Shaking up business

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Mike Doerr and Robyn Pease didn’t know what to quite expect when they decided to open SunFit Nutrition in August. Both had been using Herbalife products for a few months, and saw a need for a place in Portales that offered nutritional products and a community support […]

Drug shakes town

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Christian Garcia said it will take more than pep rallies to rid his school of synthetic marijuana, its street name known as spice, because it’s popular among students right now. “They have these pep rallies but the ones who are doing it aren’t going to stop because of […]

Q&A: Ex-marine leads police force

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Interim police chief Pat Gallegos has come a long way. Nineteen years ago he had just graduated from Portales High School and was headed to the Marines and now Gallegos is the Interim Chief of Police. With the police department in an uncertain situation after the resignation […]

Aiming for Glory

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Chiefs running back Griffin Hooker, 10, rumbles over Broncos defenders on his way to the goal line.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Grade school students from across Roosevelt County aimed for gridiron glory Saturday as Portales City Sports kicked off their youth tackle football season at the Portales Junior High football field. “I was pretty much born a football fan so I’m ready,” said Alex Cleveland, 9, of the […]

Groundwater discharge hearing set

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Local dairymen said they are looking forward to an upcoming hearing in March that will allow them to voice their opinions about state groundwater rules  placed on them in 2010. Dairymen said they advocate for water safety for New Mexico residents, but want flexibility in how to achieve that goal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Dairymen felt their input wasn’t heard before, but earlier this week the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission voted to set a hearing in March 2014 to give them a platform to voice their concerns regarding groundwater discharge rules that affect them. The rules, set in December 2010 […]

The train is comin’

Baxter Black

The furor of lawsuit threats, animal rights terrorists, gesticulating celebrity actors and ex-politicians traveling the countryside like Barnum and Bailey is finally bringing out those who really have something at stake in the Wild Horse/Domestic Horse slaughter issue. It is easy for a movie star or politician or animal rights advocate to fall under the […]

Something special: Events kick off at Special Olympics state equestrian competition

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Bob and Carol Bennett of Melrose served as volunteers at the Special Olympics state equestrian competition. They provided horses for the event and their granddaughter was a contestant.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com A special group of athletes has gathered in Clovis to strut their stuff alongside their equine companions. Volunteers, families and participants descended Friday upon the Curry County Events Center for the first round of events at the Special Olympics of New Mexico state equestrian competition. Participants showed off […]

The kid brother: An ode to John

Grant McGee

You probably knew a kid like John. It’s when you’re in high school and you’re hanging out with your friends and one of your pals has a kid brother who’s hanging around too. That was John. John was Mary Kay’s brother, Mary Kay was Catfish’s girlfriend and Catfish was my pal. That’s how I knew […]

Lots of ways to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day

Sharna Johnson

Sunday, Sept. 22, is a big day. No, really, it’s a BIG day, So big, in fact — like seven or so tons big — it’s hard to imagine how anyone could forget. Here’s another hint: If they knew it was their day, they sure wouldn’t forget because they never forget. And with ears like […]

Firefighter adjusts to small town life

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Reylon Wimbish has accomplished a lot in his first six months as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Portales Fire Department. “Me and another firefighter rescued a woman from a house fire. It was pretty intense,” said the 24-year old Wimbish. Wimbish was awarded a […]

Portales City Sports gets new athletic director

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales City Sports is under new management. Strawberry Robinson, who has been employed at the Portales Recreation Center for more than four years, is now running the show as the sports athletic director.   What is the difference between your former position and your current position? There […]

Set out water bird seed, they will come

Betty Williamson

By day, Grant Beauprez is a lesser prairie chicken biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. But on evenings and weekends, and any time he is in the field or watching bird feeders sitting just outside his office window, Grant keeps tabs on all sorts of feathered critters who live in or […]

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 […]