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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Fourteen Melrose women have spent the past week laboring over a quilt that will be given to a girl whose father passed away while fighting for his country. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ruoff, originally from Canon City, Colo., was working in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when he [...]

Budding PHS reggae artist spreads message of peace

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Jacob Hurt is spreading a message of peace one song at a time. “My message is to spread love, peace, and to change the modern perspective on how we view each other as humans,” said Hurt. The 18-year old Portales High School senior is a budding reggae [...]

Peanut festival in 40th year

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Organizers of this year’s High Plain Quilt Festival said there are more than 200 entries this year, including wearable pieces, such as these vests pictured here.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In its 40th year, the Peanut Valley Festival is going back to its roots this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. At one time, peanut farmers labeled the Valencia peanut the “golden egg” of Roosevelt County. But over the years, production has decreased because the crop has a [...]

Transmission lines key to development

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico officials have high hopes of a wind energy boom in the near future with projects such as Tres Amigas, the Brahms wind farm in Grady and a Roosevelt County wind farm all in the midst of being developed. But the key factor needed to encourage [...]

Beefing up the herd

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the drought’s grip on eastern New Mexico loosens, Mitzi and Robert Miller say people are at least thinking about starting to expand their cattle herds again. The Millers certainly have. In fact, the American Angus Association has recognized the Miller’s “grandma and grandpa operation” for having the [...]

Lady Rams sweep Texico

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CMI staff TEXICO — After a bit of a rough start, the Portales Lady Rams took control Tuesday night. Behind 15 kills and 11 digs from senior Kristen Wagner, PHS improved to 10-4 with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-12 win over the Texico Lady Wolverines. Wagner was one of four Lady Rams with at least nine [...]

Tres Amigas president: Completion date still 2016

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The president of Tres Amigas told Pure Energy Expo attendees Tuesday that although the project’s groundbreaking date was moved back numerous times, the company has made great strides with the project in 2013. “Like any development, every day gets closer,” David Stidham said of this year’s progress. “We [...]

No newbie to New Mexico

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University has a new skipper in David Gomez, but he isn’t new to the area. Gomez played and coached at New Mexico Military Institute, and received a master’s degree in sports administration from New Mexico Highlands University. Gomez returns to New Mexico after stints [...]

Health fair keeps growing

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Residents flocked to Roosevelt General Hospital Saturday morning to get flu shots, child immunizations, blood screenings, and other services at its health fair. A hospital spokesperson said the third annual event was expected to bring record numbers of participants. “Our first year, we maybe had 75 people [...]

Jack is back

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The pumpkin harvest is in full swing in eastern New Mexico, and local residents are taking to their front porches and kitchens to put the staple autumn squash on display. Several vendors at the Clovis and Portales farmers markets sell pie pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins and the more whimsical ornamental pumpkins and [...]