Displays, will be putting on the show. It will be synchronized to music broadcasted on KSEL […]

Shatner on scholarship campaign

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William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff Report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV […]

Wind farm boon for food trucks

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Maria Ureno, a cook for the food cart Chef’s Kitchen, prepares burgers for hometown residents and wind farm employees alike.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The wind farm being built between Dora and Elida on N.M. 114 could pour as much or more than $2 million dollars into local economies said Jason Tillman, project manager for EDF Renewables. The EDF Renewables project has been under construction since January. Tillman said they have been paying […]

Walmart employee robbed at gunpoint

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Walmart's security cameras capture a photo of the robbery suspect.

STAFF REPORT An employee at the Portales Walmart was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday, according to police. Police said they suspect the robber had also recently struck at Walmart stores in Artesia and Roswell. According to witnesses, a man estimated to be in his 30s and somewhere between five-foot, five inches and six-feet tall entered the […]

Strays big problem in city

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Cheetah, a 2-week-old stray found in the Portales dump, is being cared for by employees of Caprock Veterinary Clinic. They bottle feed him and will find him a permanent home when he is old enough.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Two key people who work with strays may disagree on the biggest issue but they do agree on one thing — stray animals are a big problem in Portales. Portales Animal Control Supervisor Adam Aguilar said city crews are picking up approximately 20 animals a week and have been […]

Bee keeping sweet job for retiree

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Michael Terry, who began beekeeping April of last year, inspects one of his nine hives on his mother’s farm. Terry is wearing a suit to protect himself from bee stings.

STAFF REPORT As a new beekeeper, former Portales school official Michael Terry’s goal is to eventually produce local honey. Terry, who recently retired from Portales Schools and is transitioning into his new job as elementary school principal in Farwell, co-owns MT Bee Hives with his wife, Kristie. Terry provides swarm removal services and is hopeful […]

Get ready to roll at Draggin’ Main

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Draggin’ Main is back for its second consecutive year.

By Brittney Canon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Rev your engines and get ready for some nostalgia — Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year. Organizers Gene Porter and Bryan Boone started the event just to give a couple hot rod guys something to do in Clovis. “It was just a couple of […]

A new venue in an old home

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The recently nicknamed StarGazer has been in Portales more than 30 years and once housed a local business.

By Joshua Lucero and Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITERS With a fresh renovation and an opening night full of music and fellowship, the StarGazer building is ready for business, which it received in large numbers Saturday night. Portales MainStreet Director Jan Elliott said more than 400 people came through the gates for the StarGazer’s opening event […]

Locals say pageant was a learning experience

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Between preparing for her mission trip to Peru and attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Kelsey Prince, 21, barely had time to compete in the Miss New Mexico Pageant. The three-day pageant ended Saturday with the crowning of Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston of Albuquerque. Prince, who won Miss […]

Albuquerque’s Livington crowned Miss New Mexico

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Former Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, right, crowns Miss New Mexico 2015 Marissa Livingston Saturday night during the final night of the Miss New Mexico Pageant at the Eastern New Mexico University theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@pntonline.com After a week of early mornings, late nights, and tight schedules, a new Miss New Mexico has been crowned. Judges crowned Miss Duke City, Marissa Livingston, as Miss New Mexico 2015 with 15-year-old Sasha Butcher of Albuquerque taking home the crown as Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico 2015. Miss […]

Celebrating Portales’ past, present

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Karl Terry, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, left, congratulates pioneers of the year Charlene Foster, right, and Laverne Lee on Saturday at Heritage Days.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Heritage Days is about remembering Portales’ past, but also celebrating its present. “This is a time and a place for people to gather,” said Karl Terry, executive director of the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Portales’ 31st annual Heritage Days Festival took place city wide on Saturday, from a […]

Second round of pageant complete

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The competitors for Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen performed with smiles on their faces Friday night as they introduced themselves to the crowd. The Miss New Mexico competition is being held in Eastern New Mexico University’s theater center.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen candidates faced their second round of preliminary competition Friday night, leading up to the Saturday crowning. The top 10 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teens will be revealed 2 p.m. today at the University Theatre Center (UTC) at Eastern New Mexico […]

First night Miss New Mexico preliminaries scored

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Miss New Mexico and Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico contestants perform a choreographed routine before introducing themselves during Thursday’s pageant preliminaries.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With more than 40 contestants to narrow down, Miss New Mexico Pageant judges have their work cut out for them. Judges took to their score sheets Thursday night to help narrow the field during the Miss New Mexico Pageant’s first night of preliminary events. Thursday’s events included the on-stage […]

Health class held at Community Services Center

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Lois Sparks, left, and Dorothy Glover, regulars at the community services center, participate in a group activity Wednesday at the fruits and vegetables presentation. They measured out red strips of paper to match the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate the day before.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Senior and low income citizens were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge about healthy eating on Wednesday at the community services center. Carol Calderon, a nutrition educator at cooperative extension services, gave a presentation on eating fruits and vegetables. Calderon also spoke on how to eat healthily while […]

Nervous excitement stirs Miss New Mexico contestants

Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson visits with Danica Montoya, 7, Tuesday evening at the Miss New Mexico meet-and-greet event. When Montoya told Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Burson she wanted to be a princess when she grows up, Burson told her she already is one.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico contestants described mixed emotions Wednesday morning as they began the interview portion of their pageant, one of several individual competitive categories. “I’m pretty nervous, but mostly excited,” said Miss Las Cruces, Cydnee Plant. “ I just love to perform.” Plant said she has prepared for the […]

Miss New Mexico contestants hit the town

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Miss New Mexico Pageant contestant Brandi Holcomb, representing Otero County, walks with Miss Teen New Mexico contestants as they go door to door downtown as part of a meet and greet event.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer sbanther@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico contestants visited local businesses in downtown Portales during a meet-and-greet on Tuesday afternoon, inviting owners and sharing details about their event. “It has been really exciting and a little surreal,” said Miss Blackwater Draw, Kelsey Prince. “To say that I’m participating in something of this caliber, […]

All judge candidates sent to governor for consideration

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Members of the nominating committee are sworn in prior to the start of the meeting Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com After six hopefuls made their cases to fill Judge Stephen Quinn’s shoes in July, members of the Ninth Judicial Nominating Commission could not pick top candidates to recommend to Gov. Susana Martinez. Instead, they said all of the above — sending Brett J. Carter, Matthew Edward Chandler, Christian Paul […]

Taekwondo camp offers variety

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Yom Chi TaeKwon-Do Association summer camp instructor John Bridges, a sixth Dan black belt and former Portales fire chief, answers questions about CPR from his first responder and first aid class Monday evening.

By Jackie Johnson and Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITERS For Portales resident and second degree black belt Sarah Victor, the Yom Chi TaeKwon-Do Association summer camp gives her a rare opportunity to learn from multiple instructors without an extended drive. The 2015 YCTA TaeKwon-Do summer camp kicked off yesterday at Eastern New Mexico University with students […]

New business

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Sly Tire Service owner Sylvester Dominguez loads tires onto his truck at the end of his work day Monday afternoon at a truck yard on U.S. 70.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about Portales businesses that have opened in the last year. When Sly Tire Service owner Sylvester Dominguez’ uncle told him he needed someone to work in the Portales and Clovis area, he jumped at the chance to be his own boss. Dominguez, 31, said he established his […]