Celebrating our planet

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]

The cup runs over

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com James Neal Van Winkle had only joined the Roosevelt County Detention Center’s Children Uniting with Parents program to be able to see his son Daemon and daughter Fiona, but he said he got so much more. “They not only got to visit me, but I learned how to raise […]

Perfect attendance

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Randy Rankin, director of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, looks through the home’s newsletters that are given to churches across the state. Rankin joined the Portales Rotary Club because he wanted to give back the community that has supported the children’s 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 Leroy Thomas has been a part of the Portales Rotary Club for the past 43 years and in that time he has never missed a meeting. Thomas said perfect attendance is encouraged […]

Clovis Man probaby not first inhabitant

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Excavated bones at the Blackwater Draw dig site’s Interpretive Center.

  George Crawford and David Kilby said it is unlikely Clovis Man was the first to inhabit the Americas. But they haven’t seen evidence to disprove the theory either. “Scientifically, there had to be somebody here earlier than the Clovis people,” said Crawford, director of the Blackwater Draw Historical Landmark, where Clovis Man was discovered […]

Fight over grouse continues

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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., tells an audience full of landowners to hold the federal agency responsible for listing the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” accountable Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Portales.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The fight is not over for area landowners who say they’ve made sacrifices to conserve the lesser prairie chicken population in New Mexico. These are efforts they feel were undermined when a federal agency listed the bird as threatened on a federal registry of species last month. More than […]

Principals of success

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Rick Segovia, principal at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary,
monitors the halls during the break on Wednesday. Segovia said he makes sure that the students behave well while they go to their next class.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Lindsey-Steiner Elementary Principal Rick Segovia waited in his office for one of his students. When the student entered his office, he appeared nervous because a visit to the principal’s office doesn’t usually mean a student did something well. But in this case it did. While Segovia may have appeared […]

Portales softball cruises past Ruidoso

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Portales freshman Daizia Looney fires a pitch in the second game of Tuesday night's doubleheader at Portales.

Staff report Having a dominant pitcher in fast-pitch softball is nice. Having a backup plan is even nicer. That made Tuesday a very nice night for Portales, as it found a little bit of extra pitching while recording a 15-0, 16-3 doubleheader sweep of Ruidoso in the District 4-3A opener for both teams. Sophomore Kiersten […]

Spring cold snap

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Portales Recreation Center staff member Baron Barber lines up the center’s afterschool program participants Monday afternoon in 40-degree weather as they wait for the center shuttle at James Elementary. Barber and the students were bundled up in jackets and sweaters.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Lindsey-Steiner Elementary student Destinee Cerna said no one in her class was happy about spending recess indoors on Monday due to 30-degree weather. “We played basketball,” said 10-year-old Cerna. “I was annoyed that we couldn’t go outside.” Monday’s cold temperatures weren’t record-breaking, but slight snowfall and cool wind chills […]

Understanding, appreciation came over years

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Connie Belcher with her father, William Breech.

By David Stevens Editor William Creech died March 15, 2012. Clovis’ Connie Belcher has been thinking a lot about her dad lately. She tells about their relationship better than I ever could. “I am an Air Force brat and grew up on military bases around the country,” she wrote in an email. “We settled in […]

Beautiful day for cleaning

Lillian Bowe: Staff writer
From left, Petie Baca, Adri Baca and Alexis Gonzales are picking
|up trash from the side of U.S. 70. They were part of Great
American Clean-up on Saturday and they in the group from St. Helen Catholic Church.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Chyanne Copp, 13, spent her Saturday morning not sleeping in like most teenagers, but with a trash bag and gloves. Copp was alone in this endeavor, but that did not faze her. “I think it is a great thing to do on the weekend and I am keeping our […]