Home team pride

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The Portales High School Rams prepare for the football 
season wearing the school’s signature red and black colors during their Tuesday afternoon practice. Local high school football fans will be able to cheer on their hometown teams  beginning  Friday.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Two things come to mind when Michael Doerr thinks about high school football in Roosevelt County: pride and unity. “People align themselves with the team and feel like they are a part of it. It creates a sense of unity,” Doerr said. Portales Rams fans will have to travel […]

Heard that before

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Drivers take a detour Wednesday afternoon while construction crews prepare to reopen the outside lane of West Second Street. The construction, which has taken nearly 27 months to complete, is said to be wrapping up in about two weeks, but a few business owners are skeptical of the expected completion date.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem […]

Fairly good numbers

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Fair goers walk through the Roosevelt County Fair’s south entrance during the third day of the fair. According to officials, 2014 fair attendance was up 28 percent compared to 2010.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year. Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010. Officials said 4,756 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting […]

Road to happiness

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Advanced Concrete’s Robert Lane, 22, readies concrete for sealing Tuesday afternoon as part of the U.S. 70 highway reconstruction project. 
Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said he expects all four lanes to be open in a couple of weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Twenty-seven months after it began, the U.S. 70 reconstruction project is coming to a close. The project, which began in May 2012, is expected to have the finishing touches completed over the next two weeks, Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said. Guldemann said traffic will be switched onto the […]

Melrose rallies to aid clinic

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The Melrose Health Clinic’s roof was torn off and its offices flooded on Aug. 15. Community members helped remove equipment and supplies. The clinic is being operated out of temporary offices at Melrose City Hall and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When the roof of the Melrose Health Clinic was blown away by a storm on Aug. 15, the clinic started to flood, leaving equipment in danger of damage. Joy Garner, the clinic’s administrator who lives in Clovis, got a call about the damage and rushed to Melrose. When she […]

Experts: Outbreak unlikely

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Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

Deeply rooted

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KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan with the KENW staff in the 1970s. Ryan said more than half of his staff stayed with the station for 25 years. The  station’s roots go back to 1967, prior to reaching PBS status.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Duane Ryan came to Portales six decades ago with a vision to start a radio and television program from the ground up. KENW was born as a public broadcasting station 40 years ago, but Ryan, the station’s director of broadcasting, said there were challenges along the way. KENW broadcasts […]

Youngsters grab share of fair action

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These boys know it’s all about horse power as they compete Saturday in the stick horse race at the Roosevelt County Fair.

Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Future cowboys and cowgirls had their day in the center of the Pavilion on Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fair, racing stick horses, chasing down a goat and even rooting for turtles in a race. “These events are designed to give the younger children their time in the spotlight at […]

Firefighters put twist on ice bucket challenge

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Portales firefighters raised $280 for a Roswell girl battling leukemia.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Fifteen members of the Portales Fire Department endured a different version of the ice bucket challenge Saturday morning, this one to raise money for a fellow firefighter’s daughter who is battling leukemia. “It was cold but well worth it to help out one of our own,” said Lance Hill, […]

Livestock sale night

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Kasyn Creighton of Elida 4-H/FFA shows her grand champion pig during the Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale. Creighton’s pig sold for $4,000, and received a $200 sponsor add-on.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Sheltering the grand champion meat pen rabbits from the brief, heavy rain on Friday, Ethan Friend waited for his time to get in the sale ring at the Roosevelt County Fair. Dottie, Tt and Brandy, his three rabbits, snuggled up in their basket and made a cute trio when he walked […]

5 things to know about animal rescue

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Wendy Turner, founder of Wendy Saves Dogs and secretary of Health and Human Services at Eastern New Mexico University, plays with a recent rescue she and her mother took in from Dallas. Turner said the number of animals in need of rescue could be cut significantly if more people had their pets spayed and neutered.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties according to local animal rescue organizations. Reasons for rescue can range from families that have to give up pets because of a move to animals that are neglected or injured. Local representatives from Hope Defined […]

Goat show success

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First-place winners of Wednesday’s goat shows wait for the judge to announce grand champion and grand reserve champion winners. Kynzi Creighton, second from right, won both titles. More photos on page 3.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For 16-year-old Kynzi Creighton, staying on top is harder than getting there, but it’s a challenge she’s willing to accept. The junior from Elida reigned supreme at Wednesday’s Roosevelt County Fair Goat Show, winning grand champion, a step up from last year when she won reserve grand champion. Another […]

Competing pigs

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Chandyn Southern, 1, chases pigs with excitement Tuesday afternoon during the Roosevelt County Fair Booster Swine Show. Children not old enough to compete in the swine show were given a chance to show what they could do with their families and pigs during Tuesday’s show.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com It was an exciting day at the Roosevelt County Fair for first-time swine show competitor Madea Geezay. Geezay, 14, had two pigs primed and ready to compete in the market swine first year feeder class. Geezay, who lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before moving to Portales, said it was her […]

A fair showing

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Tya Rippee, 7, left, and her father Chek Rippee, the fair board president, prepare the hog house on Friday for the Roosevelt County fair next week. Tya will be showing her pig, Otis, in the booster class because she is too young to compete.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It was a hectic day at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Friday as volunteers and workers prepared for next week’s fair, but the laughter and teamwork wouldn’t lead you to believe so. Shaelei Payne was one of several people hustling around the show barn, preparing to show a few […]

Dawg Days kicks off

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By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days kicked off Saturday morning with ENMU faculty, staff, and student groups helping freshmen move into their dorms. “It (Dawg Days) is a great way for (freshmen) to get involved in school.” said Dawg Days counselor Diana Gallegos. Gallegos added, “It’s a fun way […]

Cashing in

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J’Lea Fuqua of Clovis awaits her chance to auction off her first-place heifer, Lilly, on Friday at livestock auction. It was Fuqua’s second year in a row taking first place and her fourth year showing heifers.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Lynnae Allen, 17, has spent much of her life raising dairy heifers; but it was her piggy bank that prevailed during the Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening at the Curry County Events Center. Allen sold her reserve grand champion dairy heifer for $7,250 — the most she’s ever […]

Ready or not

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Bill Strong, the theater teacher at Portales High School, and sophomore Emily Brown reminisce about her days in theater as a child at the school’s open house. Brown just transferred to PHS from an out-of-state public school.

By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com After 19 years of teaching, theater teacher Bill Strong was ready on Wednesday for another school year to start with the Portales Schools’ annual open house. Today is the first day of the new school year. “Ready or not, here the year comes,” Strong said. With 17 new teachers, […]

Program helps area educators learn about the lives of military students

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Educators from the local community were able to sample various MREs (Meal Ready to Eat) during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories,providing educators with a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell PNT correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Oper-ations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

‘Round-Up’ establishes student connections

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By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Approximately 65 fourth-12th grade students attended Cannon’s first Student Connection Round-Up, a day-long event designed to help military children at Cannon Air Force Base meet new friends before the start of the school year. “Our main goal for the event was to put […]

School board OKs bond tax increase

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The Portales Ram Athletic Center went through a series of renovations over the summer. School officials took a tour of the facility on Monday with Athletic Director Mark Gallegos presenting the debut of fresh paint to the gym’s walls. Other renovations include new fixtures in the locker rooms, new Ram graphics in the gym and locker rooms, and an updated Wall of Champions.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com An oversight of the Portales Municipal Schools funds pushed the Board of Education to vote in favor of a tax increase Monday on a general obligation bond. Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district’s financial advisors, RBC Capital, had a different figure for the district’s debt service than […]