Construction finished at Portales McDonald’s

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer calloway@pntonline.com Tessa Smith said her four children had been asking for months about going to McDonald’s during their daily drive past the construction site. Tuesday’s opening of the newly constructed restaurant put an end to the inquiries and begging from her children. “We homeschool so we figure now is […]

Liar liar, yoga pants on fire

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“They can’t put something on the Internet that isn’t true.” “Where’d you hear that?” “The Internet. Oh look, here comes my date. I met him on the Internet. He’s a French model.” “Uh … bon jour.” — State Farm commercial, 2012   Be it Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, Conan, Fallon or Ferguson, I don’t watch any […]

ENMU sets new enrollment record

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jessica Bryan said choosing to attend Eastern New Mexico University this fall was an easy choice for her. “It’s cheaper and I also got a scholarship. It’s not home but it’s close to home,” said Bryan, a freshman from Clovis. “I liked the student to teacher ratio and […]

Farmers seeing green

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It isn’t rocket science. All farmers said they needed was precipitation for so many problems to be answered and the rainfall over the summer delivered more rain in three months than most farmers received in all of 2012. For Floyd farmer Allen Deen, the 16 inches of water […]

Couple claims prestigious honor

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year award is a prestigious honor that is given to the longest tenured members of the county. Winners are recognized at the Roosevelt County Fair by the Pioneer’s Association. Two awards are given, one to a single person, Evelyn Cater this […]

Radio drama to play out on stage

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A group of Eastern New Mexico University students, alumni and professors are excited to give area residents a new experience when it comes to listening to “the radio.” The group will simulate a radio show at 7 p.m. today at the ENMU University Theatre Center’s Main Stage, complete […]

Chinese student finds Portales friendly

Eric Norwood Jr.; Portales News-Tribune
Meiqi Zhao, 20, who goes by the name Acelin, works at the office of San Juan Village on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. Acelin is a transfer student from China who has been living in Portales for a year. She also works as a resident assistant on campus.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series about Portales transplants.  By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Every year, new people move to Portales from all over in hopes of attaining a degree, or due to them serving their country, or even for work. Meiqi Zhao, 20, who goes by the […]

House finch a delight in color and sound

Larry Brock: Courtesy photo
Males with the brightest feathers are highest in social rank among house finches.

By Tony Gennaro PNT Outdoors columnist Have you noticed a bird with red feathers on the head and breast in your yard? If so, you were observing a male house finch, a beautiful bird that is with us year-round. In addition to a show of color, the male announces the arrival of spring by uttering […]

Joining in harmony

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Choir participants play a name game to get to know one another better as they warm up for their first rehearsal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Heather Vest said the best thing about directing Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir is that all of her participants are excited to be there. It’s certainly the case for 10-year-old Emma Lazara of Clovis because no matter where she lives in the country, music is the one universal […]

ENMU stadium support sought

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
President Steven Gamble speaks at a Portales town hall meeting Tuesday on a proposal to use student fees to help pay for a new football and all-puprose stadium on campus at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com His audience at Tuesday’s town hall meeting was minuscule, but that didn’t stop Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble from spreading the message that the school needs help from students to fund a new on campus football stadium. Gamble covered the financial overview of the project, […]

Portales takes a break

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Elijah Alamideen, 3, plays with his toy cars as Atlas Floyd, 1, watches. Floyd and Alamideen came to Rotary Park on Monday with their respective families to play since it was Labor Day and neither of their parents had to work.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Monday was a quiet and sleepy Labor Day in Portales as residents enjoyed their free day from work and school by relaxing with friends and family, cooking up something good on the grill, or by simply hanging out at home. The local parks were a popular place […]

Fishing for family fun

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Sonya Montoya and her uncle Tommy Salas chat while fishing Saturday during the catfish derby at Oasis State Park. Montoya and Salas came to compete along with five other members of their
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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Patience was virtue at the fifth annual Biggest Catfish Derby Challenge Saturday at Oasis State Park. Some 177 competitors and their families lined the lake at Oasis, trying to win a cash prize and bragging rights for catching the biggest catfish. Competitors paid $5 to fish for […]

Football fanatics heard throughout both counties

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Escorted by the motorcycles, the Clovis High School Wildcats football team hit the field for Friday night’s opener against Cherry Creek, Colo., at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Wilson CMI staff writers Before the sound of loud, passionate cheering coming from hundreds of dedicated Portales High School football fans, Dennis Lopez enjoys the sound of a cackling sizzle on the grill. The former Roosevelt County commissioner said that’s the sound people will hear before every Rams home game […]

Front door access returned

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Russell Critchell, top, and Paul Garcia set up the bases for new street lights on Main Avenue on Thursday. Construction will be ongoing in the downtown area until at least late October, according to construction officials.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Business owners on Second Street in the downtown area will get some relief now that front door access to their shops has been returned as construction officials for the U.S. 70 project are shifting gears to expedite their time in that area. But construction will be ongoing downtown, […]

Q&A: A time to rebuild

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Kristen Soukup has the task of rebuilding the Eastern New Mexico University women’s softball program after serving as the director of compliance for ENMU last year. After a successful playing career at Concordia University, where she was named NCAA Regional Tournament most valuable player in 2005 and 2006, Soukup joined the staff at Concordia. How […]

Hatchery conducting proper steps, state says

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Privett Hatchery is decontaminating all eggs before entry to its hatchery and is taking other steps to ensure consumer safety, according to the state’s health department, after the Portales facility was tied to a national salmonella outbreak last week. The hatchery, which supplies baby chicks, ducklings and other […]

Lady Rams beat Hobbs; Rams edge Clovis JV

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CMI staff The Portales High volleyball team oplened its season on Tuesday night by spanking Hobbs 25-14, 25-14, 25-15 at the Ram Athletic Center. PHS pulled away in each game to win comfortably against the Class 5A Lady Eagles (0-2). “It was back and forth for the first few points (in each set),” Lady Rams […]

Q&A: Blades and his band

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Jack Blades, center, of Night Ranger said the group has been touring a lot this summer, including shows with Journey, Loverboy and Cheap Trick.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com From the moment Jack Blades first saw the Beatles, he knew he wanted to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll. As a singer, bassist, songwriter and producer with more than 30 years in the business, Blades has worked with the likes of Ted Nugent, Cher, Ringo Starr, […]

Saturday Success

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt County Fair officials said 4-H activities, including the swine show pictured here, as well as Saturday night entertainment made this year’s fair a success.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A crowded Saturday made up for a slow week at the fair, resulting in ticket sales being nearly the same as 2012’s fair, according to Roosevelt County Fair officials. Fair Board Treasurer David Craig said Saturday night’s ticket sales were the largest of any Saturday in the last […]

Coolest county companions

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Saturday might as well have been designated children’s day at the Roosevelt County Fair, as activities geared towards the little ones dominated the action early. The pet show brought out some of the coolest companions in the county and the stick horse race highlighted a family fun […]