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

6-23 pageant

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 […]

Third-time racer takes top prize at soap box derby

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2015 Clovis Rotary Club soap box derby winner Cody Little jumps in celebration after seizing first place Saturday afternoon. Cody will go on to compete at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio on July 25.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@cnjonline.com After three years of competing, Cody Little finally seized the top spot at the Clovis Rotary Club’s 14th annual soap box derby. The Saturday morning derby featured 15 young drivers, ranging in age from 9 to 14, all vying for first place and a trip to the All-American Soap […]

Portales Area Transit available to all residents

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PAT driver Lucia Silva, right, talks to passenger Lindsey Chisholm before he exits at his stop Thursday morning at Golden Acres. Silva said PAT drivers drive an average of 75 miles each day.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Without the Portales Area Transit (PAT), resident Nahoma Sinclair says she would never leave her home. Sinclair, like many Portales residents, relies on the PAT public transportation service to perform activities like daily errands, meeting with friends, and going to work. Sinclair, 95, said she has been using the […]

‘Doppler Dave’ mesmerizes with weather

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Meteorologist David “Doppler Dave” Oliver creates a tornado in two soda bottles Thursday morning for children at the Portales Public Library.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A room full of Portales children oohed and aahed in delight as Amarillo Meteorologist David “Doppler Dave” Oliver created a tornado right before their eyes with two soda bottles and some blue liquid. Everyone loves summertime, but with the summer comes dangerous weather, Oliver told the room full of […]

Little Wrangler Junior Rodeo underway

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Mason Pritchett, 10, of Portales, prepares to rope a calf Tuesday evening during the Little Wrangler Junior Rodeo Association rodeo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com For Little Wrangler Junior Rodeo competitor Mason Pritchett, the scariest part of the rodeo is waiting for the gates to open. Pritchett, along with competitors from around Roosevelt and Curry counties, took to the arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Tuesday night for the first night of the Little […]

Local enthusiast documents roadrunners

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Dan True of Clovis, a writer, gets up close to a roadrunner before  it heads off to feed its baby.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Roadrunners “live on the edge,” and lately a few in rural Curry County have been living on the edge with 90-year-old WWII veteran and former television weatherman Dan True living the life and dining on lizards and mice. True, who has been documenting wildlife most of his life, has […]

Relay for Life a walk of hope

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Cancer survivors walk Saturday morning at Relay For Life. The survivors walk 
recognized participants who have survived cancer.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com For Causey’s Anne Clark, Relay For Life is more than just an event, it’s a way to honor victims and survivors of cancers, including her son and her father. Clark, 63, along with about 150 Relay For Life participants, came together Saturday to raise money for cancer research and […]

Pioneer women honored at breakfast

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Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos embraces Lucille Johnson of Claude during Friday’s Pioneer Days Women’s Breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com As she enjoyed her breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, Lucille Johnson couldn’t help but enjoy the company around her as Clovis was celebrated during the Heritage Days Women’s Breakfast. But when it came time for her to speak, Johnson beamed with pride as she spoke of her upbringing […]

New Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico crowned

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The pageant lineup Friday afternoon at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant was full of leather, fringe and glitz. Visiting royalty Miss Rodeo Washington and Miss Rodeo America asked contestants questions alongside Miss Rodeo New Mexico testing their knowledge of rodeos, real-life issues in both school and in the world.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Perhaps each of the Miss Rodeo royalty hopefuls started out as what newly crowned Teen Miss Rodeo New Mexico Kristin White described as the future of rodeo. “Imagine this … A little girl with long braided hair and big pink bows, so proud of her brand-new boots,” White said […]