USDA shares drought relief resources

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USDA Farm Service Agency Program Specialist Anthony Chavez makes a presentation during Friday’s Agriculture Resource Fair at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and officials from a trio of USDA umbrella agencies huddled with local farmers and ranchers Friday as a means of potentially providing some relief from the stifling heat. “Based upon the drought conditions we’re facing in our communities and the devastating winter that […]

‘Hell or High Water’ makes debut

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com LUBBOCK — Chris Pine said he was proud of the work and awestruck by Jeff Bridges. Bridges said he just loves telling stories, especially when they’re about Texas. “Hell or High Water” came to the big screen Monday night in the form of a pre-screening at Alamo Drafthouses across […]

Amateur historian teaches Civil War lessons

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Paul Fischell, left, gives all the extra baggage a Civil War soldier would carry to Paul Acosta, 13, Saturday as part of his demonstration on bivouacking (camping) during the war between the states.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com       Paul Fischell put on his Union soldier uniform, picked up his musket and supplies and began to “bivouac” Saturday at Oasis State Park. Fischell, an amateur historian from Fort Sumner, went over the daily routines, materials soldier’s carried and the reality of a Civil War battlefield during his Civil […]

Retired Upward Bound director recognized

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Kurt Munz-Raper
Retirees from the Upward Bound program attended a reunion Tuesday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University to celebrate the efforts of retired director JoAnn Gibson.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Retirees and former employees of the Eastern New Mexico University Upward Bound program reunited to celebrate the efforts of retired director JoAnn Gibson Tuesday at the university’s Campus Union Building. Attendees of the ceremony worked with Gibson from the 1980s through the 1990s, according to Gibson. “I am humble,” […]

Car enthusiasts unite at show

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Cecil Burch strolls among the collector cars at the Portales Courthouse Monday during the Cruise in Car Show.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Classic car enthusiasts brought their blood, sweat and tears to the Third Annual Cruise in Car Show Monday, with 54 cars being shown off in the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot. Jerry Bailey, the president of the Desert Cruzers car club and director of the show, said they had […]

Entertainment variety planned for county fair

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How hard local children work with their animals in the 
4-H program is one of the most important parts of the Roosevelt County Fair, according to fair officials. The fair is next month.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The annual Roosevelt County Fair is approaching next month with a variety of entertainment, new and old, and some “family fun”, according to fair officials. The fair will be held Aug. 22-27, and according to Extension Office Secretary Sherri Best, daily ticket prices for the fair are $6 for […]

Area businesses fundraise for local non-profits

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Community fundraisers sponsored by local businesses are approaching. Southwest Cheese sponsors the truck pull competition each year in conjunction with the Curry County Fair.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Two local organizations are hosting fundraising events this summer in conjunction with Clovis and Portales businesses. Yucca Telecom is hosting an ongoing fundraiser for Roosevelt County called “Silence the Hunger,” which was put together by Yucca Telecom employee Candra Reynolds, who said the event helps give the Portales Dream […]

Roping and wrangling

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By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com A chance encounter with a rope and a bucket helped to craft a Clovis child’s love for all things rodeo. “One day I just found an old rope and started roping a tin can bucket,” said Kyan Wilhite, who is competing in the goat tying and ribbon roping events […]

‘Pokemon Go’ give economy a boost

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Pokemon Go players gather at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Portales courthouse to battle the Pokemon Gym leaders and access the Pokestops at the county courthouse.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com As the app sensation “Pokemon Go” sweeps the nation, it appears to be benefiting local economy while giving local police officers a headache. The game uses GPS signal to allow people to virtually catch Pokemon — creatures from a Japanese television show that was also turned into a manga […]

Cruise In Car Show gears up

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The Cruise In Car Show will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the courthouse square. The event, free to the public, celebrates National Collector Car Day, according to Desert Cruzers Club President Jerry Bailey. Car registration is from 5 p.m.-6:45 p.m. with a $5 submission fee per car.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Classic car enthusiasts will have an opportunity to admire some beauties Monday in downtown Portales. At 7 p.m., the fourth annual Cruise in Car Show will be held in the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot. The event is sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Desert […]

La Casa celebrates 40 years

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La Casa Family Health Center officials will celebrate the facility’s 40th anniversary on Aug. 6.

Staff Report In August 1976, La Casa Family Health Center was based out of a two bedroom house on North Avenue I. On Aug. 6, La Casa officials will be celebrating 40 years and 13 facilities across the southeastern part of the state. According to officials, they will be celebrating their anniversary in conjunction with […]

Business feature: New businesses on way

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Phil Gallegos, owner of Pintado Rustics, looks over the workshop in his store on Monday. Gallegos and his wife, Jennifer, find old, vintage furniture and repurpose it for sale in their shop. Their store opened Friday on Main Street.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Two new local businesses from different backgrounds share one thing in common: The importance of community, according to their owners. One such business is Pintado Rustics, an antique shop that opened last Friday at 203 South Main Avenue. According to owner Phil Gallegos, who runs the business with his […]

Local market off to slow start

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Patrick Kircher, left, and Don Wiley exchange hellos Thursday on the opening day of the Portales Farmer’s Market. It is Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 5 p.m.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Portales Farmer’s Market kicked off Thursday evening with only two vendors on site at the First Street and Avenue B market location. While it is off to a typically slow start, the market should expand within a couple of weeks, according to Good Shepherd Farms owner Don Wiley. […]

Violence in Dallas

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Police Chaplain Furgus Tunnell of Clovis leads police and citizens in prayer Friday afternoon in front of the Clovis Police Department. The group came to pray for the protection of the police as a result of actions against the Dallas Police Department Thursday evening.

By Laura J. Nelson and Nigel Duara Los Angeles Times MESQUITE, Texas — The shooter, barricaded in a downtown Dallas parking garage, bantered with negotiators during an hours-long standoff. He did not seem nervous and said he was not afraid to die. He told the armed officers facing him that he had been preparing for […]

Rocket’s red glare

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The sky is lit up with red, white and blue Monday night as part of the Portales fireworks display, cut short by technical 
difficulties with the firework shooter.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com After days of celebrating and 102 degree heat, Portales residents were excited to settle down at the softball complex for the annual fireworks show. Catherine Mendoza, mother of 3-year-old Miles Mendoza, said this is the first year she has been able to bring her son to the fireworks. “I’m […]

Town celebrates Fourth

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Leonardo Diangson and William Lampkins check on their food at a Fourth of July picnic at City Park.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The Fourth of July is a day meant to celebrate the United States’ independence, and while fireworks are one of the most popular ways to celebrate, the daytime lets families and friends celebrate their freedoms and presents them with an opportunity to be together. Several groups were gathered in […]

Business feature: Official ‘disappointed’ with farming, ranching ruling

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Matthew Lansford checks on cow and calf pairs on his family’s farm, Lansford Inc. Lansford is one of the local employers affected by the recent New Mexico Supreme Court ruling on workers’ compensation for farmers and ranchers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com In an action that will financially affect the agricultural industry, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional for farm and ranch workers to not have workers’ compensation. The ruling follows last year’s New Mexico Court of Appeal’s ruling that farm and ranch workers are not […]

City changes fireworks location

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This year’s display at 
softball complex set to start around 8:15 p.m.

STAFF REPORT Independence Day is close at hand, and with it comes the prospect of many different celebrations, be it cookouts, pool parties, or just time spent with friends and family. One opportunity to enjoy the holiday is Portales’ annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration. The celebration, held by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, […]

Clovis garden makes debut

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The first harvest is ready to go at the Clovis Community Garden behind Plains Regional Medical Center. There will be rock painting, fresh salads, and fruit infused water available there 10 a.m to noon today.

By Ryan Galloway Staff Writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com As summer is hitting its stride, and many are looking for hobbies and activities to do during these warm days, the Clovis Community Garden is offering a day of activities to display the recently completed garden. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, community members can go out to the […]

Summer learning at Kids’ College

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Madison Parks, 8, does research on 
arctic animals Wednesday 
during Kids’ College. Kids’ College is using the theme Animal Planet this year.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The attendants of Eastern New Mexico University’s children’s program, Kids’ College, have spent the first four weeks trekking through the jungle and the arctic. But only with their imagination. Kids’ College, using the theme Animal Planet this year, has been spending its study time looking at animals from different […]